Shaded by tall ebony trees, the eight luxury suites of River Lodge, in the western corner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, are spread out along the bank of the Sand River.
Unhindered River Views
River Lodge is so close to the river, that while you are wallowing in your private plunge pool, the hippos are doing the very same thing just a few metres away.
Elephants, too, seem to enjoy the water and they can be seen and heard splashing around and trumpeting with great excitement.
The communal lounge of River Lodge is equally well positioned for observing animals, and its deep sofas are perfect for whiling away the time between guided game drives and other activities.
As is common in the Sabi Sand area, game drives at River Lodge are undertaken in open vehicles. These safari vehicles are usually fitted with a "jump seat", which is reserved for the tracker.
Learn from a Master at Reading the Signs
The tracker is a master at reading the signs of the bush: spoor, dung, scratches on trees and even flat patches of grass hold information that the tracker is adept at analysing and interpreting.
It is the tracker, informed by the clues he or she has deciphered, who directs the ranger to drive in the right direction to find the animals.
Dine Under Trees
While you are out game viewing, the kitchen is busy preparing the pan-African feast, with a melange of dishes and ingredients from across the continent.
Long lazy lunches are eaten under the shade of a giant sausage tree, whose grey-green dangling fruit resemble enormous salami. The tree is regarded by some as holy, and any event occurring in the shade of it is therefore considered important.Stay at Exeter River Lodge