An African safari can conjure up pictures of bumping along on a rough road, feeling hot and sweaty hoping to see the wildlife. However, a luxury South African safari experience in a private reserve such as the Sabi Sands is different. Stay in an elegant safari lodge which offers you all the pampering and comforts you could want, right in the heart of the African bush. Come and experience the warm hospitality and excellent service of South Africa.
Whisked away into the African bush?
It is a good idea to fly-in, so that you can make the most of your limited time on safari. There is a private airstrip in the Sabi Sands Reserve, should you wish to charter a private plane, or you can fly to a nearby airport such as Hoedspruit. Upon landing you will be welcomed by a guide for your trip and enjoy a short game drive en route to the lodge, spotting wildlife such as Kudu and Impala en route.
Settle into a spacious suite which has a sumptuous bed and an elegantly appointed bathroom. Freshen up and admire the view of the tranquil bush from your private balcony. In the mid-afternoon savour a decadent high tea of freshly prepared tasty treats before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Set out in a specially adapted, comfortable 4x4 game vehicle in search of the abundant wildlife of the region.
Thrilling wildlife encounters
An experienced guide and tracker team will read the signs of the bush and ensure that you have a memorable safari experience. Watch as a pride of Lions stretch and prepare for the nights hunt after a long nap during the heat of the day. The vehicle can travel off road, allowing you to see them up close for a memorable encounter.
The game drive will stop and you can stretch your legs and sip on a refreshing sundowner as you watch the setting sun flood the sky with reds and gold's, and you listen to the call or Francolin as they prepare to roost for the night. Once the sun has slipped below the horizon, discover the nocturnally active creatures as they become active.
Using a spotlight your tracker will help spot animals in the heart of the darkness, perhaps the glowing eyes of a Leopard as it lounges in a tree or spot one of the smaller predators such as a beautiful spotted Genet or sleek African Wild Cat. After an intrepid night safari return to the lodge and enjoy a delicious dinner around the dancing fire in the traditional boma.
Safari inspired meals
Dine on African inspired cuisine, and be tempted to an assortment of traditional African delicacies. Afterwards relax around the fire and discuss the day's sightings or let the guide impart fascinating tales about life in the bush.
After dinner at some lodges you may be lucky enough to enjoy a session of astronomy. An expert guide will set up a telescope and take you on a journey through the cosmos. Uncover the mysteries of our galaxy and learn about the mythology and legends surrounding the stars. Fall asleep in the comfort of your bed to the gentle trills of a Nightjar or the distant roars of a Lion.
In the morning you will be woken up at the break of dawn to head out on a morning game drive, as this is when many animals are active. Have a cup of tea or coffee and light snacks before heading out. This is a good time of day to spot the elusive Leopard and try and see what activity happened in the night. Watch as the sun rises and the bush comes alive with sound as the birds wake up.
Walking safari - getting a feel for life in the bush
An alternative option would be to set out on a bush walk. This is lead by one of the rangers and allows you to explore the bush on foot. See some of the regions smaller creatures, as well as some of the diverse species of birds found in the region. The guide will talk about some of the interesting plants you come across and their use in survival. This is a wonderful activity to help you get an understanding of how the ecology of the bush works in harmony.
After an exciting morning game viewing you will return to the camp and enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch. This will be followed by some leisure time. Relax with an interesting book from the library, have a refreshing swim in the pool or be pampered with a revitalizing wellness treatment. After a siesta there will be time for a tasty lunch before your afternoon game viewing activity.
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