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Welcome to Savannah Game and River Retreat, your premier destination for weddings and conferences in the heart of the Free State, just outside the charming town of Parys. Nestled within the breathtaking Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, our venue offers a picturesque setting like no other. With an impressive 8km stretch along the Vaal River, Savannah Game and River Retreat provides a serene backdrop for your special events. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty as you encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including majestic buffalo, graceful giraffes, elegant sable antelopes, iconic zebras, and elusive kudus. Our sanctuary is home to 25 mammal species, making every visit a captivating experience.

Choose Savannah Game and River Retreat for your next occasion and indulge in unparalleled natural beauty and tranquility.



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BOOK 2 nights and get the 3rd night FREE!

Dive into a world of adventure with activities such as:

  • Fishing

  • Game drives

  • Hiking

  • Bike trails

  • Picnicking

  • Birdwatching

  • Boma Braais


Don't miss this opportunity to create lasting memories in the African wilderness. Celebrate YOUR FATHER the AFRICAN WAY.

For more information contact:

Bookings: 060 980 3083

Lodge Manager: 076 686 1110



Don't miss this opportunity to create lasting memories in the African wilderness. Celebrate YOUR FATHER the AFRICAN WAY.





Savannah offers a delicious hot breakfast or muesli, fruit, and yogurt available upon request. Start your day with a hearty, home-cooked meal, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a great breakfast on the viewing deck while you sip on coffee or tea and enjoy the natural beautiful surroundings.

Lodge Wifi


Savannah offers Wi-Fi throughout the lodge, allowing you to stay connected and share your experiences with family and friends. Available upon request, our Wi-Fi can be accessed in most of the lodge rooms or while relaxing in our common areas. Stay connected and make the most of your visit to Savannah Lodge.



Experience the wild beauty of the African savannah like never before. Our luxurious lodges offer the perfect backdrop to witness the sweeping plains of the savannah, which are teeming with a variety of wildlife. Relax and take in the sights and sounds of this majestic African landscape.

Daily Housekeeping


Our housekeeping service ensures a great level of cleanliness and comfort. Our experienced housekeeping staff is dedicated to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. All of our guest rooms are fully cleaned and serviced regularly to ensure the utmost satisfaction.



Savannah offers a pool area with a kiddie pool and a main pool, perfect for families and friends to take a dip and cool off in the summer sun. Enjoy a refreshing swim while admiring the breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. With both a kiddie pool and a main pool, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Boma Dining Experience

At Savannah, we offer a unique Boma Dining Experience. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the African night while savoring a delicious feast around a blazing fire. Our talented chefs create mouthwatering dishes that will tantalize all your senses.



Game Drives


At Savannah, you can experience the thrill of a lifetime with our Game Drives. We offer you the chance to explore the bush veld of South Africa, where you will have the opportunity to observe up to 25 different mammal species, including Buffalo, Giraffe, Sable, Zebra, Eiland, Blesbok, Kudu, and Impala.

Cultural Sites


The area around Parys is home to a variety of cultural sites and attractions, providing guests of Savannah with a unique opportunity to experience the region's rich cultural history. From ancient ruins and rock art sites to traditional villages and craft markets, there is something for everyone to explore and experience.



You can enjoy the experience of camping in the stunning African veld. Our campsites provide plenty of room for tents, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding wildlife. Spend a night under the stars, listening to the sounds of the bush and embracing the beauty of the African landscape.

Leisure Activities


Savannah offers a variety of leisure activities for visitors to enjoy. From game drives to bird watching to nature walks, there is something for everyone to explore and experience. Our wide range of activities will help make your stay unforgettable.

Bird Safari


Our bird safari offers a wide range of birds found around the Parys area. From the majestic Fish Eagle to the colorful African Hoopoe, you can observe these feathered wonders in their natural habitat. Enjoy a diverse range of species while you identify and learn more about these birds.

Fly Fishing 


Guests can take part in the exciting activity of fly fishing. Explore a massive riverfront and discover the best spots on the Vaal River, where you'll be able to cast your line and enjoy the peaceful, picturesque setting. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced fisherman, you'll have a great day out and the chance to catch some of the river's finest fish.



Choosing Savannah Game Lodge River Retreat for your wedding venue ensures a truly unforgettable experience that blends luxury and nature seamlessly. Located just outside Parys, our venue offers a picturesque setting nestled within the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. Say "I do" against the breathtaking backdrop of the Vaal River, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse wildlife. With exclusive access to our game reserve, featuring buffalo, giraffe, sable, zebra, and kudu, your wedding photos will capture the essence of Africa's beauty. Our dedicated team is committed to bringing your dream wedding to life, ensuring every detail is perfect for your special day. From elegant ceremonies to lavish receptions, Savannah Game Lodge River Retreat offers a one-of-a-kind wedding experience that you and your guests will cherish forever.




Was a pleasure from arriving and leaving staff was absolutely amazing friendly and kind and very helpful when requested anything and the food was amazing from breakfast to lunch and then especially the Boma Braai.  Keep up the awesome service and don’t change a thing.

Rooms: 5/5 

Service: 5/5 

Location: 5/5

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