A Uniquely African Experience

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Price: From R 4600 to R 10800 pp, Fully Inclusive
Location: Sabi Sands

After its classic transformation into an eclectic blend of European style with African chic, the lodge has emerged as an exquisite balance between unbridled luxury and environmental harmony. This is achieved through ongoing efforts to maintain a holistic approach as a guest in the home of the African bush, thus ensuring the continued splendour and beauty of the lodge and its surrounds for generations to come.




Nestled in a pristine golden triangle of African fauna, the luxury lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest lakes of the exclusive 63 000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. This area, in turn, is incorporated into the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park - a world-class eco-tourism destination managed to optimize benefits for the sustainable economic development of local communities and biodiversity conservation.




The lodges distinctive charm is translated into the detailed finishings of the accommodation. Natural colours and textures meld with the beauty of nature's paintbrush to replicate the serenity of the African bush indoors. The mood is complimented by the passionate artworks of the owners, who have created the perfect environment of refined luxury and relaxation.




Great care has been taken to balance unpretentious style with complete comfort in the beautiful chalets. Each of the 8 individually decorated suite has its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby lake - a popular drinking hole for the wealth of wildlife.


Exclusive House Retreat:


In response to a growing demand for greater privacy and exclusive hospitality, a treasured escape into unapologetic style has been created. Here, guests can enjoy a bush experience tailored to their every whim with the assistance of an experienced house butler and the enthusiasm of a dedicated ranger. Aside from the striking beauty of the African chic interior, the emphasis is on an element of familiarity as guests set the pace in their own private piece of Africa. Guests are accommodated in 2 luxurious suites, sleeping up to 4 guests.




Main Central Area:


Nestling into obscurity around the largest lake in the reserve, one of the lodges most endearing features is its seamless integration into the surrounding African bush through its ideal location and design. Guests can be assured of superlative game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as they are rendered invisible to the various groups of wild animals that congregate at the waters edge in the mornings and early evenings.


Sunset Deck:


Shaded by old Knobthorn trees, the large wooden lounging deck affords unrivalled wildlife sightings of the Big Five (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros), who share the rugged bushveld with cheetah, giraffe, hippo, zebra and antelope. Spacious viewing areas strewn with comfy daybeds and a rim-flow swimming pool further enhance the feeling of being a part of the beautiful scenery, whilst creating the perfect environment to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.




A cosy library offers a large selection of books - both for reference reading and relaxation. The library is also equipped with an internet access point.


Curio Shop:


The curio shop is situated at the entrance of the lodge and displays a selection of hand-made African memorabilia created by skilled local craftsmen together with various traditional ornaments and bush-wear.




The gymnasium is fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.




There could be no better atmosphere and setting to indulge in holistic wellness treatments. Massages, Wraps, Masks, Exfoliations and a variety of other services are offered.


Functions and Weddings:


Imagine exchanging your vows in an African Dry River Bed at sunset, the bridge being serenaded in by African dancers amidst tribal song. Few experiences can be as personalised as a wedding and each experience will require attention to the finest detail. You're promised unrivalled big game viewing, complemented by exquisite accommodation, sublime cuisine and above all, a day you will never forget. Your safari style wedding will be a celebration of love, tradition and lasting memories.


It is recommended that you book the lodge on an exclusive use basis, so that the lodges full attention is devoted to your function.


Arrangements can be as glamorous or as understated, according to the bride's wishes. Consideration needs to be given to weather conditions and the fact that this is a nature reserve so certain restrictions do apply. Ministers from most denominations are easily accessible, as are photographers, cakes, hairdressers and florists. Special menus and dining venues can be set aside for the wedding party, when the lodge is booked exclusively.


All you need to do is sit back, relax and leave the wedding preparations up to the lodge whilst you enjoy massages, sunset cocktails and game drives. The wedding venues are renowned for their beauty and excellent service.




The lodge is a fantastic romantic destination for honeymooners and your hosts will ensure that your time with them is an unforgettable experience. The honeymoon package includes an upgrade to a suite (subject to availability or supplement), special private deck dinners and honeymoon turndowns in the bedrooms.


Special Occasions:


For celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other milestones the lodge would be delighted to be able to assist in creating a memorable experience. All relevant information needs to be communicated to your reservations consultant in order to the lodge to prepare for it. Unique experiences live a private dinner in an African river bed, tribal dancers presenting a special treat or a hot air balloon with champagne breakfast can be arranged.


The Safari Experience:


The most thrilling and eagerly-anticipated part of any stay here is undoubtedly the safari experience. For over a decade, guests have been treated to spell-binding sightings of abundant wildlife and have left with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. The experience is further enhanced by a desire to protect and sustain the local environment and improve the well-being of the resident communities.


Located in the Sabi Sand which is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, the lodge is highly acclaimed for its excellent game viewing, as all hunting in the area has been abolished for decades. As a result, the animals have grown accustomed to the presence of safari vehicles in their territory and you'll have some of the best opportunities to meet Africa's Big Five- being the five most dangerous animals to meet on foot. The highly qualified guides and Shangaan trackers ensure an unforgettable African safari by enriching the experience with their profound knowledge regarding this animal kingdom and its complex habitat.




Entire lodge (8 suites): R 57400 - R 74880 per night

Exclusive House Retreat (2 suites sleeping four guests): R 26400 - R 35000 per night

Exclusive Retreat and Entire lodge (10 suites): R 82800 - R 108000


The above rates include luxury accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, teas and coffees, select wines and local beers, two open vehicle safaris a day, daily walking safaris, laundry service, return transfers from the airstrip to the lodge.


Rates exclude premier cellar wines, telephone calls, Boutique purchases, air and road transfers.


The Exclusive House Retreat includes accommodation, private meals, private game drives, local beverages and laundry. Guests are offered 4 complimentary activities per stay including Shangaan Village Tour, a signature African massage and walking safaris with professional Game Ranger and Tracker . The hospitality of the House is serviced by a private butler. Please note that when booking the House and the whole lodge, the service of a private butler is not included.


A deposit of 50% of the total accommodation booking is required to confirm reservations. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.


An Entrance fee of R 80 per vehicle is payable upon arrival


Images credited to Andrew Howard and Anton Nel.
Listing TypeSafari Lodges
# of Single Bedrooms 0
# of Double Bedrooms10
Bathrooms 10
En Suite10
Wheelchair FriendlyNo
Sea ViewNo
Mountain ViewNo
City ViewNo
Off Street Parking10 cars
Garage Parking0 cars
Swimming PoolYes
Entertainment AreaYes