We are situated on the Balule Parsons Nature Reserve in the Mopani region, approximately 40km north of Hoedspruit and only a 4km game drive away from the banks of the Oliphant’s River. Parsons Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and we offer easy access to Kruger Park gates.

This unspoiled corner of South Africa is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, mountainous scenery, indigenous forests, cascading waterfalls and diverse cultures. Raptor Retreat is an owner managed game lodge, offering luxurious accommodation and excellent service.

Enquire how we can make your trip even more comfortable with easy airport transfers and exciting excursions.


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 sumptuous leather couches. The huge deck looks out over an open plain where herds come to graze or drink at the water hole and predators wait for an opportunity.

The large lounge area features:

  • comfortable seating
  • a fireplace
  • full DStv
  • library of DVDs and books
  • Wi-Fi
Coffee/tea station:

A variety of complimentary coffees and teas are available at the main lodge

Breakfast and dinner:

Hearty meals are served twice a day in the dining area, or on the deck, where you will experience good old-fashioned home cooking.

Boma evenings:

For those authentic South African bush meals, think outdoor boma, fire pit and stars. Think sizzling braai and special fun.


Served at 15h00 daily.

Dietary requirements:

Special dietary requirements should be arranged beforehand during the booking process. We regret that we unfortunately cannot cater halaal or kosher.

Game drives:

Game drives (safari tours) are done twice a day - one at 06h00 in the morning and one at 16h00 in the afternoon on a 11000ha big five traverse. Morning and afternoon game drives include refreshments and snacks. Bush Walks are available on request and these are R450/person and are done in the mornings only. Please enquire about current rates, which are subject to change depending on how far in advance you have booked.


Transfers are available from Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airports, as well as from OR TAMBO airport in JHB or KMIA in Nelspruit. Price on request.


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