The call of the Cape Turtle Dove, snorting zebras sounding the alarm, the sinister cackling of a hyena, the piercing roar of a lion, the mist rising from the grasslands, the chink of a wineglass and timeless fire-gazing at the end of the day……just some of the things I’m looking forward to on safari at the 5-star Savanna Private Game Reserve in the South Africa.
Savanna is a private lodge that nestles in the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve which borders South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. It undoubtedly offers guests the best safari experience when it comes to African wildlife, cultural experience, delicious meals, wonderful accommodation and service that goes above and beyond.
The facilities of the main Lodge consist of a swimming pool, a dining room, lounge with spacious patio, bar and an open-air Shangaan boma, all overlooking a waterhole. Sumptuous English breakfasts and lunches are served on the veranda and dinner is served either in the dining room or in the starlit boma.
The loft above the lounge makes a pleasant nook for some quiet time as well as a bird’s eye view of the waterhole, while an adjoining library provides wireless broadband internet access and offers guests the means to transfer digital photographs, freshly captured on their safari. The lodge has a fully stocked wine cellar and bar, a well-stocked curio shop, a fully-equipped gym and spa treatments can be arranged in the privacy of your suite.
The lodge has nine beautifully furnished suites, seven of which have a tented roof and draped inner ceiling. These suites all have a permanent structure, which ensure luxury and privacy. All suites are air conditioned, provide a tea/coffee station and a well-stocked mini bar.
The Four Luxury Suites at Savanna lodge are under canvas and their tented roofs blend beautifully into the African bush. The Luxury Suites feature the same facilities as the larger suites in a more compact space and are furnished and decorated to the same standard. The bedrooms of Savanna’s Luxury Suites feature draped ceilings creating an atmosphere of romance and intimacy. The exclusive bedrooms open onto private decks with plunge pool and sweeping views of the bush and waterholes.
There are Three Tented Executive Suites at Savanna Lodge. These feature canvas roofs for an authentic safari ambience and the romance of sleeping in Bedouin-style tents. These Executive Suites, each have a private plunge pool, wooden deck and an indigenous garden area. The en-suite bathrooms In the Executive Suite have a freestanding bath, double wash basins, double shower and toilet as well as outdoor shower atrium. The bedrooms have plush sitting areas and glass doors that open onto covered patios with private plunge heated pools in a quiet and secluded setting facing waterholes in the bush.
The Savanna Suite
The Savanna Suite is an opulent home away from home under thatch. The two large, beautifully furnished bedrooms lie on either side of an interconnecting lounge. Each has an outsized bathroom with free-standing bath, double basins, double shower, and toilet. The bathrooms open onto paved outdoor showers.
The bedrooms have glass doors with screens leading out onto covered patios, heated plunge pools and private waterholes in the bush. Whilst the lounge boasts a blend of elegance and comfort with cosy couches, plus all the mod cons you require during your stay. The sliding glass doors lead out onto a large, covered patio where candle-lit dinners or private pre-dinner cocktails may be enjoyed.
The Savanna Suite’s unique facilities are much in demand by families who would like to have their children under the same roof but not in the same bedroom, or groups of friends wishing to spend quality time together. It has its own fully equipped kitchen with a butler in attendance to serve meals on the protected patio overlooking one of the waterhole. When you stay in the executive suite you have your own private game viewing vehicle with dedicated ranger and tracker to take care of all your Dining
Gourmet dining is an unforgettable experience during a stay at the Savanna lodge with the highest standard and quality that caters for all dietary requirements. Meals are complemented by award-winning wines, chosen from Savanna’s well-stocked wine cellar. Stunning candle-lit dinners are available on the deck of the main lodge and on warm nights, exciting barbecues are enjoyed under the star-studded sky around a blazing fire in the open-air ‘boma’ or a candle-lit clearing in the bush. Often a local choir entertains guests during dinner in this magnificent setting.
The Sabi Sand private reserve covers a vast area of unspoiled African bushveld where exciting sightings of Africa’s big game can be enjoyed during early morning, late afternoon and evening game drives. 4×4 vehicles and qualified rangers who possess a vast knowledge of the African bushveld, take guests on close encounters with many wildlife species. These include the ‘Big 5’, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino along with cheetah hippo and crocodile and many more. Whilst more than 450 bird species can be observed from the comfort and safety of the open game drive vehicles. Sabi Sand is well known for some of the best leopard sightings in the world too!
Optional walking safaris are offered to guests staying at the lodge, in order to experience the beauty and fascination of Africa’s flora and fauna. Daily trips are available to the local Shangaan Village or to the scenic Panorama route, including interaction at elephant whispers. These activities are offered during the day and will not affect the daily game drives.
Soak up the Savanna experience