Sabi Sand Reserve Lodges

Sabi Sand Reserve Lodges (12)

Friday, 13 December 2013 09:40

Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Together these two areas comprise one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine preserved wilderness sanctuaries. Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience – expect a high concentration of an assortment of game, including the Big Five, and frequent leopard sightings.

The lodge is situated on a large waterhole, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp. Standard and private luxury accommodation options, exceptional service, value for money and luxury spa services from Arathusa’s Safari Spa are just a few of the things that put Arathusa Safari Lodge in a league of its own.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

Seasonal Rates 1 Jan 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Luxury Room Single
R8 550
Luxury Room Double
R11 610
Seasonal Rates 1 Jan 2020
to 31 Dec 2020
Suites -  Per Person per night Single
R9 550
Suites -  Per Person per night sharing
R6 670

 

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  • icon A Day at Arathusa
  • icon A Place for Living
  • icon Getting to Arathusa
  • icon Terms
  • icon Transfer
  • icon What you need to know
  • icon Wildlife Experience

To give you an indication of what to expect while on safari at Arathusa, we have provided an outline of what a typical day entails at Arathusa.

Summer (October to April – times adapted due to seasonal change, determined by light) Winter (May to September)
4h30 / 5h00 - Wake up call 5h30 - Wake up call
5h00 / 5h30 to 8h00 / 8h30 - Morning safari (3 hours) 6h00 to 9h00 - Morning safari (3 hours)
*Breakfast is served directly after safari *Breakfast is served directly after safari
9h15 / 9h45 – Optional guided walk (approx. 1 hour) 10h15 – Optional guided walk (approx. 1 hour)
During this time, you have the option of visiting the spa, lying by the pool, browsing in
the curio shop or resting in the quiet of your Luxury Suite

During this time, you have the option of visiting the spa, lying by the pool,
browsing in the curio shop or resting in the quiet of your Luxury Suite.
 
*Morning spent at leisure *Morning spent at leisure
14h00 - Lunch 14h00 - Lunch
15h30 / 16h00 - High-Tea 15h30 - High-Tea
16h00 / 16h30 to 19h00 / 19h30 – Afternoon/Evening safari 15h30 – Afternoon/Evening safari
19h45 / 20h00 - Dinner 19h15 - Dinner

 

Accommodation

There are thirteen Suites, nine of which face the (now-dry) waterhole* in front of the lodge,  and four of which are remotely located within the bush a short distance from the lodge.

*Despite the devastating drought in the region over the last two years having affected the amount of water in Arathusa’s signature waterhole, vast amounts of game still gather on the open plains. We are eagerly anticipating the rains which will hopefully restore the waterhole to its former aquatic glory enjoyed since 1983.  

Each Suite is uniquely designed, with fresh interiors and a focus on light and space. Each has a bathroom en-suite, with shower, as well as a private outdoor shower and verandah. Amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages on request), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/ coffee making facilities.

Each of the four remote Suites also has its own plunge pool, and affords guests the ultimate privacy.

In keeping with the traditional and natural safari experience, there are no televisions in the Suites at Arathusa. Guests are, however, able to connect to wi-fi in the public areas and in reception.

The Lodge

Facilities

The lodge is an intimate one; its open-plan design and natural building materials allow it to blend harmoniously with the African bush surrounds.

The main living area is intended for comfort. Whether quietly reflecting on the view, reading a good book, or enjoying conversation with friends or fellow safari goers, the warmth and charm of the lodge environment is the foundation of the Arathusa safari experience.

The infinity swimming pool overlooks the open plains, and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off on a sweltering African summer’s afternoon.

Guests can enjoy an alfresco dining experience in the traditional open-air boma (a brick & grass enclosed dining area), while being serenaded by the sounds of Africa’s creatures. Sumptuous cuisine is the order of the day – click here to view what’s on the menu.

Arathusa’s Safari Spa offers guests a comprehensive spa and wellness experience – indulge in luxurious pampering and relaxation, while answering to the call of the wild.
 

 

From the Kitchen

Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair, and guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce and daily baked confectionery from our kitchen.

South Africa is renowned for its fresh produce – our fruits and vegetables are a primary export to international regions all over the world, and our meat, venison and poultry are first class.

Before departing on your morning safari, you will be offered coffee, tea and biscotti and rusks. While out in the bush, you will stop for a refreshment break of coffee or tea, with freshly baked baby muffins, rusks and oatmeal crunchies, to tide you over till breakfast!

Breakfast is a choice of a continental breakfast – with fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, cheese & cold meats selection, or a hot breakfast to order.

Lunch is kept light and healthy, and guests have a choice of  three dishes: a healthy fresh salad, a fish course or a red meat dish.

Freshly baked cakes, tarts and fruit is served at High Tea prior to your afternoon game drive.

For sundowners during your afternoon drive, orders for your drink* of choice are taken at lunchtime, and snacks – including biltong (dried, cured meat, similiar to beef jerky), pastries, dried fruit, nuts and mini pies – are on offer.

When it comes to dinner, we pride ourselves on never dining at the same place twice during our guest’s stay. We have an outdoor boma (traditionally an enclosure for livestock – Swahili or Afrikaans), where we serve traditional South African potjie dishes (a traditional South African meal cooked in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot). We also do fine dining at the lodge, where the chefs employ their creative flair with local fresh produce, and serve guests a stunning four-course meal.

The kitchen prides itself on being able to cater to any and all dietary requirements of our guests. We have reputable suppliers that can get us any special ingredients that we may need to create the perfect dish for anyone.

The Safari Spa

Arathusa Safari Lodge offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. The treatment room overlooks the beautiful African bushveld, and it is here that you can avail yourself of a wide selection of treatments to soothe the body, relax the mind, and indulge the senses. The spa has two therapists, so couples can enjoy their treatments in tandem.

By Scheduled Flight


Experience the heart of the African bush with daily direct flights with Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Nelspruit KMIA and Skukuza Airport gateway to the Kruger National Park and the private game lodges. A short, small aircraft transfer connects you onward to Arathusa’s doorstep on Airlink’s Lodge Link service to the Arathusa Airstrip (see further information and schedule below on this page). On departure, a short air transfer from the lodge airstrip or Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit KMIA connects you conveniently to Livingstone (Zambia) and Vilanculos (Mozambique) gateway to the Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands.

SA Express offers flights to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. We are able to arrange road transfers between the airports and Arathusa Safari Lodge.

The transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to the lodge is especially scenic, and definitely an option to consider should you want to take in the breathtaking, diverse and unique beauty of Mpumalanga.

Directions to Arathusa for self drive clients

 

As a result of the Acornhoek Road having fallen into a state of disrepair, the only recommended road to the lodge is via the Orpen Gate Road.

DISTANCES

  •  Johannesburg is approximately 550 km / 7 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge
  •  Nelspruit is approximately 170 km / 3 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge
  •  Hoedspruit is approximately 2 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge

DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG

  •  From Johannesburg, take the N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank). At Emalahleni (Witbank),  take the N4 to Nelspruit.
  •  You will go through 2 national toll gates on this road – Please insure to carry enough  money for all toll gates.
  •  Take the R40 from Nelspruit to White River and proceed to Hazyview.
  •  Remain on the R40 towards Bushbuckridge (from Hazyview it is approximately 68 km/ 1  hour until Orpen Road, R531)
  •  Turn right onto Orpen Road, R531

DIRECTIONS FROM HOEDSPRUIT

  •  From Hoedspruit take the R40 towards Klaserie
  •  Follow the R40 until you get to a T-junction
  •  At the T-junction, turn left
  •  Travel on this road for 2km to the Orpen Road, R531, turn left

* FROM HERE THE DIRECTIONS ARE THE SAME

  •  Continue straight for 30km, once you pass the South African Wildlife College (on your  left), after 100m turn right onto a Gravel Road. Follow this road for 3km, turn left (turn is  50m passed a soccer field on your right)
  •  Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, continue for  another 7.8km
  •  At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you.
  •  Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg / Manyeleti
  •  Follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road.
  •  Follow dirt road for 6.4 km until the Uthar Clinic is on your left
  •  Turn left on gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
  •  Entrance fee to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is payable in cash   
  •  Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa Safari (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) – 5.9 km 
  •  Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge & follow the road until the entrance to the lodge on the right

DIRECTIONS FROM ORPEN GATE

DISTANCES

  •  Orpen Gate is approximately 46 km / 1.5 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge

DIRECTIONS

  •  Travel from Orpen Gate on the R531 towards the R40
  •  About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a  gravel road to your left
  •  Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too  far)
  •  Follow this road for 3km, turn left (turn is 50m passed a soccer field on your right)
  •  Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, continue for  another 7.8km
  •  Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction
  •  At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you
  •  Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg / Manyeleti
  •  Follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road
  •  Follow dirt road for 6.4 km until Uthar Clinic is on left
  •  Turn left on gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
  •  Entrance fee to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is payable in cash
  •  Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa  Safari (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) – 5.9 km
  •  Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge & follow the road until the  entrance to the lodge on the right
BY CHARTER FLIGHT

Exclusive private charter flights may be arranged

Note: Flights may only land and take off outside of game drive times.

Arathusa Airfield, located just to the west of the Kruger National Park, has 1 gravel runway which is 1200 metres long. The geographic coordinates of this airport are 24 degrees, 44 minutes, 39 seconds South (S24°44’39”) and 31 degrees, 31 minutes, 21 seconds East (E031°31’21”). Arathusa Airfield is 1200 feet above sea level.

Federal Airlines shuttle and charter flights
Valid 1 January to 31 December 2019
Federal Airlines offers a premium point to point shuttle service and also highly customizable charter flights. Two flights from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands and two flights from Sabi Sands back to Johannesburg are offered daily – see timetables below:

Morning departure from Johannesburg to Lodge:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: Johannesburg Departure: 10:30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: All lodges Arrival: 12:00 Stops: Varies


Check in for this flight will be open from 07:00
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines kiosk latest 09:30 to connect onto this flight
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines departure lounge latest by 09:45 to connect onto this flight
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare
Please note that a R250 fuel levy has been included in our rates

Morning departure from Lodge to Johannesburg:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure:All lodges Departure: 11.00 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: Johannesburg Arrival: 12:30 Stops: Varies


• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 11:00 and 11:30, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no Domestic connections for flights departing before 15:00 from Johannesburg
• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 11:00 and 11:30, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no International connections permitted for flights departing before 16:30 from Johannesburg
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• Connections onto Tswalu and Madikwe can be accommodated
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare

Afternoon departure from Johannesburg to Lodge:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: Johannesburg Departure: 12:30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: All lodges Arrival: 14:00 Stops: Varies


Check in for this flight will be open from 07:00
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines kiosk latest 11:30 to connect onto this flight
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines departure lounge latest by 11:45 to connect onto this flight
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour. Passengers booked on the Air France, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air and Lufthansa will be accommodated on this departure providing the aircraft arrives as per its regular schedule time
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare
Please note that a R250 fuel levy has been included in our rates

Afternoon departure from Lodge to Johannesburg:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure:All lodges Departure: 12.30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: Johannesburg Arrival: 15:00 Stops: Varies


• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 12:30 and 13:00, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no Domestic connections for flights departing before 17:00 from Johannesburg
• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 12:30 and 13:00, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no International connections permitted for flights departing before 17:50 from Johannesburg
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare

Please note, bush-facing Luxury Rooms are remotely located and have no view of the waterhole. They do have private plunge pools. Water-facing Luxury Rooms have a view of the waterhole, but no private plunge pools.

RATES

  • Arathusa Safari Lodge rates are fully inclusive of accommodation; meals; house wines, beers and spirits; teas & coffees; twice-daily game drives in open safari vehicles; a guided bush walk and Wi-Fi.
  • Rates exclude premium branded beverages; laundry; curio shop purchases; spa treatments and products. These charges are payable on departure as extras.
  • The following vehicle entrance fees are charged by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin on entrance into the reserve, and are excluded from the rates for accommodation
  • - Light vehicles: (under 3500kg GVM) (2019) R280.00 (2020) R 310.00 per vehicle
  • - PLUS a per person fee of (2019) R120.00  (2020) R 140.00  per entry
  • - Heavy vehicles: (over 3500kg GVM) (2019) R490.00 (2020) R 540.00 per vehicle
  • Fees are inclusive of 15% VAT
  • Effective 01 January 2019 the mandatory Sabi Sand Wildtuin Conservation Levy is R138.00 & 01 January 2020  R69.00 (inclusive of 15% VAT) per guest per day. This contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, with a particular focus on the prevention of rhino poaching.
  • These costs are added to invoices for accommodation, although arrangements may be made to add the charges to extras payable by guests on departure from the reserve.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Guests will be required to sign an Indemnity Form on arrival at the lodge.
  • Children of 12 and over are welcome at Arathusa and will be charged the full adult rate for accommodation.
  • Suites can accommodate a maximum of two guests.
  • All bookings must be confirmed in writing.
  • A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation.
  • Full prepayment is required before guests arrive at Arathusa Safari Lodge.
  • A Tourism Levy does not apply at Arathusa Safari Lodge.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • More than 90 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge.
  • More than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge.
  • Less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge.
  • Less than 7 days prior to arrival: 100% of the full accommodation charge.

GROUP TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Any reservation of 8 or more people is considered a group.
  • A 10% deposit is payable on confirmation of the reservation.
  • Two further deposits of 25% each are payable 150 days and 90 days respectively prior to arrival, and the full balance is required no less than 30 days before arrival.

GROUP CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 10% if cancelled more than150 days prior to arrival.
  • 25% if cancelled less than150 days before arrival.
  • 50% if cancelled 90 days before arrival.
  • 100% if cancelled less than45 days before arrival.

Arrival & Departure Times
• Check in : 12h00pm
• Check out : 10h30am
• Deviation to these times is by special arrangement only

Transfer Rates
VALID UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2019

ROUTE Pax 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4
HDS - Arathusa R2 820 R1 555 R1 080 R 890
KMIA - Arathusa R3 840 R1 980 R1 450 R1 165

The rates are per person based on a one way journey and include entrance fees into the Sabi Sand (where applicable). Please note the rates are subject to change without notice due to cost increases beyond our control i.e. VAT, fuel, etc.

Arrival and departure Times

Check-in time is 12h00, and check-out time is 11h00.

Air conditioning

  • Each of the suites at Arathusa is air conditioned (necessary during the summer months). Similarly, they are heated on winter evenings.

Cheque payments

  • Regrettably cheques are not accepted at the camp.

Children

  • Arathusa Safari Lodge is strictly for visitors over the age of 12, unless the entire camp is booked exclusively.

Credit cards

  • Master Card, American Express, and Visa are accepted as a means of payment at Arathusa.

Inclusions / Exclusions

  • Payment for all additional extras is to be settled on departure. This include: curio shop purchases, spa treatments & products and laundry.

Malaria

  • Many local people and some travellers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.
  • Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, always use mosquito repellent (available in each of the suites at Arathusa, as well as on game drives) and wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night. Be sure to sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark). It is advisable to avoid malarial areas if you are pregnant.

On the road

  • It is advised that you do not follow the GPS, as not all roads are mapped and traversable.

Power supply

  • 220v A.C. current.

Swimming pool

  • Arathusa has an infinity swimming pool that overlooks the natural lake.

VAT

  • VAT (Value Added Tax) is calculated at 15% and included in the price of most goods, services and hotel accommodation. Foreign tourists qualify for a VAT refund on items purchased and taken out of the country upon departure. No VAT refund may be claimed on goods consumed or services rendered.

What to pack

  • Comfortable light clothing for summer months, including a swimming costume.
  • A very warm jacket for game drives during winter – conditions can be chilly!
  • Walking shoes and socks.
  • Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen (the African sun is harsh for the unprotected body).
  • Camera and plenty of film/ memory space.
  • A good book.

In the Bush


Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small.

Experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers, and together they ensure a first class safari experience. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings.

Close encounters are guaranteed, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to our sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species. A treat for keen birders!

Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush.

The Wildlife


As part of the Sabi Sand Reserve and greater Kruger National Park, Arathusa is located in one of the world’s most abundant natural wilderness areas where hundreds of animal species roam free – including the much acclaimed Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – the five most dangerous animal species to be hunted on foot). Leopards, in specific, are abundant in this region with perhaps the globe’s highest population.

Arathusa prides itself on its leopard viewing. As these elusive cats are territorial, their regular appearance in the area enables us to plot their movements, and to observe their behaviour. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognised. Approximately 14 leopards are seen in the area in which Arathusa operates, six of which are seen on a regular basis.

The Rangers


The most notable trait of the staff at Arathusa Safari lodge is that they love what they do. The rangers and trackers proudly transport visitors into another world, where the language is in the sound and rhythm of the bush. They are full of entertaining anecdotes, interesting bits of information and an infectious passion and enthusiasm. They are experts out in the field, and are the finishing touch to the fine quality of the Arathusa safari experience.

Burchell's Bush Lodge

Saturday, 14 December 2013 06:27

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

Featuring exclusive-use, contemporary, luxurious bushveld houses, each comprising of a main house with 4 private guest suites. Each house boasts 2 lounges, dining areas, outdoor boma, wine cellars & heated swimming pool as well as a private game viewing vehicle & designated field guide for the duration of your stay. Named after 2 of Sabi Sand’s legendary leopards, and a dominant lion coalition the three luxurious bushveld houses are named “Mvula”, “Karula” and “Mapogo” respectively.

Offering guests unrivaled game viewing opportunities, combined with the ultimate in innovative architectural design by ARRCC, the finished lodge promises exceptional safari luxuries, amenities and services. As a fully inclusive seductive safari experience… all meals are prepared by your private chef as well as carefully chosen wines from your own wine cellar, twice-daily game drives and a private spa therapist as well as a central gym facility, all included in our rates.

Rates inclusive of 15% V.A.T. • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

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Featuring exclusive-use, luxurious bushveld houses, each comprising of a main house with private guest suites. Each house boasts 2 lounges, dining area, outdoor boma, wine room & heated pool.

The King-bedded guest suites each have their own private deck, dressing room, lounge, double rain shower & bath overlooking the splendid African Bushveld.

Offering guests unrivaled game viewing opportunities, combined with state-of-the-art architectural design, the finished houses promise exceptional safari luxury of the highest standard, complete with private game viewing vehicle, designated field guide, gym & spa therapist.

All meals – prepared by private chef – as well as specially selected wines & beverages, twice-daily game drives & access to a variety of exclusive facilities are included in our rates.

We highly recommend a minimum of 3 night’s stay at Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in order to get the full benefit of our spectacular South African Safari experience & hospitality.

Mapogo House

Mvula House

Karula House


House Features

  • Two lounges (a formal lounge & an entertainment lounge)
  • Dining area.
  • Outdoor boma for fire-side dining.
  • Temperature controlled wine cellar.
  • Heated swimming pool.
  • Day-bed & private deck area.
  • Indigenous gardens & spectacular views into the surrounding natural bushveld.
  • Private game viewing vehicle as well as designated professional field guide & tracker.
  • Private chef & butler for the duration of your stay.
  • Each of the exclusive-use luxurious bushveld homes accommodates a minimum of 4 & a maximum of 8 guests.
  • The interlinking suite at Karula is disabled- friendly.


Private Suite Features

  • King-bedded bedroom.
  • Private mini bar & coffee station.
  • Lounge.
  • Private deck with day-bed.
  • Dressing room.
  • Double rain shower.
  • Bath overlooking the bushveld.
  • Accommodates a maximum of 2 guests per suite.
  • Especially for families with young children, 2 of the suites interlink so parents are close by, but not in the same bedroom.

Location & Directions
Whether you fly directly to Cheetah Plains on one of the daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg or Nelspruit, a flight from Madikwe to Sabi Sand or decide to do a self-drive, Cheetah Plains is easily accessible by both road and air.

Transfers from Nelspruit are available on request. To request private chartered flights, please contact our reservations office.

Gate fees are payable in cash upon arrival. Airstrip passenger taxes apply for passengers on all flights.

Air Travel:
Daily flights are available on SA Airlink, Federal Air and General Air. (If flying with Federal Air storage facilities for extra or large luggage is available, should you require this service at their O R Tambo departure lounge)

Weekly flights Sabi Sand – Madikwe every Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Based on a minimum of 4 Guests)

Airports are located within easy driving distance to Cheetah Plains, Arathusa Airstrip approximately a 20 minute drive within the reserve, Hoedspruit Airport a 1.5 hour drive and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport 3 hour drive.

Road transfers from Hoedspruit Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport can be booked directly through Cheetah Plains.

Please note that it is advisable to carry a small duffel bag or soft case (20 kg limit) in your main suitcase for your time at the lodge. The airlines don’t accept rigid cases, but will store them while you are at the lodge, so you will have to pack your soft bag with your clothing and other equipment for your safari, and then leave the hardbox suitcase at the airline offices, where they will take care of it.

Charter flights can be arranged any other day of the week – for more information or to make a booking email us.

T & C’s apply


RATES INCLUDE:

  • All meals, prepared by private chef.
  • A selection of vintage South African wines, Cap Classiques, Premium Spirits, beers & non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Twice-daily game drives in your private game-viewing vehicle with your on-site field guide.
  • Game drives include a sunrise / sunset stop & stargazing.
  • Walking Safaris
  • Outdoor, fireside dining as often as possible.
  • Transfers between Arathusa airstrip & Cheetah Plains are included when flying with FedAir / Airlink / Private Charter.
  • 15% VAT

RATES EXCLUDE:

  •  A mandatory Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution (charged per person per night) will be levied to all bookings.
  •  Transfers to & from Cheetah Plains, other than from Arathusa airstrip as listed above.
  •  Opt in Excursions.
  •  Escort after dark from the reserve gates.
  •  Gratuities, laundry, telephone calls & all other incidental costs.
  •  Emergency medical evacuation, travel insurance & travel cancellation refunds. (We highly recommend that guests have sufficient travel & medical insurance to cover any unexpected incidents)
  •  Sabi Sand Reserve entrance fees, which will be charged (in cash) at Gowrie Gate. (Reserve entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice)

Check in from 14:00pm Check out until 11:00am

CANCELLATIONS:

NB: It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance for unforeseen cancellations, medical emergencies, etc.
Only written cancellations will be accepted
Ensure to receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from the reservations office
25% cancellation fee incurred if the booking is cancelled after written confirmation
50% cancellation fee incured if booking is cancelled 31 - 45 days prior to arrival
100% cancellation fee incured if booking is cancelled 30 days / less prior to arrival

WATER & ELECTROCITY

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve is on 220 volts with a backup generator.
Water supply is via borehole, is clean & can be consumed, however we do have filtered water for drinking available in the main lodge areas and your room.

