The biggest pro is that the lodge is set in such an amazing location and has such close proximity to the Kruger park, It is only a few minutes drive to the Paul Kruger gate and is not too far from Skukuza ,one of the main camps within the Kruger. It was a treat to relax on the viewing deck, cold glass of wine in hand and enjoy the view across the Sabie River straight into the Kruger park. We chose to go on an early morning game drive, the lodge has a few options on offer. It was truly a memorable experience. Our guide Sydney went to great lengths to track down quite a few of the Big 5 for us :) to the delight of some European tourists also on the excursion. The accommodation is neat, clean and comfortable but rather basic.The scatter cushions on the beds create unnecessary clutter and the addition of a low table/extra surface to place things on would greatly improve.We stayed in a rondavel which was a bit cramped but then this is an 'African' experience and as their name says - it is a 'Bush' lodge. The food was simple, tasty ,sufficient but rather ordinary. An irritation for me was that I did NOT get the promised (in the itinerary) early morning 1st cup of coffee on the game drive. Sydney bought himself a takeaway coffee in Skukuza during our stop - guests who had actually paid for the full breakfast included in their tariff had to either get their own takeaway coffee for which there was a mile long queue or be content with a small boxed fruit juice.The breakfast 'picnic' included processed cheese and reconstructed ham sandwiches, unfortunately coffee/hot drink would have been welcomed as it was quite chilly. Luckily just being in the Kruger's magical surroundings helped and the experience as a whole was enjoyable. Overall we enjoyed our stay and definitely hope to return.The staff were helpful and friendly and their service was good. The next time I would love to stay in one of the 'luxury' tents - they look amazing and have a magical outlook. I hope we can arrange it the next time without any hiccups :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the banks of the Sabie River overlooking the majestic Kruger National Park lies Sabie River Bush Lodge, a bush lodge where you can "recharge your soul" and experience the African Bush. Situated a mere 19kms from the world famous Paul Kruger Gate and 13kms from Phabeni Gate, this is the place you want to be! Sitting on our raised pool deck enjoying great, friendly service and a cocktail with an African twist, one can view the BIG 5 and some of our smaller, yet beautiful, wildlife. With an extensive bird watching opportunity, there is no better place to sit back, relax and take in the natural beauty of the African Bushveld while all your needs are taken care of by our staff! Join us on a guided safari in our open vehicle into the Kruger National Park for a chance to get closer to the amazing animals the Kruger National Park boasts home to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sabie River Bush Lodge Hazyview, South Africa - Mpumalanga