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Rio Vista Lodge
Ranked #2 of 12 Malelane B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

We spent almost 2 weeks in South Africa. This was by far the most interesting, hospitable, guest friendly, convenient place we stayed at and the wild life you can see while eating breakfast is amazing.

First, the facility is beautifully located right on the Crocodile River. Very, very quite and laid back. The restaurant is located right beside the river so that by the time we'd had breakfast and headed off to Kruger, we'd already seen hippos, elephants, crocks, monkeys etc. and the most incredibly beautiful birds. There are shade trees as well as a pool; it is both charming and exciting.

Second, I really cannot stress too much how incredibly helpful and accommodating the staff and management is at Rio Vista. We arrived nearly at midnight but were met by the security guard at the gate and very graciously, immediately shown to our rooms. We had booked the honeymoon suite because we thought it had the best river view but when we discovered there were better views we asked if we could change rooms. Answer-----no problem, would you like to do it now---and by the way, we will give you a refund as your new room is less expensive. I have never experienced more gracious, helpful, friendly service. But I'm not done yet. The service at breakfast and dinner was just as gracious and friendly. And, the food was excellent and incredibly reasonable. Breakfasts were cooked to order 3 of the 4 days we stayed there and dinner offered good variety and sinfully delicious deserts. The owner stops by every evening to just to check on how you are doing. This is an unusual establishment; personal and laid back. experience.

Rio Vista is a gem of a place in every way. I thank them for a restful and invigorating visit and highly recommend it to all.

Room Tip: Ask for the new wing.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

A small group of us stayed here when playing golf at Leopards Creek. We were so lucky to have booked into Rio Vista just for 2 nights without knowing what to expect as the main reason for being there was golf! The place is fantastic value, owner run and always around chatting to guests and as for the food ..... sensational! This was our 7th year of visiting SA for golf and stayed at many places ranging from international hotel chains to guest houses and this was the best due to a great combination of value, good rooms, friendliness, fantastic food and beautiful setting overlooking the river / Kruger Park. If we ever need to stay in the vicinity again we won't look further!

Room Tip: Ground floor are nice so you can open out onto the garden with swimming pools and short stroll to th...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

I stayed only one night at Rio Vista, unfortunately, on business, but will definitely return for longer as soon as possible. It was an unexpected delight. Situated right on the Crocodile river, my room opened onto the lawn and swimming pool, and looked across the river to Kruger national park. The hotel restaurant is designed like a game hide, on the edge of the river bank. In the late afternoon I watched 3 adult elephant and a baby on the opposite bank, and during dinner a lone elephant swam across the river to eat the river reeds right in front of the guests. Our breakfast entertainment was the hippo pod calling to each other, and popping out of the water in the river below us. My booking was done efficiently, the room was well furnished with unusual attention to detail, and the staff were friendly and professional. Overall, I found Rio Vista to be a very peaceful and calm place to stay.

Room Tip: I recommend a ground floor room which have glass sliding doors onto the grass and allow quick and ea...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

We had a Wedding that we attend at Rio Vista Lodge in January this year. We stayed over for the weekend at the Lodge. All the staff were so friendly and helpful. The rooms were very clean, comfortable, well equipped as well as beautiful decorated. The location is awesome with the Deck Restaurant overlooking the Crocodile river where you can watch the Elephants bathing in the river........we will be back for sure! Thanks to Anita and her Husband for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Rone292
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

The staff are friendly and the food is great, The whole family stay there for my daughters wedding some arrived late the Friday evening, And the restaurant did there best at almost closing time, we were 8 people having steak and we all got our steak just the way we ordered it, especially as we were so late in ordering just on closing time. Anita and Shaun went out of their way to made my daughter big day special for all of us. Rooms are lovely and clean with a great view.
Will not think twice about staying there again we all had a great time hope to see you soon all again and thanks again for a great time.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Anita and her team took great care of our video production team recently while we travelled through the area. The rooms were comfortable, the food great and the deck area was AMAZING! Such a treat to come back to after a long hard day's work - just to sit and chill with a long cold drink - overlooking the exquisite Crocodile River. We saw elephant frolicking in the water in front of us - hippo eating grass 10 meters from our table on the deck at night - and loads of birdlife. Highly recommended

Room Tip: Choice of bungalows with your own view of the river - or rooms in the area near the deck restaurant.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

I had a last minute stop at Malelane, and stayed at Rio Vista. They were so friendly and accommodating. The rooms are very comfortable and clean. They include tea and coffee and a fridge. The location is awesome right on the river. I had dinner at the restaurant deck and had a beautiful sunset view over the river. I left early the next morning and the catering staff packed a travel breakfast for me!
Thank you to all the friendly people at Rio vista lodge

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Kevin G
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Anita B, Owner at Rio Vista Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2013

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you again in the near future.

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Additional Information about Rio Vista Lodge

Address: Stand 1062 | Monte Vista Estate, Malelane 1320, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Malelane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Malelane
Price Range: £63 - £72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rio Vista Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rio Vista 4 star Lodge is situated on the border of The Kruger National Park. Experience spectacular views from The Deck overlooking the Crocodile River as animals come to graze and drink while you eat. A dam with various species of fish for the catch-and-release angler. An ideal location for a much needed relaxing break away. Rio-Vista is 27 roomed lodge, all rooms are air-conditioned with DSTV and bar fridge, swimming pool and secure parking. Our facility is child friendly with spacious gardens. We have a lovely thatched deck and cocktail bar with an open view into the Kruger park. Our a la carte Restaurant serves the best meals in the region. Lino's Lodge consist of eight air-conditioned single or sharing chalets , all with DSTV, private patio, and bar fridge. Relax in a homely atmosphere, close to shops and the Malelane Kruger Gate. ... more   less 
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