Escape from ever-moving cities to a place where time stands still. Experience the thrill of the untamed looking you in the eye, making you feel the true beauty of being alive, while luxuriating in absolute comfort. Raise your awareness of the wild breathing around you and acknowledge that these animals share a heartbeat just like yours.
With chalets delving into the home of wilderness, game drives etching you into the ebullience of your surroundings and the careful touch of true hospitality, come and make yourself at home.
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 sumptuous leather couches. The huge deck looks out over an open plain where herds come to graze or drink at the water hole and predators wait for an opportunity.
The Large Lounge Area Features:
Breakfast and Dinner
Hearty meals are served twice a day in the dining area, or on the deck, where you will experience good old-fashioned home cooking.
For those authentic South African bush meals, think outdoor boma, fire pit and stars. Think sizzling braai and special fun.
Served at 15h00 daily.
Raptor Retreat is the perfect choice for couples seeking a serene getaway together to celebrate a special occasion or to just unwind together in tranquillity.
Game Drives and Bush Walks:
Raptor Ridge offers game drives (3-hour safaris) twice a day, at 06h00 in the morning and at 16h00 in the afternoon on an 110000ha traverse. Morning and afternoon game drives include refreshments and snacks. These can be booked on-site when you are here.
Bush walks (2 hours) are done in the mornings only. Please book in advance.
Please enquire about current rates, which are subject to change depending on how far in advance you have booked.
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We are situated on the Balule Parsons Nature Reserve in the Mopani region, approximately 40km north of Hoedspruit and only a 4km game drive away from the banks of the Oliphant’s River.
This unspoiled corner of South Africa is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, mountainous scenery, indigenous forests, cascading waterfalls and diverse cultures.
With the possibility of having the Big 5 on your doorstep and an abundance of bird life, we offer early morning or late afternoon informative game drives with and experienced field guide, promising you much more than just a game-viewing experience.
Take in the breath-taking views of the Oliphant's River Valley whilst sipping on a refreshment and savouring the local snacks.
Special dietary requirements should be arranged beforehand during the booking process. We regret that we unfortunately cannot cater halaal or kosher.
Transfers are available from Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airports, as well as from OR TAMBO airport in JHB or KMIA in Nelspruit. Price on request.
Raptor Retreat has 1 self-catering unit, the Hippo Cottage, that offers an exclusive experience for those who just like to do things on their own.
See below available rooms. Click on your desired date for live pricing, price breakdown and specials.
Prices shown are per person sharing.