Lion Sands River Lodge
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Days 1 - 3: Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Lion Sands River Lodge, in the southern portion of the 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve, is situated on a private area of prime game-viewing land which has been owned and managed by the More Family for 4 generations. The lodge is built on the banks of the Sabie River, facing due East so that it catches the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park.
The philosophy of the safari experience at Lion Sands is to deliver a consistently professional and informative safari experience, ensuring that all spheres of the African bush, from the small insects to the mighty elephant, are covered in as much detail as the guest may require. With only 6 guests per game drive vehicle, the ranger and tracker teams are all FGASA-qualified and highly skilled at leading safaris in Big Five territories and tailoring them guests personal interests.
The main lodge facilities includes a Safari Lounge and bar, spa and gym, a main swimming pool area and a ‘Memory Lab’, where guests will be able to print their photographs on canvas. The dining experience includes a traditional Boma and signature riverbed dinners and deck dining in the shade of the trees overlooking the Sabie River.
Lion Sands River Lodge has 18 luxurious thatched chalets in total. The 8 Luxury Rooms have a lounge area with mini bar and wooden deck from which to appreciate the wilds beyond. The 6 Superior Luxury Suites are larger in size, and have ample open-plan bathrooms and outdoor showers. 4 of the 6 suites are inter-leading, and are therefore ideal for families. The 4 River Suites (each with its own plunge pool) have outdoor showers and linked to all the areas by raised wooden walkways. They are located further from the public areas and are therefore more private and have incredible river views, best appreciated from the expansive decks. One of the River Suites has 2 bedrooms.
For a truly memorable sleeping experience, spend a night at the Chalkley Tree House - an ultimate 'bush bedroom' on a secure platform with all the comforts of a 5* safari lodge yet surrounded by the African bush and open to the skies. You are taken to the Tree House at sunset, where drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner have been set out for you. The hours of African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the incredible night sky.
Example Details For Lion Sands River Lodge
|Room:||1 x River Suite - LoveMORE offer included|
|Includes:||3 meals per day; tea/coffee; minibar in room; all soft drinks, a selection of local brand beers, spirits and house wines; 2 shared game drives daily; game drive refreshments/snacks; Skukuza airport transfers (and associated Kruger Park entry fees); Recovery/Rebuilding Levy; and the Guest Conservation Contribution are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person entry and R310 per vehicle entry fee (subject to change), payable in cash at the entrance gate.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Lion Sands River Lodge Location.
Lion Sands River Lodge,Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand (via Shaw's Gate)
From Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction): Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536.
Once on the R536, continue along this road for approximately 34.5 km and on the left-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube, Exeter and Savanna. Go past these, and approximately 3 km further on, on the left-hand side of the road, you will see signposts for the private game reserves of MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi. Turn left here onto the gravel road. Travel for approximately 8.5 km and you will get to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Shaw's Gate.
From the Kruger Mpumalanga/Nelspruit International Airport: Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km, until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn right here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Keep on the N4 until you reach Nelspruit, where you will turn left onto the R40 to White River. In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself, turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right. Cross over the next set of traffic lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview (the R538, via the Numbi Gate, is a busy road and not recommended). After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From Johannesburg/Pretoria via Scenic Route: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. In Lydenburg/Mashishing, follow the signs to Sabie over the Long Tom Pass (the highest tar road in South Africa). In Sabie, take the R536 to Hazyview. Just before Hazyview you will reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the R40 towards Hazyview. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From Hoedspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport towards the R40. At the T-junction, turn left onto the R40 towards White River and Hazyview. Proceed on the R40 for approximately 88 km until you reach a set of traffic lights in Hazyview with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn left here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).
From the Paul Kruger Gate: Go through the gate, and follow the R536 to Hazyview. Continue along this road for approximately 4.5 km and on the right-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for the private game reserves of MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi. Turn right here onto the gravel road. Travel for approximately 8.5 km and you will get to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Shaw's Gate.
ONCE AT THE SHAW’S GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person and a R310 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit. Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
Check In / Check Out
Guests are welcome to arrive any time from 14:00. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, so you can check into your room and relax before your first afternoon game drive, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive.
Rooms must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.
General Information For Guests
Children aged 10 years and older are welcome. Children under 10 can only be accommodated IF the entire lodge is block-booked by the same group or family - rates available on request. Children under 16 years old are not allowed on bush walks.
