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Luxury meets nature in a responsible way

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 Nov 2023
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.
Date of stay: October 2023
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
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this review
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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      Reviewed 4 November 2023 via mobile

      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.

      Date of stay: October 2023
      Trip type: Travelled with family
      Thank Chris C
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      Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 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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      Reviewed 2 November 2023

      We’ve come back to this wonderful Sunset Lodge and this time we’ve brought the whole of our family.
      Not only did we find an abundance of animals at the lodge & on Safari but our family enjoyed extensive excursions & was treated so specially at this fabulous lodge. The children (big & small) had a magical experience. Thank you so much Vince & Toni

      Date of stay: October 2023
      Trip type: Travelled with family
      Thank Sandracranton
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      Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2023

      Dear Sandra, although we treasure every guest it is even more special when we receive return guests. Thank you for your visit and your review, it is much appreciated. On behalf of the entire Sunset Team, Vincent

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      Reviewed 31 October 2023

      Very relaxing stay. I prefer to sit and relax but if I was so inclined there were plenty of activities available for booking.
      Vincent and Toni are very knowledgeable about the surroundings and wildlife and are very accommodating. It is very unusual and pleasant to have the owners sit down and have their meals with you. The food is great and you are well looked after.
      Will definitely visit again if I am in the area.

      Date of stay: October 2023
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      Thank Stephen E
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      Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2023

      Dear Stephen, thank you for your review, we are looking forward to seeing you again when next you visit our area. Regards, The Sunset Team

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      Reviewed 6 October 2023 via mobile

      We stayed 3 nights at the lodge. Our stay was simply perfect. The hosts are amazing and you'll get some of the best food you ever tasted. We did 3 safaris, organised by the hosts, and managed to see almost all animals we wanted to see, and even more. Would definitely recommend.

      Date of stay: October 2023
      Trip type: Travelled with friends
      Thank rik a
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      Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2023

      Dear Rik, thank you for the review and recommendation. It is highly appreciated. From the entire Sunset Team.

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      Reviewed 1 September 2023

      Trip of a lifetime made extra special by the hospitality at sunset game lodge. Vincent, Tony and all the staff couldn’t do enough for us, going the extra mile to ensure our time here was all we dreamed of. We will definitely be back, thank you all

      Room tip: Vincent and tony are always in hand, even before your arrival to ensure you have the best holiday ever
      Date of stay: August 2023
      • Trip type: Travelled with family
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      Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2023

      Dear Louise, thank you for the review, it is much appreciated. What an absolute pleasure it was to host your mom's 70th birthday at Sunset. What made the celebrations extra special was that it lasted am entire week. We hope you will return to our sunny shores again soon! On behalf of the entire Sunset Team, thank you! Vincent

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