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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.


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Please note: Game drives are at an additional cost of R250.00 per person for a three-hour drive and game walks are R300.00 per person. (Game drives can be booked at reception and will leave from the car park outside.)
Dinner, Bed, Breakfast is included for Buffalo Lodge and Elephant Lodge.
On request, lunch can be served on your private...
Please note: Game drives are at an additional cost of R250.00 per person for a three-hour drive and game walks are R300.00 per person. (Game drives can be booked at reception and will leave from the car park outside.)
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 12 years.
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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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

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