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8.5
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Klaserie Sands River Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Klaserie

from R 3895 pp/night sharing

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8.5
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Klaserie Sands River Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Klaserie

from R 3895 pp/night sharing

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Our Verdict

Very stylish and wonderfully intimate little lodge of just 4 luxurious rooms in a beautiful riverbank setting in the Big 5 Klaserie reserve – excellent value!

Our Ratings

8.5
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

Our Ratings

8.5
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • The inviting deck shaded by magnificent trees is one of the most attractive around – slump in a private spot in one of the comfy chairs with a good book and long, cold drink to hand and you’re set for the perfect “sofa safari” as you keep an eye on the steady stream of animals coming through to drink at the waterhole (floodlit at night) directly in front of the deck
  • We really like the look and feel of Klaserie Sands – this has to be one of the most attractive new lodges around as it manages to strike the perfect balance by offering clean contemporary style without it becoming clinical nor feeling overdone – the use of natural elements like old tree trucks is the key as it adds a warm, organic feel to the clean lines of both the bedrooms and public areas
  • Get a front row seat to the unfolding wildlife spectacle whilst chilling in the rim flow swimming pool right by the waterhole – you may even be lucky enough to have the elephants come to drink from the pool whilst you’re there!
  • Having just 4 suites makes for an exceptionally personal and intimate stay which is simply not possible in larger lodges. Lee-Anne’s friendly and motivated team pulls out all the stops to ensure happy guests!
  • Game drives at this lodge provide the rare opportunity to stay at sightings virtually as long as you feel like it, as Klaserie Sands has virtual exclusive use of their large traversing area – it all makes for a unrushed safari experience not possible in the more crowded reserves further south

What's Not

  • The Klaserie reserve doesn’t yet have the reputation for consistent quality big game sightings as say the Sabi Sands – but with the increasing number of commercial lodges opening in the reserve this looks likely to grow in coming years
  • Having just 4 rooms means that it can be pretty difficult to find availability here, especially if you are more than a couple wanting to travel
  • Pity the standard Suites don’t have outdoor showers like the Honeymoon and Family Suites do – they really are one of our very favourite room features!
Klaserie Sands River Camp

Klaserie Sands River Campthere’s always a lovely shaded seating spot to be found where you can lounge about in the stylish yet comfy seating provided – it’s a gorgeous space with the welcoming shade provided by magnificent Jackalberry and Leadwood trees!

Lodge Profile

Very stylish and wonderfully intimate little lodge of just 4 luxurious rooms in a beautiful riverbank setting in the Big 5 Klaserie reserve – excellent value!

Quick Overview

Location
Klaserie
Drive Time
6 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a waterhole
Rooms
6 Suites (4 Guest Suites, 1 Honeymoon Suite and 1 Family Suite )
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No - ranger only
Off Road
Child Policy
No children under 8 years

LUXURY RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE WILD

Klaserie Sands River Camp is located in a strikingly beautiful spot along the banks of the Ntsiri River. In fact, it was ironically the river that led to the birth of this stunning new camp, as the old camp was all but washed away by a flood that caused massive damage in the region generally back in early 2012. Three years later the revamped Klaserie Sands River Camp was opened and immediately jumped to the head of the pack of lodges in the Klaserie for style and luxury!

BENEATH THE JACKALBERRY AND LEADWOODS

The lodge sits picturesquely beneath the shade of the iconic Jackalberry and Leadwood trees that line the river banks. The first thing that strikes you on arrival is how the lodge appears as a lush green oasis in the often dry and dusty bush of the Klaserie with its garden of green lawns and large trees. Then you walk through the lodge onto the gorgeous shaded deck and swimming pool and are confronted with the stunning view out over the dry river bed to the active waterhole which lies within a stone’s throw of the deck – it’ll be at about that time that you’ll start patting yourself on the back for being such a clever clogs for choosing this particular lodge!

JUST 4 STUNNING SUITES

That positive impression will only get strengthened as you are ushered along the wooden walkway towards your Suite – there are just 4 of them and they are best described as gorgeous! Traditional grass thatch roofs, cement screeded floors and wooden furniture, cream coloured walls with a chocolate feature panel above the bed and classic white linen on the (frankly enormous) king-size beds combine superbly with throws and scatter cushions in rich tones of red and gold to bring a modern contemporary edge balanced with classy elegance. The large, fully-opening bay doors work wonders in letting in the light and air, effectively blurring the line between inside and out as they flow out onto your private deck where you can while away the hours lounging with a good book as you enjoy the views out over the river bed.

