• Savanna Private Game Reserve

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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Accommodation:

  • Luxury Suites – Four air conditioned suites with outside shower and mini bar
  • Executive Suites – Three air conditioned suites with lounge area, plunge pool, outside shower and mini bar
  • Savanna Suite - Two air conditioned suites with lounge area, plunge pool, outside shower and mini bar. Separate lounge with veranda divides the two Suites. The Savanna Suite can be sold as two bedrooms with private facilities or two individual suites. Excluding the lounge. When sold as two individual
  • suites it does not include the lounge, private Land Rover, private dining and waiter in attendance.

Please note that each Suite may accommodate double or twin beds and the Executive and Savanna Suites can accommodate an extra person.

Lodge facilities include:

A well equipped gym, wine cellar, lounge and library loft, a computer and internet in the library, WiFi in guest rooms, boma, main lodge swimming pool and curio shop.

From the comfort of the lodge, guests may view some of Africa's impressive wildlife. Guests may enjoy game viewing in comfort from our upstairs Library, or they may browse through our well stocked Curio shop. Wireless broadband internet access is available for guests. A facility is available for transferring of digital photographs to cd's.

The lounge and dining room is an impressive building under thatch, which is perfectly positioned with a view of the beautiful swimming pool and a few metres further, the waterhole. The open air boma, also overlooking the floodlit waterhole, creates a warm, friendly atmosphere, where guests may enjoy a traditional African meal under the stars. The boma at Savanna has recently been upgraded and now encompasses a thatched bar and cooking area and state of the art cooking facilities. New specially designed tables and chairs add to the ambiance of a starlit evening around the camp fire. Indulge in a relaxing and rejuvenating treatment in the privacy of your suite. All treatments are done by our qualified therapist and Masseuse, Anna Marapola.

Activities in Savanna Game Lodge

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. Land Rovers have been specially modified for guests' comfort and safety with bucket seats separated 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 marveling 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.

** Please note that the Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) fee of (2018) R114 (2019) 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.

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.

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.

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