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sabi sands accommodation

Tucson, Arizona
posts: 26
sabi sands accommodation

I would like to visit Sabi Sands Reserve for 4-5 nights in May or June, 2013, traveling solo. This would be my first safari. There are many alternatives, of course, but Kirkman's Kamp seems to be special. Does anyone have advice for a first-timer in selecting single accommodation at Sabi Sands? Thanks.

Washington DC...
posts: 2,529
reviews: 9
1. Re: sabi sands accommodation

Andbeyond properties such as Kirkmans and the Exeter lodges all can be booked without a single supplement. They're great properties and it's a good deal in my oplnlon.

SOUTH AFRICA
posts: 2,292
2. Re: sabi sands accommodation

I agree with Steve - all of the andBeyond properties are great value for money with no single supplement as well as their "pay 3 nights, stay 4" special offer. On 4 - 5 nights, you could even do a combination of 2 of their lodges - perhaps combine an Exeter lodge with Kirkmans, that way you get to experience 2 different lodges and game viewing regions, without the hastle of a terribly costly transfer in between locations.

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

Kruger National...
posts: 1,057
reviews: 23
3. Re: sabi sands accommodation

Hi there Good Will Hunting,

A first time safari is always immensely exciting, but can also be very confusing; There are so many different options!

Tanya & Steve have a good point - The &Beyond properties are very well kept, well managed, and have good reviews.

My first question to you would be, what is your budget per night? This can help us to recommend our best picks to you that fit within your chosen budget.

The Sabi Sands reserve is part of the Greater Kruger area, and is known world wide for it's population of cats, and especially their calm leopards.

The lodges within the reserve range anywhere from R2000 per night to R10,000 upwards, so it is important that you figure out what you would like to spend, and what you would like to receive in return. Drinks included? Bush walks? The choices are all yours to make your safari everything you have dreamed it would be.

If you need ANY more help, please do not hesitate to ask us, that's what we are all here for on Trip Advisor :-)

All the best, and I wish you LOTS of enjoyment on your first ever safari,

Jacqui

-Owner-

Lodge Trackers Safari Specialists

Western Cape, South...
Destination Expert
for South Africa, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
posts: 6,460
reviews: 41
4. Re: sabi sands accommodation

Don't know your budget - but the no-single-supplement at all the AndBeyond lodges would help you a lot, and it's not that common. They have 4 within Sabi Sand and Kirkman's has the lowest rates.. Gameviewing there is outstanding and if it fits your budget - I suggest it. The 4-for-3 was mentioned.. They also have a 6-for-4, except in July and August. If you have the time, I would do 3 nights at Ngala Safari Lodge and 3 nights at Kirkman's. And with the 6-for-4, you 2 nights would end up being free! And yes, you can combine lodges to come up with the 4 nights or the 6 nights in those special offers.

There are some less expensive lodges that are also very good - and though they might have a single supplement - their total cost might end up being less. Elephant Plains, for example.

Dave Patterson - Owner - The Africa Safari

Edited: 12:59 am, December 04, 2012
Tucson, Arizona
posts: 26
5. Re: sabi sands accommodation

Thank you for your suggestions. I intend to contact AndBeyond in the near future. I like the idea of including two camps spending three nights at each (assuming a low-hassle transfer between camps). I have not set a budget yet, however, I believe that under-spending would be a much worse mistake than over-spending for my first African safari. Best regards.

Washington DC...
posts: 2,529
reviews: 9
6. Re: sabi sands accommodation

GWH, your philosophy makes a lot of sense to me. &Beyond may not even charge you for the transfer, given you are using two of their own lodges. Best of luck with your plans.

Randburg, Gauteng...
posts: 858
reviews: 32
7. Re: sabi sands accommodation

You can also look at Umkumbe, Nthambo Tree Camp and Africa on Foot. they also do not have a single supplement, and these would be great choices for a variation of lodges in different areas. And you could have a walking safari as well.

Lyn - Owner - Thorntree Tours and safaris

South Africa
posts: 1,256
reviews: 14
8. Re: sabi sands accommodation

If the safari experience and game viewing is what matters most, you need to compare the things that affect this. For example, what is the traversing area of the lodge? Do they have their own private traversing or is it shared with many other lodges? Shared traversing has the benefit of having many vehicles in radio contact, but sometimes you end up having to queue for the best sightings, and your guide may want to leave the sighting again after 20 minutes just when the cheetah gets up to hunt, because he needs to give someone else a chance (this is a genuine example that happened to me in the western sector of the Sabi Sand). If private traversing is important, Kirkman's would be a good option because they only share with Mala Mala on one part of their traversing area, and with Lion Sands on the main part of their traversing area. Lodges with their own large private traversing areas are typically more expensive, and they include Kirkmans Camp, Lion Sands, Londolozi, Singita, Mala Mala and Sabi Sabi. Another point is the number of people they put on a vehicle. Some of the more expensive/exclusive lodges limit the number of guests per vehicle to 6 or even 4 (in the case of Rattrays camp), while less expensive lodges put up to 9 people per vehicle so on each row there is always someone squashed between two other people. I personally do not mind this so much but I know other people mind it a lot, especially photographers.

Lastly, if accommodation and atmosphere at the lodge is important, you may want to check out Kirkman's carefully to see if it suits your taste. Some people don't like the colonial style tin roof buildings and the classic colonial area decor. Others may object to all the animal trophies and hunting images on the walls, which forms part of the lodge's history.

However for a balance between price and location (excellent game viewing in a prime traversing area), Kirkman's is indeed a good choice.

Onne from Wild Wings Safaris

Hazyview, South...
posts: 3,371
reviews: 10
9. Re: sabi sands accommodation

The information given so far definitely will help you.

As reputable companies have already answered, why not get into contact with them directly? They will answer all your detailed questions and have the hands on knowledge of multiple visits in either of the private lodges/reserves. For good reason they are not allowed to advertise their services here in TA.

The one is

Tanya from www.africadirect.co.za

and

Onne of www.wild-wings.co.za

Not to forget bwanadave, I unfortunately do not have his website at hand.

Making use of them does not mean you pay more, they may even be able to give you lower rates.

Klaus

-Owner Abangane-

Hazyview

Edited: 9:49 am, December 06, 2012
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