Savanna Private Game Reserve

An exclusive 5 star lodge, Savanna is situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy. Savanna lies in an area where 'Big 5' sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive. Specially designed game viewing vehicles and highly trained guides with vast knowledge of the African bushveld, take guests on close and intimate encounters with a large variety of wildlife. Numerous nearby dams and a series of waterholes in front of the lodge attract many species, especially in the dry winter months when elephants are daily visitors.

A close-knit team of friendly staff provides personalized service with each guest regarded as a valued friend. From the moment they arrive guests feel part of the Savanna 'family'.

Nine magnificent suites offer spacious and luxurious accommodation. Seven of the suites have tented roofs, blending the elegance of a by-gone colonial era with all the convenience of modern facilities.

Relaxing in the comfort of the public lounge with its spacious patio, or at the main pool looking out over lush gardens and floodlit waterhole, guests are frequently treated to fantastic views of birds and game drinking and bathing, A barman is constantly in attendance to ensure the humans' thirst is just as adequately taken care of. A viewing loft above the lounge makes a pleasant nook for a quiet game of chess as well as a bird's eye view of the waterhole, while an adjoining library provides wireless broadband internet access and offers guests the means to transfer digital photographs, freshly captured on their safari, onto CD or DVD.

The Savanna Suite

The Savanna Suite is an opulent home away from home under thatch.Two large, beautifully furnished bedrooms lie on either side of an inter-connecting lounge. Each has an out sized bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities, double shower and toilet. The bathrooms open onto paved outdoor showers. The bedrooms have glass doors with screens leading out onto covered patios, plunge pools and private waterholes in the bush.

The lounge is a harmonious meld of elegance and comfort with couches grouped around a television and DVD center, and a cozy reading nook in front of the fireplace. Step through sliding glass doors onto a large covered patio where candle-lit dinners or private pre-dinner cocktails may be enjoyed. An attached fully equipped kitchen and guest restroom complete the impression of being in one's own exquisite home.

The Savanna Suite's unique facilities are much in demand by families who would like to have their children under the same roof but not in the same bedroom, or groups of friends wishing to spend quality time together. A butler in attendance at dinner and a private game viewing vehicle with dedicated ranger and tracker to take care of all their needs completes the Savanna Suite package.

Savanna Executive Suites

The three large Executive Suites have canvas roofs for an authentic safari ambiance and the romance of sleeping in Bedouin-style tents. Canvas roofs are set above solid walls for comfort, privacy and security as well as efficient air-conditioning and fans.

Each Executive Suite has an over sized bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities, double shower and toilet as well as outdoor shower atrium. The bedrooms have plush sitting areas and glass doors that open onto covered patios with private plunge pools facing waterholes in the bush. Quite and secluded, they offer a sanctuary of peaceful relaxation after the adrenalin rush of an exciting game drive.

Savanna Luxury Suite

Four Luxury Suites under canvas nestle amid beautiful indigenous trees that attract a variety of birds. They have the same facilities as the larger suites in a more compact space and are furnished and decorated to the same superb standard. The bedrooms have draped ceilings creating an atmosphere of romance and intimacy. Tented roofs blend into the African bush while solid walls provide quiet and security, ensuring a restful night's sleep.

Each Luxury Suite has an en-suite bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities and both indoor and outdoor shower. The bedrooms open onto private decks with sweeping views of the bush and waterholes. Tucked away with large stands of natural shrubbery separating them, the luxury suites are the ultimate in cozy, private hideaways.

Activities at Savanna

Relaxation between game drives is important and what better way to unwind than with an invigorating massage. Savanna's own qualified therapist offers guests a range of treatments in the privacy of their suites. And, if a little retail therapy is called for, a visit to the curio and gift shop should do the trick.

Savanna offers excursions to nearby places of interest and scenic beauty including the spectacular Panorama route and an African village. Here guests visit the school and a traditional healer or medicine man and learn about Shangaan culture and food. On a visit to an elephant sanctuary guests feed and ride the gentle giants. Golf can be arranged at Skukuza or the magnificent Leopard Creek course. These activities, with the exception of golf at Leopard Creek, take place between game drives so no meals or drives are missed. (Prices are available on request)

Bushbaby Activities at Savanna

Children of all ages are welcome with their families when booking the Savanna Suite, however no children under the age of 8 years will be permitted at the main lodge. Each day there are two game drives, early morning and late afternoon. These game drives are broken up with a drink and snack break. During the middle of the day, there are various activities for the children.

A children’s menu is available on request with all the foods that bushbabies enjoy, if your child has any special needs, please be sure to advise us in advance. Each child receives a goodie bush bag with items to add to their safari experience. All items collected from the activities during your child’s stay will be put together in a scrapbook, showing all the items they learned about and have collected.

As the children enjoy different activities and are of varying ages, a daily program will be put together according to their interests. The various activities included during your child’s stay are:

In the bush:
•Spoor identification: Tracking of small animals with your tracker and guide: find our Small 5. This concentrates on teaching children the different spoor and droppings of animals as well as tracking techniques. Children can be taught how to follow animals and look for distinguishing signs.

•Plant uses: Plant identification as well as the medicinal and practical uses of these plants. Children can collect different plants during their walk and discover what can be used as substitutes for toothbrushes, toilet paper etc.

•Bird watching: Identify the different species of birds. The field guide will explain how to do this from various visual aspects, as well as from bird calls. Butterfly and bug catching: Find the smaller creatures such as butterflies, lizards, etc.

•Picnics in the bush: Enjoy a picnic lunch where you can investigate the nearby surroundings and collect goodies for your scrap book.

•Village Tour: One of our trackers will take the family on a village tour, which includes seeing the nursery school, seeing the traditional homes and learning how they make their food. There are also traditional dancers. An additional option is a visit to the Lilydale Primary School.

•Traditional hair braiding: Have your hair braided traditionally by one of the Tsonga ladies.

•Arts and crafts: Spend some time with a local African crafter.

•Kitchen activities: Make and bake in the kitchen.

•Face painting: Have your face painted as an African animal.

Night activities (depending on the weather):
•Star drives: Go on a night drive and learn about the stars.

•Frogging: Catch and identify frogs. Find them in their transition stages from tadpole to mature frog.

Back at the lodge:
•African story books and educational children’s books can be read in the library.

•Children’s games in the library.

Rates - 2014/2015
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Please call us at 1.800.414.3090 for more information incorporating Savanna into your safari.
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