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Holiday break at Sunset Lodge & Safaris was perfect!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 04 Jan 2024
Our time at Sunset Lodge & Safaris was absolutely wonderful. Toni & Vincent went above and beyond to make sure that we felt welcome and comfortable. We came over Christmas and had the apparently unusual experience of having several rainy days during our visit. But this didn’t stop us from having a wonderful time, as Toni and Vincent helped us arrange weather appropriate activities. The lodge itself was a comfortable and calm place to relax when rain did cancel our events.
The guest rooms were exceptionally comfortable and well appointed. They had air conditioning units (if needed) which we found that all places in SA do not, so thats a nice option to have. The food served daily was delicious and healthy. The grounds are beautiful and you can observe many animals from the lodge itself while eating outdoors or relaxing on the rooftop deck. I hadn’t realized there was a gym and it was just perfect.
Our family is already talking about a return trip.
Date of stay: December 2023
Room Tip: Toni will help you plan each days activities, so communicate with him well in advance and arrive...
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this review
Responded 09 Jan 2024
Dear Kate and Family, we cannot wait for your return visit. The games and visits with your family will not be forgotten. Even the trip into the Kruger with our SUV (Because of the rain we could not use the Open Safari Vehicle) was an event, as the enthusiasm from everybody made the day what it turned out be! Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate each comment and can tell you from ourselves and the entire team here at Sunset Lodge and Safaris, it was great to have you here with us!
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    Reviewed 27 November 2023

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    A new experience and our first visit to South Africa.

    We were met at Hoedspruit Airport by our host and owner Vincent.

    A short drive later we arrived at Sunset Lodge and Safaris (after seeing giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and many other wild animals on the Guernsey Estate).

    At the Lodge, we were met by Toni a co-owner and shown to our semi-tented bush cabin with veranda and open views of the bush and in the distance Mariepskop Mountain, at 1,945 metres above sea level one of the highest peaks in the northern Drakensberg.

    The accommodation met all expectations. It was very clean and comfortable with the unique experience of having both an indoor and outdoor shower.

    The food was excellent throughout the day starting with breakfast which consisted of cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, orange juice and choice of cooked breakfast, tea, coffee and water.

    Lunch was optional and we were offered delicious toasted cheese sandwiches or platters of cheese, ham, fruit and biscuits.

    Pre-dinner drinks were served from a well stocked bar as we sat around the open fire watching amazing sunsets with giraffes and zebras grazing just metres away.

    Dinner was a set two-courses each evening and we were offered beef fillet, ostrich fillet and chicken with a traditional South African sausage mainly cooked on the braa. All were served with an interesting variety of vegetables.

    Dessert was simple either beautiful, nutty chocolate brownies or malva pudding, a traditional South African dessert served with cream and or ice cream.

    Dinner was served on an open terrace, weather permitting, with fantastic views on to the bush and the Drakensburg mountains.

    The trips that Toni and Vincent arranged for us to the Kruger National Park, the Blyde Dam, Mariepskop and Hoedspruit were all excellent. The bush walks from the Lodge were special and you were able to feel part of the bush.

    Toni and Vincent’s personal attention to detail made our stay a wonderful experience to the extent that we are planning a return visit as soon as we are able.

    Mike and Catherine John November 2023



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    Date of stay: November 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2023

    Dear Mike and Catherine, thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and detailed review. We really appreciate the effort. Hoping to see you again soon!. On behalf of the entire Sunset Team, I wish you both all the best!

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    Reviewed 15 November 2023

    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.

    Date of stay: October 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 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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    Reviewed 11 November 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.

    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
    Date of stay: October 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Vincent van Rooyen, General Manager at Sunset Lodge & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 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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