We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon after having had it recommended to us and we weren't dissapointed!
The lodge is run very much on a "family" basis and everybody from the manager and his partner, through the rangers, trackers, cooks and cleaners are the most freindly, professional and passionate people you could ever wish to be looking after you for your safari experience.
Unlike the previous reviewer we found the food to be out of this world at every sitting and we have stayed at plenty of 5 star hotels as you can see from my reviews! Breakfast (served after the morning game drive) had everything you could have wished for and a daily "special" which was always something local. This was repeated for lunch and dinner where the emphasis was definately on local although very palatable cuisine. I'm a VERY fussy eater but even I found something to eat every day and LOVED almost everything I tried. I think we may have stayed at the same time as the previous reviewer as there was also an American family with 3 kids but I cannot understand why catering specifically for a child is a bad thing for a 5 star lodge?!?! Surely this is to applauded? Meals are run in the same "family" way as the rest of the lodge with everybody including the rangers and other members of staff sitting down together with the same menu (although it is usually served buffet style). We never saw any FORCED conversation, indeed it was very light hearted and made a change to be abe to talk to people from all over the world about a wide range of subjects. Of course this may not be some peoples cup of tea but being the kind of people who are quite insular on our vacations, even we found it refreshing and good fun!
The viewing is superb and we managed to see the "Big 5" on the first day. Having said that I would NOT say that it's like a zoo and that you don't have to search to find the animals.....we had a couple of drives where we'd see nothing for a couple of hours and then maybe see something interesting when found by some of the other lodges (they all share sightings over the radio). In all instances, although you can get very close to the animals they were definately in their natutral habitat and behaved accordingly. Maybe if you don't want to see animals then go elsewhere but for us the whole reason for being there was to actually SEE animals!!!!
The lodge is situated right in the bottom corner of the Sabi Sands area and therefore you aren't centrally located to enable getting to all sighting quickly but having said that it also means you get to see a lot which others maybe don't as they won't venture in the "corners" of the reserve. Like I said this didn't make a difference to our viewing as we saw the Big 5 most days and were even lucky enough to witness a lion kill on our last day!
The little touches at this lodge....bath run with two glasses of wine waiting on return from your cold evening drive, hot water bottles for your morning drive, the "family" nature of the team....make this lodge stand out head and shoudlers above the bigger, more commercial properites in Sabi Sands.
The ONLY slight negative for me was that the pool in our executive suite was way to cold to use and I expect will continue to be so throughout the winter thus making the extra expense a bit of a false economy in the winter.
We would definatley return if the opportunity arose!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Savanna Private Game Reserve Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Savanna Private Game Reserve South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve