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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rio Vista Lodge Malelane, South Africa - Mpumalanga