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Areena Riverside Resort

4.0 of 5 Cottage   |   Farm 694 Portion 7 | East Coast Resorts Road, East London 5259, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014
NirBarNa Broome, Australia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Broome, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This riverine establishment is enormous and spreads over a large area of various types of accommodation from permanent tented, to motel style units, to wooden chalets all in natural bush and garden settings along the riverbank. There are many animals and various activities like quad biking through their enclosed nature reserve. People loved just fishing ( I saw huge good... More

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We had the privelege of staying at Areena over the weekend. The kids loved the wildlife, the open air and facilities in the park.. I would however give attention to the jungle gym that which in my opinion is a bit open on the sides for the smaller children and the pool area between the baby and large pool could... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We camped there for just over 15 days. Must be one of the best camping sites in ZA. Everything is well maintained and kept clean. Nature lovers paradise , the restaurant serves good food and makes the best breakfast. Close to a new and excellent Spar with Tops , Link Pharmacy , Service station.There is a lot to do ,... More

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6 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Areena is amazing. Great camping on the river. You can even go on a Segway tour to see the wildlife. But the best thing about Areena is Abby the famous Giraffe who loves kissing people. Being kissed by Abby is a once in a lifetime experience and kinda slobbery too :)

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7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We only stayed over 1 night in the campsite and we were impressed. The sites are very big and clean. The ablutions were spotless and in very good condition. There is enough space for the kids to play and enjoy themselves. Although the pool is not very big, the area was neat anx tidy. One suggestion would be that thete... More

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Turnhout, Belgium
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Last november my sister and I camped here 2 nights and although the weather wasn't that nice (it was raining the first night and morning) the experience was great! We put our tent up next to the river so we had an amazing view and the ostriches who are running free on the camping came to visit us. After BBQ... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Areena riverside resort met all the needs of my entire family during our past Easter Holiday . From the beautiful location to the many activities that involved my entire family from fishing, boating, water skiing, quad biking, horse riding,

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East London, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Stunning camping resort, superb all around Clean ablutions, friendly staff all around, secure environment Have to negotiate via roadworks on N2, R102 unsafe for early or late travel, GPS got totally confused (lol) not Areena's fault though Lovely place, free ranging game, lovely restaurant, canoes, quads, serenity. Chris V Chris V Chris V

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AreenaResort, Public Relations Manager at Areena Riverside Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely review Chris! The GPS problem is such an unfortunate one, and we have been trying to get them to correct this. Hopefully it will be sorted soon! Great to have you with us! More

East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Great place for caravaning or camping,Cottages and suites available, Located on the Kwelera River 25 kms from East London.Good birding and fishing 5 kms from River Mouth where there is an almost private beach, canoes for hire , restaurant and bar on site Great place to relax

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AreenaResort, Public Relations Manager at Areena Riverside Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such an stunning review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your next visit, hopefully soon!!! More

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10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We had a very spacious 2-bedroom chalet on the banks of the river at a good price. All staff were friendly and helpful. We recommend the quad bike experience through their extensive wildlife area, and the chance to meet Abby, the friendly giraffe, who will give you a very sandpapery kiss. Fantastic.

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AreenaResort, Public Relations Manager at Areena Riverside Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing review! Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so very much, we hope you will be visiting us again very soon for more kisses from Abby! More

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Additional Information about Areena Riverside Resort

Address: Farm 694 Portion 7 | East Coast Resorts Road, East London 5259, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > East London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 Specialty lodging in East London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Areena Riverside Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated only 23 kilometers east of the East London city centre Areena Riverside Resort has become a sought after holiday and corporate destination.Nestled on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river, is the Eastern Cape's best kept secrect. Areena offers everything from well grassed camping sites, self-catering accommodation, adventure village and game reserve, conference facilities, to an upmarket family style restaurant and pub.Areena is the perfect place for fairy tale weddings, conferencing, corporate teambuilding and school and church camps.At Areena, there is always something for everyone! ... more   less 
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