GENERAL WEATHER CONDITION AT SABI SAND

Winters:

  • Generally dry & sunny.
  • Daily Temperatures range from 18 - 30 degrees Celsius.
  • Night Time temperatures may drop to 0 degrees Celsius.

Summers:

  • Generally sunny with Thunderstorms resulting in wet & humid weather.
  • Daily Temperatures range from 25 up to 40 degrees Celsius.
  • Night Time Temperatures from 15 up to 20 degrees Celsius.

WHAT TO PACK

Sunblock, Insect repellent, Binoculars, Camera, spare battery & charger, Long trousers, Short trousers, T-shirts, Long sleeved shirt ,Sweatshirt / jersey, Rain jacket, Windproof jacket, Scarf, Gloves (winter), Closed shoes, Personal medication

Allergy / headache / flu medication. There is no medication available in the reserve or nearby, so come prepared!

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Dulini Private Game Reserve

The splendour of Dulini’s setting: Beneath the shade of ancient Ebony and Leadwood trees, the tranquil haven of Dulini is enigmatically embraced by its rich riverine setting. There is a restorative quality to the peaceful atmosphere of the camp, on the banks of the Mabrak River. The symphony of bird song and the passage of wildlife add to the allure of Dulini.

Luxurious lodge: The main lodge, resplendent with deep couches and contemporary African accents spills onto the cool veranda, with views to the wilderness beyond. A welcoming ambience of laid back luxury creates a place of conversation and laughter, while the extensive library of books accommodates those more inclined to quieter contemplation.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

Seasonal Rates 1 Jan 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Dulini Lodge Daily sharing rate - per person R16 120
Dulini Lodge Daily single rate - per person R24 175
Leadwood Lodge Daily sharing rate - per person R16 120
Leadwood Lodge Daily single rate - per person R24 175
River Lodge Daily sharing rate - per person R16 120
River Lodge Daily single rate - per person R24 175
Leadwood Lodge (Exclusive use of all 4 suites max 8 pax) R128 920

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SPECIAL OFFERS

Valid:01 November 2019 - 31 March 2020 Special
15% discount off accommodation rates

Subject to the following terms:

  • Travel dates: 01 November 2019 - 31 March 2020.
  • Blackout dates: 21 December 2019 - 08 January 2020.
  • Minimum stay 3 nights or more subject to availability.
  • Cannot be combined with any other special offers.
  • Applies to new bookings only.

SPECIAL OFFERS VALID ALL YEAR FOR TRAVEL IN 2019

HONEYMOON OFFER

Bride receives a 50% discount off rates for her stay. Minimum stay of 3 nights is required.
Wedding date is required, and cannot be booked if travel dates are more than 6 months post wedding date.


SPECIAL OFFERS VALID FOR TRAVEL IN 2019
 
REPEAT GUEST OFFER

Return guests receive a 15% discount off their accommodation costs.
Minimum stay of 3 nights is required together with the dates of their last visit to confirm the discount.
This discount will only apply to the repeat guest’s accommodation and not guests who may be travelling in the same party.


Special offers are not combinable

 

DISTANCES

  •  Johannesburg – Savanna: ±5 hrs (±480km)
  •  KMIA Airport –Savanna: ±1hr 45min (±130km)
  •  Skukuza – Savanna : ±1hr (±40 km)

SABI SAND WILTUIN GATE ENTRY FEES

  • You need to pay R280 per vehicle entrance fee, plus R120 per person (valid until 31 Dec 2019).
  • Keep the slips, as you will need them on departure.
  • *Gate entry fees are subject to changes implemented by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

ARRIVING BY AIR
Our closest landing strip is the Ulusaba airstrip which is used by lodges in the Western sector; we offer a complimentary transfer service to and from the lodge. Federal Air has daily scheduled flights to and from Johannesburg into this airstrip.
Airlink fly into Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA) as well as Skukuza (SKZ) from various domestic and regional destinations. Clients flying into either of these airports would need to self drive or book a road transfer to get to the lodge.
Our closest gate entry is Newington Gate.
*Please note that all passenger landing and departure taxes, aircraft landing fees and other airport taxes are excluded from our rates and are set and changed by Ulusaba.

POSSIBLE EXTRA CHARGES
Road transfer companies normally include the SSW Gate entry fees in their quotes- but it is your responsibility to check that it is included if you are booking these transfers.
For all guests flying into/out of the Ulusaba airstrip (on any airline) there is a R295 per person Ulusaba passenger tax (valid for 2019), that needs to be quoted to the client over and above the flight costs. These fees will be added in your accommodation invoice once you have notified us of the flight details.
For Private Charters making use of the Ulusaba airstrip, a landing fee and an overnight fee will apply.
This is charged by the charter companies directly, and these fees are generally in excess to the actual cost of the flight quoted by the charter company. It is your responsibility to check if they have been included or not.

Distances

  • Johannesburg to Savanna: approximately 5 1⁄2 hours’ drive (480km)
  • KMIA (Nelspruit) to Savanna: approximately 1 1⁄2 hours’ drive (130km)


From Johannesburg or Pretoria:-

  •  Take the N12, or N4 highway to Nelspruit.
  •  When you enter Nelspruit, turn left at the 3rd traffic light (Crossings Shopping centre should be on your left) and follow the signboards towards White River.
  •  From White River, take the R40 to Hazyview. You will reach a T junction where you turn left and head into Hazyview.
  •  Go through Hazyview, turn right after the footbridge onto the R536. Sign boards to Kruger National Park and Kruger Gate.
  •  After approximately 34km, turn left onto a dirt road* at the Sabi Sand - Newington Gate sign (see map below).
  •  Travel for about 9km until you reach a large intersection, where you will see the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Turn right here and follow this road for 1.8km.
  •  At the T-junction, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign and after about 600m, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Follow this road for about 1 km until you arrive at Newington Gate, where you need to pay R280 per vehicle plus R120 per guest entrance fee. Keep the slip and get it stamped at Savanna, as you will need to produce it at the gate on your departure. (Fees valid until 31 Dec 2018)
  •  Once in the gate turn left and follow the signposts to Savanna Lodge, which is approximately 1 km after the gate.


From KMIA (Nelspruit):-

  •  From KMIA follow the signs to White River
  •  At the first robot, turn right towards Hazyview onto the R40
  •  You will reach a T-Junction just before Hazyview, where you turn left and head into Hazyview.
  •  From Hazyview, turn right (if coming from White River) onto the R536. Sign boards to Kruger National Park and Kruger Gate.
  •  After approximately 34km, just after the brown Savanna Private Game Reserve sign turn left onto a dirt road at the Sabi Sand - Newington Gate sign.
  •  Travel for about 9km until you reach a large intersection, where you will see the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Turn right here and follow this road for 1.8km.
  •  At the T-junction, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign and after about 600m, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Follow this road for about 1 km until you arrive at Newington Gate, where you need to pay R280 per vehicle and R120 per guest entrance fee. Keep the slip and get it stamped at Savanna, as you will need to produce it at the gate on your departure (fees valid until 31 Dec 2018).
  •  Once in the gate turn left and follow the signposts to Savanna Lodge, which is approximately 1 km after the gate.

Luxurious lodge: The main lodge, resplendent with deep couches and contemporary African accents spills onto the cool veranda, with views to the wilderness beyond. A welcoming ambience of laid back luxury creates a place of conversation and laughter, while the extensive library of books accommodates those more inclined to quieter contemplation.

Intimate private suites: Six exquisite thatched suites grace the banks of the riverbed. The spacious accommodation with private plunge pools and interiors that epitomise romance, with canopies of mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. Each suite offers a, private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor.


Viewing Deck
The traffic of game frequenting the trails through and beyond the camp and riverbed may be enjoyed from the cantilevered deck tented by a leafy Jackalberry. It is not uncommon to secretly witness the passage of an elusive leopard from this vantage point. The deck also offers an alternative venue for enjoying the rich fare at meal times.

Dining Boma

Traditionally known as “the boma”, this truly African dining venue boasts a ceiling of stars and a roaring fire. It is around the Boma fire that friendships are sealed and all African bush yarns are spun – grandiose tales of fearsome beasts and great escapes are always more memorable when shared around the camp fire.

Wine Cellar
Our wine cellar boasts a collection of South Africa’s finest wines. Whether sunning at the pool, resting in the shade of the Leadwoods or enjoying an intimate dinner, we will have something special in our cellar. Guests are invited to peruse our wine list at the time of reservation and to let us know if there are any wines that they would like us to procure that are not currently in stock. Every effort will be made to have these requests available in time for your visit.

The splendour of Dulini’s setting: Beneath the shade of ancient Ebony and Leadwood trees, the tranquil haven of Dulini is enigmatically embraced by its rich riverine setting. There is a restorative quality to the peaceful atmosphere of the camp, on the banks of the Mabrak River. The symphony of bird song and the passage of wildlife add to the allure of Dulini.

Luxurious lodge: The main lodge, resplendent with deep couches and contemporary African accents spills onto the cool veranda, with views to the wilderness beyond. A welcoming ambience of laid back luxury creates a place of conversation and laughter, while the extensive library of books accommodates those more inclined to quieter contemplation.

Intimate private suites: Six exquisite thatched suites grace the banks of the riverbed. The spacious accommodation with private plunge pools and interiors that epitomise romance, with canopies of mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. Each suite offers a, private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor. 

Dulini Lodge Suites:

Dulini has 6 identical suites. Each suite is equipped with a lounge area and fireplace, deck and plunge pool, inside and outside shower, bath, double vanities and separate toilet. Mosquito nets, ceiling fan and air- conditioning, safe, hairdryer as well as a Nespresso machine and fully stocked mini bar.

Dulini Lodge facilities include:
A gym, boma, lounge and relaxation patio, main lodge deck and swimming pool, wine cellar, WIFI and curio shop.

Dulini Leadwood Lodge

Dulini Leadwood Lodge suites:

3 Riverside suites when booked individually, or 4 suites when booked at exclusive use.
Each suite features a lounge area with fireplace, spacious bedroom, bathroom with a separate toilet, deck and a generous pool. Suites have both ceiling fan and air-conditioning, safe, bath, double vanities, indoor and outdoor showers. Mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities as well as a Nespresso machine are
featured in the lounge.

Dulini Leadwood Lodge facilities include:
A boma, main lodge deck and tree house deck and swimming pool, WIFI and wine cellar.


Dulini River Lodge

Dulini River Lodge Suites:

River Lodge has 6 riverside suites. Each suite features a lounge area, deck and plunge pool. Indoor and outdoor showers, bath, double vanities and a separate toilet. Suites have both a ceiling fan and air- conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, safe and hairdryers.


Dulini River Lodge facilities include:
A wellness centre, boma, curio shop, WIFI, main lodge lounge, deck and swimming pool.

Rates include:
Accommodation, two game drives per day, all meals, teas and coffees, drinks (house wines, local brand spirits, beers and soft drinks), minibar, refreshments on game drive, bush walks, wi-fi, laundry service, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip and VAT.

Rates exclude:

Curio shop purchases, gratuities, telephone calls, spa treatments, SSW guest conservation contribution (GCC), gate entrance fees, aircraft landing and departure fees, Ulusaba passenger taxes and airport transfers.

** Please note that the Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) fee of   R138  per person per night (vat incl) will be added to the above rates and will be invoiced with the accommodation for a max 3 night charge.

Child Rate
Children are considered to be 8-16 years. Sharing with an adult they will pay 50% of the full rate. From 17 years and older, full adult rate will apply.

Payment:
A 30 day pre-payment is required unless otherwise agreed by management.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Only written cancellations will be accepted.
  • Three weeks before arrival: 50% of full amount
  • Two weeks before arrival: 75% of full amount
  • One week or less: 100% of full amount

Rates Include:

  • Accommodation,
  • two game drives per day,
  • all meals,
  • teas and coffees,
  • drinks (house wines, local brand spirits, beers and soft drinks),
  • minibar,
  • refreshments on game drive,
  • bush walks,
  • wi-fi,
  • laundry service,
  • transfers to and from the lodge airstrip and
  • VAT.

Rates Exclude:

  • Curio shop purchases,
  • gratuities,
  • telephone calls,
  • spa treatments,
  • SSW guest conservation contribution (GCC),
  • gate entrance fees,
  • aircraft landing and departure fees,
  • Ulusaba passenger taxes and airport transfers.

CHILDREN

  • Children of any age may be accommodated in the Savanna Suite if it is sold as one unit.
  • We regret that we do not accommodate children under the age of 8 years, unless the whole camp is booked.
  • Children 8-16 years, sharing with an adult pay 50% of the full rate.
  • From 17 years and older, full adult rate will apply.

TRIPLE ROOMS are on a request basis and subject to availability and lodge numbers. 

Child rates will apply for a 8-16 year old sharing with parents. Normal adult sharing rate will apply thereafter.

Single Supplement policy: The single supplement is 50% of the adult sharing rate.

Triple Suites:
are on a request basis and subject to availability and lodge numbers at Dulini and Leadwood only. The third person must be between the ages of 8-16 years at Dulini Lodge and Dulini River Lodge, and 12-16 years at Leadwood. No triple suites with three adults will be allowed. No triple suites can be accommodated at River Lodge.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Please ensure that you have taken out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover cancellation fees should you have to cancel your trip in any event.

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
Guests may arrive any time from 13h00, and the rooms are to be vacated by 11h00. Please note that the Game Drive departs at 16h00 in summer and 15h30 in winter.

NO SMOKING POLICY
In the interest of health and safety, the lodge observes a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not allowed in the suites or on game drives. It is only permitted in designated smoking areas in the lodge, and during drinks breaks on game drives.

MALARIA
As malaria is present in the Mpumalanga region where the lodge is situated, it is essential to ensure that anti-malaria precautions be taken throughout the year. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist. Further information can be obtained from the Kruger National Park Malaria Hotline on +27 (0) 822341800 or +27 (0) 822341800.

Game drives at Dulini Private Game Reserve are taken by professional and passionate rangers and trackers, who have a wealth of knowledge to unravel the intricate nuances of the African bush. Many of them grew up in the area and thus, their knowledge of the environment is unrivaled. All of them are professionally qualified to manage the rigorous responsibilities of the safari experience. It is these characters that will win your heart with heroic stories, wow you with phenomenal bush tales and leave you awestruck by their knowledgeable interpretation of the African wild.

10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness are traversed in the comfort of six seat open land rovers. With the teeming biodiversity of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the skilled interpretation of bush signs by astute Shangaan trackers, no two game drives are ever the same. Trackers and rangers partner in looking for fresh animal tracks and sensitively follow elusive animals into ravines and through thicket to ensure your vivid and exhilarating wildlife encounter.

The Dulini field guides are well-versed in creating a memorable safari and will endeavor to position the vehicle for the best photographic opportunities for guests.


The Dulini day begins at dawn. An early morning game drive ensures that you catch the tail end of the night exploits of nocturnal creatures and inspires you with the new day vigour of the bush, still veiled in dew. This is an essential two to three hour safari experience that ends in a lavish breakfast back at camp.

The option of daily bush walks is offered by our field guides. This serves to highlight those aspects of nature one may miss on a drive and expose you to the energy and excitement of being immersed in the environment.

An extended day of relaxation in the tranquillity of the Dulini setting, allows you the opportunity to share bush tales, record memories in your safari journal, indulge in the culinary temptations of our chef and simply unwind and be restored.

The excitement of the safari begins again after tea when the intensity of the African heat begins to subside. This game drive coincides with the close of business for daytime game and the emerging routines of nocturnal beasts on the prowl. There is nothing quite as enthralling as pursuing the hunt of the big cats. The excitement of each drive is interrupted by refreshment breaks, to accommodate any call of the wild and revitalize you with a sundown cocktail.

 
Intimate Weddings at Dulini Lodge
R36,000  – valid from 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019


Includes the following:

  •  Minister,
  •  Legal Documents,
  •  Bouquet for the bride,
  •  Buttonhole for groom,
  •  Extra flowers (seasonal),
  •  Small wedding cake,
  •  A complimentary bottle of sparkling wine for the bridal couple,
  •  Private orientation drive to choice of marriage venues before the wedding day,
  •  Exclusive bridal safari for your photographs after the ceremony,
  •  Exclusive use of the Pilot's Suite on the day for the Groom,
  •  Light meal and basic drinks for photographer and hairdresser on the day.

Venue:
The thrill of a safari wedding destination is that it offers numerous wildly romantic venues for tying the knot. Dulini may accommodate the ceremony either in camp under a canopy of ancient Ebony Trees, overlooking the exquisite riverine bush; or out in the wilderness on the edge of a rocky outlook with a panorama over the game reserve.
The choice of venue is dependent on season and weather, but may be tailored to your preference on consultation with our team.

Information required-
Wedding couple will need to submit the following at least three weeks prior to the wedding:

  •  Birth certificates
  •  Certified copies of Divorce and/or Death Certificates (where applicable)
  •  Declaration for the Purpose of a Marriage.
  •    (ONE MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EACH PARTNER)
  •  Particulars of Marriage Form.
  •  Certified copies of Passports.

This will be a Religious Ceremony, or it can be a Civil Ceremony if preferred.

A massage therapist may be reserved in advance to add to the extravagance of the pamper on the day, this service is an additional cost.

The above fee is applicable over and above the accommodation charges and utilises the standard Lodge facilities.

Any special hire in items (white chairs, marquee etc.) would be at an additional charge.
Make up, hairdressing and photography is not included in the fee.

Please note that additional fees may apply for same sex marriage services due to no local available ministers.

The above fee is subject to change and best confirmed at time of enquiry.

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Idube Private Game Reserve

Idube Game Reserve (4star) is a safari lodge situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, in the heart of South Africa’s premier wildlife conservation area of the Greater Kruger Park. Game, including the Big 5, is viewed really close by from open Landrovers, or spotted on guided walks. All our experienced rangers and trackers are trained to give guests the best possible wild life experience.

The lodge has 10 suites, set amongst green lawns and shady trees. In between drives, guests can enjoy the pool and bird watch, or relax on their private decks and watch the warthogs and the nyala families on the lawn. See the Big 5 under beauti African Skies. Full Idube is dedicated to giving guests a genuine and informative experience in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description
8 Jan 2019
to 19 Dec 2019
20 Dec 2019
to 7 Jan 2020
Min 2 nigts stay
Safari Chalets (standard) Single R7 920 R9 410
Safari Chalets (standard) PPPN sharing R6 335 R7 390
Per Child Sharing Per Night (8-12yrs) R4 435 R5 280
Makubela Suite Single R9 410 R10 225
Makubela Suite PPPN sharing R7 390 R8 065
Per Child Sharing Per Night (8-12yrs) R5 280 R5 750

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4 Nights Combo Package Rates 2019 - Special
2 Nights Idube & 2 Nights Lukimbi
Validity Period – 8 January 2019 until 19 December 2019
Safari Chalet (Idube) and Classic Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R24 385
Per adult single for the 4 nights R32 930
Per child 8-12 years R16 665
Makubela Suite (Idube) and Premier Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R27 650
Per adult single for the 4 nights R37 345
Per child 8-12 years R19 735

 

5 Nights Combo Package Rates 2019 - Special
2 Nights Idube & 3 Nights Lukimbi
Validity Period – 8 January 2019 until 19 December 2019
Safari Chalet (Idube) and Classic Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R30 960
Per adult single for the 4 nights R41 810
Per child 8-12 years R21 160
Makubela Suite (Idube) and Premier Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R34 895
Per adult single for the 4 nights R47 135
Per child 8-12 years R24 805

Rates Include

  • The rates include luxury accommodation in en-suite, air-conditioned chalets/suites 3 full meals daily, all teas and coffees, 2 game drives daily in open landrovers and a safari walk at each lodge. Game activities are with skilled and well-trained rangers. Walks are for guests who are 16+ years.

Check-in is from 13h00-15h00 and Check-out is at 10h30.

Rate Exclude

  • The rate excludes all transfers, Kruger Park entrance fees, Sabi Sand entrance fees and Rhino Conservation Levies, Ulusaba runway fees, all drinks, spa treatments, curios, items of a personal nature and gratuities.
Transfer rates between Kruger Mpumalanga Airport and Idube, Idube to Lukimbi and from Lukimbi to Kruger Mpumalanga are available on request.
Minimum of 2 night stay at each lodge required to qualify for combo package rates.

Deposit & Pre-Payment

  • 20% of the full amount due on the reservation is required within 1 month of reservation as a non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking.
  • The balance of the invoice is payable 4 weeks prior to arrival.
  • Credit cards, electronic transfers and direct deposits are accepted.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be in writing.
  • If cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to date of arrival or no show, 100% of the full amount is due.


Directions from Johannesburg

  • From Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N4 to Nelspruit
  • Drive to Hazyview
  • From here, please follow the map to Idube.
  • Expect this journey to take you 5 and a half hours.
  • Note: Please enter the Sabi Sands at Newington Gate only, guests are not allowed to enter at Shaw’s Gate.

Flights

  • Johannesburg to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga Airport) with transfer from there to Idube.
  • Johannesburg International direct to the Sabi Sands Reserve, transfer by Landrover to Idube.

