What a wonderful place Raptor Retreat Game Lodge is. The Lodge and surrounds are beautiful and blend in with the bush. The wild animals come right up to the lodge, passing within a few metres of the deck, the pool and the cabins. The service is friendly and personable, with care taken by management and staff to make you feel special. The game drives were the best we've been on, with care and time taken to ensure you see as much game as possible. We stayed for 6 days, they were amongst the best 6 days we've ever had.
Raptor Retreat gave us the experience of a lifetime. The Game Drives were amazing and Keith's knowledge and ability to spot game was phenomenal. The lodge itself was spacious and comfortable and the food delicious. We enjoyed the fact that guests were encouraged to eat together - even if full there would only ever be 10 guests which ensured a high level of service. We stayed in Squirrel, the only tent, which was so luxurious and comfortable. The other 3 lodges looked equally great and all had their own plunge pool and enjoyed complete privacy. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend and look forward to going back.
I am writing a review of my experience at Raptor’s Retreat, having stayed there with a friend for 3 nights. I am not one to often write reviews but am doing so glad fully because I would like to share my experience at RR as wonderful 5/5.
Raptor Retreat is a beautiful lodge in the Balule Reserve, safe, clean, with gorgeous and comfortable rooms, and the friendliest of staff. Yolande and Arina were highly professional, responsible, caring, and entertaining, ensuring our well-being and enjoyment. Constance made the most delicious food, joining us with other visitors along a big candle-lit table for family-like dinners. We left early for safari drives and she also ensured we had plentiful and healthy breakfasts to go.
Two recommendations would be: if you stay at raptor Retreat, it would be good to book safari within Balule to avoid driving unnecessarily and having a more relaxed safari experience while also enjoying the pool, massage, and complimentary services. If doing safari within Krueger it might be best to rent a place within the park itself.
Also I stayed at the tent in the summer which tended to get warm. This would be my only consideration for heat adverse people, though it is also part of the genuine experience.
I highly recommend staying at RR if what you seek is a chance to relax and enjoy either with a partner or friends, and would definitely stay there it again.
My husband and I stayed at raptor retreat for 5 nights in January 2020 and what a great stay we had!. The lodge we stayed in (elephant lodge) was absolutely beautiful, very spacious and relaxing and we especially loved the outdoor deck with plunge pool. The game drives and bush walks were excellent, both rangers had excellent knowledge of the animals and were happy to answer any and all of our questions. Dinner at the lodge with all the other guests was a nice touch and it was great getting to know not only the other guests but also the staff. The food was absolutely delicious and there was great variety across all meals. The lodge was kept impeccably spotless by the staff. I can't fault raptor retreat on anything - my husband and I are seasoned travelers and this was not only our favorite lodge that we stayed at during our time in South Africa and Kenya but is also one of the best accommodations we have ever stayed at anywhere! Kudos to all the staff at Raptor who treated us like part of the family and really made our stay extra special!
Great view, great game drives with Keith, great hospitality.
We were Lucky to see elephants almost drinking of the swimming pool. The view from the veranda is like an art work. We learned a lot of the game drives with Keith. Sharmaine was a lovely host and the food was really Nice. It was also Nice to have diner at long table with the other guests.