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About Savannah Game and River Retreat

Savannah Game and River Retreat is located on 3000 acres of unspoiled African bush and offer guests a tranquil and relaxing bush veld stay.

We are situated in the Free State just outside Parys – nestled in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. We border 8km of the Vaal River and are home to 25 mammal species which include Buffalo, Giraffe, Sable, Zebra, Eiland, Blesbok and Kudu.

Our photo opportunities are endless with grass planes, vibrant sunsets, bushveld, mountains, wild animals, Sotho ruins and the Vaal River to name but a few.

When visiting this beautiful game reserve, guests have a choice of staying in one of the 6 comfortable Luxury Tented Chalets that overlook a watering hole and the bush veld. There are 8 Lodge Rooms and 2 Rondavels next to the swimming pool. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.

We have a special section away from the lodge for the travelling back packers. This unit sleeps 10 guests. Perfect for a fun group getaway.

A cash bar is available on the premises. Guests can relax around the pool with a sun downer and enjoy a bonfire in the African Boma.

All room rates include breakfast and served on the viewing deck. Menu’s for lunch and dinner are available.

SELF-CATERING OPTIONS - Braai areas are available. You are more than welcome to bring your own braai meat, charcoal, fire lighters and salads. We will keep your food cold in our fridges. Cutlery and Crockery will be provided. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ONTO THE PREMISES.

There are activities on the game farm such as game drives, fishing, river paddles, river walks, hockey, volleyball, soccer, and much more!

We also cater for groups, bachelor/ette parties, conference groups, team building, birthday parties, baby showers and almost anything you can think of!

Savannah has a wonderful WEDDING VENUE. When you get married at Savannah, the entire 3000 acre Game & Nature Reserve is exclusively yours. The open-air Chapel is surrounded with exquisite white Stinkhout trees and is directly on the banks of the Vaal River. While saying “I do” the river quietly meanders past and the sun set explodes in brilliant colours of orange and red against the mountains of the Vredefort Dome. The tranquillity of the beautiful surroundings engulfs the ones with love and peace, gathered to witness the union of two souls. Hear the call of the fish eagle searching for its mate while perched in a tree nearby.

See you soon!

Safari: Game Drives, Bush Walks,

Spa: We have a Spa that we book you into

Wedding Venues: When you have your wedding at Savannah you have the entire 2500 acre reserve entirely to yourself. If a African style or country-bush wedding along the Vaal River has always been your dream, then Savannah awaits you.

Conference Venues: The conference center can hold up to 40 delegates.

Family friendly: We have a children's splash pool, jungle gym. playground, volleyball, hockey, pool table, board games, cards

Romantic: We can arrange romantic weekends

Covid Safety Approved: We are equipped for Covid 19 Regulations and Requirements.

Facilities

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • 220 Volt
  • 24H. Security
  • Activities desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bars
  • Bath
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast in room
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Express check in
  • Express check out
  • Iron and board
  • Lounge
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage storage
  • Lunch
  • House Keeping
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Patio
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Pool bar
  • Shower
  • Single rooms
  • Special offers
  • Covid Safety Approved
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

In the event of premature departure we may charge for the full original booking. Cancellation 0 - 14 days before date of arrival, or no-show – visitor forfeits 100% of deposit paid. Cancellation 15 - 28 days before date of arrival – visitor forfeits 75% of deposit paid or 25% of full quote value (whichever greater). Cancellation 29+ days before... In the event of premature departure we may charge for the full original booking. Cancellation 0 - 14 days before date of arrival, or no-show – visitor forfeits 100% of deposit paid. Cancellation 15 - 28 days before date of arrival – visitor forfeits 75% of deposit paid or 25% of full quote value (whichever greater). Cancellation 29+ days before date of arrival – visitor forfeits 50% of deposit paid or 25% of full quote value (whichever greater). see more

Availability and pricing

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  • The Lodge Room Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 7 The Lodge Room features a King Size Bed OR 2 single beds. The en-suite bathroom either a large oval bath and shower or... see more
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      • Tented Chalet Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 4 Savannah has 4 Tented Chalets. Each Tented Chalet has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and basin. There is a... see more
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          • Luxury Tented Chalet Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 2 Savannah has 2 Luxury Tented Chalets. Each Luxury Tented Chalet has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and basin... see more
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              • Rondavel Accommodation Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 2 Savannah has 2 Rondavels. Each Rondavel has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and basin. There is a King Size... see more
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                  • Bush Room Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only The Bush Room is tucked away in the trees. You are PRIVATE away from the lodge and tents. Has a King Size bed, open plan... see more Features:  King beds, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Self-catering see more King beds, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Garden views, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
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                      • The Nyala Family Room' Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only Includes a King Size Bed OR 2 single beds and a bunker bed. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, basin and toilet. This... see more
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                          Reviews for Savannah Game and River Retreat

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                          Jean Erasmus
                          30 August 2020

                          Susan was incredible. She was accommodating and assisted us with every request, which included allowing us to change rooms. The room itself was lovely. However, we were disappointed with the lodge. We chose the tented accommodation as it said it overlooks a waterhole where the animals could come drink. The waterhole was dry mud. The Vaal river is not visible from the lodge which was unexpected. The swimming pool was half empty and we would have liked to sit by pool and have a drink. A small bottle of water in each room would also be appreciated. If we had paid R350 each for the night we would...
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                          Eugene Muller
                          12 November 2017

                          Really enjoyed a relaxing time

                          Gary Haylett, South Africa
                          22 April 2014

                          Nice location and good for a relaxing break

                          Shirley Scholtz, South Africa
                          17 March 2014

                          Ons het baie lekker gebly. Die game drive was great. Personeel almal baie vriendelik. Sal defenetief weer kom kuier.

                          Tinus Van Eck, South Africa
                          09 December 2013

                          The experience was relaxing, staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms were as expected. Breakfast and dinner should be included into the price as self catering is not an option, and the price was a bit steep for the value offered. The river is about 15 minutes' walk away, but not suited for picnics or kids at all. Game rangers didn't seem very knowledgeable on the game drive. Functions can be somewhat disruptive to guests expecting peace and quiet. Be aware of the poor quality 10km dirt road leading to the venue (if traveling by car).

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                          Savannah Game and River Retreat is 16km from the centre of Parys , the nearest airport 104km (Lanseria International Airport).
                          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling