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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Absolutely loved the view form our room and deck on the river... food was lovely and recommended if you love South African cuisine! Managerial staff very friendly and helpful, we felt soooo at home! Noticed that the rest of the staff wasn't too friendly or eager to assist when asked. Being a very warm area, we would've loved a little...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a long flight from the Uk and a 4 and a half hour drive from Joburg int, we were delighted to arrive at the hotel where we were quickly checked in, then we quickly put our bags in the room, then a quick look at the river and the kruger NP off the viewing deck, where we were greeted...

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Johan D, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

So !!! nice to hear and see that our guests did enjoy our"old fashioned" South African house / lodge !!!. Thanks for a very good and possessive review for all of us ( staff) at River House , that's why we enjoy our work and lodge, thanks again . Daf ( Johan & staff)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place was really special. The house was full of different stuff. And I mean full. It was nice and awkward at the same time. The rooms were modest, but ok. The aircondition worked well. We had to leave very early before the breakfast, but we got some snacks for the road. The best thing was the outdoor terrace by...

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Johan D, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

Dear "Something different", thanks for your review, yes we do have a wonderful view , of the river and Kruger National Park !! - about the meals , so sorry it was a misunderstanding then for u , it is called meal of the day, "typical " South Africa, and every body have a choice if they would like to...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect location close to the Crocodile River. We could see elephants and a lot of other animals from the terrace. The rooms are ok. But the place is not too clean, and the food was not good. I will suggest you have dinner in another restaurant. Service is friendly, but a bit slow. Wifi is working good.

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Johan D, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

Dear "Stunning view" It is so sad that u had bad experience at River House, I know it is not the guests problem , but when u were here it was a new chef and staff so sorry, and guest really don't have to go to other restaurants, we had wonderful reviews, - all just - a staff problem. Hope...

Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Great location and easy to find. The hosts are really great, we had many good conversations at the bar, and they hooked us up with a really good Safari guide for a day. There is great animal watching directly from the deck, we had elephants that came right up to the property and hippos were in the water every day....

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Johan141158, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

So glad that u relaxed and enjoyed our "old fashioned " House / lodge with us and the staff, really hope to see and all your friends soon. Kind regards, Daf ( Johan Daffue)

Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed for a week and had an excellent stay Kruger is on the door step less than 10 min drive to gate Clean tidy with lots of curiosity bits n bobs. The Kruger provides an excellent tv replacement service which varied every night we were visited by elephants rhinos hippos etc ! The conversations at night were varied and...

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Johan D, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks Eddie K / Monika !!!! , for this nice review, and yes it was such a pleasure u to share our "old fashion" house with the 2 of u , sitting at the pool relax and be part of the family , yes there is a new place now in Hoedspruit with the same name ...?? but we are...

Shropshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 December 2016

The Location is perfect and there is a lovely viewing platform which looks onto Kruger National Park. I stayed here with my Partner while he was playing golf and felt very safe even when I was on my own. Yohan and Daffy really are the best hosts imaginable and nothing is too much bother. Thank you, Hayley and Ashley

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Johan141158, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

Hayley and Ashley !!! it was so wonderful to share our "old fashioned " house / lodge with the 2 of u the first time, and I know that u would become family like all the other golfers !!!! and family - always welcome , see u maybe next year with the Dunhill or not in 2018 for the new...

Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We had the pleasure of staying one night and from the moment we walked in our faces lit up and were greeted by two charming hosts Johan and Duffy.. The family room suited us down to the ground and the observation deck over Crocodile River was perhaps the best on the river. Breakfast was excellent and plentiful and I am...

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Johan141158, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review and yes next time 2 - 3 days !!!??? and we can talk and talk ..... !! not only for 1 night , see u and all your friends here soon !!!! XXX Daf

Koh Tao, Thailand
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The River House Lodge is a fantastic choice for those who love rustic and authentic ambience in a familiar atmosphere - quirky and antique interior, loads of space to chill in the communial areas, beautifully decorated and quiet outside areas, guaranteed sightings of animals right down by the river (in our case elephants, rhinos, crocodile, bushbucks and of course loads...

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Johan141158, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

What can I say twice back in 2 week !!! and it was again so wonderful to have u back again , yes , hope again and again !!! thanks for the nice ( GOOD) review for River House, Johan . staff and myself !! Like u said " Don't come here if u need luxury touches all over "...

indianapolis usa
Reviewed 17 November 2016

If you want large TVs in every room this is not for you. If you want a truly memorable experience, this is the place for you.. My son and I have just had this. First the stunning back drop. over looking the Krueger. which is worth the stay alone, to our most gracious hosts. including Diesel the cat. Our River...

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Johan141158, Owner at River House Lodge, responded to this review

Kevin / Chris, Thanks for wonderful review, so glad that u enjoyed River House from the start to the end !!! and we hope that we are going to see u all soon , ?? Chris , your room is ready for u and your wife 2017 !! Like we said on Airbnb !!! you are welcome to River House...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We are situated on the border of the Kruger National Park which ideally situated to view and explore the Big 5 Game (Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, Rhino and Elephants). We are close to the borders of Mozambique and Swaziland. The KMI airport is only 40 minutes drive from our property. Our property is quirky decorated with personal collections offering old fashioned hospitality. From our furnished covered deck it overlooks the Crocodile river where you can view game drinking and bathing right in front of our lodge. Twitchers can also explore the huge array of birds that frequent our area and on the river. Enjoy a cocktail watching the sunset over the Khandizwe Hills. Open Safaris/ game drives into the famous Kruger National Park can be arranged directly at our lodge or on self drives from Pestana Kruger Lodge (Malelane Gate). Our Twin and Double rooms are tastefully furnished with en suite bathrooms, air conditioners, tea and coffee facilities and private balconies. Golf can be arranged at the famous Leopard Creek Golf course situated 7 km for our lodge. ... more   less 

Additional Information about River House Lodge

Address: 27 Vis Arend Street | Kruger National Park, Malelane 1320, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Malelane
Price Range: €131 - €172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — River House Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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“all the rooms have a river view but the higher the better.”
 of 5 bubbles Gjones1234, 13 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Views are exceptional”
 of 5 bubbles kevinb35, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The rooms on the second or third floor will have a better view out over the river towards Kruger”
 of 5 bubbles AzrouDC, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Best views, great price/quality ratio”
 of 5 bubbles sestante015, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Non-smokers please ask for a room on the upper levels.”
 of 5 bubbles 428francoisd, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
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