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Areena Riverside Resort

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

We are camping at Areena for 4-5 months and the caravan site and ablutions are truly amazing. Our caravan is within 2m of the tidal river and we are surrounded by game and beautiful birds. The staff are incredibly helpful and the owner even pitched our tent on a Sunday afternoon. The area where we are staying has been ear-marked...

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Thank Dave L
Mthatha, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay at the resort. It was quite good especially for the kids. Went there with my wife and my 4 boys, they enjoyed it especially the activities offered on site. It would be more lovely if the restaurant can open everyday. Otherwise it was a pleasant stay!!!

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Thank zuko_badli
Hectorspruit
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Very beautiful and peaceful resort. we only stayed one night, the accommodation was very comfortable and upmarket (3 bed-roomed house) next time we'll spend at least 3 days to do a bit of canoeing. We also loved the free roaming Pea-cocks and bunny's.

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Thank Cluadelle H
East London, South Africa
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Areena was perfect in every aspect EXCEPT for the darn peacocks that make a noise all night...we were in chalet/rondavel no3 and the peacocks roosted in the trees above our place. Every 15 minutes they would peeeecow! peeeecow! Needless to say that we did not get a good nights sleep - other than that, everything else was certainly TOP NOTCH...

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Thank Terri D
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Our double en-suite room was luxuriously furnished, with a beautiful bathroom and balcony overlooking the garden and river. We initially experienced problems with the decoder remote and sliding doors that could not lock and these issues could only be attended to on Saturday morning, but the settings, abundant bird-life and peace and quiet was just the medicine for a weary...

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Thank Ina B
Gloucestershire
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We were very cautious researching potential interactive encounters with animals, and Abby was the perfect choice. We did the quad bike game drive, and saw Abby first en route, leaning over the fence to be stroked by lots of little local children. It became very apparent that Abby genuinely likes people and seeks out attention. Yes, some food helps, but...

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1Thank RachelfromBerkeley
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We were so happy with the cleanliness of rooms, the staff friendliness and overall lovely place to rest and enjoy. We did not do any trips for we were there for only one night. We will be back for more.

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1Thank rubyrockguesthouse
Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Excellent accommodation with a beautiful view at the timber chalets. Plus excellent service, including the visits by the animals. The layout of the resort is very nice and it has all the amenities one would want. We only spent two nights there but it is good for at least five first time off.

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2Thank Stef R
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 23 July 2016

My hubby & I spent a few nights at this resort last month, loved it :) Neat ablutions, lovely restaurant on site which helps when you feel like taking a break from cooking & the food is good and reasonably priced! Most importantly we felt safe :)

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2Thank Tripitaka269
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 4 July 2016

What an amazing experience - Soul food in Nature - Abbey interaction, Quad Bikes, a must do and see - What a wonderfu weekend of amazing memories - what a pleasure to wake up with animals all around you - coffee with rabbits ad Pea family - This is a must vsit resort for the whole famiy,

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated only 23 kilometers east of the East London city centre Areena Riverside Resort has become a sought after holiday and corporate destination.Nestled on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river, is the Eastern Cape's best kept secrect. Areena offers everything from well grassed camping sites, self-catering accommodation, adventure village and game reserve, conference facilities, to an upmarket family style restaurant and pub.Areena is the perfect place for fairy tale weddings, conferencing, corporate teambuilding and school and church camps.At Areena, there is always something for everyone! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Areena Riverside Resort

Address: Farm 694 Portion 7 | East Coast Resorts Road, East London 5259, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > East London
Price Range: $69 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
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“a curtain/blind in the bathroom would be nice”
 of 5 bubbles 298terrid, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Preparing for the wedding in the log cabins was magic. You are right on the river and it is really peaceful. The cottage we stayed in was very clean, had everything we could ask for and was close to all the offerings the resort had to offer. This is a great place for family's, nature enthusiasts, fisherman, campers and a whole load more. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a tranquil break! ”
 of 5 bubbles 933clintont, 21 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Rondavels nice and clean. Just one thing that was a challenge there is no comfortable sofa/chair you can relax on and watch TV one is forced to lie on the bed when watching the TV. ”
 of 5 bubbles zeemni, 13 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Bathrooms very small in the double en-suites, not sure about other rooms. Tranquil setting though.”
 of 5 bubbles Michelleak, 27 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Wooden Chalets 3+4 probably the best in the resort as furthest from everything......”
 of 5 bubbles KevinmatthewsSa, 7 Jan 2015 | Read review
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