All rooms have air conditioning, a room fan, mosquito nets, a safe, a mini bar, telephone and a hair dryer. Superior Luxury and River Suites have outdoor showers. In addition, the River Suites also have private plunge pools.
Activities available at the lodge during your stay include morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles (6 guests per vehicle), bush walks, bird watching, astronomy, bush breakfasts, bush dinners, river walks, hippo tours, safari lunches, wildlife lectures, treehouse, boma dinners, wellness treatments and local village experiences.
A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.
The facilities at the lodge include a restaurant, bar, spa and gym, a ‘Memory Lab’ where guests will be able to print their photographs on canvas and a firepit for sociable nocturnal gatherings beneath the stars. There are is also a swimming pool.
Wi-Fi is available in the main guest areas.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express credit cards are accepted. Please note that American Express and Diners Club are only accepted by prior arrangement and a service fee is applicable.
Babysitting and laundry services are available (additional cost).
Please be advised that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial UAVs, as well as aerial UAVs (or drones) is prohibited for the following reasons:-
1. The lodge is committed to ensuring that all guests and wildlife are not disturbed, where practically possible, by artificial mechanisms of any kind;
2. Security concerns around rhino poaching;
3. The use of recreational drones is prohibited in terms of Section101 of SA Civil Aviation Regulations 2015.
This policy includes their own staff as well as professional photographers.
Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa
Days 4 - 5: Hazyview
The 5* Summerfields Rose Retreat is located near Hazyview, just 10 km from Phabeni Gate of Kruger National Park, and right on the doorstep of the Panorama Route. It is the ultimate destination for relaxation and tranquility on a pristine working farm beside the Sabie River, which affords glimpses of crocodiles and an abundance of hippos. The birdlife is prolific with over 100 species already identified on the estate.
The Spa is surrounded by bush-clad mountains on the banks of the Sabie River Facilities include a steam room, jacuzzi, swimming pool and a Vichy shower.
The fully licensed River Café is open daily for breakfast and lunch, and the Summerfields Kitchen is open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only. There is also a lounge and library area with views over the Sabie River.
There are 13 luxury tented suites, surrounded by the music of nature - the sounds of cascading water, amplified by a choir of bird calls and the occasional snort of a hippo. Attention to detail is evident in every rose-variety suite, with specially designed furniture, percale linen and the tantalising fragrance of fresh cut roses from the farm.
The Forest Room is a timber suite with a fully-opening front section onto a veranda and into the natural surrounding forest.
The Jackalberry Suite is a spacious tented suite which overlooks the Sabie River. The open plan bedroom and bathroom open onto a large veranda overlooking the bushveld. A sleeper couch is available for a young adult to use.
Example Details For Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa
|Room:||1 x Luxury Stream-Facing Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa Location.
Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa,R536 (Sabie Road), Hazyview
From Johannesburg: Take the N4 to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. From Nelspruit, take the R40 towards White River. Follow the R40 through White River towards Hazyview. Once you approach Hazyview, turn left at the Hazyview T-Junction to keep on the R40. Travel through Hazyview and turn left onto the R536 towards Sabie. Continue straight for 4.5 km and turn right at Summerfields Estate. Follow the signs to the reception which is 800 meters from the main entrance.
From KMIA Kruger Nelspruit Airport (45 minutes): Turn right out of the airport in the direction of White River/Witrivier on the R538. Continue on this road for 12 km (there is a quick left and immediately right turn at the Plaston intersection – do not turn right to Kabokweni!) to the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40 and follow the directions as above.
From Skukuza/Paul Kruger Gate/Southern Sabi Sand Reserve: Follow signs to the R536 and onto Hazyview. When you arrive into Hazyview, turn right and continue along this road until you turn left onto the R536 towards Sabie then follow the directions as above.
From Hoedspruit/Eastgate Airport (75 minutes): Take the R40 southwards towards Hazyview, turning left at Klaserie to stay on the R40. Be especially cautious about speeding on this road. Pass through the towns of Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge and Marite, following signs to White River and Hazyview. As you approach Hazyview, turn right onto the R536 towards Sabie then follow the directions as above.
You can also call the lodge on +27 (0) 82 611 6956 for any queries.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may normally be occupied from 13:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.
General Information For Guests
Children of any age are welcome. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed in the Summerfields Kitchen during dinner.
All rooms have air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, a balcony/deck, a mini bar, a room safe, a fan and a heater.
