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Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa
Starting at $1,200 per person per night
You can expect a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with light and bright contemporary décor. Limited walls allow a seamless flow between inside and out. Wooden walkways lead off to a spa, gym and pool, and back to the main lodge, where the deck’s connected water features give the impression of floating on the river. Whether you enjoy your time together socially or quietly, the running theme here is simple and natural luxury living.
Unique Features: Did you know: In the world, there are 5 species of rhino. Two African, black and white rhinos, and three Asian, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. Three of these (black, Sumatran and Javan) are listed as ‘critically endangered’ by IUCN, there are thought to be fewer than 70 Javan and 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, meaning their populations are truly under threat of extinction.
Accommodations: The lodge’s eight Luxury Rooms, six Superior Luxury Rooms and four River Suites are spaced along a path to reveal splendid river views, and make for a very personal safari stay. This is where couples, families and friends come together to reconnect with one another and Mother Nature. Each light and spacious room has a canopied king-sized bed (convertible to twin), dressing table, minibar, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a full en-suite with a range of deluxe amenities.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the River Suites, each fronted by a plunge pool and set further away from the main lodge, are the most spacious and private, and also include a Family Suite. It’s for you to choose which accommodation best suits you, but the extraordinary view comes standard.
Dining: From boma feasts to safari stops, dining promises to be a highlight for all guests, with any dietary requirement, including kosher, catered for. The chefs transform local recipes into contemporary dishes, giving you a taste of Southern Africa. Excellent food and wine, shared in beautiful settings and good company, there’re few things in life more satisfying.
Activities: The private reserve conserves 10,000ha of habitat that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. You can see all of Africa’s iconic species here, including all of the Big Five, along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird, while having minimal encounters with other people. The magic here lies in HOW you experience this extraordinary place.
Spa & Fitness: There is a spa, gym and pool.
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. Some of the species roaming the reserve are the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. Other animals that roam this reserve are the cheetah, hippopotamus, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, and Cape wild dog.
Closest Airport: There are three major airport serving the Sabi Sands: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (for lodges in the western sector), Skukuza Airport (for lodges in the southern sector), Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (for lodges in the northern sector).
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. Far from the blank canvass of a venue, the setting at Lion Sands needs little decoration and its experiences guarantee you (and your party) an unforgettable time. Enjoy a celebration-ready blend of exciting and exotic, complimented by a few finishing touches that’ll make your occasion just perfect.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: Adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing. Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five, the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares (almost five million acres), an area equivalent to the state of New Jersey.