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Savanna Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We recently stayed at Savanna Lodge and can't speak highly enough of the whole experience. Appropriate words to describe it are magical, exceptional, perfect! Nothing could be improved upon. The staff were highly professional and so friendly they felt like family. We loved the accommodation, the food, the service and hospitality, and, last and most, the game drives. We were honoured to have Paddy as our ranger who shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with us. Our tracker, James, helped us find all the Big 5 plus so much more. It was all so easy and just an amazing adventure. Something truly out of the ordinary.

Natasha, Kelly and Patrick will also have a special place in our memories as will everyone at Savanna. Not many things in this life are perfect but Savanna is! We would love to return there and hope we can some day. In the meantime we have wonderful memories and fantastic pictures! We highly recommend Savanna Lodge.

Room Tip: We loved Suite #8 with our own private plunge pool.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Anne T
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

Dear Anne T

Thank you for the fantastic review and recommendation.
We are so pleased that you left with magical memories and that all aspects of your stay with us met your expectations.
We hope that we will see you again on day.

Best wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Just returned from a 3 night safari extravaganza at Savanna Private Game Reserve. Everything we encountered from the knowledgable staff to the guest amenities was fantastic. I did not expect that quality of food on a safari, it far exceeded my expectations. The safari itself did not disappoint either. We saw the "Big 5" many times over along with a multitude of other species, all of which our guide knew endless amounts. I'm sure other reserves offer similar experiences but Savanna stands apart by incorporating flexibility with everything, from dining location to length of game drives. The best part of it for me was the personal touch. Everyone on the staff learned my name, it really felt like I was part of the camp during my stay. In closing, I cannot wait to go back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Muneer B
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Dear Muneer B

Thank you for the “Amazing” review and of course for choosing to stay at Savanna Private Game Reserve.
We really strive to ensure that every guest at the lodge is treated as an individual and that means ensuring there is flexibility in all aspects of your safari.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and also hope that we will see you again soon.

Best wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Well, where do I begin. Savanna Lodge was absolutely perfect. It totally exceeded our expectations. If I could rate it higher than "excellent" in all the categories - I definitely would.

The lodge, the staff and the animals (of Sabi Sands – especially, the elephants, my favourites) all combined to make our holiday (to celebrate my 50th birthday/our 25th wedding anniversary) truly memorable. We honestly could not think of a single thing that could be done to improve our stay of four nights.

Greg, was our ranger, and we were impressed by his extensive knowledge of the animals and the area - and he was just a really nice guy! Pumi was our butler and he was absolutely fantastic. All the girls in the office, the other rangers and staff – they were all fantastic. And fancy coming back after a long game drive in the evening to a beautiful, bubble-filled bath and two glasses of sherry!!! Truly exotic!

The one negative about Savanna was the fact that we must have each gained about 5kgs! The meals were amazing and the cooks were very proud of what they created. You could tell the food was prepared with love!

We also visited the orphanage which Savanna supports as we had "Packed for a Purpose". That was a very moving experience and we felt humbled by being allowed to meet the staff and children. I would encourage other guests to get involved in this very worthwhile project and take up the opportunity to visit the orphanage in person.

I can understand why some guests are moved to tears when they leave Savanna - but I had to be strong!. We felt we had made good friends among the staff and other guests and it was extremely difficult to say goodbye.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank EllPee
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Dear EllPee

Thank you for the Excellent review and feedback following your recent stay with us.

We are so pleased that from the staff to food to game viewing experience Savanna exceeded your expectations.
The meals taste so good because they are prepared with love and I too find myself heavier after spending a few days at the lodge!

Thank you for supporting the children at the Orphanage, it is such a heart warming experience and a worthy cause.

We do hope to see you again soon.
Warm wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

If you ever want to have a magnificent "safari" in the Sabi Sands game reserve and treat yourself to truly awesome African Big 5 experience, you need look no further. The staff, rangers and trackers take care of your every need and on day four, our final one, we experienced a herd of 80+ elephants. After numerous lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo close-ups I thought we had seen it all! Thanks to Dave and Lawrence, you made it special.

After having experienced many game lodges, SAVANNA rules supreme.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Charles C
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Dear Charles C

Thank you for your wonderful review and feedback.

As you know, the Sabi Sands is famous for its excellent game viewing, but I do believe that your ranger and tracker can make or break your safari experience. We are so pleased that Dave and Lawrence made your trip so special and of course that the game viewing was so spectacular!

We hope to see you again one day.
Best wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We found Savanna to be an exceptional lodge & had 4 magical days here. Absolutely spoilt by staff & felt very much at home here. Food & drinks 6 star quality, what can we say? Definitely want to visit here again in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear Geoff and Chris

Thank you for choosing to stay at Savanna and for posting such wonderful feedback.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and do hope to see you back soon.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Spent four days here with our family in august 2012; it was our first camp of two (the other, chiawa in zambia, was radically different, see seperate review) and a great place to start.
Charter flight from J-burg to remote landing strip, short drive to camp.
The managers, Neil and Natalie were simply spectacular, just perfect in every way (as was all the staff).
The 'tents' are really not tents, very high end suites (some folks might wish more 'authentic' or rustic, this is not that!) with heaters, AC, wifi, two indoor showers, one outdoor shower, and an an awesome tub that is prepared each evening (with candles and sherry) for when you return from evening game drive!
Purely land based safari in landrovers (max 4 guests per vehicle). Sabi Sands is incredibly animal-dense, and the animals are completely habituated to the vehicles, as if we truly weren't even there. Saw the big 5 pretty much every drive, and got to see really amazing animal behaviors up close (rather than just sightings), including cheetah with kill, leopard with kill, lions hunting, mating, fighting etc... The camps in Sabi work well together so that there's never more than two vehicles at any one viewing.
Food excellent, communal.
My son was in training, and wanted to go running, as was manager neil, so they both went for a run (with vehicle, rifle escort!) amongst the animals, the staff couldn't have been more accomodating!
Nothing imperfect, everything amazing, a truly special place and for us, an extraordinary experience.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear NeilOakland_CA

Thank you for posting the wonderful feedback and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your safari and that your son did not fall behind in his running training. :-)

We hope to welcome you back to Savanna soon.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We were a group of 8, ranging in age from 10 to 70. I must say that Savanna came through for every one of us. The intensity of the involvement with the animals was startling -- watched lions mating, and saw them sleeping off a huge meal of a fresh-killed buffalo. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided background and instruction that would rival a university course.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Lenore C
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear Lenore C

Thank you for the excellent review and feedback.
We are so pleased that all eight of you enjoyed your stay at Savanna and we hope to see you all again soon.

Warm wishes
The Savanna family

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Additional Information about Savanna Private Game Reserve

Address: R536 Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $489 - $2,488 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Savanna Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Savanna Private Game Reserve is a luxury five star Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands South Africa. The Sabi Sands is acknowledged as the best area in the world for leopard viewing. Our object at Savanna is to give our guests the best wildlife experience possible. See guest comments on Trip Advisor to see just how our guests are blown away by the Savanna Experience. ... more   less 
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