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Rio Vista Lodge

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Stand 1062 | Monte Vista Estate, Malelane 1320, South Africa
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was very impressed with this Lodge - stay was fantastic, service was excellent, great breakfast every day and rooms were lovely, comfortable beds, clean and well decorated. The restaurant is on the border of the Krugerpark and provides spectacular views of wildlife and sunsets

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

Perfect place to stay outside the Kruger National Park. No matter what food you order "its delicious" and well served. Clean and well serviced rooms. Excellent views and a great place just to relax. We visited the Rio Vista for the last ten years and every year is an improvement.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family run hotel with friendly efficient service. The deck restaurant and lawns are a great place for watching the elephants and hippos in the neighbouring Kruger Park come to the river to drink. The rooms are basic & clean, and the beds warm & comfortable. The only negative is that the internet connection is very weak, not normally a problem... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

4 star for the accommodation, 20 stars for the views, food and welcome! The Deck Restaurant is situated on the river so you will be viewing animals such as crocs, hippos, kudu, imapla, lots of birds and we were lucky enough to see elephants while eating. You will need to book a table to make sure you get the best... More 

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Hartbeespoort, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Being on the border of the Kruger National park they have the perfect location! The staff was friendly and the rooms comfy. The owners were keeping a close eye on everything and especially the older lady always friendly. On the down side. We were there on a weekend that they were fully booked so we stayed in a Rondawel and... More 

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Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by this lodge as I am not keen on B&B's and guesthouses. I can attest that our privacy was respected by all staff and the hotel type accommodation was spotlessly clean, comfortable and well priced. We had a lovely view of the river from our balcony. The food served at the open air Deck Restaurant overlooking... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I would probably not go back to Rio Vista if other places in the area were available, but I recognise I am a bit of a snob about accommodation standards, so have given it 4/5 anyway. It is a basic mid range hotel, reasonably clean and well equipped, which offers reliable accommodation at a very fair price for its in... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The 4 hour drive from Johannesburg Airport to Malelane was wonderful with scenic views ,in all directions, as far as the eye can see. At the age of 69 I have been fortunate and privledged to visit most holiday destinations, on my wish list, in the world, and did not quite know what to expect in South Africa. Our stay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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