In the private Savanna Reserve it is not uncommon to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive. Savanna lies in the Sabi Sand reserve within the world-famous greater Kruger National Park. Savanna’s expert guides with vast experience of the African bushveld take guests in specially designed game-viewing vehicles on close and intimate encounters with the Big 5 and other wildlife species that abound in the conservation area. Guests may struggle to tear themselves away from the creature comforts and sheer luxury they’ll find at Savanna, where the bar and dining area overlook the swimming pool and waterhole, and the alfresco boma with views of the floodlit
waterhole is just the place to watch game while you enjoy dinner under a starlit sky. After the adrenaline rush of an action-packed game drive, guests can enjoy the peace and seclusion of the romantic safari-style suites. Tented canvas roofs, draped mosquito nets and ceiling fans (complemented by air conditioning) enhance the safari ambience, while solid walls provide quiet and privacy, and the colonial-style decor adds an authentic finishing touch. Generous bathrooms sport double showers as well as a perfectly private outdoor shower.
Just seven luxury canvas roofed suites provide all the comfort you could wish for in the wilderness. Air-conditioning, comfortable big beds and spacious en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower, where the roll-top tub is filled and waiting along with glasses of sherry on your return from the evening game drive. The three Executive suites are largest and also have private plunge pools. Families with children enjoy a home from home in the Savanna Suite, a thatched two bedroom cottage with large lounge, plunge pool and deck and its own staff and vehicle so that you can go at your own pace and combine game drives with children’s activities.
Luxury combined with a warm family atmosphere and excellent Big Five game viewing is Savanna’s secret recipe keeping guests coming back year after year. This intimate game lodge in South Africa’s famous Sabi Sands, with its unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, is perfectly placed for excellent sightings of all the big cats, especially the leopard, often the most elusive member of the Big Five. Relax beside the swimming pool at the main lodge in between game drives, watching elephant drink from the waterhole, enjoy a massage, and drink in the peace of the bush for a quintessential African safari experience.
Game drives at Savanna are in very comfortable specially designed open Landrovers with only six guests to a vehicle, and the dedicated rangers and trackers are adept at finding the best sightings and positioning for great photographic opportunities. As well as leopard and lion, expect to see cheetah, wild dogs, hippos, crocodile, plentiful plains game and abundant bird life. Between the generous breakfast after the morning drive and the delicious late lunch before the afternoon one, there is plenty of time for other activities. Explore on bush walks with your ranger, discovering the secrets of the bush from tracks and plants, take a long nap or relax in the library with a book and use the lodge computer to save all your photographs to DVD. Excellent food, superb service and a relaxed, friendly ambience, Savanna is a great choice for a Sabi Sands safari.