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“CLIFFTOP = TOPS !!!”
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Clifftop Lodge
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Tzaneen, South Africa
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“CLIFFTOP = TOPS !!!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

28.09.2012-30.09.2012!!! We went to Clifftop for our 1 year wedding anniversary !!! First of all the lodge are beautifull - the decor stunning !!! The staff were going out of their way to make our stay amazing, the are so friendly and helpfull - from the cleaning ladies, chef, butlers - Ursela and Sue are such warm people !!! Then there is the Rangers - Odette you were excellent, and our encounter with the elephants and lions were awesome !!! We will never forget that game drive !!! The food = 5* !!!!! We will go bach there anytime !!! One of our favourite game lodges !!! Thank you so much !!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed here as a wedding present from my brother and sister-in-law, who also stayed at the same time. The staff were super friendly and helpful, the rooms were just beautiful and the views were spectacular. Odette, our ranger, was very accommodating (even agreeing to leave half an hour earlier than the schedule for our last morning drive) and we had some awesome drives. The food wasn't the best I've ever had, but being a chef means I'm usually overly picky and critical. It certainly was very filing and more than enough!

The day before we arrived they'd had a fire through almost half of the reserve, which meant that some of it was very black and burned out....but I think that also meant spotting some of the game was a little easier, as their camouflage was gone!

Would definitely recommend Clifftop Lodge. A perfect setting, nicely secluded so you don't get disturbed by other rangers, lovely staff and great drives!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Pity was there for a company off site but managed to enjoy the views and do a "game" once! the staff are lovely professional and very friendly and the rooms are beautiful. Food was excellent and plentiful also.
The weather was warm during the day and cold at night.

Room Tip: All 7 rooms have the same view of the mountain valley
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Our visit was from 09-12/08/2012 Lovely setting, amazing staff. Enjoyed the different settings for each dinner especially the wine cellar setting. The privacy of the suites are very good - unfortunately it was a bit cold to use our private pool on the deck or our outside shower. The views from the lodge are fantastic. The food was execellent but too much! Gerda enjoyed her spa treatments in the privacy of our suite while I could sip on a beer taking in the great view from our deck. Thank you Jan & Gerda.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Randburg, South Africa
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

I have been wanting to visit Clifftop for a looonnngg time and eventually my husband and I stayed there recently. It was really amazing, there is absolutely nothing i could say that we experienced that was less than EXTRAODINARY !
From the time we were collected by the gate by our amazing ranger, Odette, to the time we left, it was really a great experience.
The staff work extremely well as a team and it shows! management, ranger, hotel staff, everyone. They are there when you need something, yet they are not to be seen if you want a quiet moment to enjoy the most amazing view of this beautiful reserve.

The food was really great and more enough of it as well. Snacks if you dont want a meal as you were fend more than enough as it is, breakfasts, lunches and of course the extra special set ups we were given on both nights of our stay.

The room was amazing ! we were spoilt and upgraded to the honeymoon suite and wow ! I loved everything, the quietness, the decor and wow, the view !! The doors open onto a patio with a private plunge pool and if you stand on the edge of the patio, you are right in the reserve. The lodge is not fenced off from the reserve - you are literally right in the reserve and all its amazing animals ! Quiet exciting !

The game drives were really awesome. Odette really loves what she does and we experienced everything first hand. It wasnt the usual 2 hour game drive you normally get - we were really taken from point A to B to see animals.

The lodge is absolutely perfectly situated on the side of one of the mountains and you overlook the sterkstroom river. We were very lucky on arrival there was an elephant walking and grazing in his own time along the river bed for the afternoon.

The reserve is absolutely beautiful - the mountains, rivers and open plains all together makes this reserve something special ! Its beautiful and also majestic, really really something i havent experienced before !!

Overall, there is nothing bad to say about the lodge, the staff, the food,the reserve NOTHING !
We were treated with care, a genuine smile ! It makes such a difference !
It was a special getaway for us as we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and my hubby's 30th birthday and they made every second special for us, no doubt !

This lodge is very intimate and you are very secluded but to enjoy and experience, peace, quiet, relaxation and romance - you wont find any better place than this !

I would like to thank all you guys from the bottom of my heart for the amazing experience - Sue, Odette, Ursula, Advice, Joseph and all the staff that we didnt get to meet that work behind the scenes. You guys do well and work extremely well as a team ! The service was really something.
Thank you ! We hope to visit you again very soon !

Room Tip: Honeymoon suite - i didnt see the other rooms but this was just an amazing experience for us !
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Situated at the top of a ravine overlooking a river, Clifftop is the perfect venue for a romantic breakaway. My husband and I spent two nights at Clifftop and absolutely loved it. The rooms are very private and set up for romance - with private decks, plunge pools and enormous baths. We didn't get to use the plunge pool but it looked fantastic. In the very cold weather, two of our game drives were quite flat but our second morning drive was amazing - the ranger's knowledge of the animals added even more value to the experience. Each night the staff set up private, romantic dining rooms for us - once in the wine cellar and once next to a roaring fire. All in all, very romantic, enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sandton, South Africa
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

To anyone who whishes to experience the ultimate Game Lodge Experience ,there is only one place to go to and that is the Cliftop Lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. We spent 3 fantastic days in the company of exceptional staff , execellent food and experienced ultimate luxury . From the first reception on arrival to the amazing rooms ( we stayed in room 1) to the long very entertaining drives with our host "Mr Sivet Sebastian" who's passion for the environment and the animals in it rubs of on you instantaniously and lots of laughs. The time and effort the staff go to make each dinner time experience exceptional in a different venue each night was very unexpected but so appreciated our extra special thanks. To Ursulla , Sebastian and our butler that looked after us we Thank you for everything , we will definitally be back..for more

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Clifftop Lodge
Address: Welgevonden Game Reserve | East Gate Entrance, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
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Ranked #4 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Clifftop Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clifftop Exclusive Safari Lodge is an exquisite bushveld hideaway, a unique resort, where service is understood and luxury is elegantly understated. The setting is breath taking and provides a beautiful African backdrop for a world of easy going elegance.All 8 suites have a private deck with plunge pool,thatched sala and indoor and outdoor lounges. The en-suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, separate bath and bath consumables. The suites are non-smoking and have air conditioning, direct dial telephones, hairdryers, hotel stationery, mini bars, room safes, electric blankets and tea/coffee making facilities. Private Wine Cellar dinners are available by prior arrangement.The Lodge is situated in the 36000ha malaria-free Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains, offering the Big 5. Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per night.Halaal, Kosher and any other special meal requirements are catered for by prior arrangement. ... more   less 
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