Savanna Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands: The Lowdown

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It’s the small things that make you fall in love with a safari lodge, and that’s what Savanna really has got right. This is a wonderfully romantic safari lodge, with excellent guides and a fantastic game viewing location.

What’s Savanna Private Game Reserve really like?

The nine tented suites are all a little different (broadly speaking the executive suites are a little larger than luxury suites and have a plunge pool, while the two-bedroomed Savanna Suite is vast and comes with its own butler and private vehicle), but the love that goes into the lodge is the same- each night when you return from your game drive someone’s thought to run you a hot bath, and there’s a decanter of sherry just waiting to warm you as you dress. Evening meals are often communal, but (in spite of the concerns of those who’ve never safari-ed before) these are a positive bonus: time to meet equally fun people who’ve chosen the same adventure as you, and share tales of your travels.

What can I do at Savanna Private Game Reserve?

Well, there’s one big reason for coming on safari in the Sabi Sands, and that’s the game drives. Savanna’s guests head out each morning and late afternoon, and while we can’t promise what you’ll see the rate of leopard sightings is astonishingly high here. In between drives there are also bush walks (often in the area around the lodge), but if you want a more serious walking safari this can usually be arranged in place of a game drive with a little advance notice. Nothing like spotting an elephant on foot to get the heart racing a little faster!

What about children at Savanna?

Savanna’s pretty well suited to a luxury family safari. Children of any age are warmly welcomed in the two-bedroom Savanna suite (where you have your own private vehicle and meals) though you need to be at least 8 to stay at the main lodge.  Savanna can arrange child-minding, provide food that’s a bit more tailored to “bushbabies”

Giving back at Savanna: Savanna is firmly committed to the future of South Africa and it’s environment- the vast majority of the staff come from the local villages, and young adults are given the chance to do work experience at the lodge and the songs you’ll hear so beautifully sung in the boma at night come from a local youth choir. Savanna also supports the Tiyimiseleni Centre in Marbarhule village, helping them to feed 250 orphans and vulnerable children each day. If you’re inspired by Savanna’s good work and want to bring something with you to help, just ask us for their Pack for a Purpose link.

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