Rio Vista Lodge

Stand 1062 Lebombo Drive, Malelane, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 1320
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8.8
Excellent
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(659 reviews)See what guests said
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9.3
Exceptional
Location rating score
Exceptional location
Parking
FREE

Highlights and ratings

4-star Hotel
"The family room was spacious with a kitchen and bunk beds in a small cubby."
joseph - June 25, 2017
Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 92% of guests
Excellent cleanliness
8.9 rating for cleanliness
Excellent service
8.9 rating for service
Excellent comfort
8.8 room quality and comfort
  • 700 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Sauna

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Kruger National Park in the last 24 hoursCompared to 620 Kruger National Park properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money8.6
Distance to city center1.0 Km
Location rating9.3

Rooms available at Rio Vista Lodge

8.8
Excellent
Room comfort & quality
Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
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  • Room size: 64 m²/689 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed
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Honeymoon Suite
Honeymoon Suite
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Park view
  • 1 double bed & 1 double bed
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Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • River view
  • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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Luxury Room
Luxury Room
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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 Double En-Suite Room
Double En-Suite Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Suite 2 Beds
Suite 2 Beds
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    Family
    Family
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      2 Beds
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        2 BEDS MOUNTAIN VIEW
        2 BEDS MOUNTAIN VIEW
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          Double Room Suite
          Double Room Suite
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            Frequently asked questions

            What time is check-in and check-out at Rio Vista Lodge?

            Check-in is from 1:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

            How do I get to Rio Vista Lodge?

            Rio Vista Lodge is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of ZAR 900. Just use the Let us know what you need section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Rio Vista Lodge also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the property's convenient shuttle service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Rio Vista Lodge has a car park available for guests. Car parking is free for guests.

            What is the smoking policy at Rio Vista Lodge?

            Rio Vista Lodge does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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            What people love about Rio Vista Lodge

            • 8.8
              Excellent

              "The family room we were in was very practical and convenient;"

              Musa

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              August 16, 2018

            • 8.4
              Excellent
              Staff 

              "Very good food at affordable prices and very friendly staff!"

              Khaled

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              October 22, 2017

            • 10.0
              Exceptional

              "This is our second stay at this wonderful lodge."

              Tracy

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              March 2, 2018

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            8.8/10
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            9.3/10
            Review score - United States
            8.5/10
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            8.4
            Excellent

            "A perfect place stay on your way into the camp or prefere st..."

            Khaled

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            October 22, 2017

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            Most talked about facilities

            Breakfast
            5 mentions
            View
            3 mentions
            Food & Dining
            2 mentions
            Housekeeping
            2 mentions

            What they offer

            10.0
            Exceptional
            Staff 

            "The onsite restaurant is a little gem and the staff are frie..."

            Tracy

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            March 2, 2018

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            Food and dining

            Breakfast options

            Full English/Irish

            Restaurants on site

            Restaurant
            Menu:Buffet

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            Reviews of Rio Vista Lodge from real guests

            Overall rating
            8.8
            Excellent
            From 659 reviews
            Provided by verified guests of
            Agoda Reviews (111)Booking.com Reviews (548)
            Rating via Agoda8.8
            /
            10
            Cleanliness8.9
            Facilities8.3
            Location9.3
            Room comfort and quality8.8
            Service8.9
            Value for money8.6
            High score for Kruger National Park
            Rating
            9+ Exceptional (31)
            8-9 Excellent (7)
            7-8 Very Good (7)
            6-7 Good (0)
            <6 Below Expectation (4)
            Time of the year
            Mar - May (4)
            Jun - Aug (15)
            Sep - Nov (18)
            Dec - Feb (12)
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            123
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Sara from United States
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 1 night in May 2019

            Great location, staff and rooms”

            Our stay here was perfect. We had a tidy room with a fantastic view, we loved the breakfast, the staff were very friendly and informative, and the location was ideal. We enjoyed our stay here far more than the days we stayed at the camps in Kruger. I would highly recommend this lodge.

            Reviewed June 02, 2019
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Sara
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 1 night in May 2019

            Wonderful staff and clean and lovely rooms”

            Everything about our stay was wonderful! The staff were all friendly and helpful and the rooms were clean and lovely. The grounds and the views were also fantastic! We would highly recommend this lodge!

            Reviewed May 29, 2019
            8.8
            Excellent
            Musa from South Africa
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

            Lovely lodge ”

            We enjoyed our stay. The family room we were in was very practical and convenient; especially so when you have small children ; it was one of the best we stayed in. The breakfast was good and dinner great. We didn't appreciate the owners of the lodge bringing their small dog in the restaurant while we were having breakfast; it made our daughters uneasy.

