Our Rating
9.2
Overall

Leopard Hills

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Sabi Sands

from R 11828 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

Save
14%
Our Rating
9.2
Overall

Leopard Hills

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Sabi Sands

from R 11828 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

Save
14%
Search magnifying glass
Or Search By:

Price

Our Verdict

Stunning hilltop views from luxurious suites complete with private plunge pools set Leopard Hills apart from other top lodges!

Our Ratings

9.2
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
9.0
Setting
9.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

Our Ratings

9.2
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
9.0
Setting
9.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • We love the spacious and oh-so stylish rooms with their expansive views, courtesy of floor to ceiling windows stretching along the full front expanse of the suites – you can gaze out over the bush below whilst you soak in your bath or laze on the frankly massive bed!
  • Absolutely top notch game viewing is standard in this sector of the famed Sabi Sands reserve – seeing all of the Big Five on a single game drive is pretty common. But it’s the sheer number and quality of leopard sightings that’ll have you coming back for more…
  • The recent restyling that the lodge’s public areas and suites enjoyed has once again elevated Leopard Hills into the top handful of lodges in the Sabi Sands reserve – they have given the lodge a nicely contemporary feel whilst retaining those earthy elements that make you still feel part of the bush
  • Gorgeous decks with private plunge pools and outdoor showers are an absolute winner – either with elevated views out over the plains below or a more intimate feel with animals drinking from your pool!
  • Guests at Leopard Hills commonly rave about the friendly service and warm family feel – little wonder when you consider that the couple managing the lodge have been there since it opened back in 1998!


What's Not

  • All good things usually come at a price, and Leopard Hills is no exception
  • For those safari lovers who prefer lodges to have river bank locations, the elevation of the lodge above the surrounding plain and its distance from the waterhole it overlooks may make them feel a little dis-engaged by “looking down” over the bush rather than feeling immersed in it

Leopard Hills

Leopard Hillssuites are fully fronted with glass letting the views pour in, while the bedroom and bathroom (both generously spacious and stylish) lie just feet away from the private wooden deck with gorgeous plunge pools

Lodge Profile

Stunning hilltop views from luxurious suites complete with private plunge pools set Leopard Hills apart from other top lodges!

Quick Overview

Location
Sabi Sands
Drive Time
7 hours drive from Johannesberg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking waterhole
Rooms
8 suites
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - private plunge pools
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
Yes - tracker and ranger
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
No Children Under 10 unless booked exclusively

ROOMS WITH A VIEW

Every lodge has something that marks it out as different from its peers – with Leopard Hills it has to be the gorgeous Suites many of which boast equally impressive views. Located on top of a granite outcrop overlooking the plains of the western sector of the Sabi Sands reserve, the eight beautifully decorated suites give guests superb views of this amazing reserve. This is helped in no small part by the architecture and design of the suites themselves: being fully fronted with glass lets the views pour in, while the bedroom and bathroom (both generously spacious and spotless) lie just feet away from the private wooden deck with gorgeous plunge pools. In effect, you don’t even have to leave your bed to see the world: it comes flooding into your room. There’s a hammock and sun lounger too, if you – like us – want to take some time off to laze in the sun and drink in the sights and sounds around you.

ELEVATED ON STILTS OR SET IN THE BUSH

Some of the suites are located on the cliff side and elevated on stilts and these boast the best views over the plain below; other suites are set on a flatter area more “in the bush” and whilst they may not have the same spectacular views are actually preferred by some guests as they give a closer experience of the animals commonly seen around the lodge – for example it is pretty common (especially during the dry winter months) for elephants to visit the plunge pool at these suites for a drink!

GORGEOUSLY RESTYLED

All of the suites were beautifully refurbished during 2016, bringing them bang up to date with the latest design trends and quality standards common to other top-end lodges. Greys and dark notes complement the deep brown of the private deck, while white linens and light-grey scatter pillows work with the polished concrete flooring and gleaming stainless steel and mirrors to impart a contemporary feeling of style and luxury. The extras in the room are generous, too: Nespresso machines, complimentary sherry and a stocked mini bar and tea/coffee stand are always there for your refreshment, and if you want some music there are i-Pod docking stations in the lounge. These modern touches blend very well with the natural elements with cured trees act as pillars holding up the traditional thatch roof that manages heat and cold so effectively in winter and in summer (not that it needs to, given the suites’ air-conditioning, fans, underfloor heating and heated towel rails!)

ATTRACTIVE MAIN LODGE RE-DESIGN

The main lodge area has undergone a similar re-design with new outside deck and stunning new library, lounge and bar areas elevating Leopard Hills to the top echelon of lodges in South Africa. The new deck looks out on an active waterhole on the plain below with a viewing scope on hand to bring the action even closer. If you fancy curling up with a book in a quiet nook for the afternoon, then the lovely new library area will be difficult to resist.

TIME TO DINE

As you would expect, the varied dining experiences at Leopard Hills will delight guests. You could find yourself enjoying breakfast out in the heart of the bush or back on the main deck under the large umbrellas. Similarly no two dinners are likely to be the same: you may find yourself enjoying a traditional boma braai under the stars or silver service in the elegant dining room. Leopard Hills does like to keep things quite communal, usually seating you with your ranger and fellow guests, encouraging the sharing of memories of the day’s game drives and the formation of lasting friendships. However, if you’re wanting a romantic dining experience just with your better half, then a private dinner on the deck of your suite could be just what you’re looking for

GREAT GAME VIEWING

The western sector of the Sabi Sands reserve in which Leopard Hills lies is renowned for superb game viewing and offers a variety of habitat – from the riverine areas to the north around the Sand River to the open savannah plains to the south of the lodge. What does come standard is great game viewing delivered on a plate by enthusiastic and experienced rangers and trackers. It’s pretty common to tick off the Big Five on a single game drive, whilst special sightings like wild dog are also frequent – having said that it’s the number and quality of the leopard sightings that make a stay here especially memorable!

Quite frankly, there really isn’t anything we could say about Leopard Hills that isn’t glowing with positivity. The attention to detail, the professionalism of the staff and rangers, and the sheer ‘wow’ factor of the place makes us wish that we could somehow squeeze another star into their rating. What is even more important though than the facilities must be the staff – it says it all really that the couple managing the lodge have been with Leopard Hills since it opened back in 1998 and their daughter, who basically grew up here, has recently joined the staff too. It really is a “family” here at Leopard Hills and the success of that approach is very evident in the large numbers of repeat guests that come back here time after time!

Pricing

pp/night sharing

More Information

Booking Notes


Child Policy

  • No Children Under 10 unless booked exclusively. No triple rooms available.