Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

East Gate, R517, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530 South Africa
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4.5
#5 of 14 lodges in Welgevonden Game Reserve
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Clifftop Exclusive Safari Lodge is an exquisite bushveld hideaway, a unique resort, where service is understood and luxury is elegantly understated. The setting is breathtaking 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.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Business Centre with Internet Access
Massage
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Internet
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
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Minibar
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Non-smoking rooms
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Dutch

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East Gate, R517, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530 South Africa
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moorgas_adrian wrote a review Jan 2020
Sandton, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For an Out of Africa Bush Experience that is out of this world you have to visit Clifftop Exclusive Safari. The Game Drives with the friendly, experienced Rangers were informative and fun with our G$T sunset wildlife discussions our face. Was world class having your own private plunge pool to escape the African sun during the musky hot afternoons. As healthy eaters we were a little worried about the food, but Hazel and the Chefs and staff went out to accommodate our specific requests. If you do go to Clifftop Lodge you are in for a treat from the time you arrive till the time you leave.

No cellphone signal in rooms and only WiFi at Main Lounge turned out to be a real blessing. We ended up chatting, swimming, reading, and napping for hours, a real recharging of our batteries.

Thank you Aubrey, our Ranger m, your passion will live in our hearts forever.

Lots of love
Adrian and Chantel
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from hamerkop11, Public Relations Manager at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 02 Jan 2020
Dear moorgas_adrian - Thank you for sharing your experiences at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway - we're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us and we very much hope you will visit again soon.
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Emerson F wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Clifftop on a friend's recommendation who is local to Johannesburg and we were very glad that we did! The lodge itself was fantastic with large rooms, private swimming pools and relaxation areas (we really enjoyed guest room 1.) The meals were excellent. Above all else, the safari experience was really enjoyable where our guide Greg went above and beyond to make sure our experience was memorable. We saw four of the big five (no leopard unfortunately) and also a group of cheetah hunting zebra. We found the experience much more personal than our time in Kruger - the majority of the time we were the only vehicle in sight. Would highly recommend this resort.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Nick Galpine, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 01 Mar 2020
Dear Emerson F - Thank you for sharing your impressions of Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and we're honoured that you would recommend Clifftop to future travellers - thank you!
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Foodeatersa wrote a review Aug 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to take a vacation for the first time since covid started. After ensuring that Clifftop took COVID protocols seriously, we decided to go there. We made an excellent decision. We were always giving a private area to dine in. We never had to ask after the first time when we let the staff know that we didn’t want to eat for other diners. This highlights the very personalized service that you get at Clifftop. Also, the private dining areas in the wine cellar, next to the pool deck and above the pool are all very romantic. The food was excellent. We are very fussy eaters and the chefs went out of their way to accommodate us.
The rooms are magnificent with their own private pools. The rooms are exceptionally clean. Again, making it so much easier with covid. It is just the most romantic setting. You are high above the Clifftop looking down into a valley with a river running through it. The game drives are great with very knowledgeable guides. Thank you Steve for the great experience.

I think recommending a place always comes down to one question - would I go back? Oh yes! The sooner the better.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hayley Knight, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 14 Sept 2021
Dear Foodeatersa, thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway and hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, The Clifftop Team
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Jody M wrote a review Oct 2020
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an amazing 4 days away. We had a few issues but nothing major. We did the booking through the main site (extraordinary) And to try and get a reply or confirmation was a bit painful. I had to mail them 3 times and call 4 times before getting any assistance. A few other issues we had was that my partner was vegan. Although the main meals were vegan for the most part, not all the starters, and none of the desserts were vegan. However with that said the Chefs certainly did an excellent job with the food. Absolutely delicious. Lastly the rooms do need a bit of a renovation as some of the doors didn't open and some latches were broken, and the taps aren't labled so you never know if you're turning on hot or cold water. Also the outdoor shower was clogged and didn't work too well.

