By TUMO MOKONE
BOLOVIA is a small country in South America, but in Polokwane the name means something BIG…Bolivia Lodge.
It is arguably the biggest lodge in Limpopo capital, with 106 rooms, all en-suite. To vouch for its size claim, Bolivia has 15 conference venues, which can accommodate up to 1 400 guests!
Though Sports Focus was not much interested in conferencing matters in our recent sleep-over visit there, we however admirably noted how well equipped the conference and rooms were.
As if that was not enough, during our stay there, the lodge had erected a huge marquee for additional conferencing or function space.
Bolivia’s choice of location on the R526 to Modjadjiskloof-was an inspired one. Just over a decade ago the area where the lodge is built was an open bushveld and, interestingly, far out of town.
Today Bolivia has new neighbours in the Polokwane’s new elite business and politics, whose suburbs in the east encroach on Bolovia.
These residential areas include the new “Tender Park”, with its massive houses. Just opposite the lodge, a gigantic new mall is under construction. When it is completed later this year, the mall will be the biggest in the province of Limpopo.
But for being someone who is interested in simpler things in life, I just love the variety of rooms to choose from. All have the rustic look that takes you far, and yet make you feel really at home.
The TV and tea facilities made it for me; they proved relaxing enough.
Taking walks in the slightly wooden veld around the lodge is another simple yet inspiring experience which puts you at one with nature.
The lodge also offers free shuttle service to the local shopping malls, airports and other places for interest and pleasure.
As an accredited accommodation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the lodge is hard at work preparing to host guests of a different type during the soccer tournament during the June-July months.
The Polokwane world cup venue, Peter Mokaba Sports Complex (pictured above), is about 6km away, and so are the other sports fields.
However, one can enjoy alternative sporting activities within the grounds of Bolivia. You have to get there to know about the things that can make you sweat in the bushveld.
Above all, hospitality is the name of the game at Bolivia. The staff from the receptionist to the security guards, are courteous and helpful.
All makes a stay at the lodge an enjoyable one at all the times.
There is plenty more Bolivia caters for, than this article can accommodate: from small events, to big weddings and live shows.
For more information call the lodge on 015 296 0309 or 082 708 3775.