            Reviewed August 16, 2018
            9.2
            Exceptional
            joseph from United States
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

            Great Riverside Location ”

            Friendly staff from check-in until we left. The family room was spacious with a kitchen and bunk beds in a small cubby. The bathroom could use a renovation but overall, a good room. Only real issue was that a sliding door to the balcony didn't close or lock. Maintenance staff were in the room to work on something else so I asked him to fix it. He said "no worries" and left. I believe others have complained about this very thing. It didn't detract from our stay but needs to be addressed to make everyone feel secure. Breakfast was to order one day and buffet the next. Average buffet but menu to order was very good. The dinner was nice both nights and our child loved the Springbok carpaccio. Prices were reasonable. Great staff, fantastic river views with elephants and hippos. I'd recommend it to anyone.

            Reviewed June 25, 2017
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Tracy from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 5 nights in January 2018

            Wonderful location with great views and lovely on site restaurant”

            This is our second stay at this wonderful lodge. Set in a very peaceful location, overlooking the Crocodile River, elephants, hippo and other wildlife are often seen. The onsite restaurant is a little gem and the staff are friendly and helpful.

            Reviewed March 02, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Youssry from Egypt
            Group
            Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

            Will definetly go again”

            Very good location, staff are very friendly especially Ncamiiso , Christoph and Christina. Close to most attraction points like Malelane gate (Kruger), Matsamo culture village, Panorama rout and Sudwala cave

            Reviewed January 31, 2018

            Good day, Thank you for your wonderful review. We glad you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards Rio Vista Team

            Responded January 24, 2019
            Rio Vista Lodge
            8.4
            Excellent
            Khaled from Norway
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 3 nights in October 2017

            Excellent”

            Small family run lodge, with a very nice view of river and ridge just 5 minutes away from Malelane Gate. A perfect place stay on your way into the camp or prefere staying outside the camp. Very good food at affordable prices and very friendly staff!

            Reviewed October 22, 2017
            8.0
            Excellent
            JAMES from South Africa
            Couple
            Stayed 4 nights in May 2017

            Very good”

            The laundry room is situated next to the pool and is close by to some rooms,so the cleaners make a lot of noise when they talk to each other,impossible to have an afternoon siesta.Not ideal to have a laundry in the vicinity of rooms,let alone a swimming pool.

            Reviewed May 24, 2017
            8.8
            Excellent
            Phillip from United Kingdom
            Family with teens
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

            Stunning views”

            What can I say sitting in the garden with a cold drink watching elephants only feet away and crocs on the riverbank was stunning ,and the food was also excellent kudu steak being my personal favourite,staff and management also very polite and helpful top marks.

            Reviewed August 21, 2016
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Petr from Czech Republic
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 3 nights in September 2013

            could hardly be better”

            the staff, the room and the location

            Very helpful, caring front office - arranged our safaris (very good guide), fetched take out meals from Malalene when the restaurant was closed, arranged pick up from the long distance bus stop. Caring cleaners - perfect cleaning (easy in the beautiful new room) + fancy flower/towel arrangements on the bed. For views - what can you ask for more than elephants from the balcony?

            Reviewed September 23, 2013
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Shonna from United States
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 3 nights in October 2016

            Great stay”

            Every hard to find.. but everything else is great! Especially the stuff was super helpful

            Reviewed October 31, 2016
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Yek from Singapore
            Business traveler
            Stayed 1 night in October 2015

            Value for money”

            location, price & service

            Good

            Reviewed October 14, 2015
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Maria from United Kingdom
            Group
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

            Stunning location”

            Lovely accommodation located right next to Crocodile River. Fabulous restaurant The Deck. Friendly staff. Would definitely go back..

            Reviewed February 09, 2019
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Mohammed from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 5 nights in January 2019

            Good location for Park”

            Friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast and dinner on the deck overlooking the park was stunning.

            Reviewed January 24, 2019
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Juergen from Germany
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 1 night in September 2018

            A really good place instead of staying inside the Krüger National Park.”

            Nice, clean and big rooms. Breakfast at the river viewing Hippos and Rhinos.

            Reviewed October 02, 2018
            5.2
            Jill from Ghana
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 1 night in January 2017

            Convenient but not worth the money”

            We stayed one night at Rio Vista Lodge before heading into Kruger Park the following morning. The spot is convenient to Melalane Gate but it didn't seem worth the price. There were two adjoining rooms with a kitchenette. It was large but not particularly well-kept.The AC didn't seem to work well at all and there were posted signs saying not to change the settings. The sliding glass door did not lock and we needed to insist that a piece of wood be cut to at least physically block entry as they were unwilling to move us into a room with a locking door. The restaurant next door served a good meal but it closes down early so check the hours! Overall, not worth the money we paid.