Now onto the good. Aubrey, our ranger, was AMAZING!!!!! So knowledgeable, friendly, funny and just a lovely man. Cannot thank him enough for the amazing drives. 12/10!!! All the staff were so lovely and friendly, and willing to help with every request. A massive thank you to Naomi, Nicolas, Oupa, Keegan and everyone else. The views are to die For! Food is plentiful and delicious! Beautiful lodge. Comfortable beds. Gorgeous big bath. We will be back!!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nick Galpine, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 13 Oct 2020
Dear Jody0987, thank you for taking the time to post your review of your stay at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway. We thank you for your feedback and will be taking action to improve. We are delighted to hear that you did enjoy your overall stay and look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards, The Clifftop Team
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Tanja606 wrote a review Aug 2021
Gauteng, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the most beautifull place in the bush. The view from chalets were breathtaking and the sound of the river down in gorge so soothing. Staff was absolutely the best and sooo friendly. Chalet big and spacious and so clean and comfortable. Barfridge well stocked. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was lovely.
Gamedrives stunning and the picnic halway with coffee and muffins in mornings was special. The warmwater bottle on lap and blankets and ponchos kept the cold at bay. Afternoon drives also nice with a gin and tonic in the bush.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hayley Knight, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 30 Aug 2021
Dear Tanja B, thank you for your glowing review. We are delighted you enjoyed your Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway experience and hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, The Clifftop Team
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Maggie Fuss wrote a review Mar 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a party of 8 adults
staying for 4 nights. On arrival they had no details of the names of the people and a bit of a “scramble” to get organised. Half the group arrived first. 2 people are Vegans and this was a problem. I did speak to one of the senior staff, Hazel, who did try to make a plan and needs to be commended on her efforts to right issues. When she was not on duty their meals were not meals but just bits and pieces. There were 2 definite “teams” of staff, one seeming to be more efficient than the other. How many times do you have to ensure that the meals for the vegans are in fact vegan? There seems to be a lack of involved and proactive management. The GM, Corrie, was noticeable by his lack of regular presence.
There is a noticeable lack of attention to the maintenance of the rooms. Holes in walls where door handles hit, outside decking around the private pools that is badly warped and pieces even missing. Room 2’s “fencing” near the seating area was very wobbly and it was a sheer drop below. For a 5🌟 lodge this is not what one expects.
Our guide, JD, was excellent and was the saving grace for this trip. He was knowledgeable, engaging and made each drive thoroughly enjoyable.
Owners/shareholders need to visit this lodge and take steps to return it to what is was pre-COVID, according to awards won in 2021.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If you are Vegan, take some extra snacks.
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174jaco wrote a review Dec 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the best exclusive places in South Africa. Service and food excellent. Location and villas 5 star.
Safari fantastic. Staff and management will go out of their way to let you feel welcomed and pampered during your stay. This was my second visit and I will definitely go back.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Nick Galpine, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 22 Dec 2020
Dear 174jaco, thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway and hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, The Clifftop Team
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pgale124690 wrote a review Oct 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first but not last safari. The location, safaris, accommodation and service was excellent. Its location made it an easy drive from Tambo Airport and every effort was made by the staff to make the experience special.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Hayley Knight, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 12 Nov 2023
Dear pgale124690, thank you for your wonderful review. We love that you enjoyed your experience at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway and look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards, The Clifftop Team
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Marie H wrote a review Oct 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a beautiful experience. The rooms were so unique and cozy. Fantastic customer service all the staff were so friendly, knowledgeable.
All drinks and food were included. You do have to pay a conservation fee but this helps the reserve especially with anti-poaching efforts.

We had such an amazing time!
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Nick Galpine, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 28 Oct 2020
Dear mariehB4832EG, thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, The Clifftop Team
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Jose Pereira wrote a review Oct 2020
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was absolutely blown away by this lodge. Something South Africans sometimes take for granted, and right at your footstep. Aubrey, Hazel and Hope were fantastic hosts. From the minute we arrived we felt like royalty. The Rooms are spectacular. Each suite has its own private plunge pool and outdoor shower. The Views over the valley are spectacular. The Food was amazing.
The Game Drives with Aubrey were such a wonderful experience. His knowledge of the Fauna and Flora were unbelievable. He even gave us a fantastic lazer light show whist showing us the various visible constellations at night. We have never seen so many stars! All in all, one of the best getaways we have had. We cannot wait to get back.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Unit 3 is close enough to the main house to get wifi signal from the deck, but still extremely...
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Response from Nick Galpine, Agency / Consultant at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
Responded 21 Oct 2020
Dear Jose-Pereira-RSA, thank you for your fantastic review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway! We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, The Clifftop Team
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SineadKelly asked a question Jun 2022
Birmingham, United Kingdom70 contributions58 helpful votes
Hi Do you do airport transfers ?
Answer from LBucceri
Johannesburg, South Africa45 contributions
Thank you so much for your message. We can arrange for road transfers from Johannesburg, please email our reservations department with the details so that we can quote you accordingly.
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Hi Stuart M - Thanks for your interest in Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway. 1. Tipping is always welcome but not expected. If you feel that the staff has gone above and beyond then it will be welcomed to leave a tip at the end of their stay. For those guests wishing to have a guideline for leaving a gratuity, we recommend R350 per day per room for general staff and R350 per day per room for their guide. You are most welcome to even leave this on credit card. 2 & 3 Drinks are inclusive at the lodge and the game drive. There are some premium drinks and wines that are exclusive. On arrival, you will receive a welcome letter in their room giving a detailed description of what is inclusive and what is exclusive. We hope this helps!
Answer from moorgas_adrian
Sandton, South Africa126 contributions28 helpful votes
Hi Stuart, 1) We tipped R50/person per day, for our Game Ranger, at the end of our 5 day trip for 2 people, with an additional R100 per staff member we wanted to appreciate. We gave and envelope to Hazel the manager to distribute. 2) Drinks and snacks are included in your fee paid, wonderful G&Ts, beers and snacks to enjoy during the African Sunset Kind Regards Adrian
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Hi Adrian - We unfortunately do not have a gym. But we do offer guest a gym bag which is new at Clifftop. The gym bag contains a yoga matt, yoga ball and some small 3kg weights. Hope this helps!
35satisfiedguest wrote a tip Jun 2024
Bolton, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Immerse yourself in the experience "
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JHN15 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Montagu, South Africa24 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chalet 1 has got the most amazing views."
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Ulrike VN wrote a tip Apr 2023
Pretoria, South Africa12 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"The entire Welgevonden area is a gem… However, this lodge is not up to standard and will disappoint you. "
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Maggie Fuss wrote a tip Mar 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa44 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are Vegan, take some extra snacks."
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Joyce wrote a tip Feb 2023
Reading, United Kingdom1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Number one lodge has the best views"
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PRICE RANGE
R 10,053 - R 12,895 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergWelgevonden Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
What are some of the property amenities at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Dutch, and Afrikaans.
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