Savanna Lodge

distinctive Camp | Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Savanna's elegant comforts complement an exciting bushveld safari with seasoned and adventurous guides. Featuring nine luxurious suites and a communal-style main lodge, where guests dine together and swap stories by firelight, Savanna is very much a gracious home away from home. Viewing elephants from your veranda is not uncommon here, and it's one of the best places in Africa to seek elusive leopards.

Photo of Megan Bryant

Our Expert Says

Savanna is such a homey camp, in every sense. Its private owners are very hands-on, and it's one of the only camps I know of where the managers are also the head guides, not to mention avid photographers. General manager Paddy Hagelthorn is a somewhat of a living legend, and his stories from growing up in Zimbabwe and nearly three decades in the bush are told around the campfire nightly. The guides have no shortage of passion for leopards, rhinos, chameleons, birds, and all of the many, many other animals found here.

– Megan Bryant


Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Number of Rooms: 9

Savanna Lodge is comprised of nine elegant suites. Four Luxury Suites and three Executive Suites have tented ceilings of draped fabric beneath canvas roofs to let in sounds from the bush. The thatch-roofed Savanna Suite is more like a private home that's ideal for families with two separate en suite bedrooms, central living and dining spaces, and a private vehicle, guide and chef. The Executive and Savanna suites also have private plunge pools. Each suite has a private bathroom with double sinks, indoor shower and free-standing porcelain bathtub, and the back wall opens completely to reveal a private outdoor shower. Gracious, traditional décor provides a sense of understated luxury. The open-air main lounge looks out onto the wilderness. A small pool and water feature sit in front of the main building where plush sofas, a bar and a grand, family-style dining table overlook the reserve. A second-floor loft offers a quiet nook with excellent views. Private meals can be arranged upon request, and surprise bush meals are a fun treat between activities.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool
  • Central swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Internet in library
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Diner's, American Express)

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

The safari experience of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is world-renowned, and wildlife viewing from Savanna is no exception. The Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – are prevalent here. Cheetah, hyena and wild dog are also frequently observed. A plethora of antelope, giraffe and zebra are often spotted alongside impala, wildebeest, warthog, hippo and varied birdlife. Explore the bush in open 4x4 vehicles on both day and night wildlife drives with outstanding guides to track large mammals, interpret animal behavior, identify birds and position guests for excellent photography. Guided nature walks offer glimpses of smaller creatures, plants and insects. Other activities available nearby include elephant-back safaris, scenic flights and hot-air ballooning. The camp also encourages a visit to the community it supports, to visit the school and traditional healer.

The Sabi Sand is known for great leopard viewing, healthy rhino populations and the rest of the Big Five, making it a great wildlife destination for all levels of safari experience. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced here. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Buffalo
Cheetah
Eland
Elephant
Giraffe
Greater Kudu
Hippo
Hyena
Leopard
Lion
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
Wildebeest
Zebra
South Africa Sabi Sand Reserve

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 84° F 68° F 3.86 in
28° C 20° C 98 mm
February 88° F 70° F 6.54 in
31° C 21° C 166 mm
March 88° F 68° F 5.24 in
31° C 20° C 133 mm
April 84° F 61° F 1.85 in
28° C 16° C 47 mm
May 81° F 50° F 0.43 in
27° C 10° C 11 mm
June 81° F 43° F 0.12 in
27° C 6° C 3 mm
July 77° F 43° F 0.16 in
25° C 6° C 4 mm
August 82° F 48° F 0.16 in
27° C 8° C 4 mm
September 82° F 57° F 0.55 in
27° C 13° C 14 mm
October 81° F 61° F 1.77 in
27° C 16° C 45 mm
November 84° F 66° F 6.61 in
28° C 18° C 168 mm
December 84° F 63° F 9.41 in
28° C 17° C 239 mm

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Photo: Conservation

Conservation

Savanna is deeply involved in community development. The camp has employed a Community Project Manager to coordinate, develop and run all community projects and ensure sustainability with projects already completed. 90 percent of the camp's staff come from the surrounding villages, and others from the community have the opportunity to do three months of training for work experience at the camp. Most guests will experience a boma dinner in camp and will meet the Mabarhule Youth in Action Choir. This talented young group is hired to perform at these firelight dinners every few nights and provided a hearty meal before returning home. Savanna also supports the Tiyimiseleni Centre in the village of Marbarhule. This home-based center provides 250 orphans and vulnerable children, ages 3-17, with a healthy meal each day. Through Pack for a Purpose guests are also welcome to bring donations of clothing, notebooks, pencils and toys.

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