Dartbrook Lodge is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by…
Starting at $200 per room per night
Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa
Starting at $2,200 per person per night
The lodge’s eight Villas, set secluded at the confluence of the Sabie and Sand rivers, are the ultimate bush retreats. Your private lounge, patio, deck and pool invite easy relaxation, while a dedicated team of staff are always on hand to take care or your every whim and fancy. Everything is included, from your champagne of choice stocked in the maxibar, to the washing and pressing of your favourite shirt, to create a highly personalized experience of a safari, your way.
Unique Features: The Boma Dinner is a highlight while on safari. It is traditional-style dining in an African boma open to the stars. Add to this delicious food (including local South African favourites), fine wines and good company enjoyed around the fire, and you have the recipe for a memorable evening indeed.
Accommodations: The Villas, set along the banks of the perennial Sabie River, each have breathtaking views which are all the better appreciated from the comfort of African contemporary luxury. All areas have been carefully designed to bring people together, or to give private people their own generous space. An open-plan living place leads out to the patio, fire-pit, and viewing deck.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Fish Eagle Villa which has more than enough space to spread out and make yourself completely at home. Two en-suite bedrooms can sleep four adults and another two children, each on an extra single bed in their parent’s rooms. The Villa can also be booked in conjunction with the two-sleeper Bateleur Villa, allowing all eight guests to enjoy Fish Eagle’s exclusive facilities.
Dining: Dining at Ivory can turn into an exploration, with a table laid out wherever you wish, and dishes and wines introducing you to new flavors. From boma feasts to safari stops, dining promises to be a highlight for all guests. The chefs transform local recipes into contemporary dishes, giving you a taste of Southern Africa. Paired with wines from their collection of premium Cape labels, enjoying a meal becomes an experience in itself.
Activities: Led by expert field guides, you are immersed in the bush, all five senses engaged, as you feel scrub crunch beneath your feet, touch the velvety acacia seedpod and hear a twig snap! Activities include game drives, bush walks, a hippo experience, stargazing, wildlife lectures, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and bush dinners. Sabi Sand Game Reserve offers excellent wildlife viewing. This is especially true of the big cats. All of the Big Five are usually seen in a two to three-day visit.
Spa & Fitness: Between safaris you’ll have the luxury of free time. How better to indulge than in the spa? They use TheraNaka products. TheraNaka means “Beauty of Africa. Understanding our mutual interdependence with earth, TheraNaka has been developed using only the finest natural ingredients available from nature while honouring the eco-system.
Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve is located adjacent to the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa. Officially named Sabi Sand Wildtuin, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve consists of a group of private game reserves. The park’s name comes from the Sabie River on its southern boundary and the Sand River flowing through it. The area of the reserve is 62,308 hectares (623.08 km2) and it shares a non-fenced boundary of 50 km (31 mi) with the Kruger National Park to its east.
Closest Airport: They recommend guests fly with Airlink into Skukuza Airport (SZK) from either O.R. Tambo International Airport (JHB) or Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Skukuza Airport (SZK) is the closest airport to Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. The airport is a 25-minute drive from the lodge, which offer complimentary transfers in open safari vehicles.
Children’s Programs: Yes. Mack & Madi Kids’ Adventure Explorers is not just a kids’ club, it’s an all-round family experience that makes taking a safari with children child’s play. Along with flexibility around accommodations and the easy-going approach to mealtimes, they’ve specially-planned activities and excursions to give your children the freedom to have fun and explore to their hearts’ content.
Pet Friendly: No. Pets are not allowed at this property.
Weddings: Yes. The bigger the occasion, the better the excuse to really go all out! Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and celebrate your union where forever began. They’ll plan your wedding, elopement or roaring celebration down to the last wildly romantic detail, leaving you to focus on each other, spend time with loved ones, and take it all in.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: Some of the species roaming the reserve are the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. Collectively these animals are also known as the “Big Five.” Other animals that roam this reserve are the cheetah, hippopotamus, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, and Cape wild dog. The reserve shares thousands of different plant varieties and all animal species with the Kruger National Park. It is home to 45 fish species, 500 bird species, 145 animal species, and 110 reptile species.