Distances from Lodge

JHB International Airport 450km
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport   110km
Skukuza  43km
Lukimbi Safari Lodge   101km
Golf courses (several, nearest)  40km

Bush Walks


Guests at Idube can go for a short guided walk after breakfast, this gives them a chance to see some of the smaller animals, or, on occasions, enjoy the thrill of coming across big game on foot – a very different experience. There is a wonderful sense of excitement in being able to leave the lodge and stride out with your armed guide to see what you can find in the bush beyond.

Wildlife


Well known for frequent leopard sightings, Idube Game Reserve also is home to all the Big 5. Excitement is added by the presence of wild dogs and cheetahs. Idube has many different types of antelope and a large variety of smaller animals. Crocodiles travel for long distances to find new dams or move to the river, so it is always a surprise where they will be spotted. And, of course, Idube Game Reserve is a bird lover’s paradise. One of the best things is how close guests actually get to the animals; that is a very special experience.

Birds


Idube Game Reserve is a great place to enjoy birds, on drives, walks, or round the camp.  There are  approximately 400 different types of birds seen at Idube. From early morning, when you are greeted to the dawn chorus, to the evening when the birds settle down for the night, there is always birdsong to add to the day’s pleasure.  Then at night, the haunting calls of the nocturnal birds add mystery and enjoyment to the sounds of the African bush.

Other Activities

Honeymoons

Idube Game Reserve frequently hosts honeymoon couples. One of the things they really enjoy is their private dinner, which may be held at one of the many romantic spots around the camp. Very often another couple are also on their honeymoon and much enjoyment is had in telling each other their wedding stories.

Pool

Idube Game Reserve has a beautiful main pool, surrounded by stunning trees, with a view to the bush beyond. This is a great place to relax and bird watch, sipping an ice cold drink. The suites each have their own pool, leading off their private deck, complete with comfortable loungers.

Gym

Idube has a well equipped, air-conditioned gym. Guests enjoy using this to get over long flights, or just to keep healthy.

Dining

Guests enjoy different venues for dining and the evening dinner held in the open air boma is always a favourite. Idube features a weekly bushbraai (barbecue), weather permitting. This change of venue is always exciting and a whole different experience. This may be moved to bush breakfasts in the cooler weather. Occasionally the venue has to be changed because of leopards on the roof of the bush boma – just too close to the kitchen area.

TV


There is DSTV (direct broadcast satellite service) on the TV in the lounge, separate from the other entertainment areas, where guests can catch up with whichever programme is important to them. 

Suites
There are 3 suites, The 2 Makubela suites and the Leadwood suite.  All feature spacious rooms and decks leading to private pools. Each room has its own well stocked mini bar, baths, inside and outside showers, hairdryer, safe and wi-fi. Guests can request their choice of mini bar drinks, which we will arrange with pleasure. Be aware that elephants frequently come close to the pools of the Makubela suites.

Safari Chalets
The chalets are all decorated individually and also have baths, inside and outside showers, as well as private decks.  Wi-fi is available, rooms have hairdryers and safes. These comfortable rooms offer a safe, cool haven between activities.

20 Dec - 07 Jan Min 2 night stay

The rates include

  • luxury accommodation in en-suite,
  • air-conditioned chalets,
  • 3 full meals daily, all teas and coffees,
  • 2 game drives daily in open landrovers and
  • a safari walk.

Game activities are with skilled and well-trained rangers.

  • Check-in is from 12h00-15h00. Check-out is after morning game drive and breakfast +-10h30.
  • The rate excludes
  • transfers,
  • Ulusaba passenger runway fees,
  • bar bill, soft drinks,
  • telephone and fax calls, curios,
  • gratuities,
  • items of a personal nature,
  • Sabi Sand entrance fees and Sabi Sand Rhino Conservation Levies (R138 pp per night).

Transfer rates between Kruger Mpumalanga airport and Idube are available on request.
The drive between KMIA and Idube takes approximately 1 hour 45 min and is done in an air-conditioned vehicle.

GUIDES/TOUR LEADERS/PILOTS NB:

  • The rate is R3 000 per night  and accommodation will be reserved in a chalet. 
  • If 18 or more guests are in camp then guide/tour leader/pilot will not be able to go on game drives.


DEPOSIT AND PREPAYMENT:

  • 20% non refundable deposit is required within 1 month of reservation for all bookings over our peak Dec/Jan period or for group bookings.
  • Groups – balance of the invoice is payable 2 months prior to arrival.
  • FIT bookings – balance of the invoice is payable 1 month prior to arrival.
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CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Cancellations must be made in writing.
  • Groups – if cancelled from 2 months prior, or no-show, 100% of the full amount is due
  • FIT-if cancelled from 1 month prior to date of arrival, or no-show, 100% cancellation fees.

Sabi Sand entrance fees – R280 per vehicle and R120 per person entrance fees applicable from 01 January 2018 – 31 December 2019.

Rhino Conservation Levies – R138 per person per night, capped to a maximum of R414 pp per stay applicable from 01 January 2019 – 31 December 2019.

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Inyati Private Game Reserve

Inyati Private Game Reserve is set in 65 000 hectares of unspoiled bushveld within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Sand River allowing for fantastic game viewing without leaving the camp. Diversity of species and relaxed big game allows for close-up game viewing and photography.

With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, this reserve benefits from the great diversity of wildlife found in one of the richest wilderness areas on the African continent along, with the additional benefits experienced on a private game reserve.


Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

Seasonal Rates 1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Chalet Single
R11 905
Chalet Per Person Per Night Sharing
R9 215
Tour Guide / pilot room R3 100

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SEASONS

The reserve has a hot, sub-tropical climate with two distinct seasons and game viewing activities are equally rewarding during both. The summer season (September to March) is a time when many species breed and prey is plentiful for the lurking predators. Rainfall occurs between October and February and often results in spectacular afternoon thundershowers. In the winter season (April to August), the animals concentrate at the perennial water sources and the grass is low, making game viewing easier. Although winter days are usually warm and clear, late afternoon and early morning temperatures are distinctly chilly. 


LODGE FACILITIES

Gym
The lodge has a fully air-conditioned gym available for guest use. Facilities include an electronic bicycle and step machine as well as free weights. Water and gym towels are available in the gym for your convenience.

Curio shop
A range of local and other African curios and crafts are available for purchase in our curio shop. Where possible, we source products locally to help support and develop our communities.

River deck
Please feel free to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the deck overlooking the river.

Swimming pool
The swimming pool is situated adjacent to the bar / dining area. Sun loungers and swimming towels have been placed at the poolside for your convenience.

TREETOPS CONFERENCE FACILITY
Inyati has the ideal conference venue called TreeTops because of its setting in the tops of the tree’s on the banks of the Sand River about 3km from the main lodge. This is the perfect facility to host intimate wedding ceremonies or corporate conferences. TreeTops offers the opportunity for focused meetings yet provides the setting for complete relaxation at the end of the day.

WHAT TO BRING
We highly recommend you bring the following:

Binoculars
Sun hat
Sunscreen
Camera
Warm clothing in the winter months
Inyati is in a low risk malaria area but we recommend you consult your physician on the various anti-malarial prophylactics available.


Inyati can accommodate a maximum of 25 guests maintaining the family ambience it’s become renowned for. The lodge consists of three luxury family chalets and eight luxury standard chalets, all tastefully furnished with uninterrupted views of the African bush overlooking the Sand river.

The 3 larger chalets offer an extra length king-sized bed, a double bed and a single bed making it the perfect choice for families sharing. There are 4 standard luxury chalets with extra length king-sized beds and the remaining 4 standard luxury rooms all have comfortable twin beds. All beds are protected with high quality mosquito nets.

Each air-conditioned chalet features en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins, separate bath, shower and toilet. Other facilities in each room include: a personal mini bar (filled upon request), tea/coffee making station, hairdryers, in-room safe, laundry (at an extra cost) and a telephone.

Satellite television and Wifi are available (for free) in the public lounging area. 

 



At Inyati the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to delight you with the indulgence and romance of the African night. We offer a range of activities from game drives and guided bush walks, to star gazing, fishing, workouts at the fully-equipped gym, swimming, young rangers’ programmes and community tours.

GAME DRIVES
Inyati has been recognised by the Lilizela Tourism Awards for the best “Visitor’s Experience Award for the Best Wildlife Encounters”. Open game vehicles, which seat up to 10 guests, are driven by experienced rangers and insightful trackers. With over 9,000 hectares of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same.

PRIVATE SAFARI VEHICLES
Exclusive use of a safari vehicle can be arranged upon request, but is subject to availability. Only a limited number of exclusive safari vehicles can be guaranteed at any one time. Prices available on request.

SEASONAL SAFARI TIMING

Game drives are planned for mornings and evenings as this is the time when the animals are most active.The game drives last for about three hours and include a coffee stop for the morning drive and a sundowner stop in the evening. Inyati generally adjusts safari times accordingly to the seasons in order to maximise game-viewing opportunities and ensure that guests enjoy a comfortable experience.

We suggest that guests arrive in time for lunch on their day of arrival not to miss out on any game drives during their stay.

Summer / Winter
05h00 / 05h30 – Wake up call
05h30 / 06h00 – Refreshments and snacks on the patio
06h00 / 06h30 – Depart for morning game drive
10h00 / 10h00 – Brunch
11h00 / 11h00 – Departing guests to kindly vacate chalets
14h00 / 14h00 – Lunch is available for arriving guests
16h00 / 15h00 – High tea is served on the patio
16h30 / 15h30 – Depart for afternoon game drive
19h45 / 19h15 – Pre-dinner drinks
20h00 / 19h30 – Dinner 

BUSH WALKS

Guests can enjoy informative bush walks for guests over the age of 16 years. Professionally trained guides cater to guests’ preferences and fitness levels pointing out animal tracks, dung, hiding spots, rare birds and sharing details about the rich cultural history of the area.

FISHING

Inyati offers fishing as an extra activity between game drive times. All fishing equipment is supplied by the lodge and is done in the Sand River which is home to over 37 species of fish. Safety is paramount so guests are always accompanied by a ranger or tracker.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Inyati is a photographer’s paradise. The ever-changing skies at dawn and dusk, the fast moving lightning storms in the afternoon and the myriad of fascinating animals, birds and insects keep aspiring and professional photographers alike permanently captivated. 

KIDS ON SAFARI
Parents travelling with young kids can book them on our fun and educational Young Rangers Programme. Children will be taught how to use their full range of senses to fully appreciate the wonder of nature. At the end of their stay, children will be issued with an Inyati Young Rangers certificate and will have learnt some of the following:

  • How to do tricky bird calls and how plants use offensive smells to deter unwanted predators
  • How to use the sense of touch to help identify some of the distinct tree species
  • How to track and identify spoor (animal tracks) in order to find animals and avoid danger
  • How to use the night sky as a map to find your way home
  • How to use plants for everyday activities like brushing teeth, toothpaste, soap, food, toilet paper and even medicine.



 HAZYVIEW is the town you should be heading to in order to arrive at Inyati Game Lodge.
Should you be using a navigation system, please ignore all directions after Hazyview.
Please follow OUR directions from there to get to the lodge.

 

  • There are three entry gates into the Sabi Sand Reserve - Shaw's Gate, Newington Gate and Gowrie Gate. Inyati guests can only access via the NEWINGTON GATE.
  • For all visitors, an entrance fee is payable of R 120 per person to enter the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, which is payable at the gate. Self-drive visitors must ALSO pay R 280 per vehicle entrance fee, at the gate.
  • Credit card (Visa & MasterCard) and debit card facilities are now available at Newington gate.
  • Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at the lodge reception when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.
  • The Gates open at 05h00 and close at 22h00. Please note that these times are subject to change. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a protected reserve and therefore access is restricted - hence the gate opening and closing times.

Should you require assistance, please contact the lodge on + 27 (0) 13 735 5125 / + 27 (0) 13 7355381 or All hours: +27 (0) 82 807 9153

DIRECTIONS TO INYATI GAME LODGE FROM HAZYVIEW: (± 66 KM)


1. In Hazyview town - Turn right at the second set of traffic lights on to the R536 - Portia Shabangu Drive towards the Paul Kruger gate.
2. After approximately 34kms on the R536, there are signposts for Newington Gate Sabi Sands Game Reserve on the left hand side of the road. There will also be a green road sign indicating “Huntington Lilydale & Justicia”.
3. Turn left on to the gravel road and drive for 9km until you find the 4 way intersection.
4. Turn right at the 4 way intersection towards Newington Gate Sabi Sands and follow the road for another 3km.
5. Turn left at the next Newington gate sign opposite the Preschool.
6. Keep heading towards Newington gate which is where you will enter the Sabi Sand Reserve.
7. Turn left once you have entered Newington Gate and follow all signposts to Inyati.

RECOMMENDED ROUTE FROM JOHANNESBURG:

* Please note that the drive will take approximately 51⁄2 / 6 hours (± 550km)
1. From Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport take the R21 in the direction of Boksburg / East Rand. Then take the N12 towards eMalahleni (Witbank). This road becomes the N4 toll road to Nelspruit.
2. Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), eMakhazeni (Belfast) & Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 towards Nelspruit / Mbombela.
3. Head east on N4 Nelspruit Northern Bypass. Slight left 270m then turn right toward R37. Go through one roundabout (1.1 km). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R37 (800m)
4. Turn left onto Madiba Street 1.9 km and continue onto Provincial P9/2 Rd/R40 continue to follow the R40.
5. Enter White River, along Chief Mgiyeni Khumalo drive, at the traffic light (Express Stores on your right ) turn left onto Theo Kleynhans Street (sign White River Country Estates) green sign - R40 Hazyview /R538 Numbi Gate and continue to follow R40 Hazyview. At the roundabout follow the R40 Phalaborwa
6. Hazyview is about 45km from White River. As you approach Hazyview there is a T-Junction.
7. Turn left at the T-junction following R40 .This road will take you into Hazyview Town.
8. Carry on straight through the first set of traffic lights.
9. In Hazyview - Turn right at the second set of traffic lights on to the R536 - Portia Shabangu Drive towards the Paul Kruger gate
*At this point ignore your GPS instructions and follow the instructions given FROM HAZYVIEW (above)*


RECOMMENDED ROUTE FROM NELSPRUIT / KRUGER MPUMALANGA AIRPORT: (± 115 KM)

1. Turn right coming out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier)
2. Continue for approximately 12 km, until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left
3. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction
4. Turn left, staying on the R40 which will take you into Hazyview town
5. In Hazyview - Turn right at the second set of traffic lights on to the R536 - Portia Shabangu Drive towards the Paul Kruger gate
*At this point ignore your GPS instructions and follow the instructions given FROM HAZYVIEW (above)*


RECOMMENDED ROUTE FROM HOEDSPRUIT: (± 165 KM)


1. Follow the R40 Klaserie road towards Hazyview / White River
2. Pass through towns Acornhoek, Casteel and Bushbuckridge to get to Hazyview.
3. In Hazyview - Turn left at the second set of traffic lights on to the R536 - Portia Shabangu Drive towards the Paul Kruger gate
*At this point ignore your GPS instructions and follow the instructions given FROM HAZYVIEW (above)*
*At this point ignore your GPS instructions and follow the instructions given FROM HAZYVIEW (above)*

RECOMMENDED ROUTE(S) FROM KRUGER NATIONAL PARK:
Depending on your location in the Kruger National Park, we suggest the following:

ROUTE FROM ORPEN GATE: (± 172 KM)


** You can only access Inyati via the Newington Gate**
1. Follow the R531 from Orpen gate towards the R40.
2. At the T-junction turn left on to the R40 towards Hazyview / White River
3. Pass through towns Acornhoek, Casteel and Bushbuckridge to get to Hazyview.
4. In Hazyview - Turn left at the second set of traffic lights on to the R536 - Portia Shabangu Drive towards the Paul Kruger gate

*At this point ignore your GPS instructions and follow the instructions given FROM HAZYVIEW (above)*

ROUTE FROM PAUL KRUGER GATE: (± 39 KM)


1. Exit at the Paul Kruger gate
2. Approximately 7km on the R536 there are signposts for Newington Gate Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
3. Turn right on to the gravel road for 9km until you find the 4 way intersection.
4. Turn right at the 4 way intersection towards Newington Gate Sabi Sands and follow the road for another 3km.
5. Turn left at the next Newington gate sign opposite the Preschool.
6. Keep heading towards Newington gate which is where you will enter the Sabi Sand Reserve.
7. Turn left once you have entered Newington Gate and follow all signposts to Inyati.

*Please be aware, as you approach the Lodge that you are in a wilderness area where predators and high- profile game roam freely. Do not leave your car for any reason.

Once you enter the Sabi Sand Wildtuin / Game reserve, please drive carefully and adhere to the following regulations:

  •  Travel directly to your destination and do not deviate from the route. Do not leave the roads. Remain at a respectable distance from wild animals. Remember that all wild animals are dangerous.
  •  Do not exceed the speed limit of 40 km/hour.
  •  Do not feed the animals in the Sabi Sand Reserve.
  •  Do not litter in the reserve
We wish you a safe journey and we look forward to welcoming you to Inyati Game Lodge.

The rates quoted are per person, per night sharing and priced in South African Rand. 
They include accommodation as detailed below and 15% VAT.

Rates Include

  • Air-conditioned en-suite accommodation, 
  • all meals daily and a house selection of beverages. 
  • Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by experienced guides and trackers, 
  • refreshments on game drives, 
  • fishing, 
  • walking and spotlit night safaris. 
  • Transfers to and from Ulusaba airstrip (ULX).

Rates Exclude

  • Applicable airport taxes, 
  • wine from our cellar collection, 
  • premium brand drinks,
  • certain special meal requests,
  • curio shop purchases, 
  • flights and transfers,
  • gratuities, >
  • laundry & valet services,
  • Sabi Sand Wildtuin gate entrance fees,
  • SAN Parks conservation fees,
  • sole use of private safari vehicle,
  • telephone calls,
  • transfers to and from the lodge.
  • Sabi Sand Guest conservation contribution fee (GCC).

Children (Aged 8-10)

  • Children aged between 8-10 years and sharing a chalet with two full paying adults, will pay 50% of the per person sharing rate.
  • Children in their own suite will pay the standard adult rates.
  • Children are permitted on game drives at guides’ discretion.
  • Children above 16 may participate in walking safaris – for younger children we offer child-friendly walks around the lodge with experienced guides.
  • Child minding is conducted by lodge staff and can be arranged on arrival at a nominal hourly rate.
  • Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed on the Sabi Sand Reserve, we may not be able to accommodate extra children in room

Booking Procedure:
To secure your reservation a 50% deposit is required within 48hrs from time of booking.  
Full payment required 30 days prior to arrival.  Supplements and minimum stays may apply. Inyati Game Lodge reserves the right to change tariffs without notice subject to implementation or variations of taxes or levies by any authority or the government.

Cancellation Policy

    • All cancellations will only be accepted in writing and will only be effective on receipt of our cancellation voucher. There may also be cancellation fees 
    • levied by third parties or our affiliates such as flight or transfer operators.
  • Inyati Game Lodge reserves the right to charge the following cancellation fees should a confirmed reservation be cancelled within the following period:
  • 5% cancellation fee if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival.
  • 25% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival.
  • 50% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival.
  • 90% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 14 days prior to arrival

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE

Suggested arrival time is after 12h00 with check-in from 13h00.
Rooms must be vacated by 11h00 for the convenience of arriving guests. Late departure times can be arranged at the lodge, subject to availability of rooms

Jaci's Sabi House

Jaci’s Sabi House is a exclusive-use, private abode which is situated in the famous Sabi Sand Reserve.

Jaci’s Sabi House accommodates a maximum of 6 guests at a time for exclusive-use bookings only and features a locally designed Main Lodge House and separate Guest Cottage with spacious interiors, luxurious finishes and bespoke decor. The thatch home is the ideal destination for the ultimate bush getaway, with access to prime game viewing areas within the Sabi Sand Reserve, where you can be assured of a Safari to be remembered. Complemented by private swimming pool, indigenous garden and your own private chef, field guide and game viewing vehicle, Jaci’s Sabi House is all set to offer guests nothing less than a spectacular private Safari experience.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Details
6 Jan 2019
to 18 Dec 2019

19 Dec 2019
to 5 Jan 2020
Jaci's Sabi House - Min 4 guests R50 440 R54 995
Jaci's Sabi House - Per additional guest per night (6 guest maximum) R8 500 R8 500
Details
6 Jan 2020
to 18 Dec 2020

19 Dec 2020
to 5 Jan 2021
Jaci's Sabi House - Min 4 guests R54 000 R60 000
Jaci's Sabi House - Per additional guest per night (6 guest maximum) R8 500 R8 500


For SA Residents Rates please contact our offices at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone on 0878204160

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Luxury Accommodation in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
The Main Lodge House features a large patio and grassed viewing area, a swimming pool and open-plan kitchen/bar as well as indoor and outdoor dining facilities. We believe that our South African inspired cuisine is best enjoyed under African skies and we pride ourselves on regular authentic outdoor dining experiences.

Featuring locally produced and designed fabrics, furnishings and crafts, the main house is a show piece of custom creations including a brightly coloured calabash chandelier, woven basket wall art and a unique sofa that makes a bold decor statement. The sections of vibrant green, blue and red wall colours are anchored by dark wood antique furniture, exposed thatch ceilings and concrete floors.

Follow the path through the spectacular landscaped indigenous garden to the separate Guest Cottage, fire pit and boma areas, all located just a short distance from the main house. 

 

Main House Bedroom
  • 1 x King-bedded room accommodates a maximum of 2 guests with en-suite bath, shower, toilet & bidet.
  • Separate Guest Cottage:
  • 2 x Individual twin-bedded rooms, each accommodating a maximum of 2 guests. Each room has its own
  • en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet, basin & private patio areas.
  • Jaci’s Sabi House accommodates a minimum of 4 guests a maximum of 6 guests
  • Landscaped indigenous garden.
  • Plunge pool.
  • Fire pit, viewing deck & boma areas.
  • Fully equipped open-plan kitchen & bar areas at the Main House.
  • Main House lounge & outdoor dining area.
  • Children under 12 can be accommodated on a stretcher bed in the main house lounge area, with access to their own en suite, but shared bath / shower with the master bedroom.

