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... various trips and safaris for us whilst we were there. The pool is fantastic, the rooms are spacious and well appointed, and...
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... The accommodation is dated and not well maintained. The pool did not look clean and the upper lounge had a large section...
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... immaculately, each with their own design. The kids loved the pool. There’s a well equipped gym for when you realise you over...
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The_Wire wrote a review Nov 2023
Usk, United Kingdom13 contributions3 helpful votes
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We had a family holiday at Sunset Lodge in October 23. From the moment we arrived at the lodge, where we were welcomed with traditional African singing, we knew we'd chosen the right place. The lodge is luxurious and spacious whilst retaining the spirit of real Africa. Vince and Toni are wonderful hosts, and arranged various trips and safaris for us whilst we were there. The pool is fantastic, the rooms are spacious and well appointed, and the food (cooked by the wonderful Beauty) is to die for.

You are right in the middle of nature. We saw giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthogs - all from the comfort of the lodge. It really is quite surreal having breakfast with a family of giraffe stood only feet away! We also went on game drives, again organised by Vince, where we saw leopards, lions and rhinos. The Jubulani elephant sanctuary is also close by, and whilst it's an early start I advise you not to miss it. Really an incredible experience!

Nice atmos all round really. Already looking at dates for next year.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris
Responded 12 Dec 2023
Thank you for your lovely review. We are indeed looking forward to your visit next year! From the entire Sunset Team
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jtm472015 wrote a review May 2015
Ottawa, Canada3 contributions3 helpful votes
Judging from many of the other reviews, I don't think we stayed at the same place. We never met Edwina and saw Wayne for about 3 minutes on arrival and 5 on departure (mostly settling the bill).

The game drives were the only saving grace of this tour, but it took an hour to get to the park gate and 20 minutes more before the administration was completed and we could actually start the drive.

This was one of the most disappointing trips I have ever had. The accommodations could only be considered luxurious if compared to a two star motel or children"s summer camp. My wife and were put in a room with a broken sink, even though 4 other rooms were unoccupied. My correspondence with Themba, prior to booking, confirmed the following would be provided on our private safari:

• Champagne breakfast on day two and day four

• High Tea on day three

• Guided Nature Walk on day three

• Bottled drinking water on all safari drives

• Binoculars provided for safari game drive

None of these amenities or services were provided. In fact on day three after returning from our game drive around 5 p.m. we were expecting a high tea but instead had to wait until 8:30 pm before dinner was provided, because a new group had arrived and were out on their late viewing drive. The website did not indicate that eating arrangements were to be a group affair at set times, with no alternatives in either seating or choice of food. The website in fact stated that dinner would be served " a la carte".

The accommodation is dated and not well maintained. The pool did not look clean and the upper lounge had a large section in which the floor boards had been torn up and not replaced.

When I wrote to Themba about my concerns, part of the reply was "Perhaps then you should have rather stayed in your own Country and gone to a summer camp?" They concluded by promising to get back to me which they have not done.

As noted, the game drives were good but find another lodge, preferably one inside Kruger Park.
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris
Responded 22 Feb 2022
Thank you for your friendly review and for taking the time to write the review. We apologise for the late response. We are the new owners since February 2020, we have made numerous changes to the lodge including a restaurant and deck overlooking the waterhole and welcome all our guests around the new boma. The new restaurant and deck ensures that everybody gets beautiful sightings of the animals on a regular basis. Much appreciated Sunset Management.
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Chris C wrote a review Nov 2023
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My wife and I brought the whole family on our honeymoon. From young to old, we all had a great time at Sunset: amazing wildlife, stunning landscapes, beautiful rooms, excellent food and local expertise provided by Vince, Toni and the team.

The lodge itself is beautiful, with stunning views of the Drakensberg mountain range. The rooms are all decorated immaculately, each with their own design. The kids loved the pool. There’s a well equipped gym for when you realise you over indulged at dinner the night before. And the high level viewing deck means you can see further into the bush to spot the wildlife.

Vince and Toni organised all our excursions, including big 5 safaris in the Kruger, quad biking wildlife trips, small aircraft sight seeing flights etc. But the personal touch provided by the team on walks around the lodge were the best, allowing you to get up close and personal with termites, zebras, impalas, trees, plants and even different animal dung!

