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“Excellent gaming experience, not such great accommodations” 3 of 5 stars
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Ravineside Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Sterkrivier Rd | Upper Escarpment, Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Excellent gaming experience, not such great accommodations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

The reserve itself was amazing. Great guides, beautiful land, animals in their wildlife, and nice staff. The main lodge was nice. Good food and of course a bar. The last night staff cooked outside and performed native and traditional son / dance. It was a surprise and truly made the stay memorable.

The sleeping lodges were the only downside. Poorly lit paths, to poorly lit rooms, brown water and small bathrooms. Perhaps just too close to nature for me. The views from the side mountain lodges were breathtaking and you could see every single star. Not knowing what was lurking at you was a bit unsettling, but hey, that's a safari, right!?!?!

I would recommend this place, just know it's not 5star.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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MichelleBouic, Marketing & PR Executive at Ravineside Lodge, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Dear Branchlikeatree,

Thank you for finding the time to post this review about your stay. We are most excited to heat that your overall stay was a Legendary one and greatly appreciate the recommendation. Thank you too for your feedback – we value constructive comments and have passed them on to the Camp Management. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back for a future visit.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This was such an experience. The views, game drives, and adventure were just alot of fun. The rangers and staff were a great pleasure to be around. Adding to it the food was exemplary and it was a very comfortable way to be on safari. I went with my wife but this would be a great trip for an entire family. I really cant say enough good things about the staff at Ravineside. I was there for a Marathon in 2013

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MichelleBouic, Marketing & PR Executive at Ravineside Lodge, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Good Day Chris B,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property and we do hope you will be attending the 2014 Marathon? It gives us great pleasure to read that your overall stay was a Legendary one and trust that you will return again for another memorable encounter
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Stayed at Ravine-side for 5 nights in Feb 2014 and the entire experience was amazing from the moment we arrived until farewells from all the staff at the gate. The lodge and the surrounds were breath taking - both from the lodge & rooms and from the comfortable safari vehicles. The services we received from all the staff, front of house and back of house was second to none. Everyone went out of their way to ensure we had a truly unforgettable experience. The rangers Jan, Piet & Given always went the extra mile to make sure we got the chance to see as many of the animals as possible. The golf course was world class and very enjoyable to play. Keep up the great work at all of Entabeni and we look forward to returning soon

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MichelleBouic, Marketing & PR Executive at Ravineside Lodge, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Good Day, Georgebooth_5,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our Lodge. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay and delighted to learn that your overall stay was indeed Legendary! Thank you for the compliments on our property, team and game viewing – we have passed them on to the Team at Ravineside. We look forward to welcoming you back as our guest very soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We had a wonderful time att Entabeni. The most amazing environment, helpful friendly staff, more food than you can possibly eat....
The room was simple but clean, comfy bed, magnificent view. The game drives were an experience for life, cheetahs and lions so close that you could pet them ( but did not of course), elephants, giraffes, crocs, hippos and rhinos, we were in the animal wonderland. Do really recommend a stay, we will always remember ours.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Linkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Stayed at Ravineside för 5 nights. (traveling with Albatros). Very nice huts hanging on the ravineside with a great view. Occasionally the cute dassie family had a nightly fight or two under the hut. The rooms are basic but very cosy. If it's really breezy you feel the wind inside the hut.

Animals roam around the lodge freely so walking around by one self is not allowed. To get up to the mailbuilding you need to catch a ride and the rangers are quick to pick peeps up,

Staff is very friendly and helpful. If you ask for anything they fix it right away.
Food is good, especially breakfast. Everything is fresh.

Game drives are great too! Lots of rhinos, giraffes and lions. (at least for us). Our ranger Shaun had great knowledge of the animals, birds and trees in the area. He also had good skills in singing (the Lekker day in Africa song) and entertaining.

Had a great time and really recommend a stay here. Lifetime expericence!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Feltham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Went to the entabeni game reserve in October 2 years ago really fantastic experience 2 game drives per day lovely watching the sunset with a beer!
The food was quite good full British breakfast In the morning and a nice lunch and dinner a few times had a BBQ outside.
The lodge had a swimming pool and the rooms very clean and tidy with an ensuite.
The only downside it was 3/4 hours from the airport.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bodo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I was traveling with a group of 18. Is was a fantastic experience and I want to go back.

My room was located at Eagle Nest. 4Star room, with a big comfortable bed double bed. The bathroom was nice. The view was just fantastic.

The food was ok, but they should have more options.

The safari-part was fantastic, the animals just walking around the car as close as 1-2m. The car was very comfortable to be seated in. But they say that the animals are wild. We were driving after some animals in the morning and at the evening. And suddenly we find them. But the animals had a necklace with a transmitter.. So I did feel that they tried to trick us. And the are fences to keep them in restricted areas. To me it looks like that they were trying to make it more dangerous than it my be.

After all, wonderful stay!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Michelle B, Michelle Bouic, Client Liaison at Ravineside Lodge, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear Ferencz K,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. It is heartening to read that your overall stay was a Legendary one. Regarding your comments about the collars, we would just like to clarify that these collars are not for tracking purposes at all, but in fact used by our onsite researchers to learn more about the various animals in their habitat and is exclusive to a limited number of animals and species. Furthermore, the tracking system of these collars is not accessible by rangers or staff. Your bush experience was indeed a lucky one and by no means “engineered”. While some of our animals may be brave enough to walk right up to the vehicles, they are by no means tame. Safety of our guests, especially on a 22 000ha Big 5 Game Reserve, is our biggest priority, and the limited fences and signage you have seen is there for just that reason. We look forward to welcoming you back to Entabeni in the near future and trust that another Legendary experience will await you!
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Address: Sterkrivier Rd | Upper Escarpment, Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Waterberg > Entabeni Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Entabeni Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ravineside Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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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