A magnificent setting on the banks of the Sabi River, a luxury suite that’s more like a villa and superb game-viewing right on your doorstep is just the start of the safari experience at andBeyond’s Exeter River Lodge. Set in the heart of South Africa’s legendary Sabi Sands, renowned for excellent leopard sightings and the whole Big Five experience, Exeter River Lodge is the ideal safari choice for those who like to travel in style and comfort, watching elephants playing in the water from your private plunge pool and enjoying gourmet meals and fine wines under the African stars.

This intimate lodge has only eight beautifully spacious suites decorated in rich woods and textiles, with soaring thatched roof and sliding glass doors opening on to the private verandah. Relax here on the day bed, soak in the plunge pool, or snuggle on the sofa in your own lounge in between game drives. All modern comforts including wifi and air-conditioning are incorporated into the old world African chic and there’s a refreshing outdoor shower as well as the beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom.

Morning and evening game drives explore the Sabi Sands, which adjoins the Kruger National Park without any boundary fences and has abundant and diverse wildlife. Whether it’s wild dogs or lion cubs, cheetah or leopard that you yearn to see, there’s a good chance that the skilled and enthusiastic guides can find it for you, as well as a plethora of unexpected sightings along the way, sometimes even the rare pangolin. As the sun goes down bush snacks and sundowners are followed by nocturnal adventures to the soundtrack of the eery cries of bushbabies, returning to sumptuous meals back at the elegant lodge dining room or al fresco meals in the boma. Optional walking safaris offer another perspective on smaller creatures and an insight into the art of tracking, or just sink into the comfort of your suite and watch the wildlife come to the river below, from cheeky baboons to leopard and hippos.

Excellent hospitality, fantastic guides, game-viewing, and a beautiful location add up to a wonderful African safari experience both for the first timer and the more experienced traveller.