HONEYMOON AND FAMILY SUITE AVAILABLE

There are actually 3 different room types at Klaserie Sands River Camp but they all have the same basic look and feel and with relatively small differences between them. All of them are equipped with air-con (a real bonus in the heat of summer!) as well as mosquito nets with the Family Suite (with its inter-leading rooms) and the Honeymoon Suite adding a bath and outside shower to the 2 standard Suites offering.

CONTEMPORARY STYLE COMBINES WITH NATURAL WARMTH

But if the rooms are attractive, our favourite aspect of the lodge has to be the main lodge buildings and the gorgeous outside deck area in particular. The high thatch roofs make the lounge and bar area feel spacious and airy, whilst a fireplace lined with comfy sofas ensures that things are kept cosy on those cooler winter’s evenings. The décor is stylish, clean and contemporary yet not overdone or fussy and the use of natural elements like old tree trunks and white bleached kudu horns give a lovely warm organic stylishness that prevents things from feeling too clinical. The inside-outside flow seen in the bedrooms continues here in the public areas with the lounge area opening through massive stacking doors out onto the deck and the views of the bush beyond.

EXCEPTIONAL DECK AREA

As we mentioned previously, the extensive wooden outside deck has to be our favourite aspect of the lodge. There’s always a lovely shaded seating spot to be found where you can lounge about in the stylish yet comfy seating provided – it’s a gorgeous space with the welcoming shade provided by magnificent Jackalberry and Leadwood trees! The waterhole is located just across the dry river bed and provides the spectacle of a near constant stream of animals coming down to drink, with herds of elephant and buffalo common visitors not to mention a resident hippo. And if you’re really fortunate you may even be lucky enough to spot the rarer visitors that have been seen popping in for a drink, including leopard and magnificent Sable antelope!

RIM FLOW POOL

To get a truly front-row seat to the action, you can take a dip in the rimless ‘Infinity’ pool that sits on the deck just a pebble’s lob from the water hole. You may even be lucky enough to be enjoying a welcome respite from the heat in the pool when the elephants make one of their regular visits to drink from it (can’t blame them for thinking this sparkling blue “waterhole” is more appealing than the one over on the opposite river bank!)

BIG FIVE GAME VIEWING

Speaking of wildlife, whilst the deck overlooking the waterhole at the lodge provides for the perfect “sofa safari”, you’ll no doubt be itching to head out on the twice-daily game drives into the Klaserie reserve, at some 60 000 hectares one of the largest reserves in South Africa. Being unfenced neighbours with the Kruger and Timbavati, it offers decent Big Five game viewing opportunities whilst not yet boasting the reputation of the better known Sabi Sand reserve for example. One of the reasons for not being better known is the relatively small number of commercial lodges on the reserve, as for the bulk of its existence it only contained small private-use camps not bookable by the public.

UNRUSHED GAME DRIVES

The beauty of game drives at Klaserie Sands rests on 2 aspects: firstly the excellence and enthusiasm of the knowledgeable rangers and trackers who go out of their way to providing guests with memorable wildlife experiences; then there’s the fact that unlike the much busier private reserves to the south, here at Klaserie Sands you pretty much have sole access to a massive concession area of some 8 000 hectares, with sightings of other game vehicles being less common than those of the Big Five! This translates into unhurried game drives where you have the unusual luxury of being able to stay at interesting sightings pretty much as long as you wish, as there are no other vehicles waiting impatiently for their turn to see that leopard up the tree with its kill. And if you fancy getting even more connected to the bush, then the guided walking safaris with your knowledgeable ranger is highly recommended.

TIME TO RELAX

After your game drive, Klaserie Sands is a wonderful place to simply relax and soak up the sounds and sights of the surrounding bush. No doubt you’ll spend many hours lounging in the refreshing pool, whilst spa treatments can also be arranged if you fancy a bit of extra pampering. Talking of pampering, the team at Klaserie Sands under the dynamic guidance of manager Lee-Ann excel in providing genuinely warm personal service with stunning dining experiences also par for the course. The key for us lies in the lodge’s small size – with just 4 rooms Klaserie Sands River Camp is able to offer truly personal and intimate hosting that larger lodges simply cannot.

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Child Policy

  • No children under 8 years
  • Children aged 8 – 12 a child rate is charged
  • Children 13 years and older pay full adult rate