This was truly the most amazing holiday experience we have ever had !
We booked 4 nights at Exeter River lodge at the end of a 3 week holiday to South Africa to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. It truly was the grand finale to a wonderful trip.
We were SO sad to leave on our last day that we promised each other that we would return.
We could not fault anything. In fact everything completely exceeded our expectations.
Nothing was too much trouble and our 'butler ' called Difference was just wonderful- always smiling!
The food and service were just superb , magical accommodation and so many wonderful surprise touches.we never knew what to expect next .
The lodges had all possible comforts allowing for a perfect combination of relaxation between adventures !
Our ranger was Justin , with Chris the tracker. They were just fantastic. Justin's enthusiasm added so much and he was Just so knowledgeable and loved sharing what he knew , even when we asked ' silly' questions.
Chris managed to track a leopard that we had seen from our lodge across the river one lunch time. We told them that we had seen a leopard so they took us off to find it - and did !!
We managed to fit in 7 drives and each one was an amazing experience , seeing all of the big 5 on our first morning starting with a leopard strolling through our camp and into the office as we were about to set off at 5.15 am. !
We saw 4 different leopards , one with a cub , 2 different male lions roaring . Lionesses with cubs, the 2 black rhino, white rhino,elephants ,buffalo ,crocodile , giraffes , hippos ......
What really surprised me was just how close we got to all of the animals . We have some amazing photographs !
Every day felt like an adventure . We had a puncture in the middle of a herd of buffalo , got stuck in the mud , towed other jeeps out of rivers and the sand etc etc .
On our morning drive we stopped midway for refreshments , ( I miss Justin's morning mocha chocca special drink with Amarula !)
On the evening drive we stopped for a greatly appreciated G & T .
It really was an escape from 'real life' and a great way to recharge . We can't wait to go back .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In spite of the dry name of the river on which it is located, there is nothing arid about warm and welcoming and Beyond Exeter River Lodge. Perched on the edge of the Sand River, this tranquil lodge is the perfect safari retreat, boasting spacious riverside suites, Big Five game viewing with excellent leopard sightings and the perfect amount of privacy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Exeter River Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Dulini River Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve