This lodge is set within spectacular scenery, approx 3 1/2 hour transfer from jo'burg. On our visit we were the only guests at the lodge which made the place seem very empty but nice at the same time. On our arrival we drove past some rhinos which were always located by the front of the lodge.
There are 5 lodges on the game reserve, the ravineside lodge is on the upper escarpment which is 30min drive from the lower escarpment (which is where the lions are) so this eats into quite a large chunk of your daily game drives. I would recommend to stay at one of the other lodges on the lower escarpement to increase the amount of time that you get to see the big cats, especially if you are only spending 2 days there.
At our lodge the pool was empty during our stay, not that this really bothered us but could some people. They did off to drive us to another lodge if we wanted to go swimming.
The food was ok but just lacked a bit of inspiration and quality. There was nothing to complain about but you was not blown away eithe. The choice was a limited and did not wet your lips. On our last night the manager booked us into the kingfisher lodge (5*) for dinner but again the food was fairly similar.
The staff were all extremely helpful and warm and made your feel very welcome. Your ranger takes you everywhere and looks after all your needs during your stay.
The rooms are set overlooking on the edge of a ravine which is a lovely setting although we did not really see much wildlife from the room (not that we were there much). All you can see is rocks and bushes into the distance. The bed was extremely comfortable but the bathroom was a bit dissapointing.
during our 3 days we see 4 of the big 5 which was great. The buffalo are rare on the reserve though we managed to see them but this was the first time our ranger had seen them for 10 weeks. the reserve is massive so this is not surprising but do not expect to see wildlife every minute of the day. On occasions we did spend a couple of hours driving around and not seeing very much. i dont think this is because there is many animals, it is just wildlife with free roam over a very large area.
Enjoyed our stay but not sure whether i was given any real reasons to go back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ravineside Lodge comprises tranquil thatched wooden lodges on stilts with magnificent views. Each lodge has 3 or 4 luxury en-suite bedrooms with an African ethnic theme. A private open-plan lounge and bar area extends to the open sundecks. From here guests may indulge in bird and game watching and experience the beauty of the ravine with the rippling sound of water far down in the valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ravineside Hotel Entabeni Game Reserve