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Located north of Johannesburg, in the suburb of Rivonia, this lodge is set in a large private garden and offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of Sandton. Free WiFi access is available throughout. Featuring a private entrance, each room is large and tastefully decorated. Family units and self-catering options are also available. Easily reachable via motorway, Rivonia Premier Lodge is in a secure area of the Rivonia Valley and radiates a welcoming atmosphere. Start the day with a swim and breakfast by the outdoor pool. While you dry in the sun, your children can explore the garden. On advance request, Rivonia Premier Lodge offers a la carte dinners Mondays to Thursdays. The property also features a conference centre with an air-conditioned boardroom. For those looking to explore the region, the attentive staff is happy to arrange a rental car. Close proximity to the Gautrain bus-stop, business hubs, shopping malls, theatres, & restaurants makes this lodge an excellent choice for business persons, leisure travellers & family or wedding groups. You will be unaware of the city once you enter this garden estate.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.1)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Buffet

Free private parking available on-site

Loyal customers

There are more repeat guests here than most other properties.

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Room type
Number of guests
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Johannesburg
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  • Tara
    South Africa South Africa
    Everything - Staff extremely friendly & helpful, Breakfast was delicious and well prepared. The room was comfortable, the fridge was not fully stocked when I arrived, but when I left a note for the lady servicing my room she ensured that she had...
  • Tracey
    South Africa South Africa
    v friendly staff, tranquil garden, secure, comfortable & clean. Great to have the offer for supper in the evening
  • Erhardt
    South Africa South Africa
    Beautiful, safe and quiet. I dont think I have ever given a 10 in a review, but there is always a first time.
Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

Managed by Jill and Gerard Marais

Company review score: 9.2Based on 1,850 reviews from 9 properties
9 managed properties

Company information

In 1981 Gerard and Jill Marais purchased a run-down house on a very large property in Rivonia. They loved the huge rambling garden, as they had both grown up in small South African towns surrounded by wide-open spaces. At the time they bought the property there were still horses stabled at the end of the road. They never dreamed that one day they'd create a 'garden estate' with 44 B&B rooms and, in so doing, have the adventure of their lives. The idea of a B&B came to them in 1995 when the Rugby World Cup, to be held in South Africa, was imminent. They redecorated 2 rooms in anticipation of the many rugby fans that would stream into the country. However, these expectations came to naught, as Gerard and Jill had hardly any experience in hospitality marketing. But it was a beginning. In 1997 the couple decided to close down their manufacturing business and slowly they began to expand the B&B. They grew their ‘baby’, and now, in 2023. Rivonia Premier Lodge (as it is now named) consists of 44 rooms, a Business Center and a wonderful staff of 20. And, miraculously, the lodge survived Lockdown, and is going strong, if not stronger, once again! Gerard and Jill love what they do. Daily they meet the most interesting people from all over the world. Many of their guests have become firm friends over the years. The Marais's goal has been to create a green oasis in the middle of busy Sandton. They have aimed to create a haven, where visitors can experience a warm welcome and relax in the tranquil surrounds. In this, they believe, they've succeeded!

Property information

If you are a traveling on business or for leisure, long stay or short, we offer a great alternative to a hotel. Our priority at the lodge in recent months has been to provide an independent inverter-driven electricity backup system, ensuring constant delivery of power and WiFi to the entire estate, including the Business Centre. What makes us unique? At Rivonia Premier Lodge you can MEET, EAT and SLEEP. Our well equipped Business Centre accommodates 22 pax. and is suitable for training, business meetings, and more. Our generous continental & cooked-to-order breakfasts, served by the side of our sparkling pool, are legendary. The delicious homecooked A la Carte dinners, conjured up by Trust, our highly skilled chef, are served Mondays thru' Thursdays, They have proved a great favorite, as our guests do not need to eat out after their busy business days. At a special request, we can cater for groups over weekends, Our treed, rambling gardens, with their expansive lawns and private nooks, are a great favorite with guests as they experience true country living in the heart of Sandton. All the rooms have their private entrances and spacious patios on which to sip sun-downers on a warm summer's evening. Our family units ( 2 inter-leading rooms) have proved to be popular with persons traveling with children or friends... Meet our friendly staff who are renowned for their warmth and their willingness to go the extra mile. To suit all budgets, we have a range of price points depending on room type. All rooms have a microwave, fridge, honesty bar, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Each room has under-floor heating and the Luxury, Superior, and most Standard rooms have air-conditioners. Rooms are serviced daily. Security within our boomed Rivonia Valley Estate is our top priority Please note that all cancellations will be refunded according to our cancellation policy, minus any relevant administrative or bank charges.

Neighbourhood information

Rivonia, where people used to own small holdings and keep horses, is now a booming area with luxury homes and apartments,. The area has managed to maintain its rural feel despite rapid development. A few blocks up from Rivonia Premier Lodge is Rivonia Primary School, which is the oldest public school in Joburg. Opposite the school's playing fields is Bookdealers on the corner of 12th Street and Wessel Rd. Justin, the owner, has an excellent selection of second-hand books, Next door to Bookdealers is a delightful café serving the most delectable pastries. The main retail thoroughfare in the area, Rivonia Boulevard, accommodates the Rivonia Square and Rivonia Village shopping complexes with their banks, hairdressers, spas, restaurants and numerous coffee shops. Highly recommended is Zara’s Cafe, a bright and welcoming cafe in Rivonia. They have a full breakfast and lunch menu and also serve delicious cakes and other sweet treats. Aldeia Restaurant is well-known for its outstanding Portuguese menu. The Taste of India has a great ambiance, friendly staff and, most importantly, the taste gives you the sense that you in are India itself.. . You can experience the world's cuisine from Persian to Italian within the Rivonia surrounds. Nearby you will find river walks, shopping malls, cinemas. Rivonia is a 5 min. drive to Netcare Sunninghill Hospital Hospital

Languages spoken


Property surroundings

Facilities of Rivonia Premier Lodge
Great facilities! Review score, 9

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Garden
  • BBQ facilities
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun terrace
  • BBQ facilities
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Children's high chair
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour desk
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Business centre
    Additional charge
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Executive lounge access
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Heating
  • Soundproofing
  • Private entrance
  • Car hire
  • Interconnected room(s) available
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Fence around pool
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

House rules

Rivonia Premier Lodge takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 20:30

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


From 06:30 to 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 12 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 350 per child, per night
Cot upon request
ZAR 350 per child, per night
3 - 11 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 350 per child, per night

Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa Diners Club American Express Cash is not accepted Rivonia Premier Lodge accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 21:00 and 06:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Rivonia Premier Lodge in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 21:00:00 and 06:00:00.

FAQs about Rivonia Premier Lodge

  • Rivonia Premier Lodge is 10.6 miles from the centre of Johannesburg. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Guests staying at Rivonia Premier Lodge can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Buffet

  • Check-in at Rivonia Premier Lodge is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • The prices at Rivonia Premier Lodge may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Room options at Rivonia Premier Lodge include:

    • Studio
    • Double
    • Suite

  • Rivonia Premier Lodge offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Swimming Pool