The Guest Cottage

Echoing the bold yet natural design elements from the main house, these two unique rooms are dressed in bright prints and colours, and balanced with spacious, light architectural features. Large double doors invite the outdoors in so you can enjoy your view from your bed or private seating patio area.

The separate Guest Cottage at Jaci’s Sabi House is comprised of 2 individual twin-bedded rooms, each accommodating a maximum of 2 guests. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and handbasin.

Find Your Way Here
Whether you fly directly to the Arathusa on one of the daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg or Nelspruit, a flight from Madikwe to Sabi Sand or decide to do a self-drive, Jaci’s Sabi House is easily accessible by both road and air.

Transfers from Nelspruit are available on request. To request private chartered flights, please contact us.

The reserve entrance fee is approximately *R280.00 per vehicle and *R120.00 per person. *These costs are subject to change without notice – please confirm with us when making your booking. Airstrip passenger taxes apply for passengers on all flights.

Air Travel

  • Airlink operates convenient daily direct flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Nelspruit Kruger and from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Skukuza Airport. A unique 20 minute air-side transfer connects you onward on Airlink’s Lodge Link service to the Arathusa Airstrip. From there you will enjoy a short open vehicle transfer to Jaci’s Sabi House’s doorstep.
  • Daily flights are available on Federal Air / Unique Air / FlexeFlyer. (If flying with Federal Air storage facilities for extra or large luggage is available, should you require this service at their O R Tambo departure lounge)
  • Weekly flights between Sabi Sand and Madikwe operate every Monday, Wednesday & Friday (based on a minimum of 4 guests).
  • Airports are located within easy driving distance to Jaci’s Sabi House: Arathusa airstrip takes approximately 20 minutes; Hoedspruit airstrip takes 90 minutes and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is a 3-hour drive.
  • Road transfers from Hoedspruit Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport can be booked directly through Jaci’s Sabi House.
  • Please note that it is advisable to carry a small duffel bag or soft case (20 kilogram weight limit) in your main suitcase for your time at the lodge. The airlines do not accept rigid cases, but will store them while you are at the lodge, so you will have to pack your soft bag with your clothing and other equipment for your safari, and then leave the hardbox suitcase at the airline offices, where they will take care of it.
  • Private charter flights can be arranged any other day of the week (min 4 pax).


Road Travel

It is not possible to cross directly from The Kruger National Park to the Sabi Sand Reserve. Guests will have to exit the applicable gate & enter the Sabi Sand at the Gowrie Gate. Jaci’s Sabi House is only accessible via the Gowrie Gate. Please do not approach via Newington Gate or Shaws Gate.

Once you reach Acornhoek, the estimated travel time to Gowrie Gate is approximately 90 minutes, depending on the condition of the road. We thus advise that guests reach Jaci’s Sabi House prior to sunset.

GATE TIMES:

  • Gowrie Gate opens at 06h00
  • Gowrie Gate closes at 19h00

NB: SELF-DRIVE GUESTS, it is not possible to cross directly from the Kruger National Park to the Sabi Sand Reserve.
Guests will have to exit the applicable gate & enter the Sabi Sands at the Gowrie Gate. Jaci's Sabi House is only accessible via the Gowrie Gate. Please do not direct your guests via Newington or Shaws gate, as they will have to exit & drive around to the Gowrie Gate. Once guests reach Acornhoek, the estimated travel time to Gowrie Gate is approximately 1h30 depending on the condition of the road which is fairly poor at the moment. We thus advise that guests reach the lodge prior to sunset. Afternoon game drives depart between 15h00 - 16h00

RESERVE FEES: - Sabi Sand reserve entrance fees must be paid in cash on arrival at Gowrie Gate

LATE ARRIVALS: - Guest arriving at night at the reserve gates will require an escort to the lodge - this must be pre-arranged with the lodge reservations office

IMPORTANT SELF DRIVE INFORMATION

  • Please do not use a GPS; you will be taken on an extended scenic tour of South Africa as a result...
  • If you’re coming from the Kruger Park you will have to exit Kruger and drive round to the Gowrie Gate, you cannot enter Sabi Sand from Kruger.
  • Please do not travel via Newington or Shaw’s Gate, as you will have to exit and drive around to Gowrie Gate.
  • Once you reach Acornhoek the estimated travel time to Gowrie Gate is approximately 11⁄2 hours depending on the condition of the road.
  • We recommend that you attempt to reach the lodge prior to sunset.
  • Please print and use the directions as they appear in this information sheet.
  • Please note the following information is required for all self drive or road transfers:
  • Guests names & contact details
  • Transfer company & contact details
  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Guests are requested to please phone the lodge on +27 (0) 79 694 8430 / +27 (0) 79 291 3908 (whatsapp only) when passing
    Acornhoek or Hlukuvani to advise the lodge of arrival time

SELF-DRIVE DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG TO JACI’S SABI HOUSE

  • Depart Johannesburg via the N12 Highway & continue to Witbank which then becomes the N4 Highway
  • Continue straight, through Middelburg & on towards Belfast.
  • Switch to the R540 to Dullstroom, continue on through Lydenburg, Origstad & through the Strydom Tunnel.
  • On approaching Hoedspruit take the R531 to Klaserie, Acornhoek
  • Turn into Acornhoek and continue straight, passing through the town of Hluvukani. (Please note that the last section of the road is on gravel and guests will have to drive at a reduced speed (allow for extra travel time especially if it has been raining)
  • Continue straight and follow directional signs to Cheetah Plains – the first one being at the turn off for Seville A
  • Jaci’s Sabi House is approximately 12 kilometres from Gowrie Gate.

SELF-DRIVE DIRECTIONS FROM KRUGER MPUMALANGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO JACI’S SABI HOUSE

  • Get onto the R40 and travel north. Pass through White River; Hazyview and then Bushbuckridge
  • Continue along the R40 until you reach Acornhoek
  • Turn right, into Acornhoek, and travel along the main road (D406), passing through the town
  • Continue straight and pass through the town of Hluvukani
  • Drive for a further 13km until you reach a large wooden Sabi Sand signboard alongside the road sign for Seville A
  • Turn right, here, and take this main dirt road until you reach a T-Junction with another large wooden Sabi Sand sign board.
  • Turn left, here, and continue straight on to Gowrie Gate
  • Jaci’s Sabi House is approximately 12 kilometres from Gowrie Gate.
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JACI'S SABI HOUSE - Jaci's Sabi House can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests (6 adults, NO CHILDREN
MIN.4 / MAX. 6 GUESTS: 12 years and under). Minimum 4 guests / Maximum 6 guests

MAIN HOUSE: - 1 x King bedded room accommodating a maximum of two persons, bathroom with bath and shower, loo, bidet and hand basin

SEPARATE GUEST COTTAGE: - 2 x Twin bedded guest rooms each accommodating a maximum of two persons with own en-suite bathroom with shower, loo and hand basin

JACI'S SABI HOUSE - - Includes an open plan kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, private

MAIN LODGE & RECEPTION: game viewing vehicle and field guide

CHILD POLICY:

  • Regret no children 12 years and under accepted
  • Only children 13 years & over are allowed at Jaci's Sabi House & will be charged the applicable adult rate


INSURANCE: - We highly recommend that all guests have travel insurance & medical insurance cover for all unexpected incidents & to insure cancellation fees are covered

ROAD TRANSFERS / SCHEDULED TRAVEL TRADE

FLIGHTS / PRIVATE CHARTERS:

  • All road transfers, scheduled flights and private charters must be arranged directly by the agent with the transfer company.
  • Scheduled flights now available from Madikwe to Sabi Sand and vice versa and must be booked directly with Unique Air

 

Rates are quoted per first four guests per night - maximum 6 guests (6 x Adults), extra 1 or 2 guests at additional charge per person per night

Extra adults (from 5th adult) will be charged the applicable rate per person per night accordingly

Extra Adult rates are quoted per person per night

Peak season  (19 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019) Minimum 3 night stay over peak season

High Season (06 Jan 2018 - 18 Dec 2018)

Peak season  (19 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020) Minimum 3 night stay over peak season

Minimum stay of 3 nights is recommended to enhance the safari experience

Check-in is at 14h00. Should guests arrive earlier & require lunch, please note that this has to be pre-booked, lunch is served between 12h00 - 14h00.

Check out: Until 11:00am 


RATES INCLUDE:

  • All meals prepared by private chef, speciality teas & filter coffee.
  • Twice-daily game drives in your private game-viewing vehicle with your on-site field guide.
  • Game drives include a sunrise / sunset stop and night drive with stargazing. 
  • All house drinks including a selection of South Africa’s most enjoyable wines (red, white & sparkling), local beers and our selection of premium spirits as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Transfers between Arathusa airstrip & Jaci’s Sabi House are included when flying with FedAir / Unique Air / FlexeFlyer / Private Charter. 
  • 15% VAT

RATES EXCLUDE:

  • Transfers to & from Jaci’s Sabi House, other than from Arathusa airstrip as listed above
  • Escort after dark from the reserve gates
  • Gratuities, laundry, telephone calls & all incidental costs
  • Emergency medical evacuation, travel insurance / travel cancellation refunds. (We highly recommend that guests have sufficient travel & medical insurance to cover any unexpected incidents)
  • Sabi Sand reserve entrance fees, which will be charged (in cash) at Gowrie Gate. Reserve entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • A mandatory Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution of R115.00 (including VAT) per person per night will be levied to all bookings

We highly recommend a minimum of 3 nights stay at Jaci’s Sabi House in order to get the full benefit of our spectacular South African Safari experience & hospitality!

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TIMES

Check in: From 14:00pm

  • Should guests require lunch on the day of arrival, please note that this will need to be pre-booked. Lunch is served between 13h00 – 14h00.

Check out: Until 11:00am

JACI'S SABI HOUSE - MAIN LODGE & RECEPTION:

  • Includes an open plan kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, private game viewing vehicle and field guide

Reserve Entrance Fee

The reserve entrance fee is approximately R280.00 per vehicle and R120.00 per person. These costs are subject to change without notice – please confirm with us when making your booking. Airstrip passenger taxes apply for passengers on all flights.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Only written cancellations will be accepted.
  • 25% Cancellation fee will be incurred if the booking is cancelled any time after the written confirmation is received.
  • 50% cancellation fee is applicable if a booking is cancelled 31 - 45 days prior to arrival.
  • 100% cancellation fee is applicable if a booking is cancelled 30 days and less prior to arrival.

CHILD POLICY

  • Can accommodate Children. Children will be charged the applicable additional person rate.

ELECTRICITY & WATER

  • Jaci’s Sabi House is on 220volt
  • Water supply is via borehole and is clean and can be consumed, however we do have filtered water for drinking available in the main area and your room

GENERAL WEATHER AT SABI SAND

Winters: Generally Dry & Sunny

  •  Evening temperatures may drop to 0 degrees Celsius

Summers: Generally wet and humid

  • Daily highs of up to 38 degrees Celsius

 

Saturday, 14 December 2013 07:28

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve is a five star luxury lodge. The reserve traverses over 10 000 hectares in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park and is approximately 500 km due east of Johannesburg.

The lodge is easily accessible either by road from Johannesburg (a five and a half hour drive), or by air, flying either by private charter direct, or on the commercial airline to KMIA, where a 2 hour road transfer or a 25 minute flight to Leopard Hills would be required.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description - Fully Inclusive 1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Standard Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing / Single R17 266
Private Vehicle :
A private vehicle can be booked for all photographic safari requests or guests wanting their own private vehicle per day (Subject to availability upon request)
R11 155
2 hr Helicopter Adventure from any of the Lodges in the Timbavati & Sabi Sand to the Blyde River Canyon (per 1- 2 pax) R35 830
2 hr Helicopter Adventure from any of the Lodges in the Timbavati & Sabi Sand to the Blyde River Canyon (3rd and 4rd pax) R2 030
Description - Fully Inclusive 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020
Standard Suite Per Person Per Night Sharing / Single R18 140
Private Vehicle :
A private vehicle can be booked for all photographic safari requests or guests wanting their own private vehicle per day (Subject to availability upon request)
R18 140
2 hr Helicopter Adventure from any of the Lodges in the Timbavati & Sabi Sand to the Blyde River Canyon (per 1- 2 pax) R38 695
2 hr Helicopter Adventure from any of the Lodges in the Timbavati & Sabi Sand to the Blyde River Canyon (3 pax) R40 890
2 hr Helicopter Adventure from any of the Lodges in the Timbavati & Sabi Sand to the Blyde River Canyon (4 pax) R43 085

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EXPERIENCE AFRICA AT ITS BEST

From Your Uber Luxurious Glass Fronted Suites


Built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole, Leopard Hills boasts eight newly renovated and exquisitely decorated luxurious glass-fronted suites. Complete with their own sundeck and rock plunge pool, the suites offer superb views of the African bushveld beyond.
The suites are generously spacious and immense in stature with air-conditioning and overhead fans. The breathtaking romantic bathrooms include double indoor and outdoor showers, which open to a glorious view of the passing cavalcade.
The comfortable beds are fitted with beautiful crisp percale cotton linen, down duvets and pillows, and gracious mosquito netting. A special touch to each suite is the perfection of final touches provided, from weather notes and African poems, to a fine array of bath salts and other bathroom amenities.
An inviting lounge with breathtaking views over the bush creates the ideal setting to relax with a book or while away the afternoon with a pair of binoculars in the comfort of your air-conditioned suite, a wonderful reprieve from the heat of the midday sun. Enjoy the privacy of your suite and salute the timelessness of Africa over a drink or snack from your fully stocked mini-bar. Savour the day in your hammock or pool lounger outside, whilst listening to the tranquil sound of the surrounding bushveld.

Elements of nature have been incorporated into your suite, to provide the ultimate in luxury while experiencing Africa at its best.

AT A GLANCE

  • 8 Luxurious Glass Fronted Suites
  • Newly Renovated Suites with Extended Decks & Larger Pools with Spectacular Views
  • Exquisitely Decorated
  • Air-conditioning & Fans
  • Underfloor Heating & Heated Towel Rails
  • King Size Beds with Mosquito Nets
  • Indoor & Outdoor Shower
  • Robes, Hairdryer, Umbrella, Safe, Telephone
  • Nespresso Machines
  • Spacious Lounge
  • Stocked Mini Bar & Tea
  • WiFi & i-Pod Docking Stations
  • Animal Reference Guides & Magazines
  • Complimentary Sherry

WORLD-CLASS BUSH CUISINE

Exceeding all Expectations...
Our Team of dedicated Chef’s ensures that every meal at Leopard Hills becomes a special occasion. From breakfast, lunch to dinner, our Team prepares dishes of unparalleled proportions. Guests will experience “soul food” full of decadent flavours from around the world, finishing with a touch of Africa in every meal.

Traditional Full English and Continental breakfasts on the main deck are notable in charm and fulfilment. Heaty breakfasts are served after the early morning game drive and is the perfect way to start each day at the Lodge.

Lunches are served under big shady umbrellas, and are an occasion in themselves! The team incorporate the best locally produced ingredients and modernise old classics to produce cuisine that makes you feel satisfied in every way.

“Cooking with character” is the highlight of every dinner at Leopard Hills. Here, the personalities of the chef and his team are infused with decadent dining and creative settings. No dinner will ever be the same at Leopard Hills, from dining under the stars in our traditional boma to fine silver service dinners in our dining room, or out on the upper deck where a cool breeze is a welcoming relief from the African heat.

The perfect end to a wonderful safari experience; a private dinner on the deck of your suite is offered to couples wanting to spend time together in privacy. The ultimate in romance, private dinners at Leopard Hills will seduce the senses and soothe the soul.

BUSH BREAKFASTS & BOMA DINNERS

After an enthralling morning game drive guests may have the opportunity to appreciate the amazing smells and sounds that flow from a new day dawning in Africa, along with the aromas of a sumptuous breakfast in the heart of the bush.
After an evening game drive, guests will be drawn to the essences of a burning fire, where a more traditional dining experience can be enjoyed in the Boma. Here a hurricane lamp lit ‘dining room’ under African skies, and a feast of delicious cuisine awaits.

INDULGENT  DINING EXPERIENCES

  • Candle-it Fine Dining in the Elegant Dining Room.
  • Traditional Boma Experience under African skies.
  • Hearty Breakfast in the middle of the African Bush.
  • A Romantic Private Dinner on your Patio.
  • Dinning under the Stars on the Central Deck overlooking the flood-lit Waterhole.
  • Decadent High Teas.
 

Within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the ‘Big 5’, (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard), abound and viewing them at close proximity is our speciality. Traversing over 10,000 hectares of incredibly diverse ecosystems makes Leopard Hills the ideal destination to view plentiful game in its natural habitat.

Each day brings something different, as you explore the bush in an open game viewing vehicle. Whether it is a leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, hippo wallowing in the river, or a crocodile basking on a sandy bank; each viewing will enthrall.

GAME DRIVES

Your knowledgeable and professional ranger conducts early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives, in search of Africa’s big game. The latest state-of-the-art open game drive vehicles, specifically designed for Leopard Hills, have individual bucket seats and centre consoles, ensuring your optimum safety and comfort. Leopard Hills prides itself with the best rangers in the business, and they offer a safari experience like no other, from sightings of big game in their natural surroundings, to the smaller flora and fauna, which make this piece of paradise a place we are privileged to call home.



WALKING TRAILS

Exploring the African wilderness on foot provides us with a real sense of place and we become a part of the environment, absorbing every detail, leaving nothing but our tracks behind. Your senses will become tuned in to the many facets of nature that are often overlooked from a vehicle as you see, smell, hear, touch and even taste the true soul of Africa. Coming across an attractively marked leopard tortoise, watching a fascinating rhino beetle or a stunningly plumed lilac breasted roller, are just a few of the amazing encounters awaiting you!

Trails are flexible depending on each guest’s requirements. Shorter walks are conducted after the morning game drive and are usually for 1 or 2 hours. Longer walking trails can be arranged anytime and can even be in place of morning game drives.

Our walking safaris are lead by an experienced fully qualified Trails Guide who will tailor your experience based on your specific interests. After an introductory briefing on the all important “do’s and don’ts” of bush walking safaris, the trail will be structured around the fitness levels of the group. In keeping with safety regulations on guided walks, no children under 16 are permitted.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

Those with a passion for wildlife photography will be able to get various tips from their ranger on taking the perfect picture, while on their game drive or walking safari. Our rangers are avid fans of photography, many of them having entered renowned international and local competitions with great results. Please do not hesitate to ask your ranger for assistance in this regard.

PRIVATE GAME VIEWING

For a truly exclusive experience, why not book a private safari vehicle and guide allowing you to set your own pace on your safari. This is the perfect opportunity for you to explore exactly what you want – spend the entire day on a game drive, stopping when and where you want. For avid birders or photographers this is a must as you can take as much time as you want on a single sighting. Please note: This is dependant on availability of vehicles and guides.

HIGHLIGHTS
‘Big 5’ Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Over 10 000 Hectares of Traversing.
Brand New State-of-the-art Game Viewing Vehicles.
Sensational Close-up Game Viewing.
Excellent Leopard Sightings.
Wealth of Biodiversity.
Expert Rangers & Trackers.
Birder’s Paradise.
Private Game Viewing Available.

 


Our team of dedicated chefs ensure that every meal at Leopard Hills becomes a special occasion. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea-time treats, prepared by our team of chefs, are of unparalleled quality and incorporate flavours from around the globe complemented with an African flair.

Traditional full English and Continental breakfasts are served on the main deck after the early morning game drive and are the perfect way to start each day at the Lodge. Lunches are served under big shady umbrellas, and are an occasion in themselves! The team incorporate the best locally produced ingredients to produce cuisine that satisfies the taste buds.


“Cooking with character” is the highlight of every dinner at Leopard Hills. Here, the personalities of the chef and her team are infused with decadent dining and creative settings. No dinner will ever be the same at Leopard Hills, from dining under the stars in our traditional boma to fine silver service dinners in our dining room, or out on the upper deck where a cool breeze is a welcome relief from the African heat. The perfect end to a wonderful safari experience; a private dinner on the deck of your suite is offered to couples wanting to spend time together in privacy. The ultimate in romance, private dinners at Leopard Hills will seduce the senses and soothe the soul.


BUSH BREAKFASTS

After an enthralling morning game drive guests may have the opportunity to appreciate the amazing smells and sounds that flow from a new day dawning in Africa, along with the aromas of a sumptuous breakfast in the heart of the bush.


BOMA DINNERS

After an evening game drive, guests will be drawn to the crackling fire, where a traditional African dining experience is enjoyed in the Boma. Here you will find a hurricane lamp lit ‘dining room’ under African skies, and a feast of delicious cuisine awaits.



Please make use of the map & directions, NOT the GPS coordinates.

DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG OR PRETORIA

  • From Johannesburg take the N4 to Nelspruit. Once in Nelspruit, carry on towards White River, then take the R40 Main Road to Hazyview.
  • Once in Hazyview, along the main road at the traffic lights, turn right and take the R536 to Paul Kruger Gate.
  • Approximately 35km along this road, and just after the Saringwa River, look out for signs indicating the Newington Gate and signs indicating “Huntington, Lilydale & Justicia” on the left hand side of the road.
  • Newington Gate accesses the Sabi Sands so follow these signs.
  • Turn left here and follow this road for ± 9km. You will come to a cross roads, turn right onto gravel road. After about 1.8 km you will be at a T-junction, turn left. Another 0.5 km further turn left again and this road leads to Newington Gate.
  • 1km further you’ll find the Newington Gate where you will be required to pay a R280.00 per light vehicle, as well as R120 per person entrance fee (applicable fee payable per passenger entering the reserve via motor vehicle). These prices are subject to change.
  • Once through the gate, turn left.
  • Follow the signs to Leopard Hills.
  • Driving Distance from Johannesburg to Leopard Hills ± 6 hours (± 500 km).
  • Driving Distrance fromNelspruit to Leopard Hills ± 2 hours (± 150 km)


For further directions/emergencies, please contact: +27 (0)13 735 5142 or +27 (0)11 326 0739.

