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Rush Creek Lodge

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- Hospitable resort in stunning location
- Super pool, restaurant, and bar
- Good selection of rooms, suites & villas
- Beautiful wilderness views

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Rush Creek Lodge, sister property to the nearby Evergreen Lodge, is an extensive resort adjacent to the iconic Yosemite National Park in California, USA. Built in 2016, this property sits amidst 20 acres of hills and woodland, half a mile from the park’s main western entrance and approximately 3 hours’ drive from San Francisco along scenic Highway 120, the most direct route to Yosemite from the Bay area. The lodge offers 143 rooms, suites and villas, along with a restaurant, tavern, fabulous outdoor pool, a host of activities and year-round access to the national park. It is a great bet for lovers of the outdoors seeking contemporary, comfortable accommodation and great facilities in a stunning natural environment. Like Evergreen Lodge, Rush Creek provides warmth and genuine hospitality, along with an equally strong social and environmental ethos.

Communal areas are spacious and airy, with a blend of contemporary and rustic design. The substantial lodge restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, serving classic American fare using seasonal ingredients. The Tavern is a relaxed, atmospheric bar and diner, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Big TV screens show sports events by day, and there are regular live music and karaoke evenings as well. Outside is a superb heated saltwater swimming pool plus two hot tubs and a fire pit. The poolside bar and terrace are decked with comfy lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. Snacks and drinks are served throughout the day, and evening barbeques held throughout summer. There’s also a well-stocked general store and gift shop, massage and yoga studios, and a computer lounge on site. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main areas.

Activities include guided and independent hikes through Yosemite’s scenic wilderness, cycling, fishing, yoga, stargazing, white water rafting and wine tasting. Guided excursions are available for all fitness levels.

The accommodation comprises 143 well-appointed lodge rooms, suites and hillside villas spread out across the resort, all boasting a private veranda overlooking the tranquil forest, and many with wonderful sunset views. Lodge rooms accommodate up to four guests in either two double beds, or a double and one sofa bed, with an ensuite bathroom with shower, and a small lounge area leading onto the veranda. Suites are larger, and sleep four guests, with one king-size bedroom, a separate lounge with fireplace and a double sofa bed, plus a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower.

The generously-proportioned, air-conditioned villas sleep up to four guests. Each villa has a large bathroom with walk-in shower, a king-size master bedroom, and a lounge with fireplace and sofa bed. The two-bed villas are the largest option; sleeping up to six guests, these spacious units have a second bedroom with king-size or twin beds, and a large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.

All rooms, suites and villas are equipped with internet radio, but no TV. All come with hot drink facilities, a fridge, iPod dock, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Wheelchair accessible rooms are also available.

Children are hugely welcome at Rush Creek. Facilities include an indoor games room filled with board games, toys, and a bespoke tree house, plus an outdoor playground, zip lines, rope swings, and table tennis. Child friendly activities include wilderness talks, nature crafts, and campfires.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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