Guest Comments


April 2018

Wayward Travellers (USA)

What a wonderful surprise find! We loved our stay and would recommend to anyone.



Freigang, O’Mallet & Priewasser (USA & AUSTRIA)

Waking up with the birds and sleeping with the stars!!


Naicker Tribe (Botswana)

“Woodlands Stop Over” should be renamed as “Woodlands Stay for a While”. We have enjoyed a most beautiful, rich, refreshing and rejuvenating time here at Woodlands. We were welcomed beautifully by the staff on arrival and all staff – security and cleaning- were warm and welcoming, polite, friendly and helpful. I especially enjoyed the scripture sprinkled in and around the cottage! We thank God for this beautiful piece of paradise and pray God’s richest blessings over you and your family!!!


Lang Party (South Africa & UK)

Apart from the terrible approach road, a wonderful stop over venue. Love the cottage. We will return!

OCT 2017


What a lovely place! Filled with God’s presence. Such a wonderful way to end off a perfect holiday. Thank you

JUNE 2017

Heinz & Cassiostjie Zastrau, Linda Grobler South Africa

“WOODLANDS STOP OVER & LODGE – a tranquil setting awaits you “

What a pleasant surprise. You really live up to your motto! This setting was a surprising closure to our 5 week journey through Africa. We were welcomed by the friendly staff. Enjoyed 5-star accommodation. Thank you for a wonderful treat.

MAY 2017

Red Earth Travel & Tourism South Africa: Anne, Stan & Claire

After a hot dusty drive from Kasane, what a pleasure to relax here in this exquisite cottage. Thank you for the comforts, especially the hot water bottles!!!!! We will return in September with more Red Earth Travel guests.

APRIL 2017

Lappies Labuschagne South Africa

Just one word “excellent” God Bless!

MARCH 2017

G-Adventures South Africa

Amazing room, extremely big and comfortable. We weren’t here long but we loved every second.

MARCH 2017

Jay & Barb Williams Rox & Ginnie Zapf Texas & Indiana America

What a wonderful place we feel so lucky to have found it if only for two nights. For city folks just relaxing on the front porch listening to frogs and birds was sheer pleasure. Best sunset we’ve seen too! Thank you!

Dec 2016

Ronald, Patricia, Mpilo and Ofentse Gialne Johannesburg South Africa

A very peaceful and stunning place. Very clean, well organised, linen clean and crisp. Enjoyed the birds in the morning. The staff was very helpful and professional. A truly memorable short stay and will definitely speak well of this lovely place

Dec 2016

Natalie Arnall: Johannesburg South Africa

Absolutely stunning little house I wouldn’t mind living in, beautiful view. A great way to break a LONG drive home after an unforgettable holiday. Makes you feel a little closer to God. “Romans 8”

Sept 2016

Phillippe, Robert, Nathan, Kezah, Jeneha, JJ: United Kingdom

Beautiful and peaceful. So many touches to make our stay comfortable.

Sept 2016

Family Kang

We really enjoyed our stay here. A wonderful place and very comfortable.

Sept 2016

Wright family: Bristol England

What a beautiful cottage & campsite—could not believe we have this accommodation in the middle of nowhere, all we could need, home from home and so comfortable and welcoming. Would have loved to have stayed longer. Would definitely recommend it.

Sept 2016

Anannth, Anaweli, Hemont & Greeta: Francistown Botswana

Enjoyed our stay here. A good place to unwind. A clean and calm place. Really enjoyed!!! Thanks for the hospitality

July 2016

Charles, Tredi & Dad

What an amazing place. In nature but with all to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The dishwasher even had its powder in, ready to go!! What thought. Love the décor. We would love to come again. My dad of 92yrs loved it and would not mind staying here for the rest of his life!

July 2016

The Pittaways: Alberton South Africa

A very welcome, peaceful paradise for stop overs on long journeys. The accommodation is out of the top drawer. Highly recommended!

May 2016

Vicki & Peter Hansen: NANNUP Western Australia—the land of the kangaroo

What a glorious stay over. After 10 days wild camping in Botswana, and a 7 hour drive, arriving on your green shady glade was such a joyful experience. Beautifully appointed house- the loveliest stay in Africa. Had a great barbecue and sat around the fire enjoying the peace. Have a great day—thanks

May 2016

Thomas, Erika + Lucas Bertling: Los Angeles, California USA

Thank you for the hospitality! A beautiful and peaceful place in a beautiful country! We leave our love and take good memories with us.

May 2016

Tony & Mary Ritchie: Johannesburg South Africa

A beautiful oasis in the middle of nowhere. We were so well cared for. Loved Jessie & had a marvellous stay.

