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Jul

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Diana & Veronika On A Safari

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Dulini Lodge

The beautiful 4-5 star lodge lies in the Sabi Sands beneath large trees. It is situated near the banks of a river which was quite dry during our stay.

The rooms are spacious with views of the river. Each has a huge glass shower with a view. The lodge has a boma as well as a dining room and the meals were delicious. A selection of 2 starters, 2 main courses and a dessert was offered. If the weather is good, breakfast is served on the terrace.

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Exeter River Lodge

The lodge lies in the Sabi Sands and overlooks the Sabi River. The rooms are spacious and have views of the river. Each has its own plunge pool and outdoor shower. There is a spa and a terrace with equally marvellous views of the river. By far one my personal top 5-star lodges. The meals are served under cover overlooking the river, or in the boma in good weather conditions.

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Exeter Leadwood Lodge

This beautiful 5-star lodge is another one of my favourites. It is wonderfully situated and has only 4 rooms, each with its own plunge pool and an outdoor shower. There is a wine cellar, a gym and a boma.

The lodge offers wonderful views of the Sabi River. The lodge also boasts an interesting combination of wood, glass, stone and granite.

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Leopard Hills Game Lodge

The lodge has 8 individually furnished rooms, each with an outdoor shower and private plunge pool. All rooms have a glass front and therefore unobstructed views onto the bush.

The lodge has a beautiful dining room, a boma, and – not to forget – a gym. A very beautiful 5-star lodge!

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Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

This 3-star lodge lies in the Timbavati Game Reserve.

It has 8 chalets, each with its own bathroom and a small terrace. The rooms are a little dark; a brush up with brighter colours might be a good idea. Nevertheless, the lodge offers good value for money. There is a dining room and a boma. The main area has a pool and overlooks a waterhole.

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Shindzela Game Lodge

The lodge is a 3-star lodge and is not easily accessible. If it rains too much, a higher car would be more suitable.

The lodge is made up of simple tents in a semi-circle. The tents are very small, and if you enter the tent you stand directly in front of the bed. Behind a dividing tent sheet you find a shower and toilet.

The main area has a long plain dining table and camp chairs in a circle around the campfire forming the “boma”. There is a pool for guests’ enjoyment.

If the lodge is sold to the customers they should be informed about the standard of the tented camp. The camp is suitable for clients looking for a rustic experience.

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Elephant Plains Game Lodge

This 4-star lodge is located in the northern Sabi Sands.

The 5 Standard Chalets are individually furnished, each with its own bathroom and thatched roof. They offer good value for money. The 6 Luxury Rooms are beautiful and spacious. They have an indoor and outdoor shower and a deck with beautiful views. The Lodge also has a pool and a boma.

A beautiful lodge at reasonable rates, but unfortunately availability is difficult to come by.

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Kapama Lodges

One of my favourites! Really nice!

The Southern Camp is currently being renovated. The standard rooms will be transformed into suites and some of the rooms will become a curio shop and gym. We suggested a children’s room as well which they found to be a good idea. Everything is still somewhat chaotic due to refurbishments, but once done, it will be a very nice lodge to sell.

Karula Lodge reminds us a bit of Kings Pool in Botswana, very modern and bright with beautiful views of the river. We couldn’t go into the rooms, because they were all booked, but judging by the pictures it is a very beautiful lodge. Due to flooding the whole lodge had to be rebuilt, therefore the Southern Camp had to be opened early.

River Lodge is very large, almost like a large hotel and suitable for groups, but also for FITs who prefer a “hotel” in the bush. It has beautiful rooms with views of the bush. Large family rooms are available as well. The Spa (which is open for guests of the other lodges as well), is very large, impressively made, also with views of the bush and a large pool in the centre. The spa treatment rooms are built in a semi-circle with soothing music in the background. We felt it was one of the most beautiful spas we had ever seen!

The River Lodge has a large lounge area, but it doesn’t feel like being in a huge hotel. The boma is beautifully outlaid and offers space for all guests.
Buffalo Camp is a tented camp with beautiful tents overlooking the bush. The tents are very spacious and light with double walls – actually more like rooms. They have a pool with an adjacent dining area under roof, and if weather permits, dinner is served in the boma.

To sum it up: All of the Kapama Lodges are beautiful 4-star lodges. And although they don’t lie in the Sabi Sands, we had super game drives and saw rhinos, a pride of lions and herds of elephants.

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Inyati Game Lodge

Inyati Lodge has marvellous views over a large lawn up to the river bed. Many animals can be observed from the rooms and main area.

The room categories are divided into Standard Rooms and Executive Rooms. The Standard Rooms are somewhat smaller and are partially nearer to the main area and the swimming pool. The Executive Rooms are a bit further away and larger. Furthermore, these rooms have a terrace.

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Ulusaba Game Lodge

Ulusaba is divided into the Safari Lodge and the Rock Lodge. The Safari Lodge is nestled in a valley, the Rock Lodge on a hill nearby.

The Safari Lodge’s entry-level rooms are smaller, but nevertheless offer every comfort. Some of the other rooms are accessible by a suspension bridge leading to the other side of the river bed, and some of the rooms have plunge pools.

The Rock Lodge offers breathtaking views over the Sabi area up to the local villages. The rooms are built into the hill, and stairs lead to the different areas. Some of the rooms have a plunge pool.

The Cliff Lodge, which is a bit further away, has its own swimming pool, gym and a kitchen. Here you get absolutely personalised service.

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Nkorho Bush Lodge

Nkorho lies in the northern Sabi Sands and resembles a cosy guest farm. The rooms are quite modernly furnished and have a beautiful view over a large savannah in front of the lodge. It is a very friendly lodge with three small dogs.

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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa boasts very beautiful views of a dam around which the lodge was built. The Standard Rooms and the main area are situated right at the dam. The Standard Rooms are rather small. Compared to them, the Luxury Rooms are spaciously built with an outdoor shower. However, they are very far from the main lodge – about 10 – 15 minutes’ walking distance.

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Kambaku Safari Lodge

Kambaku is a smaller and more intimate lodge, which offers very beautiful rooms. The lodge is laid out in a horseshoe form with the main area in the centre and the rooms stretching out to both sides. The rooms are kept in light colours and are decorated with photographs of the park. The lodge overlooks a waterhole and offers very friendly service.

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King’s Camp

King’s Camp is situated under large trees with an enormous lawn and views of a waterhole – beautiful premises with much space. The rooms are very spaciously built and decorated in modern African style. The Honeymoon Suite has its own plunge pool. There is also the option of booking a villa with the use of a private chef, vehicle and butler. The villa is separated from the main lodge and offers beautiful views from the swimming pool on a dry riverbed.

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Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati lies on the banks of a dry riverbed. The rooms stretch in a row from the main lodge along this river. There are 3 Family Chalets – the other rooms are tents. The tents are equipped with all necessities and each has an outdoor shower or a bath tub. The lodge is a rustic style.

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