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River House

5A River House, Umfula Estate, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
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#10 of 22 guest houses in Hoedspruit
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River House is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Hoedspruit, offering a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Rooms at River House provide air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at River House guests have access to baggage storage, express check-in and check-out, and a sun terrace. You can also enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at River House.

If you’re looking for a steakhouse, consider a visit to Three Bridges Restaurant at The Outpost, which is not far from River House.

Enjoy your stay in Hoedspruit!

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Family
Languages Spoken
English, Danish

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5A River House, Umfula Estate, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
River House
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Hoedspruit Airport
30.2 km
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Phalaborwa Airport
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MargaretEllen1950 wrote a review Nov 2021
Houston, Texas332 contributions193 helpful votes
The room is very comfortable and clean. Air con works well. Hostess is a delight. The breakfast was delicious and the evening dinners were even better. The deck area overlooking the river is an oasis of calm. It is neat to hear the hippos snorting and calling to each other and to see them in the river. If I were forced to make any negative comment, the ONLY negative thing I can find to say is that the room has no place to put luggage except on the floor, but if you are willing to unpack, there is lots of shelving and closet space. A very good location just out of Hoedspruit with all the things there are to do there and about 45 minutes from Phalaborwa Gate into Kruger. Would definitely stay here again for all the reasons listed above and to sample more of Lisbeth's daily freshly made breakfast breads!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Kareline D wrote a review Apr 2019
Sattel, Switzerland24 contributions5 helpful votes
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What an amazing place this is. Liesbeth and Steen are so loving and kind. We loved every moment of our stay. The food was great and very tasty. You could taste that love was cooked into the meals. Thank you so much. The first evening the table was set in Zebra print and the second evening in Cheetah print. So special. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Bless this lovely house 🏠🙏
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carolin L wrote a review Nov 2017
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Lisbeth and Steen are great hosts. We arrived very late and were exhausted from ourtrip but they they made us feel home and comfortable from the very first second. The food (we had dinner and breakfast) exceeded all our expectations. The rooms are very clean, big and furnished with a very good taste. Lisbeth is a very warm-hearted and smart character. We particularly liked the fact that everything she does is arranged with attention and love to detail. Thanks for our wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Minda F wrote a review Oct 2017
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We had to visit Hoedspruit for business and stayed at River House. The worst part of the weekend was that we could not spend time at this really beautiful and relaxing place! We loved having breakfast outside with huge bushveld trees, the river and birds all adding to the joy of a new day. Lisbeth is a wonderful host, caring for her guests and cooking with love! We appreciated the attention to detail and would definitely be back!!
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Charmaine P wrote a review Mar 2017
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Lisbeth and Steen welcomed us with open arms to their atmospheric, thatched home adjacent to the hippo-occupied Olifants River. We arrived in the evening and immediately relaxed surrounded by candles and the sounds of the African bush, while we looked out upon fireflies darting above the dark river below. Lisbeth is an amazing cook, and it was a special treat eating her wonderful meals outside under the stars. Lisbeth also sent me the recipe for her incredible chicken liver pate. Lisbeth and Steen were happy to share stories of their experiences with the various animals who visit their home (including cheeky monkeys, who have led Steen to guard the breakfast offering from their strategically thieving ways). We couldn't have been happier and cannot recommend River House enough.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Poul V wrote a review Mar 2017
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We had the three most wonderful nights at River House, coming from the bush and going back again for photography tours in Kruger, this was just an paradise, relaxation, still being close to/in the nature and the river this is an oasis. The rooms are of high standard with your own shower and lots of space, not to forget aircon and river view from each room. The treatment from our hosts Lisbeth and Steen was so natural and loving that we absolutely felt like home, amazing food and wine👍🏻 This is absolutely not the last time we are here and it's most recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ClauClau_12 wrote a review Feb 2017
Brussels, Belgium7 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent two nights with Lisbeth and Steen and enjoyed it a lot! Upon our arrival shortly before dusk [recommendation: ask for instructions how to get there beforehand because the GPS does not find the lodge and it is easy to miss] we were shown our room and handed towels so we could take a short swim in the pool. Before the delicious two-course dinner Lisbeth had kindly prepared for us (because we liked it so much, we ordered dinner for the next evening right away), we were treated to a nice aperitif. Just like the lodge as a whole, our room was tastefully decorated in 'African style'. The bathroom was very spacious. Nonetheless, we only spent time in the room to sleep because it was so nice to sit outside on the terrace until late. Like dinner, breakfast was served for us on the terrace. When we came down in the morning, the table was nicely set and there were fruit salad, delicious cheeses and cold cut as well as homemade bread and paté. Lisbeth also made great omelets. The lodge is well situated for trips to discover the surrounding area. We spent the day doing a boat tour on the Blyde River dam (around 45 min drive from the lodge) and driving along the panorama route with stops at the various highlights. Being very knowledgeable about the area, Lisbeth and Steen offered us a lot of good advice on what to do and see. Upon request they also organize tours themselves. Lisbeth and Steen are great, easy-going hosts who immediately made us feel 'at home'. If we ever come back to the area, we will definitely stay with them!
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: both rooms are the same so no need to choose
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annickarmspach wrote a review Jul 2016
France1 contribution
We have been warmly welcome in this guest house by the owner Lisbeth and Steen. All the kind attention, the beautiful view, the ambiance, the delicious diner and home made breakfast as well as the explanation regarding the Kruger Parc allowed us to have an amazing time. One night is too short, next time we will stay longer and take part in a safari in the Kruger Parc with Lisbeth. Thanks a lot from Doris and Annick
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Date of stay: June 2016
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Karen R wrote a review Jun 2016
Stonehaven, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
From the moment we arrived it felt like we were with friends. We were lost and Lisbeth and Steen came out and literally guided us in with lamps (arrive in daylight!!).The house and accommodation for guests is outstanding, beautifully decorated, with lovely local artisan feel. Extremely clean, and luxurious, and the bedroom is huge whilst the bathroom is also spacious. We then arrive into the garden for nibbles and drinks whilst they both chatted to us about the surrouding river and wildlife. Lisbeth then prepare a stunning meal with wine, beautifully laid out on white linen and candles, so romantic. The desert was yummy! A peaceful nights sleep and then an amazing breakfast spread with everything you could wish for... And more! All that and a hipp sighting. Wish we had stayed for more than 1 night. We have told everyone how great this was. Thank you both.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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lebolebelo wrote a review May 2016
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
We have never experienced such great lodging with so much love as we have at River House. The love and welcoming atmosphere by the hosts was our first golden moment before we were ushered into our spectacular room. But the winner for us was the breakfast variety, and Lizbeth's home-baked bread every morning - a touch of love in the wonderful breakfast experience. Thank you so much Lisbeth and Steen, your love for us as your guests shone through the whole lodging experience. We hope to see the hippos in closer range the next time we visit River House again... From Lebo and Bonolo :-)
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the room overlooking the crocodile river
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What are some of the property amenities at River House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at River House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at River House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at River House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does River House have airport transportation?
Yes, River House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at River House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Danish.