            Reviewed January 16, 2017
            6.0
            Carol from United States
            Solo traveler
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 2 nights in February 2014

            Decent but will neither return nor recommend.”

            Food was good (when restaurant was open), place was clean, AC worked.

            Hotel Restaurant closed on Sunday afternoons/evenings and virtually no restaurants in town available... only one, Nandos. This should be on website; however, it is only mentioned at the very bottom of the sign at the outside entrance gate. TV options cut in half on Sunday and Monday. Decent TV offerins on Friday and Saturday, though. Not the best river location for most animals ... far shore is an embankment so elephants [et al.] don't easily come down to the water. It is a nice [and clean] enough place but didn't cover our wants, needs and expectations.

            Reviewed February 13, 2014
            10.0
            Exceptional
            colin from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

            Pefect retreat for the nature lovers”

            Went ther for two nights and loved every moment from checking in to checking out nothing was too much trouble from the management to the staff a big thank you to everyone from Colin & Aguida

            Reviewed June 13, 2017
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Leon from South Africa
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 3 nights in December 2016

            Great place wirh great service and we had a wonderful time.”

            Great services and great views and people. We had a great time. Thank you.

            Reviewed December 27, 2016
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Sandie from South Africa
            Couple
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 3 nights in September 2016

            EXCELLENT”

            We had a lovely room with a great view . Lots of animals from Kruger Park came to the river, in front of the Lodge to drink.

            Reviewed November 11, 2016
            123

            Reviews of Rio Vista Lodge from real guests

            Overall rating
            8.8
            Excellent
            From 659 reviews
            Provided by verified guests of
            Agoda Reviews (111)Booking.com Reviews (548)
            Rating via Agoda8.8
            /
            10
            Cleanliness8.9
            Facilities8.3
            Location9.3
            Room comfort and quality8.8
            Service8.9
            Value for money8.6
            High score for Kruger National Park
            Rating
            9+ Exceptional (31)
            8-9 Excellent (7)
            7-8 Very Good (7)
            6-7 Good (0)
            <6 Below Expectation (4)
            Time of the year
            Mar - May (4)
            Jun - Aug (15)
            Sep - Nov (18)
            Dec - Feb (12)
            All guests (111)
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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Sara from United States
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 1 night in May 2019

            Great location, staff and rooms”

            Our stay here was perfect. We had a tidy room with a fantastic view, we loved the breakfast, the staff were very friendly and informative, and the location was ideal. We enjoyed our stay here far more than the days we stayed at the camps in Kruger. I would highly recommend this lodge.

            Reviewed June 02, 2019
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Sara
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 1 night in May 2019

            Wonderful staff and clean and lovely rooms”

            Everything about our stay was wonderful! The staff were all friendly and helpful and the rooms were clean and lovely. The grounds and the views were also fantastic! We would highly recommend this lodge!

            Reviewed May 29, 2019
            8.8
            Excellent
            Musa from South Africa
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

            Lovely lodge ”

            We enjoyed our stay. The family room we were in was very practical and convenient; especially so when you have small children ; it was one of the best we stayed in. The breakfast was good and dinner great. We didn't appreciate the owners of the lodge bringing their small dog in the restaurant while we were having breakfast; it made our daughters uneasy.

            Reviewed August 16, 2018
            9.2
            Exceptional
            joseph from United States
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

            Great Riverside Location ”

            Friendly staff from check-in until we left. The family room was spacious with a kitchen and bunk beds in a small cubby. The bathroom could use a renovation but overall, a good room. Only real issue was that a sliding door to the balcony didn't close or lock. Maintenance staff were in the room to work on something else so I asked him to fix it. He said "no worries" and left. I believe others have complained about this very thing. It didn't detract from our stay but needs to be addressed to make everyone feel secure. Breakfast was to order one day and buffet the next. Average buffet but menu to order was very good. The dinner was nice both nights and our child loved the Springbok carpaccio. Prices were reasonable. Great staff, fantastic river views with elephants and hippos. I'd recommend it to anyone.

            Reviewed June 25, 2017
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Tracy from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 5 nights in January 2018

            Wonderful location with great views and lovely on site restaurant”

            This is our second stay at this wonderful lodge. Set in a very peaceful location, overlooking the Crocodile River, elephants, hippo and other wildlife are often seen. The onsite restaurant is a little gem and the staff are friendly and helpful.

            Reviewed March 02, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Youssry from Egypt
            Group
            Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

            Will definetly go again”

            Very good location, staff are very friendly especially Ncamiiso , Christoph and Christina. Close to most attraction points like Malelane gate (Kruger), Matsamo culture village, Panorama rout and Sudwala cave

            Reviewed January 31, 2018

            Good day, Thank you for your wonderful review. We glad you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards Rio Vista Team

            Responded January 24, 2019
            Rio Vista Lodge
            8.4
            Excellent
            Khaled from Norway
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 3 nights in October 2017

            Excellent”

            Small family run lodge, with a very nice view of river and ridge just 5 minutes away from Malelane Gate. A perfect place stay on your way into the camp or prefere staying outside the camp. Very good food at affordable prices and very friendly staff!