ROAD TRANSFERS

Seasons in Africa Transfers & Excursions offers reliable and professional transfers and tailor-made day excursions throughout the Kruger, Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the comfort of our air-conditioned vehicles.

All major airports, game lodges and hotels are easily accessible with vehicles based in White River, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit and Hazyview. Our air-conditioned vehicles, driven by experienced and knowledgeable guides include transport permits and are covered by comprehensive passenger liability insurance to ensure your comfort and safety. Chilled bottled mineral water is provided on all transfers and tours.

Private transfers to and from all regional airports (including Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park Gateway Airport in Phalaborwa and O.R.T. International Airport in Johannesburg) to any destination within the Lowveld/Kruger Region.

  • Baggage Transfers
  • Inter-lodge & Hotel Transfers
  • Meet & Greet Services

Seasons in Africa Transfers & Excursions also offer half- and full-day excursions in the area, so should you have the time, enjoy an excursion, such as the Hoedspruit Cheetah Breeding Centre or and elephant interaction at Elephant Whispers either on your way to or from Leopard Hills.

Please note we require a 25% deposit in order to secure a ground or air transfer.


AIR TRANSFERS

  • Daily scheduled flights from O.R.Tambo International Airport to Leopard Hills with Federal Airlines.
  • Daily transfers from Johannesburg, Kruger Mpumalanga International & Hoedspruit Airports.
  • Transfers from any lodges in the Sabi Sands.
  • Private charters are available on request.
  • Helicopter flights to the Blyde River Canyon and Gods Window can be arranged on request.

BY PRIVATE AIRCRAFT
ULUSABA LANDING STRIP


Co-Ordinates: S -24° 47‘ 20.688“ E 31° 21‘ 21.1392“

Length: 1350 meters
Width: 18 meters
Elevation: 1300 feet
Heading: 18/36
Surface: Tar
Landing Fees: Contact the Lodge
Transfers from the strip to the Lodge take 5 minutes.

LEOPARD HILLS HELIPAD

Co-Ordinates: S -24° 47‘ 18.76“ E 31° 21‘ 25.07“


BE SPOILT BY THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF SERVICE

Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Our teams utter dedication and pure passion to pleasing each guest according to his or her needs is prevalent in every aspect of the lodge, and particularly the central area.

The main deck is perfect for whiling the day away with a pair of binoculars, or the spotting scope, in the glorious sun or under the shade of an umbrella. From this view you may find many untold secrets of the African bush while enjoying a sumptuous breakfast or decadent lunch. When the heat is on, cool down on the open-air verandah with an ice cold drink in hand, or sink below the refreshing surface of our main swimming pool.
The bar and lounge entices every guest to a pre- or post-dinner drink and fireside chat with their friendly ranger. Our professional barmen will mix together the finest in ingredients to make interesting and unique cocktails and drinks to suit everyone’s tastes. A nightcap of the finest whiskey, port or South African amarula would be the perfect way to the end the day.

Our dining room has a beautiful view of a waterhole beyond, and holds the finest in silver service dinners consisting of two heavy-set mahogany tables, offering ample space and comfort while enjoying the most decadent of dining one could imagine.

Our esteemed wine cellar underneath the dining room is a treat for the avid wine connoisseur, as well as the learning amateur, and is brimming with racks of celebrated local wines. Our friendly team will assist you in choosing the perfect wine according to the menu for that evening.
The library offers a setting of peace and tranquillity, where you are welcome to browse through a large selection of literature and African journals. In addition there is a secluded alcove where online internet access is available 24 hours a day, enabling guests to send e-mails to their loved ones at home.

A television is also available for those wanting to keep up to date with the latest news or sports game. We have a fine selection of documentary DVD’s for those wanting more information on African wildlife and its intricacies.
Our curio shop is stocked with all sorts of African memorabilia – offering traditional ornaments, handcrafted jewellery and beautiful safari gear. The curio shop is enough to entice any avid shopper and collector.

AT A GLANCE

  • Open Air Deck and Swimming Pool Deck overlooking an active Waterhole
  • Cosy Lounge & Dining Room
  • Convivial Bar
  • Extensive Library with Satellite TV
  • Internet Facilities in the Library
  • Massage & Treatment Sala
  • Well Equipped Gym
  • Traditional Shangaan Boma
  • Fully Stocked Wine Cellar
  • Well stocked Curio Shop with books, clothing, safari gear, handmade curios, books, bags, jewellery, postcards and local arts & crafts.


CASCADES & CANYON HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

Experience the beauty of the third-deepest canyon in the world, the Blyde River Canyon in the luxury of a Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter. Mpumalanga Helicopter Company will pick you up at the lodge and fly you through the ancient cliffs of the Blyde River Canyon and along the escarpment passing the famous landmarks of ‘Three Rondawels’ and ‘God’s Window’. A delicious picnic lunch will be enjoyed at a secluded spot with spectacular views before returning back to the Lodge for your afternoon game drive. 


SHANGAAN CULTURAL VILLAGE TOURS
We offer excursions to a local community to witness the village culture of the Shangaan people.
This outing includes an insight into the beliefs, cuisine, dance and religious aspects of the local
community and is well worth a visit. Times of the excursions are from 10.30 am until lunchtime.
ELEPHANT INTERACTION
An unforgettable interaction with elephants offering the opportunity to touch the elephant,
exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats.  

 

GOLF ON SAFARI

Golfing enthusiasts visiting Leopard Hills can play a round of golf at a world-famous golf course and be back at the Lodge in time to enjoy the late afternoon game drive experience. Mpumalanga Helicopter Co. provides speedy air transfers in style for up to 10 golfers, from the Leopard Hills helicopter pad to one of three world-renowned golf courses. A wonderful opportunity to slip in a round of golf and also a fabulous way to see the magnificent beauty of the Mpumalanga Lowveld from the air.


Leopard Creek Country Club

Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River near Malelane and designed by one of the world’s greatest golfers, Gary Player, Leopard Creek Country Club delivers a world-class golfing experience.

Highland Gate Golf Estate

Nestled in the picturesque Steenkampsberg mountain range near Dullstroom, the Highland Gate Golf Estate, Ernie Els’ signature golf course is on the bucket list for many local and international golfers.

Hans Merensky Golf Course

Share a round of golf with resident wildlife visitors in a unique bushveld atmosphere at the award-winning Hans Merensky Golf Course bordering the Kruger National Park. Should you require more information on these excursions, please contact our reservation office.



Indulge in the Ultimate Relaxation

Enjoy an array of spa treatments in the privacy of your suite or in the glass walled massage sala overlooking the surrounding bush.

What better way to work up a sweat than on our various gym machines while watching a herd of elephant drinking at the waterhole below? Or indulge in an array of pampering massage treatments in our glass-fronted sala which has a superb vantage point off the main pool deck, offering absolute privacy with spectacular views.

Our core philosophy of natural health is based on self nurturing, personal inspiration and the use of ingredients provided by ‘Mother Earth’, to provide you with the most invigorating treatments imaginable.




TREATMENTS INCLUDE:
Facial Treatments Tailored to each Individuals Needs
African Rungu Massage
Calabash Massage
Hot Stone Therapy
Deep Tissue Relaxing Massage
Swedish Massage
Classic Manicure
Classic Pedicure
Indian Head Massage
Anti-Stress Back Treatment

TARIFFS ARE QUOTED:

  • Inclusive of VAT, In South African Rand.
  • Subject to availability.
  • # Please Note: No single supplement for the first single suite confirmed in any one reservation. Second single suite or more pay a 50% supplement on the per person sharing rate.


TARIFF CHANGES:

All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured.

TARIFFS INCLUDE:

  • Luxury accommodation. 
  • Two game drives per day. 
  • Optional walking safaris. 
  • Three meals daily. 
  • Tea & Coffee. 
  • All beverages excluding premium wines from our wine cellar. 
  • Laundry Service. 
  • Road transfer from the Leopard Hills Airstrip to the Lodge.
  • Guest Conservation Levy. 
  • Complimentary WIFI in all suites

TARIFFS EXCLUDE:

  • Curio shop purchases. 
  • Premium wines from our wine cellar. 
  • Telephone calls. 
  • Lodge Transfers. 
  • Airport Tax. 
  • Spa treatments.  

ACCOMMODATION:

  • Eight luxury air-conditioned suites, complete with private plunge pools, mini-bar, outside showers, double indoor showers and great views.
  • The lodge accommodates a maximum of sixteen guests.

FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES:

  • Central swimming pool.
  • Open air veranda.
  • Lounge, bar and dining room.
  • Boma.
  • A Library.
  • Well stocked curio shop.
  • Fully stocked wine cellar.
  • Open vehicle game drives.
  • Walking safaris.
  • Massage sala.
  • Bush breakfasts and gym.

CHILDREN:
We regret, due to the inconvenience to other guests, we do not allow children under the age of 10, unless the whole camp is booked. We do not have triple suites.

PAYMENT:
A deposit of 20% of the total accommodation charge is required to confirm a provisional reservation and full payment is required 45 days prior to arrival. 

Peak Season Terms and Conditions:
20 December until 5 January.
All Bookings over Christmas and New Year’s Eve can only be secured once a 20% non-refundable deposit has been paid.

Group Reservations: Should the reservations department require the accommodation that is being held by the group for the same dates, we will request the group to supply us with an immediate 20% non-refundable deposit. A booking of 8 guests or more is classed as a group booking.

CANCELLATIONS:
Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • 45–30 days – 50% of full amount
  • 30–15 days – 75% of full amount
  • 14 days or less – 100% of full amount

Bookings are not transferable

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE:
Guests may arrive any time from 14h00, and rooms are to be vacated by 11h00.

WHAT TO TAKE:
Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, cameras and binoculars, anti-malaria precautions (please consult your doctor / pharmacist) light, neutral coloured clothing, swimming costume, warm jackets are essential in winter (May - October).

DISTANCES:
Johannesburg to Leopard Hills ± 6 hours (± 500 km).
Nelspruit to Leopard Hills ± 2 hours (± 150 km)
GPS CO -ORDINATES: S 24˚ 47’ 32.8” E 031˚ 22’ 04.8”

DIRECTIONS TO LODGE:
Please make use of the map and directions and NOT the GP S coordinates.

  • From Johannesburg take the N4 to Nelspruit.
  • Once in Nelspruit, carry on towards White River, then take the R40, Main Road towards Hazyview.
  • Turn left at the T-junction into Hazyview.
  • At the 2nd set of traffic lights, turn right onto the R536 (Portia Shabangu), towards the Paul Kruger Gate.
  • Approximately 35km along this road, and just after theSaringwa River, look out for signs indicating the NewingtonGate / Sabi Sands and signs indicating “Huntington, Lilydale &Justicia” on the left hand side of the road.
  • Newington Gate accesses the Sabi Sands Reserve, in which Leopard Hills is located – so please follow these signs.
  • Turn left here, and follow this gravel road for ± 9km.
  • You’ll come to a 4 way crossing, turn right here.
  • After about 1.8 km you will be at a T-junction, turn left.
  • Another 0.5 km further turn left again and this road leads to Newington Gate.
  • 1km further you’ll find the Newington Gate where you will be required to pay an entrance fee.


PLEASE NOTE:
Newington Gate entrance fees are as follows:
R 280 per light vehicle (applies to vehicles under 3.5tons)
R 120 per person (applicable fee payable per passenger entering the reserve via motor vehicle)
Prices subject to change.
> Once through the gate, turn left. Follow the signs to LeopardHills Private Game Reserve.

FLIGHT & AIR TRANSFERS & PRIVATE CHARTERS:
Daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg International Airport to Leopard Hills with Federal Air.
Daily transfers from Johannesburg, Kruger Mpumalanga
International, Skukuza & Hoedspruit Airports.
Transfers from any lodges in Sabi Sand.
Private charters are available on request.
Please note we require a 25% deposit in order to secure a ground or air transfer.
Helicopter flights to the Blyde River Canyon and Gods Window can be arranged on request.


An Enthralling Experience Not to be Missed
Your safari at Leopard Hills has been carefully planned around the best game viewing opportunities. The more productive times to enjoy game viewing are first thing in the morning before the heat of the day kicks in, and late afternoon as the day starts to cool down ensuring further animal movement. During the heat of the day when the animals have retreated to the shade for some respite, you get to enjoy a light lunch and time to relax around the camp, or cool off in your private plunge pool before enjoying the next round of spectacular game viewing. Not only do you get to see amazing wildlife on your morning drive, but you will enjoy a steaming cup of coffee and muffins in the middle of the African bush, while welcoming the new day. On your late afternoon drive you will stop at a special site to watch the sun set and toast to a spectacular days safari.


Darkness brings about a time of both danger and respite in the bush which allows you to possibly spot smaller carnivores such as genet or civet not usually seen during the day. This is also the time when most predators hunt so your evening game drive could potentially be the most exciting of all. For more energetic guests wanting to work up an appetite before their hearty breakfast, guided bush walks or trails are offered half way through your morning drive or in place of your morning drive. Here your guide will show you many fascinating things, sharing a secret or two about the bush.

SAFARI SCHEDULE

 

SUMMER SCHEDULE (October - March) WINTER SCHEDULE (April - September)
05h00 Wake-up call 05h30 Wake-up call
05h30 Tea and coffee served upstairs on the deck overlooking the waterhole 06h00 Tea and coffee served upstairs on the deck overlooking the waterhole
05h45 Your morning game drive departs 06h15 Your morning game drive departs
09h00 Return from your game drive and enjoy a hearty breakfast 09h00 Return from your game drive and enjoy a hearty breakfast
Option of a bush walk after breakfast Option of a bush walk after breakfast
13h00 Lunch is served upstairs on the deck 13h00 Lunch is served upstairs on the deck
16h00 Please join your ranger for tea, coffee and cake 15h30 Please join your ranger for tea, coffee and cake
16h30 Your afternoon game drive departs 16h00 Your afternoon game drive departs
19h00 Return from your drive 18h45 -
19h00 Return from your drive
19h30 Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the bar 19h30 Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the bar
20h00 A delicious dinner is served 20h00 A delicious dinner is served


Weddings & Honeymoons
Wedding package 2019


At Leopard Hills, we pride ourselves on our reputation for warm, world-class service, and the little touches that make the difference.
Emphasis is on ultimate luxury and romantic charm, combined with the priceless gift of privacy. Weddings at Leopard Hills portray just this...

This package includes:

  •  Wedding ceremony on the secluded pool deck at the lodge, overlooking a vibrant waterhole.
  •  Witnesses at the ceremony (Leopard Hills staff).
  •  South African sparkling wine for the couple.
  •  Local flowers for the ceremony table, bridal bouquet, groom’s corsage, pole flowers and cake arrangement flowers.
  •  Single layer wedding cake of your choice.
  •  30 min massage for the bride and groom.
  •  Pressing of bride and groom’s garments.
  •  Wedding turn down.
  •  Wedding gift for the bridal couple, courtesy of Leopard Hills. 

This package EXCLUDES: (To be quoted on request)

  •  Preparation and processing of all legal documents.
  •  The Minister, his/her travel 
  •  Photographer, hairdresser, make-up artist and additional beauty treatments.
  •  Accommodation.
  •  All Beverages.
  •  Traditional performers

LEGALITY OF FOREIGN WEDDINGS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The law in South Africa requires a foreign couple to attend an appointment at the Department of Home Affairs before they can be legally married in South Africa. Since this is quite a cumbersome task for someone on safari, we suggest that you process all legal marriage documents in your home country and enjoy your ceremony on safari in a more traditional way

TOTAL:(2019) R 29 880 (2020) R 31 200 [EXCLUDING ACCOMMODATION]

Valid until 31 December 2019/2020


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Savanna Private Game Reserve

Savanna Private Game Reserve is an exclusive 5 star lodge, Savanna is situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy. Savanna lies in an area where 'Big 5' sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive.

Specially designed game viewing vehicles and highly trained guides with vast knowledge of the African bushveld, take guests on close and intimate encounters with a large variety of wildlife. Numerous nearby dams and a series of waterholes in front of the lodge attract many species, especially in the dry winter months when elephants are daily visitors.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

Seasonal Rates 1 Jan 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Luxury Suite Daily Single
R15 935
Luxury Suite Daily PPPN sharing
R10 655
Executive Suite Daily Single
R20 450
Executive Suite Daily PPPN sharing
R13 630
Savanna Suite per 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children: R65 855

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Valid:01 November 2019 - 31 March 2020 Special
15% discount off accommodation rates

Subject to the following terms:
  • Travel dates: 01 November 2019 - 31 March 2020.
  • Blackout dates: 21 December 2019 - 08 January 2020.
  • Minimum stay 3 nights or more subject to availability.
  • Cannot be combined with any other special offers.
  • Applies to new bookings only.

 
Special offer valid for travel in 2019
 
Honeymoon offer
Bride receives a 50% discount off the accommodation costs for her stay.
Terms: Min 3 nights stay. Wedding date is required, and cannot be booked if travel dates are
more than 6 months post wedding date.

Repeat guest offer valod for travel in 2019
 
Return guests receive a 15% discount off their accommodation costs-
Terms: There is a min stay of 3 nights and we require their last dates of travel to confirm the
discount. This discount will only apply to repeat guest’s accommodation and not guests who may
be travelling in the same party.


Special offers are not combinable.


The beautifully appointed suites nestle amongst indigenous bush and trees that provide privacy, quiet and a haven for birds. The epitome of elegance and comfort, the décor is a blend of colonial and classic with hand crafted furniture, fine linen and beautiful artwork. Three Executive and four Luxury Suites offer a unique 'Out of Africa' experience with canvas roofs above draped ceilings set on permanent structures. All have magnificent bathrooms and decks looking onto waterholes in the bush. In addition, the larger Executive Suites have plunge pools.

The thatched Savanna Suite is tailor-made for families, with two en-suite bedrooms on either side of a spacious, elegant lounge and large covered patio. The bedroom suites with their individual bathrooms, can also be booked separately, in which case they would not include the lounge, private vehicle and guides which are part of the Savanna Suite package.

Savanna Suite


The Savanna Suite is an opulent home away from home under thatch.Two large, beautifully furnished bedrooms lie on either side of an inter-connecting lounge. Each has an outsized bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities, double shower and toilet. The bathrooms open onto paved outdoor showers. The bedrooms have glass doors with screens leading out onto covered patios, plunge pools and private waterholes in the bush.

The lounge is a harmonious meld of elegance and comfort with couches grouped around a television and DVD centre, and a cosy reading nook in front of the fireplace. Step through sliding glass doors onto a large covered patio where candle-lit dinners or private pre-dinner cocktails may be enjoyed. An attached fully equipped kitchen and guest restroom complete the impression of being in one's own exquisite home.

The Savanna Suite's unique facilities are much in demand by families who would like to have their children under the same roof but not in the same bedroom, or groups of friends wishing to spend quality time together. A butler in attendance at dinner and a private game viewing vehicle with dedicated ranger and tracker to take care of all their needs completes the Savanna Suite package.

Executive Suites


The three large Executive Suites have canvas roofs for an authentic safari ambience and the romance of sleeping in Bedouin-style tents. Canvas roofs are set above solid walls for comfort, privacy and security as well as efficient air-conditioning and fans.

Each Executive Suite has an outsized bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities, double shower and toilet as well as outdoor shower atrium. The bedrooms have plush sitting areas and glass doors that open onto covered patios with private plunge pools facing waterholes in the bush. Quite and secluded, they offer a sanctuary of peaceful relaxation after the adrenalin rush of an exciting game drive.

Luxury Suites


Four Luxury Suites under canvas nestle amid beautiful indigeneous trees that attract a variety of birds. They have the same facilities as the larger suites in a more compact space and are furnished and decorated to the same superb standard. The bedrooms have draped ceilings creating an atmosphere of romance and intimacy. Tented roofs blend into the African bush while solid walls provide quiet and security, ensuring a restful night's sleep.

Each Luxury Suite has an en-suite bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities and both indoor and outdoor shower, deck and private plunge pool. The bedrooms open onto private decks with sweeping views of the bush and waterholes. Tucked away with large stands of natural shrubbery separating them, the luxury suites are the ultimate in cosy, private hideaways.

Main Lodge


Relaxing in the comfort of the public lounge with its spacious patio, or at the main pool looking out over lush gardens and floodlit waterhole, guests are frequently treated to fantastic views of birds and game drinking and bathing, A barman is constantly in attendance to ensure the humans' thirst is just as adequately taken care of.  A viewing loft above the lounge makes a pleasant nook for a quiet game of chess as well as a bird's eye view of the waterhole, while an adjoining library provides wireless broadband internet access and offers guests the means to transfer digital photographs, freshly captured on their safari, onto CD or DVD.

Relaxation between game drives is important and what better way to unwind than with an invigorating massage. Savanna's own qualified therapist offers guests a range of treatments in the privacy of their suites. And, if a little retail therapy is called for, a visit to the curio and gift shop should do the trick.

Savanna offers excursions to nearby places of interest and scenic beauty including the spectacular Panorama route and an African village. Here guests visit the school and a traditional healer or medicine man and learn about Shangaan culture and food. Golf can be arranged at Skukuza or the magnificent Leopard Creek course. These activities, with the exception of golf at Leopard Creek, take place between game drives so no meals or drives are missed. (Prices are available on request)

Weddings


Savanna offers the opportunity of being married in the most romantic of all settings, with the vast African bush as a backdrop. You can select any of the following venues for your wedding:

In a clearing in the bush
At the swimming pool with a view of the waterhole in the background
On the deck in the lounge area
For wedding reservations, please contact us

 

Bushbaby Activities

Children of all ages are welcome with their families when booking the Savanna Suite, however no children under the age of 8 years will be permitted at the main lodge.

Each day there are two game drives, early morning and late afternoon. These game drives are broken up with a drink and snack break. During the middle of the day, there are various activities for the children.

