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“Geoff & Chris, Australia.” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   R536, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa   |  
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Brisbane Australia
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“Geoff & Chris, Australia.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We found Savanna to be an exceptional lodge & had 4 magical days here. Absolutely spoilt by staff & felt very much at home here. Food & drinks 6 star quality, what can we say? Definitely want to visit here again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Geoff and Chris

Thank you for choosing to stay at Savanna and for posting such wonderful feedback.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and do hope to see you back soon.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family
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Oakland, CA
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Spent four days here with our family in august 2012; it was our first camp of two (the other, chiawa in zambia, was radically different, see seperate review) and a great place to start.
Charter flight from J-burg to remote landing strip, short drive to camp.
The managers, Neil and Natalie were simply spectacular, just perfect in every way (as was all the staff).
The 'tents' are really not tents, very high end suites (some folks might wish more 'authentic' or rustic, this is not that!) with heaters, AC, wifi, two indoor showers, one outdoor shower, and an an awesome tub that is prepared each evening (with candles and sherry) for when you return from evening game drive!
Purely land based safari in landrovers (max 4 guests per vehicle). Sabi Sands is incredibly animal-dense, and the animals are completely habituated to the vehicles, as if we truly weren't even there. Saw the big 5 pretty much every drive, and got to see really amazing animal behaviors up close (rather than just sightings), including cheetah with kill, leopard with kill, lions hunting, mating, fighting etc... The camps in Sabi work well together so that there's never more than two vehicles at any one viewing.
Food excellent, communal.
My son was in training, and wanted to go running, as was manager neil, so they both went for a run (with vehicle, rifle escort!) amongst the animals, the staff couldn't have been more accomodating!
Nothing imperfect, everything amazing, a truly special place and for us, an extraordinary experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear NeilOakland_CA

Thank you for posting the wonderful feedback and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your safari and that your son did not fall behind in his running training. :-)

We hope to welcome you back to Savanna soon.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We were a group of 8, ranging in age from 10 to 70. I must say that Savanna came through for every one of us. The intensity of the involvement with the animals was startling -- watched lions mating, and saw them sleeping off a huge meal of a fresh-killed buffalo. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided background and instruction that would rival a university course.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Lenore C

Thank you for the excellent review and feedback.
We are so pleased that all eight of you enjoyed your stay at Savanna and we hope to see you all again soon.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

We recently spent 4 nights there, service was exceptional, we were looked after so well, including some great little touches given it was winter (surprises not be spoiled) and great food. Our driver and guide were fantastic, saw the big 5 everyday, and lots of viewings that didnt feel crowded at all (max 3 landrovers, more often 2). We had a bench to ourselves, max 2 people per row. We had the most 'basic' accommodation, but it was superb, more than luxurious enough. Overall, thanks to Natasha, Paddy, Neil, etc for looking after us so well. The most amazing holiday experience.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Martin W

Thank you for posting the excellent review and feedback, and of course for choosing to stay at Savanna for your honeymoon.
We are so pleased it was a special experience for you both and we wish you many years of happiness together.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Savanna for 4 nights and the experience far exceeded our expectations. The safari drives were fascinating and all the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. The rooms and food were excellent and the whole experience will be remembered favourably for a very long time. If you are thinking about a safari holiday, book at Savanna and I am sure you will have an absolutely fantastic experience. Ian & Kylie, Brisbane

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Ian D

Thank you for posting the wonderful review, it delights us knowing that we exceeded your expectations.
We hope to welcome you back to Savanna soon.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed at Savanna for 2 nights, it was absolutely amazing! From start to finish. The staff is great as well as the food! Game drives were incredible we had the most amazing sightings! On the first day we had Paddy as our Game Ranger and the second day Greg, both were top notch! I can't wait to return to Savanna in the near future!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear 0202CarlP

Thank you for the excellent feedback and review.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and had such great sightings over the two days you spent at Savanna.

We hope to welcome you back soon .

Warm wishes
The Savanna family
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

If you have never been on safari before this is a great place to start. Fabulous rooms, food and staff who make the stay even better.
A good option for single traveller's as you have group dinners most night. Some of the nice touches set them apart from other lodges. From local school singing groups to entertain at dinner, to a hot bath waiting for you on your return from the evening drive.
Paddy is one of the best drivers we have had.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Lindsay T

Thank you for the review and the wonderful feedback you have posted.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We hope to welcome you back on safari soon!

Warm wishes
The Savanna family
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Address: R536, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Savanna Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Savanna Private Game Reserve is a luxury five star Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands South Africa. The Sabi Sands is acknowledged as the best area in the world for leopard viewing. Our object at Savanna is to give our guests the best wildlife experience possible. See guest comments on Trip Advisor to see just how our guests are blown away by the Savanna Experience. ... more   less 
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