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Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Dream holiday experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This place is magic. From the warm and genuine greeting to the generosity which allowed us to stay after the 11 o'clock check out until 3 on our last day (with another glorious lunch) so that we wouldn't have a lengthy airport wait, Leopard Hills wants you to feel like you are staying with some old friends who have won the lottery. The lodge is of course beautiful, food and wine fantastic and abundant as you would expect because it is really expensive, but less expected was the warmth and homeliness of the experience which we really appreciated. We arrived late on the first night of our 3 night stay and had our first meal in the boma - outside. Everyone seemed to know us and we were immediately at ease. Game drives start early which was a slight shock -you are woken at 5 am with a gentle knock on the door- but as soon as you are under way the animal experiences begin and all thoughts of sleep are left behind! We saw everything we hoped to see and more - baby hippos, lions fighting over a fresh kill - all amazing. Couldn't fault it.

Room Tip: You apparently might see the female leopard under room 8
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Makawao, Hawaii
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Leopard Hills Lodge for 5 glorious nights and days in July 2012. Our stay was on the tail end of a month long incredibly wonderful visit to Botswana , South Africa, and Zambia. Every detail of our time at Leopard Hills was perfection. The service was so warm and friendly we felt like family; well maybe like members of a royal family as we were treated as if we were a king and queen. The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was exquisite. There were ample choices for the most particular palate from the buffet style breakfast with warm dishes to order, to the lunch with quite a menu variety, to the dinners with choices for each course . The suites were just the right combination of African rustic and elegance; so private and spacious. Every time we returned to our lodge all was perfectly clean; exquisite personal notes and African bedtime stories of the bush were left on our bed with chocolate treats every evening and the mosquito netting was perfectly draped around our deliciously comfortable bed. Our laundry returned clean and crisply pressed each afternoon. We watched monkeys, baboons, and waterbuck from the deck of our room every afternoon. One evening after we returned from our game viewing drive, a scented bubble bath had been drawn for us . Now to the absolute best part; the game drives. Our ranger was Raymond and our tracker Eric. They were knowledgeable and expert at tracking and finding the animals. We began every morning with hot water bottles to keep us toasty(it was winter during our visit) and were treated on every drive with a great variety of animal sightings and information about the bush flora and fauna.Each morning we stopped for hot chocolate and or coffee(try Eric's special blend) and on the afternoon drive we stopped somewhere lovely for the sunset with sundowner drinks and appetizers. We saw
numerous leopards including a female up a tree with her impala dinner, male lions eating a
kudu, baby elephants playing in the sand by the side of the river, 100's of stampeding Cape Buffalo, hippos soaking in the water and sunning on the banks of the river, a charging rhino; all of it lives in our memories and in our photographs. One night we had a dinner in the Boma(outdoor enclosure) with a big bonfire and a local group from a neighboring village came to sing and dance for us. It was a magical evening. Our hearts and memories are full of the warmth of our host Duncan and his family and staff and our fabulous stay at Leopard Hills Lodge. I dream of the day when we can return.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic as there are only eight.
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  • Stayed July 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Leopard Hills is one of those places that will always stay with you. I am absolutely in love with this place and would return every year for the rest of my life if i could!

The lodge is absolutely wonderful. The rooms are spacious, beds very comfortable, and the deck and splash pool area provides the perfect way to relax after the morning drives or after lunch. The food on the whole was absolutely phenomenal! Food one would expect from only the best restaurants. Breakfast buffet was just what was needed after the game drive, lunch was great with options to choose from, afternoon tea delicious and dinner always provided an "african" option of kudu/springbok/crocodile etc. If anything they offer you so much delicious food you end up feeling too full and unable to finish meals:)

Staff were friendly and happy to oblige any request. Game rangers so knowledgeable and we were treated with incredible sightings every game drive we went on!

This is a must do if visiting the Kruger Park- an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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George, Western Cape
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Staying at Leopard Hills was the highlight of our trip. Duncan and all the staff at Leopard Hills went out of their way to make our stay at Leopard Hills an unforgettable experience. The food was amazing and the privacy of the suites was all that a safari should be. Raymond was our guide and Eric was our tracker. They both displayed a great respect for the bush and we had excellent sightings. Good leopard sightings, good lion sightings, rhino, elephant and we saw a herd of over 300 buffalo. So the game viewing was spectacular. The lodge is situated on a hill overlooking a waterhole which also adds a special feel to ones safari.

  • 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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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012 via mobile

From start to finish we were looked after like royalty. Food, rooms, facilities were excellent. For me the best part about it was the game viewing. They have aaccess to a large area so there is always something to see. Dave our ranger was really enthusiastic and was full of information. One of my favourite lodges so far.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

My husband and I had a fantastic time. This was our first safari so we weren't quite sure what to expect. Our ranger, Dave was excellent. The Suites are beautiful and well appointed. Food and wine are top notch. We stayed in September 2011 and have booked again for February 2013. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Suite 8 has a view of watering hole.
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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scotland
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32 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

We had a wonderful time at Leopard Hills. We had been worried that having had such a fab time at another place previously we might be disappointed - NO WAY! We had a wonderful time, everyone was great, our suite was fab (suite no 8) and we saw the Big 5 plus some. We are already discussing returning and taking the family with us.

Room Tip: Suite 8 is great
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  • Stayed April 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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Address: Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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