A children’s menu is available on request with all the foods that bushbabies enjoy, if your child has any special needs, please be sure to advise us in advance.

Each child receives a goodie bush bag with items to add to their safari experience. All items collected from the activities during your child’s stay will be put together in a scrapbook, showing all the items they learned about and have collected.

As the children enjoy different activities and are of varying ages, a daily programme will be put together according to their interests. The various activities included during your child’s stay are:

In the bush:

  • Spoor identification: Tracking of small animals with your tracker and guide: find our Small 5. This concentrates on teaching children the different spoor and droppings of animals as well as tracking techniques. Children can be taught how to follow animals and look for distinguishing signs.
  • Plant uses: Plant identification as well as the medicinal and practical uses of these plants. Children can collect different plants during their walk and discover what can be used as substitutes for toothbrushes, toilet paper etc.
  • Bird watching: Identify the different species of birds. The field guide will explain how to do this from various visual aspects, as well as from bird calls.
  • Butterfly and bug catching: Find the smaller creatures such as butterflies, lizards, etc.
  • Picnics in the bush: Enjoy a picnic lunch where you can investigate the nearby surroundings and collect goodies for your scrap book.
  • Village Tour: One of our trackers will take the family on a village tour, which includes seeing the nursery school, seeing the traditional homes and learning how they make their food. There are also traditional dancers. An additional option is a visit to the Lilydale Primary School.
  • Traditional hair braiding: Have your hair braided traditionally by one of the Tsonga ladies.
  • Arts and crafts: Spend some time with a local African crafter.
  • Kitchen activities: Make and bake in the kitchen.
  • Face painting: Have your face painted as an African animal.

Night activities (depending on the weather):

  • Star drives: Go on a night drive and learn about the stars.
  • Frogging: Catch and identify frogs. Find them in their transition stages from tadpole to mature frog.

Back at the lodge:

  • African story books and educational children’s books can be read in the library.
  • Children’s games in the library.

Gym

Savanna guests are welcome to use the gym during their stay.

Equipment includes treadmill, elliptical machine, recumbent bike, exercise bike, free weights, dual adjustable pulley, chest press and leg curl machine. The air-conditioned gym also features Satellite television, DVD access and an IPOD docking station.

DISTANCES

  •  Johannesburg – Savanna: ±5 hrs (±480km)
  •  KMIA Airport –Savanna: ±1hr 45min (±130km)
  •  Skukuza – Savanna : ±1hr (±40 km)

SABI SAND WILTUIN GATE ENTRY FEES

  • You need to pay R280 per vehicle entrance fee, plus R120 per person (valid until 31 Dec 2019).
  • Keep the slips, as you will need them on departure.
  • *Gate entry fees are subject to changes implemented by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin.


ARRIVING BY AIR
Our closest landing strip is the Ulusaba airstrip which is used by lodges in the Western sector; we offer a complimentary transfer service to and from the lodge. Federal Air has daily scheduled flights to and from Johannesburg into this airstrip.
Airlink fly into Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA) as well as Skukuza (SKZ) from various domestic and regional destinations. Clients flying into either of these airports would need to self drive or book a road transfer to get to the lodge.
Our closest gate entry is Newington Gate.
*Please note that all passenger landing and departure taxes, aircraft landing fees and other airport taxes are excluded from our rates and are set and changed by Ulusaba.

POSSIBLE EXTRA CHARGES
Road transfer companies normally include the SSW Gate entry fees in their quotes- but it is your responsibility to check that it is included if you are booking these transfers.
For all guests flying into/out of the Ulusaba airstrip (on any airline) there is a R295 per person Ulusaba passenger tax (valid for 2019), that needs to be quoted to the client over and above the flight costs. These fees will be added in your accommodation invoice once you have notified us of the flight details.
For Private Charters making use of the Ulusaba airstrip, a landing fee and an overnight fee will apply.
This is charged by the charter companies directly, and these fees are generally in excess to the actual cost of the flight quoted by the charter company. It is your responsibility to check if they have been included or not.
Detailed directions to Savanna Private Game Reserve
Please do not follow the GPS co-ordinates after you turn onto the dirt road*, as they will take you the wrong way.

From Johannesburg or Pretoria:-

  •  Take the N12, or N4 highway to Nelspruit.
  •  When you enter Nelspruit, turn left at the 3rd traffic light (Crossings Shopping centre should be on your left) and follow the signboards towards White River.
  •  From White River, take the R40 to Hazyview. You will reach a T junction where you turn left and head into Hazyview.
  •  Go through Hazyview, turn right after the footbridge onto the R536. Sign boards to Kruger National Park and Kruger Gate.
  •  After approximately 34km, turn left onto a dirt road* at the Sabi Sand - Newington Gate sign (see map below).
  •  Travel for about 9km until you reach a large intersection, where you will see the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Turn right here and follow this road for 1.8km.
  •  At the T-junction, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign and after about 600m, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Follow this road for about 1 km until you arrive at Newington Gate, where you need to pay R280 per vehicle plus R120 per guest entrance fee. Keep the slip and get it stamped at Savanna, as you will need to produce it at the gate on your departure. (Fees valid until 31 Dec 2018)
  •  Once in the gate turn left and follow the signposts to Savanna Lodge, which is approximately 1 km after the gate.

From KMIA (Nelspruit):-

  •  From KMIA follow the signs to White River
  •  At the first robot, turn right towards Hazyview onto the R40
  •  You will reach a T-Junction just before Hazyview, where you turn left and head into Hazyview.
  •  From Hazyview, turn right (if coming from White River) onto the R536. Sign boards to Kruger National Park and Kruger Gate.
  •  After approximately 34km, just after the brown Savanna Private Game Reserve sign turn left onto a dirt road at the Sabi Sand - Newington Gate sign.
  •  Travel for about 9km until you reach a large intersection, where you will see the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Turn right here and follow this road for 1.8km.
  •  At the T-junction, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign and after about 600m, turn left at the Sabi Sand – Newington Gate sign.
  •  Follow this road for about 1 km until you arrive at Newington Gate, where you need to pay R280 per vehicle and R120 per guest entrance fee. Keep the slip and get it stamped at Savanna, as you will need to produce it at the gate on your departure (fees valid until 31 Dec 2018).
  •  Once in the gate turn left and follow the signposts to Savanna Lodge, which is approximately 1 km after the gate.

Savanna Private Game Lodge is situated in the Western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, within the southern quarter of the greater Kruger National Park conservation area.


Getting there

By road - please click here for directions:
From Pretoria or Johannesburg
From KMIA (Nelspruit)
From Skukuza Airport

By air - please click here for more information:
Scheduled flight into Sabi Sand
Scheduled flight into KMIA (Nelspruit)
plus transfer via road or air to Savanna

GPS Co-ordinates
S24 51.35'
E31 24.14

Family Safaris


Children of all ages are welcome with their families when booking the Savanna Suite, however no children under the age of 8 years will be permitted at the main lodge.

Our thatched Savanna Suite is ideal for families or small groups wishing to share private time together in elegant, stylish surroundings.

The suite consists of two en-suite bedrooms each boasting a lounge area and covered wooden deck with private plunge pool. These rooms lead into a central beautifully appointed lounge, providing an idyllic ‘home away from home’ safari option. The lounge has a TV equipped with Cartoon & Discovery channels, as well as a DVD player and wildlife DVDs.

Children of all ages are welcome with their family at the Savanna Suite as this is an exclusive lodging environment within the camp.

All meals are served by your private butler on your protected patio overlooking one of the waterholes and there is a Bushbabies menu available for your children. A Childminder is also available at all times.

Your private ranger, tracker and vehicle are on hand to host you on game drives tailor made to take your family’s needs into account.

We have our Bushbabies programme in place to ensure that our little guests of the future are entertained while learning and having fun!

** Please note that the Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) fee of R138 per person per night (Vat exempt) will be added to the above rates and will be invoiced with the accommodation, max 3 night charge.

CHILD RATE

  • Children are considered to be 8-16 years. Sharing with an adult they will pay 50% of the full rate.
  • From 17 years and older, full adult rate will apply.

RATES INCLUDE

  • Accommodation, 
  • two game drives per day, 
  • all meals, teas and coffees, drinks (house wines, local brand spirits, beers and soft drinks), 
  • minibar, 
  • refreshments on game drive, 
  • bush walks, 
  • wifi,
  • laundry service, 
  • transfers to and from the lodge airstrip and 
  • VAT.

RATES EXCLUDE

  • Curio shop purchases, 
  • gratuities, 
  • telephone calls, 
  • spa treatments, 
  • SSW guest conservation contribution (GCC), 
  • gate entrance fees, 
  • aircraft landing and departure fees, 
  • Ulusaba passenger taxes and 
  • airport transfers.

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
Guests may arrive any time from 13h00, and the rooms are to be vacated by 11h00. Please note that the Game Drive departs at 16h00 in summer and 15h30 in winter.

CHILDREN

  • Children of any age may be accommodated in the Savanna Suite if it is sold as one unit.
  • We regret that we do not accommodate children under the age of 8 years, unless the whole camp is booked.
  • Children 8-16 years, sharing with an adult pay 50% of the full rate.
  • From 17 years and older, full adult rate will apply.

TRIPLE ROOMS are on a request basis and subject to availability and lodge numbers. Child rates will apply for a 08-16 year old sharing with parents. Normal adult sharing rate will apply thereafter.

PAYMENT

  • A 30 day pre-payment is required unless otherwise agreed by management.

CANCELLATION

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  •  Three weeks before arrival: 50% of full amount
  •  Two weeks before arrival: 75% of full amount
  •  One week or less: 100% of full amount

 
What to take:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun hat, sunglasses & sun block
  • Cameras & binoculars
  • Anti-malaria precautions (please consult your doctor/pharmacist)
  • Light, neutral colour clothing & swimming costume
  • Warm clothing is essential in Winter (i.e. May to September)

Malaria
As malaria is present in the Mpumalanga region where the lodge is situated, it is essential to ensure that anti-malaria precautions be taken throughout the year. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

Travel Insurance
Please ensure that you have taken out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover cancellation fees should you have to cancel your trip in any event.


Safaris at Savanna

In an area studded with dams that attract large herds of game, and traversing more than 10 000 hectares of prime bushveld, a Savanna safari provides exceptional opportunities to see the 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - as well as cheetah, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, an abundance of general game and over 400 bird species. The emphasis at Savanna is, first and foremost, on the safari experience, on the activities of the many rare and beautiful creatures encountered.

Experienced and dedicated game rangers and trackers impart their amazing knowledge of the natural world, allowing guests to unobtrusively enter the lives of the largest and smallest creatures. From the mist shrouding the bush at dawn till the blazing sun sets behind distant mountains, the magic of a Savanna safari will provide incredible photographs and unforgettable memories.

Famous for having the best leopard viewing in the world, the Sabi Sand area is known worldwide as 'The Land of the Leopard'. A recent report commissioned by the Cape Leopard Trust confirms this.

Game Drives

Land Rovers have been specially modified for guests' comfort and safety with bucket seats seperated by large storage boxes. In order to maximise photographic opportunities, there are never more than two people in a row unless guests request otherwise. The vehicles are set up to seat seven but can easily be adapted to seat 10 guests if required. In addition, there are never more than two vehicles at a sighting, except with very relaxed animals in open terrain, in which case three vehicles are allowed. The afternoon game drive includes a stop for sundowners while marvelling at the splendour of an African sunset, and the absolute tranquility of the bush. On the morning drive there is a tea/coffee stop with the famous Savanna Amarula hot chocolate or coffee a highly recommended alternative for the more adventurous at heart.


Game Walks

Optional game walks are offered to guests who would like to experience the fauna and flora on foot. Led by an armed ranger and tracker, they provide fascinating insight into the geology and botany of the area. Trackers who have grown up in local villages impart a wealth of information on the uses of bushveld trees and plants in tribal customs and rituals, as well as their herbal and medicinal properties and practical applications. A peeled twig from one tree, for instance, makes a good toothbrush while the silky leaves of another provide the softest toilet paper.

Walks generally take place in the area around Savanna Lodge in between game drives and meals but if guests prefer, a longer walk can replace a drive or be incorporated as part of a drive. The thrill of quietly approaching game while on foot, of close encounters with the smaller creatures and the myriads of wild flowers and beautiful butterflies they attract in summer, brings an added dimension to the magic of an African safari.


Family Safaris

Children of all ages are welcome with their families when booking the Savanna Suite, however no children under the age of 8 years will be permitted at the main lodge.

Our thatched Savanna Suite is ideal for families or small groups wishing to share private time together in elegant, stylish surroundings.

The suite consists of two en-suite bedrooms each boasting a lounge area and covered wooden deck with private plunge pool. These rooms lead into a central beautifully appointed lounge, providing an idyllic ‘home away from home’ safari option. The lounge has a TV equipped with Cartoon & Discovery channels, as well as a DVD player and wildlife DVDs.

Children of all ages are welcome with their family at the Savanna Suite as this is an exclusive lodging environment within the camp.

All meals are served by your private butler on your protected patio overlooking one of the waterholes and there is a Bushbabies menu available for your children. A Childminder is also available at all times.

Your private ranger, tracker and vehicle are on hand to host you on game drives tailor made to take your family’s needs into account.

We have our Bushbabies programme in place to ensure that our little guests of the future are entertained while learning and having fun!


Photographic Rental

Rent a Camera for your Safari

We offer our Camera and Lens rentals services through a third party company, Africa Photographic Services. All rates are subject to availability and change. Please note that delivery fees will be calculated depending on location of drop off and pick up points.
Categories
Cameras

  • Canon Bodies
  • Nikon Bodies

Lenses

  • Canon Lenses
  • Nikon Lenses

Safari Packages
Camera Support Systems
Canon Accessories
Nikon Accessories
Safari Binoculars
Studio Lighting


 

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The spirit of &Beyond Tengile River Lodge
&Beyond Tengile River Lodge holds an idyllic private position on a bend of the Sand River. Each area of the lodge has been specially designed to ensure magnificent river views from all angles. The nine secluded suites, nestled in the dappled shade of the cool riverine forest, and the guest areas, all exquisitely mirror the beauty of the outdoors. Impact and sustainability is at the heart of every space at Tengile River Lodge. Earthy textured materials have been repurposed from the landscape, including the Selati Railway that paves the lodge’s terrazzo floors in a colourful montage of black hues, deep green and rusty shades. This railway once linked the City of Gold, Johannesburg, to bustling Maputo, and traversed through the game reserve.

A fine balance between classic and contemporary, the environmentally conscious natural design is a tableau of slatted raw wood, and natural light from high glass windows illuminating refined interiors. Velvety sand from the area covers the roof, allowing for a perfect fusion into the landscape and creating minimal impact on this magnificent setting. Naturally streaked timber is a sustainable resource and decorates the main lodge areas and guest rooms. A dazzling chandelier floats above the dining room table and is a whirling, whimsical feature constructed from smooth green sea glass, a treasure tumbled from the currents. Feature walls are created from layers of slate stone and rich colours of brass, gold, khaki green and emerald breathe life into the organic materials, glass and wood that create this exquisite vision.

Space and comfort is taken to an unprecedented level in the guest suites. Bespoke furniture, lights and unique décor pieces have been created from incredibly innovative and skilled local artists, and striking fabrics have been masterfully hand-painted to echo nuances of nature and wildlife prints. The lodge’s guest area offers a mixed selection of open, interactive, and private places of refuge. The design of this common area ensures a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, with the viewing deck a highlight point. The massage sala and gym area offers guests yet another haven of well-being and tranquillity.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
11 Jan 2019 to 10 Jan 2020 1-5 Nights 6+ Nights Private Vehicle Tour Leader
1-14 Guests
Suite  R19 680   R19 680   R9 160  R9 840
Famili Suite R68 880  R68 880  R9 160  N/A
11 Jan 2020 to 10 Jan 2021 1-5 Nights 6+ Nights Private Vehicle Tour Leader
1-14 Guests
Suite R20 690 R20 690 R13 745 R10 345
Famili Suite R72 410 R72 410 R13 745 N/A

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The spirit of &Beyond Tengile River Lodge

&Beyond Tengile River Lodge holds an idyllic private position on a bend of the Sand River. Each area of the lodge has been specially designed to ensure magnificent river views from all angles. The nine secluded suites, nestled in the dappled shade of the cool riverine forest, and the guest areas, all exquisitely mirror the beauty of the outdoors. Impact and sustainability is at the heart of every space at Tengile River Lodge. Earthy textured materials have been repurposed from the landscape, including the Selati Railway that paves the lodge’s terrazzo floors in a colourful montage of black hues, deep green and rusty shades. This railway once linked the City of Gold, Johannesburg, to bustling Maputo, and traversed through the game reserve.

A fine balance between classic and contemporary, the environmentally conscious natural design is a tableau of slatted raw wood, and natural light from high glass windows illuminating refined interiors. Velvety sand from the area covers the roof, allowing for a perfect fusion into the landscape and creating minimal impact on this magnificent setting. Naturally streaked timber is a sustainable resource and decorates the main lodge areas and guest rooms. A dazzling chandelier floats above the dining room table and is a whirling, whimsical feature constructed from smooth green sea glass, a treasure tumbled from the currents. Feature walls are created from layers of slate stone and rich colours of brass, gold, khaki green and emerald breathe life into the organic materials, glass and wood that create this exquisite vision.

Space and comfort is taken to an unprecedented level in the guest suites. Bespoke furniture, lights and unique décor pieces have been created from incredibly innovative and skilled local artists, and striking fabrics have been masterfully hand-painted to echo nuances of nature and wildlife prints. The lodge’s guest area offers a mixed selection of open, interactive, and private places of refuge. The design of this common area ensures a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, with the viewing deck a highlight point. The massage sala and gym area offers guests yet another haven of well-being and tranquillity.

Suite

Family Suite

 

&Beyond Tengile River Lodge allows access to a range of unique included and excluded experiences

Safari Game Drive - See spots in the Sabi Sand

The essence of a Safari game drive

Set out in an open 4×4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track your favourite animals. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. These usually shy and elusive cats have become accustomed to vehicles in the Sabi Sand and, unlike many other areas, where leopards are rarely glimpsed in daylight hours, sightings of these magnificent animals are not uncommon on day drives.

Before setting out on your first game drive, the trained guide will ask you about your favourite wildlife species and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular animal or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. The guide and tracker will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits.

While wildlife is the biggest drawcard for most travellers, the guide and tracker teams are also equipped with a wealth of knowledge about the area’s vegetation, including the traditional and medicinal uses of various plants. Birding enthusiasts can ask their guide to identify birds that are specific to the region as well as notable migrant species. Guests with a special interest in photography should let their guide know, as he will then take extra care to position the vehicle to make the best possible use of the available light at wildlife sightings.

Most trackers come from the areas immediately surrounding the game reserve and, as such, will be full of interesting information regarding the region’s culture, language and traditions, as well as local folklore.

Game drives in the Sabi Sand are able to go off road in search of exceptional sightings, include the members of the Big Five, when not in environmentally sensitive areas or after excessive rain. Afternoon game drives may also continue after dark, with a specially filtered spotlight used to illuminate wildlife that remains active at night

Guided bush walk - Explore a fascinating wildlife reserve on foot

The essence of Guided bush walks

For those looking for an active thrill beyond the excitement of Big Five sightings on a game drive vehicle, a walking safari offers an opportunity to connect with the African bush, interacting with all its inhabitants, from largest to smallest. Embark on an adventure where your feet tread in the tracks of zebra and buffalo, your nostrils fill with the scent of crushed wild grasses and you push through the brush and all six senses re-awake as Africa touches you and you touch Africa.

At one with nature, experience a range of natural wonders in the company of your experienced professional guide. Learn how to track, seeing how close you can come to smaller game like impala or nyala antelope without them being aware of your presence. Crouch behind a bush to catch a glimpse of a passing elephant or rhino. Smell and taste wild herbs, learning their traditional uses, and explore the smaller marvels of the bush, from the magnificent tapestry of a spider’s web to the microscopic world of the dung beetle. Watch a multitude of colourful birds as they flit from branch to branch, trilling out their sweet songs. Engage all your senses as you discover an unexpected world where each sound and scent and every bent blade of grass have a meaning.

Each bush walk is accompanied by an expertly trained and qualified guide, who follows strict protocols to ensure your safety and comfort. Your guide will point out the finer details of your environment, from tiny insects to interesting trees and shrubs, as well as animal tracks and dung. Together you will explore the beautiful bush savannah or browse the thickets of the Sand River. Bush walks do not attempt to come close to big game and are safe for guests from the age of sixteen and older.

 

Stop the stars in the night sky - Specialist star photography lesson

The essence of a Specialist star photography lesson

Pick up some hot new skills for capturing your holiday memories on film. Book a photography lesson with specialist guide Andrew Schoeman and choose to either upgrade your general photography skills or learn how to shoot the night sky.

Regardless of your level of skill, Andrew will utilise his extensive experience to help you to increase your chances of getting your holiday shot of a lifetime. He is well versed in the use of the most popular camera equipment, including both Canon and Nikon. Lessons begin with a basic understand of how a camera works and move on to information about different shooting modes and focus types. Andrew will discuss aperture and depth of field, as well as ISO and when it is important to change this. Other details tackled include the exposure triangle and understand of exposure compensation and when to use it. Lastly, Andrew will talk about different metering modes and how the camera exposes the image. Each step will be illustrated with practical examples that will quickly and easily demonstrate how you can instantly improve your photography.

A more specialised night sky photography session can be arranged at a secluded spot in the bush, carefully selected to offer minimal light pollution. The session begins with the correct way to set up the camera for this specialised photography session. Andrew will ensure that you are comfortable using your camera’s manual mode, as well as using and understand long exposure. Some dead trees or other interesting background features will help you to understand how to set up a composition at night and Andrew will also show you how to focus your lens correctly. You will learn how to photograph the stars themselves, as well as how to create the effect of star trails. The session will end some creative shooting as you learn how to paint with light.

