The Protea Ranch Hotel is specifically designed to suit the needs and desires of honeymooning couples, families and corporate guests, offering a range if activities, facilities and amenities to ensure that these ones are all as comfortable as possible. The Ranch Hotel is situated in the lush South African province of Limpopo, near Polokwane, and is defined as a leisure resort and wildlife park.
The Protea Ranch Hotel is only two hours from Pretoria and under three from Johannesburg, while Polokwane is a mere 20km away. This area is a Malaria-free region, making it ideal for young and old alike. Its proximity has made this hotel the retreat of choice for locals as well as visitors from all over the world. This family-run establishment also makes for the ideal stopover for guests en route to the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Tom Shearer and his family have owned and run this hotel for almost 50 years. Tom established it with the goal of providing a unique centre for families and executive visitors to converge in an environment of complete convenience, elegance and top-notch service. Supporting the core family is a team of staff members that share the determination of the Shearers in providing only the best service with warmth and integrity. Of utmost importance is a genuine sense of hospitality, warmth, recognising the unique needs of each esteemed guest, adding a personal touch to all aspects of the accommodation and maintaining the natural beauty of the surrounding environment.
The Protea Ranch Hotel comprises over 100 rooms, including an opulent Presidential Suite and six Executive Suites in addition to standard rooms, inviting and comfortable in their own rights. The Presidential and Executive suites each have a private courtyard and spa pool.
Standard facilities in all of the 100 rooms include an en-suite bathroom, television with satellite, air-conditioning or fans, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a writing desk and a mini safe. Wireless Internet connectivity is available to guests, as is room service for 18 hours of the day. In addition, all rooms have access to the landscaped gardens, invoking an authentic sense of utter relaxation.
The following rooms enjoy the standard facilities of a tea- and coffee station, television with satellite and writing desk, as well as wireless Internet and room service:
The Family Self-Catering Room enjoys the standard amenities as well as a fridge and microwave.
The Protea Ranch Hotel has two restaurants, which offer a range that is sure to tickle the taste buds of our guests' discerning palates.
The Buttery, with its gorgeous views of the gardens, is characterised by simple dishes for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Open from 06h30, this is a convenient eatery for guests.
Basil's Fine Dining Restaurant has earned acclaim for its fresh flavours, local ingredients, international twists and excellent Sunday lunch buffets. This elegant restaurant boasts stunning views of the wooden deck, gardens and swimming pool, while tasteful décor sets the scene for a classic, somewhat romantic, affair.
Old Joe's is a fantastic bar in which to enjoy some of South Africa's favourite wines, a cold beer or a range of exciting cocktails. The plasma screens and tastefully decorated lounging area set the scene for sports events or simply relaxing with family, friends or colleagues. The Pool Bar is another fun venue in which to enjoy refreshing alcoholic coolers, but also offers a snack menu, swimming pool and lapa.
Gardens and Swimming Pools
South African summers are hot and sunny and, in most areas, the winters are also temperate, even warm. For this reason, visitors are likely to want to spend their time outside. The hotel is equipped with two heated swimming pools and two regular swimming pools. One of the heated pools is a spa pool, nestled alongside the beautiful rose garden.
Gymnasium and Wellness Centre
Guests desiring to maintain their fitness regime while on holiday will enjoy the well-equipped gymnasium with its changing rooms and steam room. It is alongside one of the swimming pools and is open all day.
The Protea Ranch Hotel has its own horse stables, home to approximately 15 horses. Staff members of the hotel will be happy to arrange rides in and around the game park on horseback.
The Protea Ranch Hotel is home to an impressive abundance of bird species, most rewarding for keen avian enthusiasts. These ones will also enjoy the hotel's close proximity to the Pietersburg Bird Sanctuary (20km) and the Nylsvlei Waterfowl Wetland (100km). Both of these facilities have been acclaimed as some of South Africa's best.
The Protea Ranch Hotel is great for young and old. Children are treated to their own playroom. This is equipped with a television, pinball machines, computer games, a pool table, table tennis equipment, a bowls court and tennis court. In addition, there is a trampoline, playground and animal farm in which young ones are sure to spend hour upon hour. The hotel organises games for the children on a regular basis.
A mere 15-minute drive from the Ranch Hotel is the Pietersburg Golf Club, which hosts the annual Professional Golfers Association of South Africa. It is also where world-renowned golfer Retief Goosen lives.
Archaeological and Historical
Limpopo is an area of particular archaeological value. African tribes once occupied these mountains and valleys and left behind them precious rock art, implements and even skeletal remains that tell a fascinating story about their lives and customs. Opposite the ranch is the Makapan Valley, soon to be declared a World Heritage Site.
Conference delegates and other corporate guests will delight in the range of equipment and services available to them. Business facilities, climate-controlled venues, and the great service to which our staff has committed combine to create a perfect venue for conferences, exhibitions, training seminars, workshops, meetings, team building initiatives and events.
The Protea Ranch Hotel is situated on 1000 hectares of awesome game park property. This is the choice habitat of Lion, Warthog, Giraffe, Wildebeest and Zebra as well as over 200 species of bird . Game Drives and Lion Tours - booking essential (minimum of 6 people required) Guided or independent game drives through the park are fun, exciting and rewarding ways to spend your time in Limpopo. Rides can be booked via the hotel. Visitors are transported in unimog safari vehicles, providing a unique and personal encounter with African wildlife. Depending on the age of the newest lion cubs, guests may have the opportunity to pet these adorable cats. The Ranch plays an important role in animal conservation, and the animals have starred in several local and international films.
The Protea Ranch Hotel is on the N1 highway / motorway in Limpopo, South Africa. It is only a two hour drive from Pretoria and less than three hours from the epicentre of Johannesburg. A 20-minute drive takes guests to the Gateway International Airport.
From Pretoria on the N1 North Toll Road follow Polokwane signs. Go through the Nyl Toll Plaza and about 50km on you will see "The Ranch Star Stop/The Ranch Hotel" turn off. From there follow the signs to the hotel. Approximate travelling time is 2 hours from Pretoria and 2.5 hrs from Johannesburg.
GPS Coordinates to the Hotel:
24° 02° 44. 84 "S
29° 16° 32. 43 "E
Length of Runway 1.2km