About Us

Rissington Inn offers an award-winning friendly welcome and affordable, relaxed accommodation in a bush setting just outside Hazyview, the heart of the Mpumalanga Lowveld of South Africa. Stylish but informal, the inn is an ideal base from which to explore the Panorama Route and all that the region has to offer and is a comfortable, easy-going and convenient stopover on the way to the game reserves.

The twenty rooms and the charming, thatched farmhouse are shaded by magnificent trees and have breath-taking views down the valley. Rissington's congenial hosts ensure cheerful, attentive hospitality allowing guests total freedom to unwind and enjoy the peace of the bush, lie by the sunny pool or walk down the valley with its spectacular birds and game sightings. Rissington is the ideal balance of unobtrusive yet personal service - everything you need and a little more than you expected.

One kilometer through the indigenous bush on a gravel road off the R40, just South of Hazyview. 10 minutes from the Kruger National Park and close to all the attractions of the Great Escarpment and Panorama Route. Golf, riding and a host of adrenalin activities nearby.

Chris Harvie

Owner and Founder

An inveterate traveller and a well-known South African travel writer, he loves nothing more than to engage with intelligent like-minded people for a good chat in the bar and to share travel stories. Chris knows Southern Africa as well as almost anyone and he’s full of suggestions, wild ideas and a fair bit of history too. Looking for recommendations for future travels? Ask if he is around and he will help you with your planning. And tell you what to avoid too…

Hlengiwe Thabethe

Manager


Hlengiwe has been the brains of Rissington for more than fifteen years. She is an efficient, charming and highly effective manager. She is also in charge of all the reservations and the admin and she’ll keep everything running smoothly before, during and after your stay. Ask her about her lunch with the Zimbabwean Minister of Tourism…

Shirley Mabuza

Assistant Manager

Ebullient Assistant Manager and front of house guru Shirley has been at Rissington for almost twenty years and she is one of life's incorrigible enthusiasts. A flashing smile from the top of the steps as you climb out of your car, she may giggle and bubble (and look a bit like Barbie) but Shirley is highly capable as well as good fun and she is in her element booking days out and enthusing about the wonderful Rissington weather. It is always a good day when Shirley is around.

Thandi Nyalungu

Head Chef

Thandi started at Rissington when we opened in 1995. She is a natural foodie and a popular and inspirational leader in her cheerful kitchen domain, where she and her five willing cohorts prepare reliably delicious meals day after day after day.

Sipho Mhlanga

Driver

Sipho is a gentle soul and he has been Rissington’s driver since the day we opened. By his own reckoning, he has been responsible for keeping the lodge equipped and supplied with the use, over the years, of no fewer than seventeen different cars.

JJ

Chris brought up his father, so he is the grandson of Rissington. And he loves nothing more than to rope in similar fun-loving children and leap into the pool with them. JJ aims to be a game ranger when he finishes school and is an accomplished birder with an excellent knowledge of the bush environment he loves.

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