AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERIENCE
AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERIENCE
The Sabi Sand Safari Experience
The Sabi Sand Wildtuin (Private Game Reserve) is a 55 000 hectare private reserve that was pioneered by local landowners in 1948. Third and fourth generation landowners committed to eco-tourism and conservation have ensured land preservation and high densities of game. Through years of eco-tourism, wildlife in the Sabi Sand is well habituated, resulting in extraordinary and incredibly close, and prolific encounters with big and small game all year round. The most prestigious game reserve in South Africa, the Sabi Sand is renowned for some of the most incredible leopard viewing in the world. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which add further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area and have created a riverine bushveld rich in wildlife.
Savanna Private Game Reserve is located in the Western sector of the Sabi Sand, and is privileged to traverse approximately 9 000 hectares of beautiful bushveld. The area offers a diverse landscape from the open Savannah grasslands up to the thick riverine bushveld.
Savanna safaris provide exceptional opportunities to see the ‘Big 5’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – as well as cheetah, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, an abundance of general game and over 400 bird species. The emphasis at Savanna is, first and foremost, on the safari experience, on the activities of the many rare and beautiful creatures encountered.
A World Awaits
Experienced and dedicated career game rangers and trackers impart their amazing knowledge of the natural world, allowing guests to unobtrusively enter the lives of the largest and smallest creatures. From the mist shrouding the bush at dawn till the blazing sun sets behind distant mountains, the magic of a Savanna safari will provide incredible photographs and unforgettable memories.
Our safari vehicles have been specially modified for guests’ comfort and safety with bucket seats separated by large storage boxes. In order to maximise photographic opportunities, there are never more than two people in a row, or 6 guests per vehicle, unless guests request otherwise.
In addition, there are never more than two vehicles at a sighting, except with very relaxed animals in open terrain, in which case three vehicles are allowed.
The afternoon game drive includes a stop for sundowners while marvelling at the splendour of an African sunset, and the absolute tranquillity of the bush. On the morning drive there is a tea/coffee stop with the famous Savanna Amarula hot chocolate or coffee a highly recommended alternative for the more adventurous at heart.
Step Into Nature
Optional game walks are offered to guests who would like to experience the fauna and flora on foot. Led by an armed ranger and tracker, they provide fascinating insight into the geology and botany of the area. Trackers who have grown up in local villages impart a wealth of information on the uses of bushveld trees and plants in tribal customs and rituals, as well as their herbal and medicinal properties and practical applications.
A peeled twig from one tree, for instance, makes a good toothbrush while the silky leaves of another provide the softest toilet paper.
Walks generally take place in the area around Savanna Lodge in between game drives and meals but if guests prefer, a longer walk can replace a drive or be incorporated as part of a drive. The thrill of quietly approaching game while on foot, of close encounters with the smaller creatures and the myriads of wild flowers and beautiful butterflies they attract in summer, brings an added dimension to the magic of an African safari.
Memories for a Lifetime
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.
Our thatched Savanna Suite is ideal for families or small groups wishing to share private time together in elegant, stylish surroundings. The suite consists of two en-suite bedrooms each boasting a lounge area and covered wooden deck with a private plunge pool. These rooms lead onto a central beautifully appointed lounge, providing an idyllic ‘home away from home’ safari option. The lounge has a TV equipped with Cartoon & Discovery channels, as well as a DVD player and wildlife DVDs.
All meals are served by your private butler on your protected patio overlooking one of the waterholes and there is a Bushbabies menu available for your children. A Childminder is also available at all times.
Your private ranger, tracker and vehicle are on hand to host you on game drives tailor-made to take your family’s needs into account.
We have our Bushbabies programme in place to ensure that our little guests of the future are entertained while learning and having fun!
Game Rangers & Trackers
The best trained and most experienced team of game rangers and trackers, under the leadership of Paddy Hagelthorn and Neil Whyte, have been assembled to ensure the most diverse and complete safari experience available.
Trackers – Lawrence Masuku, Abraham Sibuyi, Lybon Nkuna, Life Mhlaba and Julius Sibuyi – were all born in this area. They have a lifetime of knowledge of the African bush and have all undergone extensive training in the art of tracking Africa’s wildlife, ensuring that Savanna provides its guests with a comprehensive check list of sightings
Neil Whyte was born and brought up in Kruger National Park where his father, Ian Whyte, was a senior researcher and is regarded as one of the foremost experts on elephants in South Africa. Growing up in the African bush has given Neil an incredible knowledge of the flora and fauna of the region and a deep insight into the ways of the wildlife which abounds there.
Daniel was born in Zimbabwe and started his schooling in Harare before moving to South Africa in 1999. He has had a passion for the bush and wildlife from a young age and went on bush and fishing excursions with friends and family at every opportunity.
Derrick Tibane is one the major success stories of post-apartheid South Africa. He was born in the local village, Justicia where he went to school and developed his love for the outdoors.
Kevin grew up in KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa, but his love for adventure and the outdoors started at the tender age of 5 during a family fishing trip to the Zambezi River.
Ally Maclaren, although born in the concrete jungle of Johannesburg, had the bush in her blood from a very young age. With a constant curiosity about the outdoors, a love of animals and an enthusiastic attitude, there was no doubt that she would live life to the fullest.
Greg grew up and lived on a farm in Zimbabwe which had both agriculture and wildlife. Growing up with both aspects of farming, as well as regular holidays up to Lake Kariba and occasionally the Zambezi River, really sparked his interest in the natural environment.
Just a little different
Savanna Private Game Reserve is an internationally acclaimed lodge in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Reserve. We offer a unique style of tented accommodation and a true Luxury African Safari experience.
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