            Reviewed October 22, 2017
            8.0
            Excellent
            JAMES from South Africa
            Couple
            Stayed 4 nights in May 2017

            Very good”

            The laundry room is situated next to the pool and is close by to some rooms,so the cleaners make a lot of noise when they talk to each other,impossible to have an afternoon siesta.Not ideal to have a laundry in the vicinity of rooms,let alone a swimming pool.

            Reviewed May 24, 2017
            8.8
            Excellent
            Phillip from United Kingdom
            Family with teens
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

            Stunning views”

            What can I say sitting in the garden with a cold drink watching elephants only feet away and crocs on the riverbank was stunning ,and the food was also excellent kudu steak being my personal favourite,staff and management also very polite and helpful top marks.

            Reviewed August 21, 2016
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Petr from Czech Republic
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 3 nights in September 2013

            could hardly be better”

            the staff, the room and the location

            Very helpful, caring front office - arranged our safaris (very good guide), fetched take out meals from Malalene when the restaurant was closed, arranged pick up from the long distance bus stop. Caring cleaners - perfect cleaning (easy in the beautiful new room) + fancy flower/towel arrangements on the bed. For views - what can you ask for more than elephants from the balcony?

            Reviewed September 23, 2013
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Shonna from United States
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 3 nights in October 2016

            Great stay”

            Every hard to find.. but everything else is great! Especially the stuff was super helpful

            Reviewed October 31, 2016
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Yek from Singapore
            Business traveler
            Stayed 1 night in October 2015

            Value for money”

            location, price & service

            Good

            Reviewed October 14, 2015
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Maria from United Kingdom
            Group
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

            Stunning location”

            Lovely accommodation located right next to Crocodile River. Fabulous restaurant The Deck. Friendly staff. Would definitely go back..

            Reviewed February 09, 2019
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Mohammed from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 5 nights in January 2019

            Good location for Park”

            Friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast and dinner on the deck overlooking the park was stunning.

            Reviewed January 24, 2019
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Juergen from Germany
            Couple
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 1 night in September 2018

            A really good place instead of staying inside the Krüger National Park.”

            Nice, clean and big rooms. Breakfast at the river viewing Hippos and Rhinos.

            Reviewed October 02, 2018
            5.2
            Jill from Ghana
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 1 night in January 2017

            Convenient but not worth the money”

            We stayed one night at Rio Vista Lodge before heading into Kruger Park the following morning. The spot is convenient to Melalane Gate but it didn't seem worth the price. There were two adjoining rooms with a kitchenette. It was large but not particularly well-kept.The AC didn't seem to work well at all and there were posted signs saying not to change the settings. The sliding glass door did not lock and we needed to insist that a piece of wood be cut to at least physically block entry as they were unwilling to move us into a room with a locking door. The restaurant next door served a good meal but it closes down early so check the hours! Overall, not worth the money we paid.

            Reviewed January 16, 2017
            6.0
            Carol from United States
            Solo traveler
            Standard Mountain View Twin Bed
            Stayed 2 nights in February 2014

            Decent but will neither return nor recommend.”

            Food was good (when restaurant was open), place was clean, AC worked.

            Hotel Restaurant closed on Sunday afternoons/evenings and virtually no restaurants in town available... only one, Nandos. This should be on website; however, it is only mentioned at the very bottom of the sign at the outside entrance gate. TV options cut in half on Sunday and Monday. Decent TV offerins on Friday and Saturday, though. Not the best river location for most animals ... far shore is an embankment so elephants [et al.] don't easily come down to the water. It is a nice [and clean] enough place but didn't cover our wants, needs and expectations.

            Reviewed February 13, 2014
            10.0
            Exceptional
            colin from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

            Pefect retreat for the nature lovers”

            Went ther for two nights and loved every moment from checking in to checking out nothing was too much trouble from the management to the staff a big thank you to everyone from Colin & Aguida

            Reviewed June 13, 2017
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Leon from South Africa
            Family with young children
            Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children)
            Stayed 3 nights in December 2016

            Great place wirh great service and we had a wonderful time.”

            Great services and great views and people. We had a great time. Thank you.

            Reviewed December 27, 2016
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Sandie from South Africa
            Couple
            Luxury Room
            Stayed 3 nights in September 2016

            EXCELLENT”

            We had a lovely room with a great view . Lots of animals from Kruger Park came to the river, in front of the Lodge to drink.

            Reviewed November 11, 2016
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