Grumble first...More signage needed from the highway to the lodge - that's it...everything else was marvellous! Excellent accommodation, terrific food, helpful staff and a particularly good guide/ranger for our trips.
We have to say that unless you are an Olympic standard athlete,a three day cycle of 5 am start, returning for a 9 am breakfast (huge and tasty), a light lunch, followed by a further 3 pm to 7 pm drive followed by a high quality dinner is just about enough for any mortal. Enjoyably exhausting says it all, particularly in view of the unbelievably rugged tracks traversed in apparently unstoppable vehicles. I would have thought twice about going some places on foot never mind in a two ton plus vehicle with 6 or 7 people on board!
Our guide/ranger (Jaco) had an uncanny knack of finding the wildlife and we quickly amassed a wealth of photos of every animal one could hope to see. This was an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons.
Please note that the warnings about cool early mornings undersell the truth - it's freezing! Lots of layers and a windproof jacket are just as essential as the Factor 30 sunscreen..... and If you travel as a couple make sure you each have a pair of binoculars - there is a constant stream of sights to see and sharing won't work.
- 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