Signature Offers VALIDITY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Signature offers may only be booked on 1-5 Night rates, and may not be combined with any other offers
Honeymoon Offer

11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20 &

11 Jan '20 - 10 Jan '21

Save 50% on one partner's accommodation
  • One partner pays full rate and the other partner pays 50% of accommodation rate for the whole stay. Rate and honeymoon discount based on 1-5 night Rate.
  • Offer is not applicable to Family Cottages, Family Suites and Villas.
  • May not be combined with other offers or long stay rates. Valid for travel within 6 months of date of marriage.
  • Minimum 2 night stay

NUMBER OF ROOMS 9 (including family suite) WEATHER Summer months (November to March) are hot and humid.
Temperature start to cool slightly in April and the winter months
(May to June) are warm with cold nights. July to September
is very dry, with cold night and early morning / late afternoon
temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry, with hot
winds.
MAXIMUM GUESTS 18
CHILDREN No children under 12 years
CHILDMINDING Not available
FAMILY SUITE (2 SUITES WITH
INTERLEADING DOOR)
2 adults and 2 children over
12 years
TRIPLES None available due to vehicle availability
TWIN BEDS All convertible to double RAINFALL The rains start towards the end of October. November to March
can experience rains and typical afternoon thundershowers,
which start to lessen in April.
AIR CONDITIONING Yes
OVERHEAD FANS Yes
PRIVATE LAP POOL Yes
BATH Yes
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SHOWERS Yes TEMPERATURE Summer:
12 ̊C to 40 ̊C / 55 ̊F to 100 ̊F
Winter:
3 ̊C to 32 ̊C / 32 ̊F to 90 ̊F
SEPARATE WC Yes
IN-ROOM SAFE Yes BEST TIME TO TRAVEL  All year round, with optimum
game viewing from March
to October
PERSONAL BAR Yes
MASSAGE SALA & GYM Available ALTITUDE 423m / 1 388ft above sea level
HAIRDRYER Yes MALARIA The camp is situated in a malaria
area and necessary precautions
should be taken
LAUNDRY INCLUDED Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Yes AIRSTRIP The camp is served by
Skukuza Airstrip
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT 14h00 / 11h00
KOSHER FOOD Available with prior notice and at extra cost GPS COORDINATES S 24 ̊55’ 56 and E 31 ̊33’ 21
POWER 220v AC LODGE CLOSURE Open year round
INTERNET ACCESS Yes, Wi-Fi in suites only    
CREDIT CARDS Visa, Diners, Amex, MasterCard    

 
NOTE
• Please note that park fees and government charges apply.
  Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
• Drones are not permitted at &Beyond reserves, camps and lodges, villas and islands
 

* Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.
 
The fine print
All rates are confidential, inclusive of VAT and in South African Rand.
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing, except for family suites, family cottages and villas which are per family suite/ family cottage/ villa per night and excludes any park, conservancy, entrance, gate and landing fees.
Park and Conservancy Fees are subject to change.
*** Prepay: Fees need to be pre-paid to &Beyond and cannot be paid on arrival
**** Settle direct: Fees are paid on arrival at the gate and/or at the applicable lodge
Long-Stay Rates: May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary. Nights spent at lodges without applicable long-stay rates count towards the long-stay rate at lodges where they are
applicable. These cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers, including Signature offers.
Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room throughout the year. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.
Triple rooms are suitable for a maximum of two adults sharing.
Rate Includes: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical
evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.
Rate Excludes: Telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, adventures at Phinda, government bed levy, conservancy or park fees and landing fees.
Pilots and Local Driver-Guides: Rate only includes accommodation, meals, teas and coffees. Accommodation in a pilot/guide room is on a twin basis; single rooms will be allocated depending on availability.
Private Vehicles: Private 4x4 safari vehicles can be pre-booked, subject to availability. Rates are nett and non-commissionable and are per vehicle per night, from 2pm on day of arrival to 11am on day of departure. Please see applicable notes under our Child Policy for children joining on a
private vehicle. 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Please be advised that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage, until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our
partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.
 
Child Policy

Child Age Rate (not applicable to villas/family suites)
Notes 
SAFARI PARTICIPATION
Game Drives Nature Walks Other Activities
0 - 2 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults Free of charge Cots subject to availability Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted
3 – 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults Free of charge Triple rooms subject to availability Not permitted; additional children's drives may be requested Not permitted Not permitted
6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults 50% of full adult rate Triple rooms subject to availability Yes, 6 - 12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion 12 years and older Not permitted
6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults 1st child: adult rate
2nd & 3rd child: 50% of adult rate
Max 3 children per room
(subject to triple room availability)
Yes, 6 - 12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion 12 years and older Not permitted
Childminders: Childminders are available but must be booked on the day of arrival. A rate of ZAR 60 per hour is payable at the lodge.
Triple room at Phinda Zuka Lodge: Subject to taking exclusive use of the lodge.
If paying for a Private Vehicle, children of any age may go on game drive, with access to sightings being at the discretion of the guide, based on the behaviour of both child and animals. Greater distances to animals may be adhered to, or certain sightings may be avoided, in order to ensure the safety of all.


FAMILY SUITES
1 family suite (2 rooms)

National Park and Censervancy Fees

Skukuza Landing Fees
- 11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '21 :  R90 All Ages per person
Sabi Sand gate Fee
 Fly in Transfers -
11 Jan '19 - 31 Dec '19 R120
                               
01 Jan '20 - 10 Jan '21 R140
      Self Drive        
11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20 -  
Conservation Contribution
                               11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '21 R138    

Meaning “tranquil” in the local Tsonga language, &Beyond Tengile River Lodge is situated in a serene setting, on a bend of the Sand River. Here, elegant interiors are complimented by exquisite modern finishes, and inviting, intimate spaces encourage a sense of solitude whilst pockets of open space are designed for group gatherings.


Built with an extremely light footprint, Tengile will feature nine suites that are raised above ground level to give the impression that they are floating over the riverbed, providing exceptional views from the dappled shade of a cool riverine forest. The spacious suites will offer sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (with indoor and al fresco showers) that open out into the forest, creating private spaces in the open air.

Following the curve of the river bank, each area of the lodge will offer magnificent river views. A beautiful massage and gym area offer a haven of tranquillity where guests can spend the entire day relaxing in between game drives.

Sustainability lies at the heart of the new lodge’s form and function. Environmentally friendly construction materials have been selected with durability in mind. Automation is being put into place to reduce the use of electricity and the use of solar power has been combined with various procedures designed to increase efficiency both during the build phase and after.

AT A GLANCE

  •  9 air-conditioned suites with ensuite bathrooms
  •  Spacious private deck, each with a sunken outdoor lounge and private lap pool
  •  Family suite available
  •  Safari Shop, massage sala and gym

WHAT SETS US APART

  • Following the curve of the river bank, each area of the lodge has been specially designed to ensure magnificent river views from all angles
  • Traversing 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres)
  • The reserve is famed for its leopard sightings
  • Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo)game reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park
  • Additional wildlife includes spotted hyena, various antelope, hippo and over 300 bird species

ACTIVITIES

Included

  • Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Interpretive bush walks
  • Birdwatching

At an additional charge

  • Specialist walking safaris

ACCESS

  • Daily Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza airstrip, followed by an easy drive to camp. Connect &Beyond Tengile River Lodge or Kirkman’s Kamp to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, Vilanculos and Livingstone
  • Five-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle

GUEST SAFETY

The camp is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Security guards accompany guests at all times when walking around the camp at night.

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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba, meaning“Place of Little Fear” strikes the perfect balance between nature and nurture - as well as being an excellent place to observe the “Big Five”, it is also an ideal place to kick back and unwind. Ulusaba re-defines the rules of a safari lodge and has taken a step away from the traditional colonial style by offering swimming pools, gymnasiums, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spas with panoramic views, a Bush Observatory perfect for star gazing and tennis courts. With all of these facilities, you really need to plan your days so you can enjoy safari walks, moon-lit bush dinners and of course, the twice daily game drives.

Guests can share their time between the two lodges - Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge which offer two unique experiences, encouraging many guests to split their time between the two. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

 

Details - per person per night 1 Jan 2019 to 21 Dec 2019
Rock Lodge
Rock Cliff Room (x4) PPPN R11 520
Rock Cliff Room (x4) Single R16 225
Rock Suite (2 bedroom) (x1) PPPN R14 976
Rock Suite (2 bedroom) (x1) Single R20 545
Rock Suite (triple) R11 330
Master Suite with plunge pool (x1) PPPN R14 975
Master Suite with plunge pool (x1) Single R20 545
Makwela Suite with plunge pool (x2) PPPN R18 335
Makwela Suite with plunge pool (x2) Single R26 975
Cliff Lodge 1* (x1) PPPN R24 865
Cliff Lodge 1* (x1) Single R36 960
Cliff Lodge 1* (as triple) R23 040
Cliff Lodge 2* (x1) PPPN R21 310
Cliff Lodge 2* (x1) Single R31 585
Cliff Lodge exclusive use (x1) R100 225
Rock Lodge Exclusive Use R297 310
Safari Lodge
Elephant Room PPPN R11 520
Elephant Room R16 225
River Room PPPN R13 250
River Room Single R19 390
River Room with plunge pool PPPN R14 975
River Room with plunge pool Single R20 545
Treehouse Suite PPPN R18 335
Treehouse Suite Single R26 975
Safari Room (x1) PPPN R10 175
Safari Room (x1) Single R14 210
Safari Suite (x1) PPPN R18 335
Safari Suite (x1) Single R26 975
Safari Suite Exclusive Use (x1) R69 310
Safari Lodge Exclusive Use R252 190

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Get active
Although game drives are the main attraction, there are plenty of other activities at Ulusaba to keep you entertained. Work out in the gym or even go for a spot of tennis on one of our two courts.

Safari walks
Take a safari walk with your Ranger and Tracker and you’ll get an opportunity to see smaller creatures that are often missed when you’re on the game vehicles.

Tennis anyone?
If you fancy a hit of tennis, there are two tennis courts. We have balls and racquets you can borrow. The courts are floodlit so you can also play at night, but we will organise a security escort just to make sure the animals don’t gate crash your game!

Gym
Hit the gym and work up an appetite. It’s equipped with a running machine, bike, multifunctional weight station and free weights
 


Guests can share their time between the two lodges - Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge which offer two unique experiences, encouraging many guests to split their time between the two. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by.

When not occupied on a walking safari or twice daily game drive, take a dip in the swimming pools or indulge in a spa treatment. For the more active, there are tennis courts and gyms available. Try a few South African wines from the wine cellar and after dinner enjoy a spot of stargazing at the bush observatory.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge


Stunning views with a luxury room

Of all lodges located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Ulusaba Rock Lodge is probably one of the lodges offering the most amazing views over the South African bushveld. Ulusaba Rock Lodge is situated on a hilltop offering uninterrupted panorama views. With just ten rooms in total you can be sure to enjoy an intimate experience. The rooms are spacious and offer everything you need: air-conditioning for hot African afternoons, a big bathroom and a well stocked mini bar. All rooms are individually decorated and inspired on both modern and traditional African art. The 'Master Suite' and two 'Makwela Suites' have their own private plunge pools. Wildlife roams freely in the Sabi Sands so you may get lucky and watch the 'Big Five' from the privacy of your own room.

As you can expect from a stay at Ulusaba, the food experience is truly excellent. The staff is always at your service, you don’t need to worry about anything. Ulusaba Rock Lodge will provide you with that once-in-a-lifetime and unforgettable Africa safari experience.

Safari Lodge is located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed. Guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross rope bridges between tree house style rooms, with local wildlife passing by. The eleven rooms include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam and are split into Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some of which have private plunge pools. The Treehouse Suite is located a 15 minute walk along a raised walkway from the main lodge.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge


A sense of adventure under a canopy of trees

Guests of Ulusaba Safari Lodge will sense the ultimate feeling of adventure. With tree houses, rope swing bridges and the big five passing by, this lodge will contribute to an unforgettable time in South Africa. Ulusaba Safari Lodge consists of eleven luxurious suites. All rooms have stunning view over the African bushveld. Honeymoon suites and wedding packages are also available. With all available facilities you may need to plan your time at Ulusaba Safari Lodge so that you can enjoy your safari experience to the fullest. Besides going on safari, you can enjoy guided bush walks, moon-lit dinners and gazing at the stars in the bush observatory.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge is located on the edge of a dry river and under a canopy of ancient trees. The food, which is offered, is a gastronomic delight every day. The staff will let you feel at home and is extremely knowledgeable and hospitable. This lodge will give you the experience of your life. Dine under the breath-taking starry sky of Africa, or watch the local wild animals drink at the waterhole next to your room while sitting on your private deck. Ulusaba Safari Lodge has it all to experience Africa at its best. The tree house is perfect for guests who are seeking for more privacy.


Staying in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is about making safaris and exploring South Africa's wild nature. It allows you to spot big game in a natural enviornment, the dream of so many travellers. But what is it that you can expect when staying in one of the private game reserves? What is a game drive? And should you bring special gear with you? Here is some more information to help you on your way when going for a South Africa safari.


GAME DRIVES & GAME WALKS
Many of the activities when staying in a lodge in a private game reserve, such as the Sabi Sands, are included in the rates. Normally there are possibilities to go out on a gamedrive or gamewalk. Gamedrives are interpretive drives in the bush specially adapted four wheel drive vehicles, with the purpose of finding wildlife in a natural habitat. On a gamedrive you will be accompanied by ranger / guide (sometimes armed) with a comprehensive knowledge of all flora and fauna found in Sabi Sands. Besides the ranger normally a "tracker" joins the ranger, who is being seated on the front of the car in a smaal seat and scans the environment for (big) game. These are all very passionate people, who have a special ability to teach you about nature. As you are residing in a natural environment you might get a bit unlucky and only see small numbers of game, the rangers will then pay more attention smaller things in the bush (such as plants and insects). Just as with a gamedrive you will go out with a ranger / guide on a gamewalk. On foot you get a completely different experience: it is sometimes even possible to approach wildlife to a very short distance. It indeed is a very thrilling experience observing wildlife without the protection of a car. We do encourage participating in a gamewalk as it really is a very different experience. The minimum age for participating in a gamedrive is usually eight years, for a gamewalk this is fourteen.


A TYPICAL SAFARI DAY
Gamedrives normally take place twice a day: starting just after sunrise until 10 o'clock and from half past 3 until sunset. The Sabi Sands access gates maintains regular opening hours, normally from sunrise to sunset. This will be strictly adhered to for safety reasons. Please call ahead when you are delayed en route to your lodge: they will provide an escort from the gate to the lodge whenever possible.

SAMPLE DAY IN A PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
05.30 hours: wake up call, 06.30 hours: after coffee / tea and morning snack start of morning activity, 09.30 hours: breakfast, 10.00 hours-15.00 hours: leisure time and lunch; 15.00 hours: second game activity, 19.00 hours: back in the lodge and dinner; 21.00 hours: coffee and drinks, leisure time; 22.00 hours: end of your day in the African bush.


MEALS & DRINKS
In most lodges situated in private game reserves (such as Sabi Sands) all meals, as well as coffee and tea in included in the price. In some places breakfast and lunch are sometimes combined into brunch, depending on the kind of activity in the morning. Dinners usually take place at different locations in and around the main lodge building. So it can happen that one evening you are enjoying dinner in the traditional "boma", the next evening at the poolside, and maybe the last night outside the lodge in the African bush. Are you a vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements? Please inform your lodge accordingly, so that they can make sure to meet your requirements (they will be happy to so do). Arriving late? Please call the lodge ahead so they can arrange for you to have dinner at a later time.


SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI PACKING LIST
You do not need to outfit yourself in special safari cloting in order to enjoy a South Africa safari. Some advice however: wear tranquil colours like green, khaki, brown and black so that you do not scare game away. Also take a warm sweater, scarf and hat with you. This is not a luxury whatsoever: mornings and evenings in an open safari vehicle get very cold (especially in South African winter). It is best to wear several layers. Also make sure to wear cloting with long sleeves and that cover your legs, this against mosquitos and plants when making a safari on foot. We always find it extremely handy to bring our own binoculars. To help you understand what animals you are seeing it is recommendable to bring a good field guide with you. An excellent book is "Watching wildlife: Southern Africa". A long established field guide for bird watchers is "Newman's Birds of Southern Africa".


SAFARI PHOTOGRAPHY
South Africa is paradise for nature photographers. The best results are achieved by using a (digital) SLR camera with one or more lenses. For photography of wild animals a lens with a minimum range of 200mm is crucial, preferably a 300mm lens. For landscape photography, a wide angle lens (18 mm or less) is recommended. Beautiful portraits can be taken with lenses with a fixed focal length (usually a 50 mm lens provides good results) and large aperture. Don't feel like carrying big bags of photo equipment on your South Africa safari? A 18-200 mm telezoom lens produces beautiful pictures, and pretty much all subjects are within range. Important during your South Africa safari is protecting your valuable equipment: because you will probably also drive on untarred roads, dust easily gets into your car and may damage your camera. Make sure your camera is always protected by a quality dustfree bag.


SAFARI SAFETY
In private game reserves and national parks with big game it is prohibited to get out of your car, unless accompanied by armed rangers/guides. Each and every year there are reports from South Africa of travellers ignoring this simple rule, with all its consequences. In the Sabi Sands you will drive yourself to and from the lodge of choice. What to do when you encounter wild animals on the road? Drive slowly and reverse the car when necessary. Do not make any loud noises. When staying in the lodge: listen carefully to the briefing provided by your ranger or accommodation staff. They always know what game is currently staying in the vicinity of the lodge. Many lodges are not fenced in, wildlife can freely enter the premises and will do so. For this reason it is not allowed to walk unaccompanied around the lodge after sunset. Would you like to go the main building, restaurant or bar, just call the reception and they will send someone to pick you up from your room.

Rate conditions:

  •  These rates are quoted per person, per night and are priced in South African Rand. They include accommodation as detailed, all food and drinks throughout the stay, 15% VAT and a South African Tourism Bed Levy.
  •  Rates are subject to change at any time. Minimum stays may apply subject to availability.
  •  Safari Suite & Safari Room can be booked individually within 4 months prior to guest arrival
  •  Cliff Lodge 1 and 2 can be booked individually within 4 months prior to guest arrival
  •  Guests under 16 years old are not permitted on bush walks
  •  Private Vehicle hire is available at an extra cost (2018) R12 100 (2019) R12 700 per day and must be pre-booked and is subject to availability

INCLUSIONS

  • All drinks including a top quality wine list, fine champagne and premium branded spirits
  •  Twice daily game drives and a daily walking safari (the walking safari is subject to favourable weather conditions
  •  A fully equipped gymnasium situated at Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge. Cliff Lodge also features a small gym
  •  Tennis courts with viewing pavilion – racquets and balls supplied
  •  An observatory, perfect for stargazing
  •  Laundry Service (no dry cleaning available)
  •  Complimentary WiFi at each of the lodges and in your room
  •  Information talks on flora, fauna and conservation that can be organised on request for both adults and children
  •  Lounges at each lodge equipped with DVD’s, CD’s and a small library
  •  A Wine Lounge at rock Lodge and Wine Cellar at Safari Lodge with an adjacent outdoor dining area
  •  Really nice staff

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST (NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATES)

  •  Flights between Johannesburg and Ulusaba’s private airstrip
  •  Road- and air transfers between other airports and lodges
  •  Aroma Boma beauty treatments at Rock- and Safari Lodge
  •  Wedding- and Honeymoon Packages – refer to a separate rate sheet
  •  Tours to the local community
  •  Photocopying, telephone, fax, email facilities and gift shop purchases
  •  Private Game Drives (subject to availability)
  •  Scenic helicopter flights over the bush to view spectacular sights such as God’s Window and the Blyde River Canyon – the world’s 3rd deepest canyon
  •  A Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution fee (GCC) of (2018) ZAR115 (2019) ZAR138 per person per night (including VAT) will be added to the booking invoice. This charge is compulsory

 

NOTES
Festive Season Special rates as well as booking terms and conditions apply over our Festive Season for arrivals from 22nd December 2018 - 2nd
January 2019 There is a 3-night minimum stay applicable and specific arrival dates may apply. A 30% deposit is required upon
confirmation, with final payment (70%) payable 60 days prior to arrival for all bookings over this period. Deposits and final
payments are non-refundable. Rates for Christmas and New Year 2019/2020 will be confirmed in early 2019.
Group Bookings & Exclusive
Use
The exclusive use rates below are quoted per lodge, per night and priced in South African Rand and are based on our published
rates. Please note, this  contract is for individual bookings only (less than 5 rooms), please direct Group and Exclusive Use
booking enquiries to our Reservation team to check the appropriate commission level and booking Terms & Conditions. Hiring
one or both lodges exclusively is ideal for weddings, birthdays or any type of gathering where you might like the place all to
yourselves! You’ll have full use of the lodge for the number of guests stated and your own game vehicles.
Children at Ulusaba Children of all ages are very welcome at Ulusaba's Rock Lodge and can join their parents on game drive once they are 6 years
old. Ulusaba Cubs Club provides complimentary babysitting throughout the stay and a range of complimentary activities
especially tailored to each family. At Safari Lodge all guests must be 12 years or older.
Children are charged as follows:
An infant is a guest under the age of 6: Free of Charge
A child is a guest between the ages of 6 and 11.99: R2700 per child per night. Our Kids go free offer applies for selected dates
when sharing with at least 1 adult. Please see separate offer details for full terms and conditions
Special Packages & Offers Romance & Wedding Packages; Wildlife & Winelands combination with Mont Rochelle; Kids go Free
Guide/Pilot rooms Please note, we do not have guide rooms, please check with our Reservations team regarding special rates and availability
Check-in/Check out 14.00hrs / 11.00hrs
Smoking Policy All rooms are non-smoking. Designated smoking areas are available
Official Hotel Rating 5*

CHILD POLICY
General Information -
Children of all ages are in great hands at Ulusaba and very welcome to stay at Rock Lodge. Unfortunately, we can’t allow infants or children at Safari Lodge for safety reasons. As infants are unable to go on game drives they are very welcome to join our kids programme at Rock Lodge called Cub’s Club. Each infant is entertained with treasure hunts, games, books, DVDs and lots more. Baby-sitting is also available free of charge. Children can go on game drives with their parents or a guardian but are unable to participate in safari walks. Special food and beverages or simple snacks and light meals, such as sandwiches, can be prepared.

