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Rippon's Safari Lodge

N2 Between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown | Eastern Cape, Sidbury, South Africa
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Rippon's Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I spent 3 nights here. We were pleased with the location of the lodge as it was close to the Shamwari Reserve. This is an excellent option for people who are looking for a safari that is authentic and close to the Cape area. The Game Drives were excellent. Our Ranger was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We stayed for two nights in a Long Barn room at the end of February and were very impressed. We went with low expectations, imaging something like a youth hostel – I think it was the Long Barn name that did it, but it was nothing like that at all! The room was very spacious and extremely comfortable. We had... More

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Address: N2 Between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown | Eastern Cape, Sidbury, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Sidbury
Also Known As:
Rippon`s Safari Hotel Shamwari Game Reserve
Rippon's Safari Lodge South Africa/Sidbury

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Welcome to Rippon's Safari Lodge, a new and exciting landmark in the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa's top game viewing areas - a lodge where down-to-earth affordable luxury and a respect for the environment go hand in hand - right in the centre of some of the best game viewing regions around. Rippons Safari Lodge is situated ... more   less 
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