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Rippon's Safari Lodge

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N2 Between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown | Eastern Cape, Sidbury, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We arrived at rippons safari lodge after a 45 min off road experience which was interesting as you go further and further into the bush....we were welcomed as soon as we arrived and checked straight in for lunch and out onto our first game drive...we booked 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it...game drives at this time of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

I visited Rippon's safari lodge with my parents for a weekend getaway last year. Very good service from start to finish. The accommodation was very good. The lounge and fireplace was definitely worth spending time in seeing that we had some cold weather. The game drives were good. We had ver nice sightungs of lions and cheetahs. It got very... More 

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stayed at Rippons for three nights and after a shaky start had a fantastic experience. We got lost while trying to find the lodge and ended up driving for over two hours in the dark around the Shamwhari Reserve!! We took the first left turn from Port Elizabeth signposting the Shamwhari Reserve instead of the second left turn. However... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had a fantastic 2 nights at the Rippons safari lodge. Our room was lovely, clean and modern. We were sent a treat to the room one night as well to celebrate our honeymoon - lovely surprise. Our guide Morpheus was brilliant, so knowledgeable and a real laugh which was good for him as he had a crazy bunch on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It was our second visit after coming initially in 2012, my husband booked it for my birthday and we combined it with driving the garden route. After our first visit we have recommended Rippons to friends and they have also had an amazing time. The accommodation is clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable but I think what sets Rippons apart is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Rippon’s Safari Lodge was a fantastic place to stay, and our safari experience was excellent. Our guide, Rhynhardt, was terrific, incredibly knowledgeable and very keen to show his guests the very best that Shamwari has to offer. We had very exciting close encounters with elephants, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and many more creatures besides. Rhynhardt explained all about the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

What can I say, we were truly amazed by the warm welcome we got from Brian and his team! With Rippons as our first destination we got to the beautiful lodge just after 1PM and after a full day travelling we were cooked an ostrich steak dinner which was a lovely start to the stay. We checked in no problem... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A 5* experience Brain and his team made you feel like VIPs , very friendly and nothing was too much trouble from the start the food was plentiful and tasty, accommodation very clean and comfortable . Brians stories in the bar in the evening were very interesting and funny ask about the ' cheetah and the elephant' he made you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

For our honeymoon we planned a three week tour of south Africa. Part of that tour was to include a safari. My husband is particularly interested in animals and I was happy to go as thought it would be something I would also enjoy. I had completely underestimated how much I would enjoy this. It is an experience that will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This was our first visit to Africa & so also our first safari, and I cannot imagine wanting to do one anywhere else as this was so fantastic. We found Rippons Lodge very comfortable and accommodating as they fitted into with the timing of our visit so well. The food was very good, just too much of it ! The... More 

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