Just what is...?
An infant? A guest under the age of 6
A child? A guest between the ages of 6 and 12
An adult? A guest aged 12 years and over

In some rooms we can accommodate children on rollaway or fold-out beds. In these cases where adults are paying double or triple rates, extra children will be accommodated at the rates detailed below. Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed on the Sabi Sand Reserve, we may not be able to accommodate extra children in rooms – please contact us for details, availability and rates for your requirements. Typically children would be charged as follows, however due to our 'Kids go Free' offer, the below rates for additional rollaway beds do not apply.

Children are charged as follows: (only when the ‘Kids go Free’ offer doesn’t apply)

  •  Infants stay free of charge provided they share with at least one adult
  •  1 child sharing with 1 adult will be charge (2018) ZAR2,550 (2019) ZAR2,700 per night on top of the adult single occupancy rate
  •  1 child sharing with 2 adults, will be charged (2018) ZAR2,550 (2019) ZAR2,700 per night on top of the double occupancy rate
  •  1 child in her/her own room is charged at the adult single occupancy rate
  •  2 or more children in their own room are charged (2018) ZAR2,550 (2019) ZAR2,700 per night on top of the adult single occupancy rate

Payment and Confirmation
Full payment of accommodation charges (and all charges for additional arrangements made by the Company including sums due to external tour, transport or transfer operators) is due from the Client not later than 42 days prior to the Guest’s proposed arrival date at Ulusaba. Please note that if a payment is not received on time or in the correct amount we reserve the right to release the booking, regardless of any payment(s) already received.

Cancellation by the Client
 

We strongly recommend that all Guests purchase adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances and the Client shall advise all Guests of this recommendation. You must send us all cancellations clearly and in writing. This should be done by letter, fax or email  

  • Cancellations received more than 42 days prior to the Guest’s proposed arrival date will not incur a cancellation penalty. 
  • Cancellations received between 42 and 31 days prior to a Guest’s proposed arrival date, will incur a 50% penalty. 
  • Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to the Guest’s proposed arrival date will incur a 100% penalty. 
  • The Client is also liable for any payments outstanding on the date upon which the cancellation is received by the Company. 
  • Please note that there may also be cancellation fees levied by third parties such as transfer operators. The Company will advise the Client of these once it becomes aware of them and, if requested, the Client will reimburse the Company in respect of such charges forthwith.

Note on Exclusive Use and Group Bookings
Exclusive Use Bookings’ mean bookings of 7 rooms or more at either Rock- or Safari Lodge using exclusive use rates, and ‘Group Bookings’ shall mean bookings for 5 or more rooms to be utilised by one party of individuals using individual rates.

Conservation Fees
Please note, any self-driving guests entering Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve will be charged conservation fees (charges apply to passengers and vehicle).
These rates are not included within our accommodation rates.  

When you’re at Ulusaba…

Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on the twice daily game drives traversing an area of 13,500 hectares, accompanied by a fully trained and experienced ranger and tracker Nose and swirl around a few South African reds and whites in the wine cellar at Safari Lodge Experience traditional music in the great outdoors while you dine by firelight and starlight Unwind with a soothing Aroma Boma beauty treatment (at an additional cost)

A Tipical Day
We thought we would give you a little taster as to what you can expect on a typical day at Ulusaba! You can do as little or as much as you like, it’s completely up to you!
5 AM Rise and shine! The early morning game drive sets off at 5.30AM, but before you depart we have early morning teas, coffees and refreshments served on the main terrace.
5.30 AM Off we go! We will depart on the morning game drive in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, stopping for refreshments in the heart of the South African bush.
9AM Breakfast time! Retreat back to the lodge for breakfast with your Ranger.
10AM It wouldn’t be a holiday if you didn’t have a bit of R&R! We recommend any of our spa treatments in the Aroma Boma spa (available at an additional charge). For those seeking more adventure you can get up close and personal with the animals during our walking safari (don’t worry an armed Ranger and Tracker will be with you at all times!)
1.30PM It’s lunch time! Lunch is served often on one of the sundecks.
4PM Before heading off on the evening game drive we will tempt you with our afternoon tea served on the patio.
4.30 PM Game on! It’s time to depart for the evening game drive. Search for those elusive nocturnal animals after sundowner drinks served in the bush. Next it’s onto our Bush observatory where our game ranger will give you the chance for some stargazing in the South African bush.
8PM Dinner is served! We serve dinner at the Lodge or in the heart of the bush, under the African skies around a blazing log fire. Enjoy the tribal dancers and singers for a truly authentic African experience.
Timings are based on stays during the Summer. Winter times are up to 30 minutes later than time shown above

How many people can stay at the lodges? - Safari Lodge can accommodate 22 guests sharing 11 rooms and Rock Lodge can accommodate between 20 and 25 guests sharing 10 rooms and suites. Cliff Lodge, located at Rock Lodge, is ideal for smaller groups and families of up to 5 adults and 4 children.
Additional guests may be accommodated in some rooms.
It is possible to accommodate extra adults and children in some of our double rooms and suites; in these cases the charge will be ZAR 2,000 per person, per night with extra guests being accommodated on fold-out or rollaway beds. Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed in the Sabi Sand Reserve, we may not be able to accommodate extra guests in rooms - please contact us for details.

Can I get married at Ulusaba?
Of course! Elope to the Bush or plan a big event with all your family and friends. We’ve thought of everything to make it the most magical wedding
possible – what better place to tie the knot?! Please ask about one of our packages, or our team can happily create a custom-made wedding for you. If you can’t get married here, include Ulusaba in your celebration and visit us on your Honeymoon!

Can I hire Ulusaba exclusively?
Absolutely! Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, wedding or just a great opportunity to experience a safari with family, friends or colleagues, the Ulusaba team are on hand to cater for all requests. You have the choice of hiring one of the lodges separately or both the lodges together. Please ask us for more details.

What’s included at Cliff Lodge?
Cliff Lodge has two suites which are perfect for smaller groups and families. Located just a short stroll away from the Main House at Rock Lodge, Cliff Lodge 1 is a spacious two bedroom suite with one large bedroom and 2 small pull-out beds, as well as a second smaller bedroom which can accommodate one adult and two small children. The suite features a private swimming pool, gym and mini Aroma Boma Spa. Cliff Lodge 2 is a spacious one bedroom suite with a large lounge area and outdoor viewing deck with Jacuzzi. When you hire both suites for exclusive use you will have your own chef and private vehicle for game drives. Cliff Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 5 adults and 4 children when booked exclusively.

What clothing and footwear will I need?
For game drives, you should wear pale or neutral colours. In summer (October to April), these should be lightweight, but take a windbreaker or light jacket for evenings. In winter (May to September) take a jumper/sweater, fleece or warm jacket too. Trainers/sneakers are fine for safari walks, and it’s a good idea to bring a hat and sunglasses – for all seasons. You can wear whatever you like around the lodges and dining rooms. Formal wear isn’t always practical, but of course it’s up to you. Make sure you don’t forget your swimsuit.

Do you cater for special diets?
Our African inspired menu is one of the highlights of your stay. But we understand that some people have special requirements and personal favourites too. Let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have exactly what you need.

Do I need to take precautions against malaria?
The Mpumalanga province, including the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, is in a malaria endemic area so it is very important to seek advice on appropriate precautions before you travel. During your stay it is still important to cover up with insect repellent. We provide an excellent one in your room, but bring your
own stick or roll-on repellent to take out on game drives and for when you first arrive in Mpumalanga. All rooms have mosquito nets too.

What can I do during the day?
Well of course there are the twice daily game drives. One starts early in the morning around 5am and the other leaves in the afternoon at about 4pm. Each drive lasts for approximately 31⁄2 hours. The more adventurous may opt for a walking safari after breakfast to learn about the local plants and wildlife and for some more in-depth knowledge on how to track animals. If you want to take it easy, soak up the sun by the pools, read a book, or relax with a Spa treatment. Energetic types can have a hit of tennis or work out in the gym where the views will take your mind off all that hard work. Others may prefer
to go on one of our cultural, wildlife or scenic tours including helicopter trips or a tour of the local community. Volunteer safari You can now incorporate a volunteering experience into your stay at Ulusaba. Our team will create bespoke itineraries to participate in hands-on projects within the local communities,
based around your own skills and interests. Just ask our reservations team for more details.

Arrival and departure details
Check-in is officially 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier we’ll make every effort to have a room ready for you, but if not we’ll look after your bags so you can start enjoying yourself. Check-out is officially 11am however we are flexible. Just ask us the night before you leave.

Medical information
We have first aid equipment at both lodges along with staff trained in administering first aid. 24-hour Emergency Trauma Paramedics and 4 x 4 ambulances are available in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Doctors provide telephone or personal consultations to guests with minor aches and injuries, but this will be charged, so make sure you have appropriate travel insurance.

Staying in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is about making safaris and exploring South Africa's wild nature. It allows you to spot big game in a natural enviornment, the dream of so many travellers. But what is it that you can expect when staying in one of the private game reserves? What is a game drive? And should you bring special gear with you? Here is some more information to help you on your way when going for a South Africa safari.

Sabi Sands is the best place in the world to see the Big Five

Seeing the "Big Five" in the wild is one of the most memorable things one can ever experience. The African continent is the only place in the world where big game still roams freely in great numbers. In particular the Kruger National Park area and the neighboring private game reserves are famous for the incredible possibilities seeing the Big Five up close. The term "Big Five" is reminiscent of the old safari hunting days. The name is not derived from the size of the animals as many people believe. Rather, these five animals proved to be the five animals that were the most difficult to hunt. Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers excellent possibilities for viewing Africa's Big Five.


LEOPARD


The most elusive of the Big Five. The African leopard occurs mostly throughout the whole of Southern Africa. The best chance of seeing them is in trees, which they use as observation platform or as a safe resting place. Leopards are real masters of disguise: if they don't want to be seen you can be sure not to see them. Sabi Sands proves to be an excellent place to see these magnificent big cats, an possible the best in the world as leopards are spotted on a very regular basis.


LION


Masters of the African savannah and probably the most exciting animals that can be seen when on a African safari. Lions usually live in prides that consists of a few females, their cubs and a couple of young males. It is most likely that you will see lion when asleep as they rest up to twenty hours per day. They are most active early morning and at sunset. The Sabi Sands is privileged to have some very healthy lion prides in the area. Some of these are so famous that they have their own Facebook community.


BUFFALO


Although this animal is sometimes referred to as a bush cow, do not underestimate its capabilities. It has been recorded that an African buffalo can run faster than an astounding 55 kilometres per hour. It is a rather common species that can be found throughout Southern Africa. Male buffalos can weigh up to 700 kilograms. Buffalos can be notoriously bad tempered, especially when cornered or wounded they can become very aggressive.


AFRICAN ELEPHANT


This grey giant is the largest living land mammal. Also elephants are widepread throughout Southern Africa and live in a variety of different habitats. They can survive in desert environments, but are most commonly found in woodlands, forests and savannahs. Elephants are among the most social animals living in groups up to a hundred individuals. There is nothing more impressive that being amidst a large herd.


RHINOCEROS


Two species of rhino can be found in South Africa, the square-lipped (white) rhino and hooked-lipped (black) rhino. These are not names that refer to the colour of the rhino, they both are pretty much grey. The white rhino's name comes from the Dutch word "wijd", meaning wide and refers to the wide muzzle of this particular specie. Black rhinos are much less often spotted, also in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. A group of rhinos is referred to as a "crash".

Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is owner managed and run; ensuring guests enjoy a personal, rustic and real South African safari experience. The lodge consists of ten chalets/rooms with most overlooking the Sand River. Guests regularly see elephants, hippos, buffalo and antelope grazing in the river bed. Additional facilities include a swimming pool, lounge, bar and dining area and the traditional boma, where guests will be served delicious and hearty South African meals.

The reserve is home to the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area. The phrase “Big Five” was coined by hunters of yesteryear – before the advent of the photographic safari – and refers to the animals considered the most dangerous to hunt.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description 1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
Standard Room - per person sharing R3 240
Standard Room - single person per night R4 210
Superior Room (7) - per person sharing R3 870
Superior Room (7) - single person per night R5 030
Third adult sharing per night R2 970
Description 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020
Standard Room - per person sharing R3 510
Standard Room - single person per night R4 500
Superior Room (7) - per person sharing R4 180
Superior Room (7) - single person per night R5 400
Third adult sharing per night R3 240

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Umkumbe is located on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The lodge is perfectly positioned to enjoy magnificent views of the river and its wildlife activity. The main deck area is a favourite with as they relax and watch the surrounding bird and animal activity.

The lodge is unfenced, however it is safe for children as there is trip wire which aims to keep elephants and larger animals at bay. General game such as warthog, and a range of antelope and small mammals can come and go as they please, which provides entertaining game viewing from the lodge/bedrooms.

There is a boma area, bar, lounge and outdoor dining room, as well as gym for the fitness minded. A small outdoor lounge also has a tea and coffee station for guests to help themselves. There is a swimming pool lined with sun loungers, inviting guests to sit back and relax during the hot summer afternoons.

FEATURES AND FACILITIES

Umkumbe has 10 rooms and can sleep up to 20 guests. Four of the rooms are Superior Suites and suitable for families with children as they have extra sleeper couches. There are also rooms with inter-leading doors. The rooms all have small verandahs with table and chairs enabling. There is a indoor lounge with couches on which to relax, as well as a snooker table. An outdoor sitting area has views of the Sand River and a help yourself tea & coffee station. There are two dining areas, one being the boma and the other an outdoor area under thatch. The bar is fully stocked and guests are encouraged to help themselves via an honesty bar service.

The lodge does have wifi, however it is a paid for service and is available between 07:00 - 16:00. The wifi service can be intermittent due to the location of the lodge.

There is a large deck area with tables and chairs and also a wonderful pool with a view with sun loungers. Further away are more tables and chairs under a shade, and with beautiful views of the riverbed. For the fitness minded, there is a gym. 


Standard and Superior accommodation for couples and families on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
The focus at the lodge is of the view of the seasonal Sand River. Almost daily, guests are treated to sightings of various animals grazing in the riverbed. The lodge sleeps a maximum of 20 guests in 10 chalets/rooms. Most of the rooms have a small verandah with camping chairs, and with views of the Sand River, while others look onto a small plains area with a watering hole.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge has a variety of room set ups, that allow families to travel with ease, as well as a small party of three adults, or friends looking for their own rooms but connected via an inter-leading door. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and suitable for guests looking for a well priced and affordable option in the Sabi Sand. All the rooms are en-suite and airconditioned and have full electricity.

Please note that the Superior and Standard rooms are priced differently. The Superior rooms are larger and also have outdoor en-suite showers which the Standard rooms do not.

ROOM INFO

Umkumbe has a total of 10 rooms, both Standard and Superior. There are 7 Superior Suites, each of which sleep two people in either one king size bed or two single beds. Every suite also has two sleeper couches and an en suite bathroom, which includes a bath and outdoor shower. Two of the suites are inter-leading (Buffalo and Elephant), making it a good option for families or friends travelling together. Four of the suites overlook the Sand River, while three suites look onto a small plains area with a watering hole.

There are 3 Standard Rooms at Umkumbe, two of which are interleading. The Standard Rooms each sleep two people in either one king size bed or two single beds, and has an en suite bathroom with a shower only. All 3 Standard Rooms face the Sand River, which flows in front of the lodge.


PREDATORS

The Sabi Sand is teeming with large predators and is home to the Big Five.

The Big Five:

  • Rhino
  • Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Lion
  • Buffalo

Other predators include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheetah
  • Spotted hyeana
  • Wild dog
  • Honey badger
  • Civet cat
  • Side striped jackal
  • Aardvark
  • Caracal
  • Serval
  • Crocodile

MAMMALS

The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve boasts a diverse array of mammals. Below are just a few of the mammals found in the Sabi Sand.

  • Spotted hyena
  • Hippopotamus
  • Giraffe
  • Antelope (kudu, impala, waterbuck, steenbok)
  • African wild cat
  • Baboon
  • Vervet monkey
  • Dwarf mongoose
  • African Civet cat
  • Honey badger
  • Bushbaby
  • Zebra
  • Warthog
  • Tree squirrel
  • Wildebeest

BIRDLIFE

Below are just a few examples of birds to look out for while on a birding safari in the Sabi Sand.

  • Lilac breasted roller
  • Bateleur Eagle
  • Bee Eaters
  • African Fish Eagle
  • White-back Vultures
  • Grey go-away-bird
  • Magpie Shrike
  • Fork-tailed drongo
  • Pearl-spotted owlet
  • Pied kingfishers
  • Lappet-faced vulture
  • Brown snake eagle
  • Southern yellow-billed hornbill
  • Crested francolin
  • African hawk eagle
  • Spotted eagle owl
  • Buffalo weavers 

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best Big Five game viewing destinations in Africa.

The lodge is easily accessible via either a self drive from Johannesburg, or by flying into the closest airports which are Skukuza and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit. The self drive takes 6 hours from Johannesburg on good, safe roads. The flight takes approximately 1 hour. Road transfers from KMIA to Umkumbe can be arranged and take approximately 2 hours. A road transfer from Skukuza to Umkumbe takes approximately 1-1.5 hours and please bear in mind the Kruger National Park fees due when landing in Skukuza.

From Johannesburg / Pretoria

The distance to Umkumbe Lodge by road from Johannesburg is approx 480km’s. The scenic route descends from the Highveld to the Lowveld with spectacular views of the Drakensberg Mountains in the distance.

Take the N12 or N4 highway respectively to Witbank / eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast / eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 towards Nelspruit / Mbombela. At Nelspruit / Mbombela, turn left onto the R40 to White River. In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself, turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin / Kruger National Park. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right. Cross over the next set of traffic lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview (the R538, via the Numbi Gate, is a busy road and not recommended). After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a Tjunction. Turn left, staying on the R40 and drive towards Hazyview and follow as per the below. 

From Hazyview

Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a thatched shopping centre on the corner. Turn here onto the Paul Kruger Road which will be signposted Kruger Gate and the R536. Continue along this road for approximately 34.5 km and on the left-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube, Exeter and Savanna. Go past these, and approximately 3 km further on, on the lefthand side of the road, you will see signposts for the private game reserves of MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi. Turn left here onto the gravel road. Travel for approximately 8.5 km and you will get to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Shaw’s Gate. For all visitors, there is a Shaws Gate fee of R120 per person (subject to change) to enter the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is payable at the entrance gate. Self-drive visitors must ALSO pay a R280 per vehicle Shaws Gate entrance fee. Credit card & Debit card facilities (Visa and MasterCard only) are available at Shaws Gate. Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit. Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve. Allow between 30-50 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge. Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Kruger Mpumalanga

International Airport Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km, until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40 and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.


One of the main aims of going on safari is to go on a game drive. On game drives you are able to get a lot closer to big game. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Landrovers. No roof allows you 360 degree views, perfect for wonderful photographic and video opportunities.



Two game drives are offered per day. On the morning drive there is a stop for coffee and on the afternoon drive you will stop for sundowners. After sundowners guests will get to experience a night drive. The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. During the night drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight to search for nocturnal animals. You can see a wide variety of animals not normally seen during the day, including leopards, hyenas, serval, porcupines, bush babies, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars.

For the more energetic, each day after breakfast there is the option of a morning bush walk. The walk is an opportunity to experience the bushveld at close quarters. All walking safaris are led by qualified rangers. They will explain the animal tracks and what animals passed through during the night, in addition to the sophistication of termite mounds and other interesting facets of the bush that go unnoticed on game drives. The chance to walk amongst wildlife allows you to fully immerse yourself in African smells and sounds.

DAILY SCHEDULE

A typical day on safari at Umkumbe Safari Lodge:

Expert rangers will ensure that your safari experience is truly memorable. Each day begins with an early morning safari game drive. In the late afternoon guests head out on another game drive and return after dark, offering guests exhilarating night game drives as well! Optional bush walks are offered every day after breakfast/brunch.

  • 05h30 Wake-up call
  • 06h00 Coffee and a light breakfast
  • 06h30 Depart on morning game drive
  • 09h00 to 10h00 Return to lodge
  • 10h30 Breakfast/Brunch
  • 11h00 Optional bushwalk
  • 14h00 Tea and a light lunch
  • 16h00 Depart on afternoon game drive and night drive
  • 19h00 to 20h00 Return to camp and drinks at the bar


Please note that Day Trip guests are also accepted at Umkumbe Safari Lodge. The Day Trip guests do not join the Lodge guests, however they do have a meal afterwards in the Boma.

Children Rates

  • Children 12 and over pay the full adult rate.
  • Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate.

Children Policy

  • Children aged 5 and over are welcome.

Rate Includes

  • All meals, game drives & bush walks, teas & coffees

Rate Excludes

  • Rates exclude drinks, all Conservation levies (please see details below), all items of a personal nature, any item not described above.

Conservation Levies  

  • Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution:  R69 per person per night (will be added to your invoice and this contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and surrounding areas.)
  • Sabi Sand Shaws Gate levy: R140 per person (payable direct at Shaws in cash or credit card. Visa or  Master Card
  • Sabi Sand Shaws Gate vehicle levy: R310 per vehicle if self driving (payable direct at Shaws in cash or credit card. Visa or MasterCard)

Notes

  •  Rates are quoted in South African Rands.
  •  Rates are quoted per person sharing per night.
  •  Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  •  Rates include government taxes where applicable.

If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly

Check in and Check out Times

  • Check in time is 2pm and check out time is 11am.