The main guest facilities include a pool, spa (bookings are essential - please email on email@example.com), bar and restaurant, and a TV room.
There is secure parking.
Dining at Summerfields is a gastronomic experience. All vegetables are taken fresh from the retreat's own organic nursery, where everything is grown as close to its natural, original form as possible.
Duke Gin is also produced on the Summerfields Estate. From farm to bottle, the entire process is carried out on the farm to make sure that Duke Gin is pure, clear and sumptuous. Even the botanicals that give Duke Gin its distinctive taste are mostly grown at Summerfields.
The retreat is located 5 km from Perry's Bridge and approximately 30 km from Sabie. The Phabeni Gate of the Kruger National Park is 10 km away.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
Days 6 - 10: Bazaruto Archipelago
Fulfill your escapist dreams on the paradise private island of Bazaruto, in a jewel-like archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. With few distractions to interrupt your stay at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, you can completely lose yourself in dazzling natural beauty, peaceful island life and unforgettable experiences.
Stroll along powdery white sands, or canter along the beach on horseback. The balmy Indian Ocean waters are perfect to master windsurfing, water skiing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or even wake boarding. Try your hand at big game fishing on a catch and release basis in waters renowned for sailfish, marlin, barracuda and yellowfin tuna. Explore some of the world's best scuba diving sites and spot elusive dugongs, playful dolphins, turtles and whales, or venture out on a snorkelling trip to one of the nearby reefs and discover a magnificent coral playground bursting with aquatic life.
Back at the resort, sunbathe around the swimming pool, head to the spa to enjoy one of the extensive range of treatments and specialist hydro facilities, or work out at the fitness centre. Then as a postcard perfect day draws to an end, step aboard a traditional dhow boat for a sunset cruise.
Relish a host of luxury comforts in the boutique collection of 44 villas. Constructed from indigenous materials such as reed, soft fringed thatch and wood, the villas feature elegant natural design that beautifully complements the unspoiled tropical surrounds.
Wake up in a Beach Villa to the call of the ocean, sliding open floor-to-ceiling doors to step from your spacious bedroom and living space onto your beach facing veranda for a morning stroll on the beach. The Beach Pool Villas are seductively private with everything needed for a truly romantic haven. Choose where and when you want to swim, either in your plunge pool or just steps away or in the Indian Ocean. The Sea View Villa is the perfect choice for guests seeking intimacy and breath-taking views overlooking the bay.
The ideal choice for families and friends travelling together, the Deluxe Sea View Pool Villas feature two en-suite bedrooms. Both bedrooms have double doors opening onto a wooden deck, where you can share meals at the dining table and watch the sunset from the ocean facing cabana. The main resort also has a dedicated Family Pool for younger guests.
Example Details For Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
|Room:||1 x Beach Villa|
|Includes:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner; soft drinks, bottled water, house wines, local beer, selected house spirits; tea/coffee; mini bar (non alcoholic items); non motorised water activities/equipment; and shared road/boat transfers from Vilanculos Airport to Bazaruto Island; and the Bazaruto NP conservation fee are included. During the standard season - one authentic dhow cruise experience per person per stay and one 60 minute spa treatment per person per stay are also included.|
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort Location.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by midday on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.
General Information For Guests
Children of any age are welcome.
The Beach Villas and the Beach Pools Villas hve direct beach access. The Two Bedroom Villas have 2 bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms.
All rooms have a flat screen satellite TV, mini bar, room safe, and air conditioning.
The resort has one adult only swimming pool and one family pool, 4 dining options, a tennis court, a spa, and a fitness centre.
Each day Anantara offers a range of organised and independent activities and tours to immerse guests in the spice of island life. Horse ride along the beach, take a dhow cruise, delve into local culture with a local village visit, or stay in the resort and learn how to cook Mozambique's uniquely bold cuisine. Choose from an impressively wide range of water sports and experience for yourself one of the world's best fishing and diving hot spots.
Laundry/ironing/dry cleaning services are available (additional cost). Babysitting services can also be arranged (additional cost).
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
At Vilanculos Airport, you will be met by an Anantara Bazaruto airport representative, and escorted to your transfer vehicle. A short 15 minute drive in an air-conditioned vehicle from the airport takes you to the landing point on the beach, where you take a boat transfer to the island. Please be advised that there is no jetty, so guests are required to wade through knee-deep water to get to the boat. The boat transfer takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes to reach the island, depending on the tides.
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