April 2016

Phiri Family: Zambia

Early morning before we came to your place we prayed about God’s resting place and he led us to YOU! We are honoured to witness a work in excellence in every area of Woodlands. Thank you for obeying God’s calling and creating a place of peace, rest, reflection, the creation of the Lord, joy and love! We are praying that lots of people will meet Jesus at this place. We are grateful for this beautiful week & we are looking forward to seeing you in 2017 with more family members. Much blessing & favours over your whole family.

April 2016

Bill & Carolyn Ratcliff: Denver North Carolina USA

What a wonderful place—so peaceful! May God continue to bring refreshment to others. Thank you

April 2016

William & Sharyn Vaughan: Polokwane South Africa

Thank you for a beautiful stay – we were truly blessed! May you continue so serve our Lord in this way! Thanks.

April 2016

Maira Januarie: BRAZIL

I loved spending these days in this place, it’s only wonderful. I thank God first place for blessing me and I thank God for your lives. Meditate in Psalm 40: 1-10

Feb 2016

Kgosi & Dorcas Mompati: Francistown Botswana

This has been a wonderful experience! The place is most refreshing and a natural beauty! We were deeply humbled by your kind hospitality. That is unforgettable! May the Lord richly bless you and the courteous staff! We shall come again!! Thank you very much!


Dec 2015

Carol & Paul Barten: Sydney Australia

A beautiful tranquil environment after the hassle of the roads in Zimbabwe. The birds are stunning. A pair of Kingfishers entertained us royally! Will recommend to all!

Dec 2015

Mike, Audrey & Sarah Adams: Auckland New Zealand

What a beautiful, comfortable and well equipped cottage in beautiful surroundings. We loved the Woodland Kingfishers!!! Wish we could have stayed longer. Next time!

Nov 2015

Karassellos Family: Vic Falls Zimbabwe

Had such a great time staying here! It is so peaceful and the setting is breath taking! Very comfortable inside the cottage and well set out. Will definitely be back.

Oct 2015

Heather, Leilani, Brooke + Ocean: British Columbia Canada

It’s such a pleasure to be staying here after spending days in the hot sun. Botswana is beautiful, welcoming and the people are absolutely beautiful! It’s hard to put this place onto words! I hope this place is blessed and prospers!

June 2015

Tabiola & Cyril Switzerland

Dear Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge

What a beautiful discovery we have made…..a wonderful Lodge…. and we have met very kind people… this last is the heart of an establishment! and you have it!!!! Well done! With kind regards, we will fondly remember you.

June 2015

Dave Dyer: South Africa

Hello Anne
I want you to know how much we appreciate the manner in which you
handled my little “complaints” email in June last year. Not only were you
courteous, apologetic and concerned, but the fact that ,one year later you took
the trouble to pop around to our cottage to meet us and ensure that we were happy, just blew us away.
What a lesson in customer care. Thank you and well done.
We would recommend Woodlands to anyone.
Kind regards

May 2015

Sidney Bomvallet: USA

Thank you for a lovely “touch of home”. Your facility is inviting, decorated beautifully and welcoming to stay in. Your staff is courteous and professional, your grounds are immaculate yet wild. Thank you.

May 2015

Gordon Phillips: Zimbabwe

Rushed over for one night, felt guilty not being able to do this lovely place justice. Congratulations on a fantastic spot. I will recommend to all my mates and will definitely be back.

May 2015

Jackie Scott: New Zealand

Lovely home tucked away in the corner with trees & bird life. I enjoyed the pool and we cooked a braai (barbecue) outside & ate our meal on the deck with lanterns. Big sleep in soft bed with cosy sheets & blankets. Thank you for a nice place to refresh before another big adventure on the road! I am loving Botswana. Thank you

April 2015

Bostoe Toere: South Africa

So welcoming! So neat! So comfortable! So well sorted! Friendly, helpful staff. So blessed to hear that the lady @ the gate is a new born Christian—what a witness for our Lord.

Feb 2015

Mike & Valentine, Peter, Christopher Jackson: UK

The dry river bed was impressive. Monkeys + Kingfishers. A lovely morning swim. Shame we could not stay longer- but we are on quite a road trip. Thanks to all the friendly staff. Best wishes

Jan 2015

Bruce and Peta Parker & Kim: Underberg KZN South Africa

What a wonderful surprise! Beautifully appointed and equipped home- what a comfortable delight! Slept soooo well!


Dec 2014

Dorothy: Alberton RSA. Louise, Brian & Kurt: Durban North RSA. Jocelyn: Australia

We were en-route from JHB to Vic Falls.

Returned from Vic Falls to JHB. Stop over here at Woodlands is truly an amazing experience. The welcome, comfort and décor is truly beautiful. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will come back again! Thank you all.

Oct 2014

Sandi & Chris Wilkins:  Levubu Limpopo South Africa

We love this place! The peace, atmosphere,and homely comfort make this a perfect stopover. Thank you !!!

Sept 2014

Bob & Joan Gruber:  South Australia

What  a wonderful stopover on our way to Gaborone. A true oasis and so clean. What wonderful friendly and competent  staff.