Each night, amazing food was served, sitting on the patio, sometimes just a few yards away from warthogs, buffalo and nyalas. We had some lovely evenings watching the meat cook on the braai, with a glass of wine as the sunset.

The kids loved it and were kept entertained even when their attention span for nature started to wain (translation: the wifi always worked).

The older folks amongst us truly appreciated the different world you step into when you stay at Sunset. The beauty of the place is matched by the knowledge that the team provide and the support they provide in arranging all your trips.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris
Responded 10 Nov 2023
Dear Chris and family, thank you very much for the review. It was a pleasure having you at the lodge and seeing the kids enjoy the pool and the animals as well as teaching them about nature. Thank you for the compliments it is highly appreciated. From all of us at Sunset.
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Passenger792215 wrote a review Nov 2023
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We were in October in South Africa and had the pleasure of staying for a week at the Sunset Game Lodge.
As we set our foot on the property, we were captivated by its natural beauty and the surroundings.
Our room was spacious, well decorated and we loved it's natural charm. We were surprised every morning by the wild animals passing right by our terrace, including warthogs, giraffes and buffalo.
The incredible level of service provided by the staff and the hosts Vince and Toni, was another highlight of our stay. Their graciousness and attentiveness made us feel special. We loved hearing about their local insights, culture or just simple engaging in their conversation.
Every day the hosts created a menu according to our wishes including vegetarian and meat options. They even joined us at table outdoors for the meals, which was simply phenomenal.
We enjoyed the pool and a great variety of the activities such as the Bush walk, Game Drive, Mariepskop Mountain and Blyde River Canyon.
To conclude we were left with beautiful memories of Sunset Game Lodge and its fascinating location but also a deep appreciation and connection with these gracious hosts and their staff.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you rent a car to go there, then go for a SUV or 4x4. There is a dirt road leading to the lodge
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Response from Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris
Responded 26 Nov 2023
Dear Axel and Krish, what an absolute privilege it was to have you staying with us. Thank you for the review and for taking the time to write the review. We are so looking forward to a return visit, perhaps we can take a drive to Mozambique for a few days, a Bush and Beach Holiday! Wishing you everything that is good, from all of us at Sunset Lodge and Safaris
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Bryony Kate Howard wrote a review Feb 2022
London, United Kingdom203 contributions178 helpful votes
I don’t really know where to begin with this one, so amazing was the experience!
Upon arriving we were met by the lovely, unflappable and competent Tony. His manner was very soothing after a long drive. We were in room 7 which was everything we hoped it would be, containing, amongst other things, an outdoor shower! It was also beautifully furnished with an amazing view.

After we had settled in, we met Vince, Tony’s counterpart and all-round witty chef supreme. We discovered this at dinner when an aromatic prawn curry of such high standards was made, we thought we were in heaven. It turned out that Vince is a clean eater, makes everything from scratch, everything is bio, etc. It was lovely. Very good for those Europeans who want to eat healthily. Eveningly meals if you are not in a group are communal and conversation just flowed. Herds of buffalos often graze nearby. Just lovely.

The next day, Tony and Vince took us on a game drive which was lovely and such fun. So many amazing birds in Guernsey Private Nature Reserve. All with hilarious on-point running commentary throughout from Vince.

The staff at Sunset lodge are extremely well-trained which is not a given in South Africa. They are polite, initiative-taking and very on-point. The pool and dining areas are beautiful and everything was just perfect.

Put simply, we are counting the days until we can return!

Thank you Vince and Tony for your amazing hospitality!
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Date of stay: February 2022
Room Tip: Room 7 has the most animals approaching it and is a bit set away from the others
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Response from Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris
Responded 22 Feb 2022
Dear Bryony and Frank, often guests, like yourselves, will bring our the best in hosts and their staff. We enjoyed every moment that you were here with us equally as much as you did. Yes we do offer REAL FOOD as our only option but it was the enjoyment of seeing you lapping it up that also counted. Sunset Game Lodge lends itself to a cosy and friendly environment and the view from the restaurant deck helps tremendously in this regard but the friendly banter between yourselves and our other guests were part of the delightful entertainment. Thank you once again for having stayed with us and we certainly look forward to your next visit! Yours truly Vincent and Toni
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