Welcome to Rippon's Safari Lodge, a new and exciting landmark in the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa's top game viewing areas - a lodge where down-to-earth affordable luxury and a respect for the environment go hand in hand - right in the centre of some of the best game viewing regions around.
Historic Rippon's Safari Lodge, originally a settlers' farm, dating from the late 1800s, is perfectly located right next to the spectacular Shamwari Game Reserve. In all there are 12 guest rooms in beautifully-refurbished buildings set in the midst of fabulous gardens, right on the doorstep of South Africa's bush, where the "Big Five" are among the animals you are likely to spot during one of your twice-daily game drives.
Good home-cooked food, a relaxing family atmosphere, sunny swimming pools and shady verandah - visit Rippon's and relax like you never have before.
Rippon's is one of the few game lodges in South Africa's Eastern Cape area which, while ideal for adults, also caters for children of all ages. The lodge, until recently a private house belonging to the local vet, has no fewer than five guest suites specifically designed to cater specifically for families.
The main house has two particularly spacious and luxurious duplex family suites, each capable of sleeping two adults in the main ground floor room and up to three children in their own area upstairs, which even has its own shower room. Another of the historic buildings, the old Vet's Clinic, has been expertly converted into another three family rooms, each of which is capable of sleeping two adults in the main room plus two children in bunk beds in their own adjoining room.
This building, set in Rippon's beautiful gardens, is just a few steps from the "Kids' Kraal", a fully-staffed and enclosed children's area with plenty of fun for children of all ages.
The buildings which make up today's Rippon's Safari Lodge have been landmarks in South Africa's Eastern Cape area since the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries when early British settlers, the Rippon family, established their colonial farmstead. Now, well over a century later, much has changed, though the style and the soul of the fine old buildings can still be experienced, just as they have always been. You can almost feel the history seeped into the fabric of the buildings. And outside, there's the wonderful English-style garden, with its exotic range of flowers, plants and shrubs, and beyond it the raw South African bush, all there to be enjoyed by visitors.