We stayed at Rippons for a couple of nights at the end of our Garden Route tour, this was our first Safari so we were unsure of what to expect, but we were delighted on every aspect of Rippons. The rooms are quite large and comfy with patios that lead out to the garden and pool with a view of the valley. In the valley bottom is a lake where if your luck you may get to see the local hippo. The food was good and plentiful and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The game drives were amazing, it does take about 25 minutes to get to the Shamwari Reserve but the drive is enjoyable. Our guide was fantastic and all the rangers are in touch by radio, details of game are passed between rangers so you get to see all of the big 5. As this was our first safari I was surprised at how close the vehicles got to the game, especially the lions. One of my lasting memories of Rippons will be Brian’s stories each night when we returned from the game drive, in fact Brian has inspired me to return to South Africa again this year to visit the battlesite at Spioenkop. I have wonderful memory’s and amazing photo of our visit to Rippons and would be happy to recommend Rippons to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Rippon`s Safari Hotel Shamwari Game Reserve
- Rippon's Safari Lodge South Africa/Sidbury