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay.

Sept 2014

Elzabe Roux:  Centurion South Africa

Thank you very much – it was such a pleasure to be in such beautifully “precise” surroundings. I enjoyed this on a soul level! Beautiful!

Aug 2014

Gary Keevil & Kyle Poppleton: Gaborone Botswana

As ever the best place to stay in Francistown

Aug 2014

Pieter van Heken & Iris Rusz:  Amsterdam Holland

Suberb place to be! Definitely more than simply a “stop over”

July 2014

Mareti, Louw, Rudolph, Mariana Steyn:  Pretoria South Africa

Unparallelled tidiness, cleanliness and luxury. Beautiful lawns. Will recommend to anyone!

July 2014

Jan, Lis & Nina Hjort: Denmark/Mocambique

We really enjoyed our stay here and would have wished it to be longer than one day! If we ever get the chance, we’ll definitely come back. This cottage felt almost more homely than our home in Maputo!! PS Loved all the paintings!

July 2014

Botes Nieuvenhein: Woodlands Wildlife Estate, Bloemfontein South Africa

Let your gentleness be known to all. The Lord is at hand. Thanks for your hospitality.

June 2014

Julia Hellman and Friends:  Durban & Cape Town South Africa

The cottage and chalets were excellent. Well done, worth the stopover after 18 hours driving! Comfy beds!

March 2014

Ray & Pauline Wykerd

Lived many years in South Africa now reside in New York USA

What a fantastic Stop Over. Comfortable, every need met. So much detail has gone into this lodge. It was wonderful.  THANK YOU!!!

March 2014

Pieter Marais Bostou Luxury Bus & 4×4 Tours: South Africa

Thank you.  My guests are very very impressed with what “we” offer!  Much appreciated.

March 2014

Go & Marlene Hofmeyr: Constantia Cape Town South Africa  (with Ruth & David Miles)

We had a fabulous time here, after being greeted by your two efficient girls at reception who were

very helpful. Stunning place. Thank u

Jan 2014

Wessel & Corlette Wessels & Family: South Africa

We most definitely found a new stop over!  This is very homely, clean and we will recommend this to ALL our friends!!!


Dec 2013

Bromlow, Dodds, & Jackson: Johannesburg South Africa

Lovely. Well appointed. Everything one needs is provided. Great personal touch to furnishings and decor.

Nov 2013

Mark Campbell: Cricket without Boundaries: UK

Thank you for welcoming us back. This was a great place for us to relax and unwind after long hot days with wonderful Batswana children, all enthusiastic about their cricket.

Aug 2013

Nico & Marli Muller: Pretoria South Africa

What a way to end our 2 week trip to Zimbabwe. What a wonderful surprise!

April 2013

Mike & Lucie Coultas: Melbourne Australia

Spent a week here visiting family in Botswana. Had a wonderful stay. Very peaceful & relaxing. A home from home.

March 2013

Asmaa Saloojee & family: Johannesburg South Africa

The place is awesome we love it here! xoxo

Jan 2013

Simon & Marike Bell: White River South Africa

What an amazing oasis. Very peaceful & a wonderful stop over. Will certainly tell all our friends

Jan 2013

Garth ,Quinton, Romana & Claire: Katima Mulilo Namibia

Awesome place. Wonderful staff! Perfect stopover! Thank you!

Dec 2012

Sue, Norman & family: Port Elizabeth South Africa

What a beautiful, stunning, amazing place you have. Tranquil & a piece of paradise. Just so sorry we arrived late and had to leave early, we could not enjoy all of it. We will be back.

Dec 2012

Bokkie & Susan Stubbs: Haenertsburg South Africa

A lovely spot. Really enjoyed our stay. Staff wonderful. Cottage super. Thanks

Sept 2012

Turners: Wales England

Good setting and great place to stop over en route. Cottage well kitted out and clean.

Sept 2012

Edward & Amanda Vorster: Letsitele

Thank you for a high standard environment!!

June 2012

Jore Barbara & Thomas Hannah: California USA

Very peaceful. Thanks

June 2012

Tony Shrive

After 60yrs in “the bush” – this is IT

May 2012

Curt & Brenda Loewe: Manitoba Canada

What a fantastic stop on our departure and return. So beautifully clean, serene, calming. Just what we needed! Thank you!

May 2012

Brenda Ferreira: South Africa

One word “Perfect”. We’ll be back & recommend. Thanks

March 2012

Bob, Joy Ann Mia Engelsman: Denver Colorado USA

A little slice of heaven. Thank you for the rest

March 2012

Rod & Sally Mc Donald: GT Yamouth England

An amazing place to stay. Wish it could have been longer

March 2012

Nigel Mason Wakkerstroom: South Africa

Very comfortable and the frozen meals an excellent idea.