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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 October 2015

I visited Rippon safari lodge in October 2013 and it was one of the greatest experiences ive ever had. The moment we arrived until the moment we left the staff were fantastic and could not do enough for you. The grounds surrounding the lodge are amazing with little creatures and animals often roaming around. The rooms and whole lodge have... More 

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North Yorkshire
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We arrived at rippons safari lodge after a 45 min off road experience which was interesting as you go further and further into the bush....we were welcomed as soon as we arrived and checked straight in for lunch and out onto our first game drive...we booked 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it...game drives at this time of... More 

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Rastatt, Germany
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Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

I visited Rippon's safari lodge with my parents for a weekend getaway last year. Very good service from start to finish. The accommodation was very good. The lounge and fireplace was definitely worth spending time in seeing that we had some cold weather. The game drives were good. We had ver nice sightungs of lions and cheetahs. It got very... More 

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Ireland
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed at Rippons for three nights and after a shaky start had a fantastic experience. We got lost while trying to find the lodge and ended up driving for over two hours in the dark around the Shamwhari Reserve!! We took the first left turn from Port Elizabeth signposting the Shamwhari Reserve instead of the second left turn. However... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We had a fantastic 2 nights at the Rippons safari lodge. Our room was lovely, clean and modern. We were sent a treat to the room one night as well to celebrate our honeymoon - lovely surprise. Our guide Morpheus was brilliant, so knowledgeable and a real laugh which was good for him as he had a crazy bunch on... More 

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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

It was our second visit after coming initially in 2012, my husband booked it for my birthday and we combined it with driving the garden route. After our first visit we have recommended Rippons to friends and they have also had an amazing time. The accommodation is clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable but I think what sets Rippons apart is... More 

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Thank Donna F
England
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Rippon’s Safari Lodge was a fantastic place to stay, and our safari experience was excellent. Our guide, Rhynhardt, was terrific, incredibly knowledgeable and very keen to show his guests the very best that Shamwari has to offer. We had very exciting close encounters with elephants, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and many more creatures besides. Rhynhardt explained all about the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 15 June 2014

What can I say, we were truly amazed by the warm welcome we got from Brian and his team! With Rippons as our first destination we got to the beautiful lodge just after 1PM and after a full day travelling we were cooked an ostrich steak dinner which was a lovely start to the stay. We checked in no problem... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

A 5* experience Brain and his team made you feel like VIPs , very friendly and nothing was too much trouble from the start the food was plentiful and tasty, accommodation very clean and comfortable . Brians stories in the bar in the evening were very interesting and funny ask about the ' cheetah and the elephant' he made you... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

For our honeymoon we planned a three week tour of south Africa. Part of that tour was to include a safari. My husband is particularly interested in animals and I was happy to go as thought it would be something I would also enjoy. I had completely underestimated how much I would enjoy this. It is an experience that will... More 

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  • Free Parking
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Rippon's Safari Lodge, a new and exciting landmark in the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa's top game viewing areas - a lodge where down-to-earth affordable luxury and a respect for the environment go hand in hand - right in the centre of some of the best game viewing regions around. Rippons Safari Lodge is situated ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rippon's Safari Lodge

Address: N2 Between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown | Eastern Cape, Sidbury, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Sidbury
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Rippon`s Safari Hotel Shamwari Game Reserve
Rippon's Safari Lodge South Africa/Sidbury
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“Choose the long barn...patio area is a sun trap...room looks out over the valley and watering hole...rooms are massive with the biggest bathroom I've ever seen!”
 of 5 bubbles BillandDorothy, 2 Aug 2014 | Read review
“All 3 room types are very spacious and modern. The long barn is good for couples and it overlooks the pool and valley. There are 2 annexe rooms which are the size of cottages inside which would be perfect for families or a group of friends.”
 of 5 bubbles SebBurgess92, 15 Jun 2014 | Read review
“The Long Barn was a good choice for us”
 of 5 bubbles Holleeds, 3 May 2014 | Read review
“Couples should ask for a room in the Long Barn as no children allowed. Rooms in the house are 2 floor suites ideal for families or several couples travelling together. The Old Vet building has around 5 smaller suites but still much larger than an average European Hotel, and have seperate bunk bed room for children”
  • Elephant drinking from the waterhole below the Rippon's Pool
 of 5 bubbles 588gilliant, 25 Apr 2014 | Read review
“We stayed in the accommodation overlooking the pool area (The Barn?) - it was fine.”
 of 5 bubbles steveBray, 2 Apr 2014 | Read review
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