We just returned from 2 nights at Exeter River Lodge and stayed in cabin 6. The luxury and attention to detail in the cabin was perfect. The outdoor shower and deck overlooking the river was a great place to view animals. We actually saw a herd of elehpant walk past while sitting on the deck. Our Ranger Craig's excitement for finding unique animal encounters was contagious. He is an amature photographer so is motivated to find the best shots. We heard from another vehicle that there were mating leopard nearby. We found them and were a few feet away as they walked past the Rover! They went into the bush and Patrick the tracker said to go around into the dry riverbed and head them off. What a rush to drive at speed to get around in front of them. We were fortunate to witness the mating. I can't say enough about the game drives for how close we could get. They are used to the vehicles and walk by without bother - just don't get out of the vehicle :)
The staff are very attentive and the chef will accomodate special requests. We were travelling with friends who had a birthday the first night. They came out with a nice desert and champagne.
If you want to be spoiled in luxury and see animals up close, don't miss this place.
- 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