Our Rating
8.5
Overall

Savanna Lodge

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Sabi Sands

from R 8686 pp/night sharing

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

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Savanna Lodge

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Sabi Sands

from R 8686 pp/night sharing

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

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Our Verdict

Unusual but very attractive half-tented rooms, superb game viewing and fantastic service and little touches make a stay here a memorable experience!

Our Ratings

8.5
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
7.0
Setting
8.5
Game Viewing
8.0
Romance

Our Ratings

8.5
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
7.0
Setting
8.5
Game Viewing
8.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • Magnificent game viewing on offer here with Big 5 sightings aplenty – if you’ve ever wanted to see leopard in the wild this is the reserve to come to! Guests consistently rave about the quality of the rangers and trackers here too
  • Savanna isn’t the most flash or luxurious of the Sabi Sands lodges (some other lodges are verging on the OTT in opulence) but what really makes it stand out is the fantastic service and countless little touches from the tireless staff – like coming back from game drive to find your bath already drawn and sherries poured!
  • We love the gorgeous bathrooms with their huge outside showers and romantic standalone baths – and the air of romance is added to by the lovely draped ceilings of the tented roofs
  • Game drive vehicles are restricted to 6 guests so everyone gets a window seat on some of the best game viewing on the planet – the middle seats have been converted into handy bins for storing cameras and the other bits and bobs that usually occupy your lap
  • Relax on your private deck (the more expensive suites also boast private plunge pools in which you can happily wallow) whilst you savour the sight of the various animals coming to drink at the little waterholes located in front of the rooms


What's Not

  • Savanna is located pretty close to the reserve gate and there’s also the sounds and lights of the nearby village which can compromise on that feeling of being truly away from it all and ensconced in the wilderness
  • The restrained classical elegance of the lodge won’t appeal to those looking for an edgier contemporary aesthetic
  • As you have the boundary fence close behind the lodge, the game drives all head north up away from it into the heart of the reserve – if you stay for a number of nights you may find yourself getting a bit too familiar with seeing the same roads and routings (although the excellent game viewing makes up for this in large measure of course!)

Savanna Lodge

Savanna Lodgeare they rooms or are they tents? Well, they’re pretty much both at the same time in fact. The structure of the rooms are the usual solid brick walls and tiled floors, but this has been attractively combined with a canvas tented roof with romantically draped interior ceiling

Lodge Profile

Unusual but very attractive half-tented rooms, superb game viewing and fantastic service and little touches make a stay here a memorable experience!

Quick Overview

Location
Sabi Sands
Drive Time
5 hour drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a waterhole
Rooms
8 suites (4 Luxury suites, 3 Executive suites & 1 Savanna suite
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
In-room massages
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
No children under 8

SABI SANDS MAGIC

The Sabi Sands reserve has a well-deserved reputation for delivering the finest game viewing experience in South Africa, and Savanna makes for an excellent base to explore its game-rich expanses. The lodge is located on the southern border of the reserve’s western sector, just a short drive once you enter the Newington Gate. This makes Savanna easier and quicker to reach than many of its fellow lodges, but it does also mean that it’s close to the boundary fence and you have less time to soak up the vibe of being in the bush before you arrive at the camp.

THATCHED PUBLIC AREA OVERLOOKING A WATERHOLE

Once you arrive the lodge public areas exhibit fairly traditional game lodge style with a large thatched lounge and dining area with bar and upstairs library overlooking the lodge swimming pool with an active waterhole beyond. It’s perhaps not going to win any awards from the stylistas but it’s a welcoming and unpretentious space where you can while away the hours with a book enjoying great service from the unfailingly friendly staff.

IS IT A TENT OR A ROOM?

But if the lodge’s public areas are fairly typical, the structure of the rooms certainly aren’t. Are they rooms or are they tents? Well, they’re pretty much both at the same time in fact. The structure of the rooms are the usual solid brick walls and tiled floors, but this has been attractively combined with a canvas tented roof with romantically draped interior ceiling so that they in many ways combine the best of both worlds – guests who might find the feeling of sleeping in a full tent a bit too exposed enjoy the security that comes with solid walls, whilst the tented ceiling/roof adds both romance as well as allowing more of those unforgettable night sounds of the bush to enter as you lie cosy in your bed at night.

LUXURY OR EXECUTIVE SUITE?

The interior décor of all the rooms is unashamedly restrained and elegant with classic white linen and dark polished wood furniture (again if you’re looking for cutting edge contemporary style you’ve come to the wrong lodge) For us what really stands out are the gorgeous bathrooms with their classic standalone baths and delightful outdoor showers! The rooms are also wonderfully private, tucked away in the vegetation with private decks overlooking little waterholes where animals can be spotted coming down to drink. In fact, there are 3 room types in all: the cheapest option being the 4 Luxury Suites whilst more money will see you calling one of the 3 Executive Suites your temporary home – both room types are very similar in look and feel with the major differences being that the Executive Suites are more spacious and also boast their own plunge pools. Having your own pool is obviously a huge drawcard in the heat of the summer months, but if you’re travelling in winter you may well prefer to save the money and stay in one of the Luxury Suites instead.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

But if you’re travelling as a family then what you need is the Savanna Suite. This is the only non-tented roof accommodation at Savanna, instead boasting the more usual thatched roof. It’s basically the perfect bush home, with two en-suite bedrooms separated by a huge lounge that leads out onto a private wooden deck with plunge pool overlooking a private waterhole. Add in your own butler, a private ranger, tracker and your own dedicated game-drive vehicle – and there’s even a dedicated childminder should the need arise.

SUPERB GAME VIEWING

Being a safari lodge within the famed Sabi Sands reserve, Savanna’s access to fantastic game viewing is nothing short of incredible: and that’s not just along the various waterholes dotting the front of the lodge itself. Savanna’s game drives are run by expert rangers and trackers who know the land like the backs of their hands: seeing the entire Big Five in a single game drive isn’t unusual but if there’s one thing that stands out is the frequency and quality of the leopard sightings.  There are – as with any five-star safari getaway worth its salt – adrenaline-pumping game walks on foot with armed rangers and personal trackers if you’re looking to leave the comfort of the specialised 4x4. These are especially interesting, as they not only get you up close with the animals, but offer profound insight into the amazing flora of the land and their medicinal and practical uses.

DINING ON A TRAIN

Many of the meals at Savanna are enjoyed at the large communal table in the main dining area along with your fellow guests as well as your rangers. But the lodge does provide plenty of dining options including out in the bush and under the stars in the boma. Most unusual of all though has to be coming towards the end of your evening game drive and rounding a corner to be confronted by the sight of a century old train dining carriage in a clearing (the historic Selati railway built to connect the gold fields of the lowveld to the port of Lourenco Marques used to run through here) – it’s the setting for an unforgettably romantic and unique dining experience!

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Child Policy

  • No children under 8 years of age, unless the whole camp or the whole Savanna Suite is booked
  • Children 16 years and younger sharing with an adult pay 50% of the full rate