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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

You'll love it even if you are not Vegan! But if you are then you will be in paradise. We stayed for two days and one night, it felt like days and days there. Time slowed down due to the calm and revitalizing energy of nature, food and kindness all around. The forest is your garden, the birds are your...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me start of by saying I'm not a vegan, nor am I a hippy who lives in LaLaLand. Old Joe's Kaia is lovely, and oozes a tranquility..a calmness. What you see is what you get. It's not opulent. It's just real. That's what makes it so great. I was rather apprehensive about the food, as I truly enjoy my...

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear Werner, It was great to eat and laugh with you. What a lovely and sincere review, and that from a 'non-vegan' too! We are delighted that we managed to allay your apprehension regarding the food and that we even surprised your taste buds! We look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future. Best regards, The...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

But ........ You will find tranquility, peace and quiet here. The food was exceptionally good. It was so tasty. I never thought vegan cooking could be so satisfying. The rooms are rustic, clean and spacious. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. Thank you Marian and Paul for who you are! I will most definitely...

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear Su, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, the tranquillity, peace and quiet are just what we foster. Thank you for attending the cooking workshop, we hope you are inspired! We look forward to seeing you again and again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been wanting to stay at Old Joe's Kaia ever since I first heard the name in early 2002. The opportunity to do so only presented itself more recently in 2016 and now again in 2017 when I came to take part in one of the vegan cooking workshops offered by the owner. Old Joe's Kaia is one of the...

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear Barbara, We're so glad that you have realised your long term goal of getting to our little corner of the world and that you enjoyed and appreciated all of the little nuances and touches that are there to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Thank you for attending the cooking workshops and we hope that you are inspired and...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the vegan cooking course was amazing. a paradise where you would least expect it. the place to find peace and quiet and a personal touch. the rustic atmosphere is wonderful. every room and cabin is personalized.

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear Ida, Thank you for the lovely review. We're very glad that you enjoyed your stay and the cooking workshop. We look forward to hosting you again. Best regards, The Old Joe's Team

Benoni, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night only with a vegan friend, My lady friend & I Not being vegan, we did not really know what to expect & were pleasantly surprised at the lovely food produced & as our visit coincided with a cooking course we were privileged to have many vegan cooks providing the fare, which whilst not all...

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear David - thank you so much for your visit and being open to new experiences. We're glad that you enjoyed the grounds and appreciated peace and tranquillity, just what we promote and encourage! We hope you come back and visit again and thank you for the encouraging and sincere review. Kind regards, The Old Joe's Kaia Team.

Lydenburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing! Well worth a visit again... And again! Thank you Marian for who you and your establishment are and what you all stand for. Even for those of us who are not vegetarian, the food will be a positive experience and being so close to nature I surely found the establishment to be peaceful. The rooms are neat, comfortable, very...

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear Elize, Thank you for the lovely review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for attending the cooking workshop with enthusiasm and an open mind. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best regards, The Old Joe's Kaia Team

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Having seen it on many occasions, we thought it would be interesting to stay overnight. The location and surrounds are wonderful. HOWEVER, it would have been nice if someone had told us that the food was only vegan, before we sat down to dinner. We booked in for dinner, bed and breakfast - and there was no mention of it....

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KaiaOfJoe, Owner at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

It is most unusual for guests not to enjoy our meals, this includes non-vegans world-wide. We believe our offering is unique and a pleasant new experience for most people. Unfortunately our offer to prepare a different main-course and to do an early breakfast for your early departure were declined by you. At check-in you said that the room was ‘perfect’...

Reviewed 24 December 2016

What a fantastic stay. The rooms were cozy and peaceful; the gardens were beautiful, and the food was delicious you wouldn't realize it was vegan unless someone told you. This is a must stay for people passing by, or those just wanting to get out of the city and take a break.

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear Robert, Thank you for the glowing review and the positive feedback. We're delighted that you enjoyed the vegan food offerings. Come and visit again soon. Best regards, The Old Joe's Kaia Team

Margate, South Africa
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

What a gem in the lowveld. Marian and Paul offer fine-dining Vegan style. The food is delicious with bursts of flavour in your mouth! Rooms are quaint and comfortably furnished. Well worth a visit enroute to/from Nelspruit

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Dear FairlyFairy, Thank you for the delightful review and we're very pleased that you enjoyed the visit, in particular the culinary offerings. Please do come again, and again. Best regards, The Old Joe's Kaia

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
OLD JOE'S KAIA is a unique and small family owned and managed vegan guesthouse situated in the magnificent malaria-free Schoemanskloof Valley. This is a little oasis full of surprises. Expect fresh and unpolluted mountain air, fabulous scenery, prolific birdsong, and a wonderful relaxing, homely atmosphere. Known for its excellent vegan cuisine and fabulous wines, this is the perfect stopover en route to The Kruger National Park, Mozambique, Swaziland, The Panorama or the Lowveld. ... more   less 

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Address: N4 Schoemanskloof Road | Btw. Machadodorp and Nelspruit, Schoemanskloof, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Schoemanskloof
Price Range: $135 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Joe's Kaia 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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