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“Amazing Raptor's Retreat, amazing people, amazing weekend!”

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Raptor Retreat Game Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Amazing Raptor's Retreat, amazing people, amazing weekend!”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We spent an awesome weekend at Raptor's Retreat about a month ago. From the great reviews on Tripadvisor we knew that it was going to be a good weekend. What we could not foresee was that Keith and Sharmaine would welcome us in their bush paradise as if we were special friends. The welcome by staff was greatly appreciated and we were very impressed with our 'room in the woods' - Elephant Room. At dinner we met other guests and Keith had all of us in sitches all the time. We gained a huge amount of knowledge from the game drive and Sharmaine and her staff's cooking was excellent. Departure time arrived all too soon :-(, but we promised ourselves that we would be back soon.

Room Tip: We had Elephant room which was excellent.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We had a wonderful time at Raptor Retreat Game lodge. The accommodation is top notch and Sharmaine and Keith are amazing gracious hosts. Game drives with Keith were entertaining and full of interesting facts about the animals and nature. Every meal was a delight and we hope to visit this little paradise again.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Where to start, a dream holiday come true! From a very warm welcome to incredible rooms, Raptors Retreat keeps on giving. Sharmaine's incredibly hearty meals were a warm welcome at mealtimes, as well as Keith's antics.
Keith took us for a wonderful private game drive and impressed us by sharing loads of knowledge about the bush. All the staff made made our experience an unforgettable one, and we also thank you for the prompt assistance on getting our vehicle started that had a weak battery.

We Shall Recommend Raptors Retreat to everyone that we cross paths on, as we cannot stop talking about it. Not only is it a wonderful luxury lodge on a Big 5 reserve, but together Keith and Sharmaine offer guests such an incredible personal experience, that no other lodge or facility can ever touch!

Well Done Guys! Really looking forward to our next visit in the future.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

What an amazing few days!! We had a wonderful time at Raptor Retreat- Keith and Sharmaine are excellent hosts. The rooms were gorgeous with wonderful views into the bush from your private deck. Each meal was excellent and delicious!! We hope to be back soon for another visit to this piece of paradise.

Room Tip: Any room is great!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We received a very warm welcome on arrival. The room was decorated beautifully. It was cleaned every morning whilst we were enjoying a delicious breakfast. After an equally delicious dinner we would arrive back to our room where the mosquito nets around the bed had been drawn and a Lindt chocolate had been left on our side table. We will definitely go back.

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

This holiday was the best bush holiday my husband and I have ever had. The rumors are true- this place is truly a hidden gem! My daughter had sent my husband and I for some TLC time away to the bush as we are constantly working and never really get a time-out. I have to say, we were so wonderfully welcomed by our hosts and were so well taken care of for the duration of our stay. Everything from the delicious home-made meals (including fresh breads and delicious shortbread biscuits) to the impeccably clean linen was reason enough to feel like you were at one of the best hotels in South Africa! Our dietary requirements were handled so swiftly, and we even had a special table set up on our deck for a bit of bonding time over dinner...

To put it frankly, there are no lengths that our hosts Charmaine and Keith, would not go to so that my husband and I were comfortable. What warm and generous people, you would not believe that such attention to guests was possible. It really does feel like a home away from home... all the way to the point where they are concerned about you getting home safely!

Thanks for a memorable stay!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

My husband & I have been to many places & this was definitely one of the best bush experiences we've had! Service, room & toiletries were excellent & the owner's knowledge of the bush great. Loved it!

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Property: Raptor Retreat Game Lodge
Address: 39 Parsons Nature Reserve | Kt 155, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Raptor Retreat Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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