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Savanna Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

This was our last stop on our honeymoon, and blew all the others away. We knew this place was going to be nice, but we were totally out of our league!! Our "tent" was very private with amazing linens and decorations inside, and the bathroom was beautiful. Large soaking tub, separate shower, outside shower enclosed area, double sinks, and a small room with the toilet. The woodwork was beautiful, and with the candles lit and the lights low, it was one of the most romantic rooms I have ever been in. The food was excellent (I picked up a few recipes from the chef), the communal table was a great way to get to know everyone, and our guide ate with us, so we got to know even more about the animals we were seeing.
The game viewing was so much more than we could have ever asked for. On our first game drive we saw the big 5, and also tracked wild dogs and saw the whole 9 of the pack, including the den site, which was then closed off to everyone until she gave birth. The snacks and coffee, and amarulla were great. Overall it was an absolutely wonderful experience and a great way to end our trip. The staff and camp were better than anything we could have imagined. We would recommend this camp to everyone.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Roamingkatina
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2013

Dear Roamingkatina

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and of course for choosing to stay at Savanna on your honeymoon. Congratulations!
We are very pleased you enjoyed your time with us and thought it “The best of all” places you stayed at.  We hope that we will see you again.
Safe travels and take care.

Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Savanna offered fantastic animal viewing. Our guide, Neil, was extremely knowledgeable about the animals and their behavior. The staff was fantastic, the food, exceptional, and our adventure ... unbelievable! We would highly recommend this lodge and it's location in the Sabi Sands area. This was our first trip to Africa, and this was our first camp on a 20 day adventure. As we continued our travels, we frequently compared other camps to the great experience we had here. Although we thought this would be our one and only trip to Africa ... it draws you in! If we manage to come back, we would definitely stay at Savanna again, as well as recommend to others.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Lynda P
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2013

Dear Lynda P

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and of course for choosing to stay with us.
How exciting that this was your first time to South Africa and we hope that you have returned home with wonderful memories and will be back again one day!
Thank you again.
Travel safe and take care.

Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

we loved this place! everyone that worked there called us by name-we were not just room # something -although you get up early for game drives, the coffee was ready before you headed out- and after the late game drive we returned to a bathtub of hot water to soak in before dinner
the massage therapist came to your room- i chose to have it outside in the shade of a large tree with singing birds- a treat after bouncing around in the rig!
good food-one night dinner served in a train car , another night a Boma dinner with music entertainment from a large youth choir- it was nice to sit with the group that shared our safari vehicle-that made for more of a bond with a small group
i can not say enough about the game drives either-in fact, we are already planning to go back next august!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Robert & Cristi... G
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2013

Dear Robert & Cristi..G

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your safari experience with us (as well as the massage and good food!), we do hope to see you in August next year!

Thank you again, take care and safe travels.
Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Our third stay here and definitely will be coming back to what we now call our African home. Staff are amazing and the added little extra touches to make your visit truly special can't be compared to other places. We love going on safari and like to go to different camps on each trip but we will always include savanna if we are in South Africa.

It's hard to explain why savanna is so special but it just is. We always have fun, see amazing game viewing, great food and love the friendly atmosphere. We spent a month traveling Southern Africa this time and our 5 nights at Savanna is the highlight.

Wish we could be there with you guys now.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2013

Dear Jo2345

Thank you for your “Amazing again” review.
It was such a pleasure hosting you for your 3rd stay with us and we hope there will be many more!

Until next time, take care and safe travels.
Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We have stayed in Savanna for 3 nights. What a fantastic experience. Being a South African that has travelled extensively, I am used to the bush and all animals that we normally see when visiting Game reserves. Well this was something else........the unbelievable game drives with such knowledgable game rangers, seeing the big 7 within the first day! I am not talking about spotting a Leopard far in a distance, I am talking about a Leopard and a cub 3 meters away from the vehicle. The Lodge itself was a treat on its own. Special touches everywhere, with well trained staff at your assistance at all times. I loved it at Savanna and know that soon I will be back! What a privilege!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Dear Lekkerkry

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review and of course for choosing to stay at Savanna for your safari.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your 3 nights with us and that the game viewing exceeded your expectations.

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

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I stayed here through the recommendation of a travel agent and feel so grateful that she helped me find Savanna. I was traveling by myself and was a little nervous about how the experience would be, given you are closely interacting with the others (usually couples :) and would I feel included. My expectations were blown away. From the start, Louisa, our guide Andrea and the rest of the team could not have made me feel more welcome. Then there was the room, I expected a lot, and my expectations were exceeded. The "tent" was secluded (in a good way), with a bathroom area that included a bath tub and shower that were about as big as the bedroom area! There was an outdoor shower that was very spacious as well. They pay attention to details here, I don't wait to ruin any surprises, but there were a few along the way, that were icing on the cake. I was disappointed I could not spend more time in my room, it was that comfortable, but that is not why I was there - on to the drives. We saw the big five within two drives for me and some incredible activity, though that obviously cannot be guaranteed :) I thought Andrea did a great job of making sure everyone was happy and saw what they were looking for (and she somehow found them!) The most we ever had in our car was six of us and plenty of room and good views for everyone. I left with some spectacular memories and felt like I made new friends too. I thought it was a great mix of luxury in a very comfortable atmosphere. I highly recommend staying at Savanna!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Dear tlb999

Thank you for the lovely “ Wow” review and of course for choosing to stay at Savanna for your safari.

We are glad you mentioned that Savanna is a wonderful choice for single travellers. With the main choice of dining being communal, nobody feels secluded or left out, but of course should you prefer dining alone, we are happy to arrange that too. The festive atmosphere we have found, creates a home away from home environment, so we are very pleased that your expectations were exceeded!

Thank you again, safe travels and we hope to see you again one day.
Warm wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We think Savanna must be a translation of 'superlative luxury safari'. It is not possible to think of any way in which Savanna could be better.
The accommodation, catering, and hospitality aspects of a holiday there are amongst the best anywhere we have stayed in the world, but the personal touch and warmth of the place puts it top.
The safari and animal viewing side is just incredible - there is no script or plan when you set out with your Ranger and Tracker...it really is 'let's go and see what 's out there'. Then by an artful combination of tracking, observing, and keeping in touch with the other Land Rovers, something exciting happens every time - could be a visit to a hyena den, a viewing of a lethal snake, sitting in the Land Rover surrounded by elephants, watching the big cats squabble with their competitors over a fresh kill, or after sunset, picking up the night-life in the bush, always accompanied by fascinating and authoritative voice-over from the Ranger.
On top of all that is the marvellous work Savanna does in the neighbouring communities, which is pretty heroic by any standards.
We cannot recommend Savanna highly enough!
Paddy and his team make this such a great destination that departing is actually pretty emotional.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Dear TheRoliingMcStones

Thank you for the “Superlative” review and of course for choosing to stay at Savanna for your safari.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and got to experience everything we do from the community work to the safari.

Safe travels and we hope to see you again one day.
Warm wishes
The Savanna Family

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Address: R536 Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
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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
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Ranked #4 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $114 - $1,618 (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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Savanna Private Game Reserve South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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