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Rio Vista Lodge

Stand 1062 | Monte Vista Estate, Malelane 1320, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located right on the edge of the Kruger National Park, this lodge is superb. Its setting overlooking the crocodile river where on the other side Elephants graze in full view. Staff are first rate as are the lodgings themselves. While the town of Malelane is not a long distance away, when staying at Rio Vista you really have no need... More 

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second stay at Rio Vista and we found it the same as the first: simply perfect. The owners are on site. They are gracious and helpful. Staff is excellent. Food is excellent. And, the game viewing is excellent. You are just as likely to see elephants and hippos as you enjoy your breakfast before going to Kruger... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a pleasant stay at Rio Vista Lodge. We made the booking at short notice. A pleasant and quiet room with a good bed. Excellent breakfast - eggs prepared as requested, crispy bacon and well prepared chicken livers - and very friendly staff.

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Kent
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7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

A brilliant overnight stay after driving from OR Tambo Airport before going to Kruger Park the following day. Pixie, the manager couldn't do enough for us! We had a lovely room with balcony overlooking the pool area and river. We ate in the restaurant that night and the food was superb. A perfect setting overlooking the Crocodile river eating dinner.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Rio Vista was a welcome relief after a strenuous drive from Tofo of over eleven hours. I called them to book two rooms and was accommodated professionally. The lodge is situated on a bank of the Crocodile River with views and wildlife. The rooms are well appointed and clean. The bed was very comfortable and standards were good. The restaurant... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My colleague and I stayed over for two nights and had a good stay. The staff were all very accommodating; rooms were clean and neat. The generators worked well so we did not have to withstand the heat. The restaurant is situated right next to KNP and so wildlife spotting was a bonus; the supper was delicious (breakfast less so).... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Rio Vista is a perfect place for a stop over or for business, situate on the Crocodile river overlooking the river and the Kruger National Park, every time we have stayed there we have seen the elephants walking along the river banks, and other animals coming down to have a drink of water. The rooms are clean and comfortable! The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We had planned a trip to watch the Alfred Dunhill Championships at Leopard Creek, less than 10 mins away. What better way to end each day by returning to the Rio Vista. We were made to feel very special and welcomed. The hospitality and customer service we received was second to none by extremely friendly staff. The restaurant was extremely... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

One of the best locations on a visit to the Kruger National Park south, with a wonderful view of the Crocodile river and their margins in Kruger. Nice garden to spend the evening and an excellent restaurant. Clean and quiet.

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George, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This hotel caters more for business than leisure travellers, but proved fine for a stopover. Pleasant room, excellent breakfast, all in a most stunning location overlooking the Crocodile River and Kruger NP.

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