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About Raptor Retreat Game Lodge

At Raptor Retreat Game Lodge, you can enjoy the feeling of being comfortably insignificant as you look out at the misguided paths of trees and the lives inhabiting them. The warm scent of wild lavender and sunshine, lifting your senses, raising your awareness of the wild breathing around you. An escape from the ever-moving cities to a place where time stands still and the thrill of the untamed nature looking you in the eyes, making you feel the true beauty of being alive and acknowledging that these animals share a heartbeat just like yours.

Raptors Retreat is an owner-managed game lodge, offering luxurious accommodation and excellent service. The lodge is situated on the Parsons Nature Reserve in the Mopani region, approximately 40 km north of Hoedspruit and only a 4 km game drive away from the banks of the Olifants River. Parsons Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, and this unspoilt corner of South Africa is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, mountainous scenery, indigenous forests, cascading waterfalls, and diverse cultures.

At the heart of Raptor Retreat is the Main Lodge, where guests can gather to either dine or catch up on their adventures. Relax with a drink on the deck or slump into one of the voluptuous leather couches. The Main Lodge features a huge deck that looks out over an open plain where herds come to graze or drink at the waterhole and predators wait for an opportunity. The large lounge area features comfortable seating, a fireplace, full DStv and a modest library of DVDs and books for those rainy days. Hearty meals are served twice a day in the dining area, or on the deck where you will experience good old-fashioned home cooking. Meals can also be taken under the stars in the boma which features a built-in table, bench seating and a fire-pit, as well as traditional and gas braai facilities. Nearby is the larger communal pool with recliners and umbrellas.

With the possibility of having the Big 5 on your doorstep and an abundance of birdlife, we offer early morning or late afternoon informative game drives with an experienced field guide, promising you much more than just a game-viewing experience. Take in the breathtaking views of the Olifants River Valley whilst sipping on a refreshment and savouring the local snacks. For the more energetic, professionally guided bush and bird walks, as well as nature enlightenment of all the fauna and flora in the area, are offered daily. Led by specialist field guides, safety is of the utmost importance. We also offer accompanied day trips into the Kruger Park, or you can explore the Big 5 in your own vehicle at your own pace. Overnight trips into the Kruger Park are available by prior arrangement.


Safari: The Lodge offers professionally guided bush and bird walks, all led by specialist field guides as well as early morning or late afternoon informative game drives with an experienced field guide.

Spa: We offer selected treatments and make use of a highly qualified travelling therapist.

Wedding Venues: We can cater for very small and intimate weddings

Romantic: We like to spoil honeymooners with a romantic turn down in your room. We create special moments for special occasions.

Covid Safety Approved: We comply with TBCSA and WHO guidelines. Continuous staff training on Covid 19 protocols. They have been issued with PPE, including hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing of masks. Property disinfected according to mandatory requirements.

Facilities

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Romantic
  • Massage
  • Minibar
  • Patio
  • Shuttle service
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

The following fees are payable to enter the reserve:
Gate Fee:
R150.00 per private vehicle,
R250.00 for outside transfer vehicles
Conservation Fee:
SA Citizen: R100 per person
International visitors: R200 p/p

Please note: Game drives (safari tours) are done twice a day - one at 06h00 in the morning and one at 16h00...
The following fees are payable to enter the reserve:
Gate Fee:
R150.00 per private vehicle,
R250.00 for outside transfer vehicles
Conservation Fee:
SA Citizen: R100 per person
International visitors: R200 p/p

Please note: Game drives (safari tours) are done twice a day - one at 06h00 in the morning and one at 16h00 in the afternoon on a big five traverse. The cost for these are R450/person per drive and include refreshments. Due to social distancing regulations, please book your game drives IN ADVANCE and have a mask with you
Dinner, Bed, Breakfast is included for Buffalo Lodge and Elephant Lodge.
On request, lunch can be served on your private deck at an additional cost.
We do not cater for children under the age of 18years.
Please note that the reserve gate closes at 18h00 for check in.
You will be able to purchase toiletry items you may have left behind.
The Lodge Self-catering Units - Hippo & Rhino Cottage - does not include the above.
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Availability and pricing

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  • Buffalo Lodge Buffalo Lodge Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Luxury Air-conditioned room with king-size bed & sliding doors opening to private deck with double recliners. Open plan... see more Features:  King beds, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning see more King beds, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
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      • Elephant Lodge Elephant Lodge Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Luxury Air-conditioned room with king-size bed & sliding doors opening to private deck with double recliners. Open plan... see more Features:  King beds, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning see more King beds, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
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          • Hippo Self Catering Cottage Hippo Self Catering Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Spacious unit with two king en-suite bedrooms, one with shower, the other with bath & shower . Large sliding doors open... see more Features:  King beds, DStv, En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio
            • Adults
              • Squirrel Suite Squirrel Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Luxury Fixed Canvas unit with open plan bedroom & bathroom. King Size Bed, Double Basin, Victorian Bath and Open Shower... see more
                • Adults

                  Reviews for Raptor Retreat Game Lodge

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                  Sanet Papenfus
                  20 October 2018

                  Great hosts!!We experienced attention to detail in every respect!Raptor is a star in the Balule Game Reserve!We will defenately visit again!

                  Niko Hamp
                  07 May 2017

                  Amazing game viewing together with luxury and hospitality you won't forget.... or bring you back in no time :-)

                  Ulrike Vorholz, Germany
                  28 September 2016

                  this was one of our highlights on our honeymoon round trip. very private and special place. from the pool and the terrace in our room we could watch animals and relax. the food is awesome. we can recommend the guided drives, we learned a lot about the bush and animals living there.

                  Martin Mißler, Germany
                  06 September 2014

                  It was awesome, a perfect getaway from real life. Superb rooms, friendly hosts, great game drives and delicious food. During our stay a we saw a lot of animals and learnt many interesting facts about the bush. Highlight was when some elephants had a swim at the waterhole and one elephant even came to drink out of our pool just 2m from where we were laying.

                  Hans van Dam, Netherlands
                  18 August 2014

                  Sharmaine and Keith had a dream. They realized it and everybody can enjoy it at Raptor Retreat. Hospitality, beautiful accommodation and stunning bush. You can see elephants drinking at the dam from your bedroom or bath. Enjoy a game drive with lots of animals and information about them and then end the day with a delicious meal.

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                  Raptor Retreat Game Lodge is 75.9km from the centre of Mopani , the nearest airport 44km (Eastgate Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling