Most of the reviews here capture the fact this is a truly phenomenal experience.
The rooms are amazingly comfortable, the food is great, the staff are amazing, the guides and rangers are consummate professionals, plus lovely people too.... everything added up.
Once we fell into the routine of life at a lodge like this it became very hard to leave - although it was nice not to have the temptation of all that amazing food around you at all times.
The all inclusive price also meant that we never had any qualms having a sneaky couple of glasses of white in the afternoon - or a quick drink before a game drive (evening drives that is!), but a minor quibble was with the wine - the white's were very good, but the red wine a little less so.
And of course the game drives were off the charts.... we actually got a little sick of seeing leopards from a couple of metres away! Plus the guided walks Andrew took us on were extraordinary.... its amazing being out in that environment on foot when you have to start using all your senses....
We were swung towards &Beyond by what appeared to be a very good philosophy around sustainability and community engagement and everything we saw at the lodge backed up the fact they do a great job on this front. We were really impressed they way staff members were super engaged in customer service and were given a huge amount of responsibility and decision making ability. Well done &Beyond.
And hearing the stories from our guide Andrew about the selection and training process for &Beyond guides/rangers they would seem to take that very seriously too - proof was in the pudding as far as their knowledge, sensitivity to the animals and the way they seemed a lot less flustered and aggressive than some of the other vehicles we saw in the area who were very intrusive.
Overall I can't recommend Exeter River Lodge or &Beyond more highly.
- 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