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Areena Riverside Resort

4.0 of 5
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Farm 694 Portion 7 | East Coast Resorts Road, East London 5259, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Somerset West, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is quite a massive complex and would be quite busy in the summer months. Fortunately we visited in low season and it had an almost deserted feel to it, with some of the lawns/gardens looking neglected. The location is nice, right along the river, however we were looking for some hiking opportunities of which there really weren’t any. We... More 

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Herts UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed for just one night here as part of a group of 8 from the UK visiting the Eastern Cape on our way up from East London to Mthatha. We stayed in a gorgeous little chalet which had one of the most comfy beds in which I have ever slept! The highlight of our stay was a late afternoon... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Areena Riverside Resort is great for long weekends and short breaks. We went as a couple, but the place is ideal for families, with lots of activities for children. The rooms were immaculate and modern, even though the resort looks a bit old on the outside. The bar area and the restaurant was beautiful. We loved seeing the giraffes and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed there for 1 night. It was beautiful. We had a suit. It was a strange smell. But the room was nice. The animals was beautiful. And we meet Abby :) I hope I will come back in the summer time. I would recommend this place. Peaceful and beautiful / linda from Sweden

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were visiting family in East London and they booked us in here. Whilst the staff were friendly after a long journey along the garden route arriving at 6pm we were disturbed to find the restaurant was not open and had to go out and get provisions as there was no shop open either for us to make an evening... More 

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

Thank you for your review, it is with your help that we have the opportunity to improve, implement more checks and balances and grow from strength to strength. Our restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesday, so if you happened to arrive on either of those days, that would have been the reason it was closed. We do not have... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were visiting family in East London and they booked us in here. Whilst the staff were friendly after a long journey along the garden route arriving at 6pm we were disturbed to find the restaurant was not open and had to go out and get provisions as there was no shop open either for us to make an evening... More 

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East London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Clean rooms. Clean surroundings. Animals all in good shape. Most enjoyable moments were sitting by the river and watching the sun set. The peace and tranquillity you experience whilst watching king fishers and the abundance of other wild birds cannot be explained, best to experience it for yourself

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We only had a morning to visit Areena, but what a great time we had! We took a quad bike tour which combined exciting riding with seeing wildlife up close. The highlight was seeing the many giraffe plus we got to meet Abby the giraffe. After touring the 350 hectare game reserve, we had coffee while the kids took a... More 

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Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

we did not stay here but it looked lovely however we did eat here twice and had a lovely, relaxing meal overlooking the river we were also kindly taken to meet Abby, the resident giraffe! thanks to all

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We stopped into Areena while staying at the delightful Yellow Sands Caravan Park nearby. We took an ATV wildlife tour with our kids and had the most wonderful encounter with zebra, gazelles, emu, ostrich, wildebeest, wart hog, Impala, and also got to meet the friendliest giraffe who let us feed and pet him. The kids loved it. Great experience and... More 

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