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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 27 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...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I created an account just to write this review - that's how much we loved our stay. The location and value simply cannot be beat. You are only five minutes away from Malelane Gate, and I would encourage you to also take some time just to relax at the lodge. Johan and Daffue were incredibly kind and hospitable and happily...

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

IT IS GUESTS LIKE U !!!!! that makes our place, it was wonderful to share with u , and for the very, very nice review, glad that u enjoyed every moment + game drives. Hope to see u soon !! Kind regards, Daffue Johan

Canossa, Italy
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Surely the best accommodation we got in this area. The lodge building is located just aside of a dead end road, so a very quite place. Quality of sleep is excellent. Breakfast is delicious and served in an unusual lounge nicely furnished and fulfilled with lovely and interesting memorabilia. All things, also in the bedrooms are looking old and cozy...

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

So wonderful , to hear that our guest did enjoy River House Lodge with all the unusual memorabilia, "and brings you back to the essence, without unnecessary surplus." Yes, we do have wonderful bird life in South Africa and hope to see u soon with all your friends & family, it was really so nice to share our house/lodge with...

Guildford, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 September 2016

In my view River house lodge is a marmite kind of lodge by which I mean you will either love it as a classic car or hate it as frankly a bit of a wreck. The positives are without doubt its location, right on the crocodile river and it delivers on the wildlife experience promise with Hippo and Elephant right...

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Johan141158, Director of Sales at River House Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Axum, Thank you for your review posted on TripAdvisor. We were saddened to see that River House did not live up to your expectations as far as cleanliness, functionality and service is concerned. As for the clutter, photographs on our website clearly show what to expect from the River House decor. The very next review illustrates that many...

Maputo, Mozambique
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Perfectly and strategically located on Crocodile River, overlooking Kruger Park and equipped with all comforts and in a beautiful fashion. Dauffe is a lovely, caring host with whom we spent more than one moment of pleasant conversation. In the morning you can spot elephants, rhinos and other wild animals just in front of you, fetching water from the river... how...

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

Thanks !!! What a" GEM "u are for this nice/ beautiful review, I had a wonderful time with u and hope to see u all soon with all your friends !!! Kind regards, Daffue ( Johan)

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Breakfast included
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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: $185 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — River House Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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“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
“Ask Johan to fulfil your needs.”
 of 5 bubbles Willem1969, 14 Jun 2016 | Read review
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