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Syrah63
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We'll be back! Best value, best lodge, best hosts, best bush...

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 Oct 2022
The minute you set foot in the lodge you feel 'at home' in the most natural and authentic surroundings. Toni and Vincent are perfect hosts who hit the perfect balance between offering privacy and drawing you into their lodge, the bush and stories of the Guernsey Reserve. Drinks at sunset, super wonderful meals, healthy, full of fresh vegetables and whatever takes your fancy and never over the top. That is what makes this place to special, you get the best of what South Africa has to offer, not a copy of home life.

We woke up, rolled over and watched the giraffes from out bed taking a leisurely morning walk and drinking in the waterhole we were looking out on. Warthogs next, then 'lady Gaga' the ostrich and her followers. And all that before breakfast. Do go on the early morning bush walk, Vincent knows and shares anything worth knowing, do go on a bush drive and sundowners and discuss anything else you'd like to do with them. When Vince and Toni organise it, it will be done from AAA to ZZZ and beyond.

Finally, do book the safari style 'camping' lodge if you can. Overnight you hear the bush sounds, smell the air and wake up IN Africa whilst having good showers (in and outdoor) and a comfy bed.
Date of stay: October 2022
Room Tip: excellent wifi, check which cabin you like: indoor pool terrace or outside bush view - so much...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this review
Responded 16 Nov 2022
Dear Syrah, thank you for your detailed and stunning review! We loved the conversations you guys brought to the fire and your wonderful knowledge attained from all your travels! It was indeed a pleasure to host you guys at our lodge and we look forward to your next visit. Thanks again for choosing Sunset Game Lodge. All the best, from the Team at Sunset Game Lodge
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Reviewed 26 October 2022

We’ve travelled back to the most wonderful find in Hoedspruit. Sunset Game Lodge is most wonderful experience in our 20 years of visiting South Africa. The bush drives, the quad biking experience and visits to local attractions have all added to our adventure.
Toni and Vince are, once again, perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble. The food is excellent and drinks flow freely
I really cannot recommend this lodge enough. We we definitely be back early next year

Room tip: Enjoy the bush experience and chill around the pool
Date of stay: October 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2022

Dear Sandra, thank you for the review. I think we had as much fun as what you guys had and appreciate the time you spent with us. Looking forward to your next visit! All of the best, from the Sunset Team

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Reviewed 21 October 2022

What makes this place so special?

- The two hosts with an enormous knowledge of the area and of the wild animals. They don't shy from answering any question and are happy to explain.

- From the moment they picked us up in Hoedspruit until we were brought back after our vacation, we truly have enjoyed the stay.

- You absolutely do not feel like a customer here, but you are immediately at ease here and a friend of the house.

- From early morning until late at night Vincent and Toni do their best to make sure everything is to your satisfaction.

- At Sunset Game Lodge you can do many different activities. Such as sunrise and and sunset walks, Wild Life trips, boat trips, Kruger Park tours, etc. If you don't want to do anything, that's fine too. Nothing has to and a lot is possible.

- Wake up in the middle of the night or early in the morning because the buffalo, zebras, girafs, etc. are standing in front of your window eating the grass or drinking from the pond. An exceptional experience.

Thank you Vincent and Toni for making this trip unforgettable for us!

Date of stay: October 2022
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2022

Dear Cindy, thank you for the review and also for taking the time to write such a detailed review. Your kind words are highly appreciated, and it was indeed an absolute pleasure to arrange all the outings for you guys. We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards from the entire Sunset Team

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Reviewed 18 August 2022 via mobile

We had a perfect stay at Sunset Game Lodge. Friendly people, very nice rooms, gym and swimming pool. The food tasted very good. When you are lucky you can see de buffalo’s or other animals nearby, really nice. Thank you so much for everything.

Date of stay: August 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2022

Hi Suzan, thank you for the review. What a pleasure it was to have your family here with us at Sunset Game Lodge. We hope that you guys will consider SA again for a holiday and that our paths will cross again. Kindest regards from all of us at Sunset Game Lodge

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Reviewed 3 July 2022 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful weekend. The hosts were so welcoming, nothing was too much for them. We had 2 amazing breakfasts, a lovely light lunch with the food we requested. Amazing! Room was beautifully done, clean. Bathroom was absolutely amazing, my husband really enjoyed the outside shower. We definitely will return when that side! Thank you Toni and Vince for all you have done!!

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2022

Dear Michelle, thank you for taking the time out to write a review. It was indeed an honour and a pleasure for us to host you at our lodge. We are looking forward to your next visit and hope the Buffaloes will once again show up in front of the restaurant.

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Reviewed 7 March 2022 via mobile

Excellent holiday at Sunset Game Lodge. Wonderful hosts fabulous location and beautifully healthy meals all made our holiday truly memorable. We can’t thank Vincent and Toni enough for their accommodating friendly attention. The fact that we had so many animal visit us at the lodge was truly magical

Date of stay: February 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2022

Dear Mrs, thank you for taking the time out to write us such a positive review. We look forward to your next visit. Hopefully we can arrange a baby zebra again! :) Vincent and the Sunset Team

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