Exeter River Lodge

Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa

On Request

Close AFSA185_1_5.jpg

Exeter River Lodge

Padded loungers beckon from the private veranda of your suite, inviting you to while away an afternoon of activities in the greenery while admiring the occasional herd of elephant taking their daily bath.


We Love
  • Outdoor showers and private plunge pools
  • Dramatic riverside views from suites allow wildlife viewing directly from your room
  • Intimate Big Five sightings, particularly the elusive leopard
Need to Know
  • The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times.
  • Staff will accompany guests at all times when walking around the lodge at night.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.

The Review

At the Exeter River Lodge, game viewing continues all day, whether on a game drive or from the comfort of your shady viewing deck. Even at lunch, you will hear distant splashing of animals coming down to drink at the water’s edge. The elephant cavort and hippo wallow in the river seeking refuge from the afternoon heat. And at dinner, you listen to the sounds of the African bush.

Adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is home to a host of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, this reserve benefits from the great diversity of wildlife found in one of the richest wilderness areas on the African continent along with the additional benefits experience in a private game reserve, including exciting night game drives.

Why Stay
Tucked away in a quiet corner in the west of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Exeter River Lodge sits in the shade of a grove of ebony trees right on the edge of the Sand River. Eight luxury suites spread out along the shady bank with dramatic close-up views of the river, all with generous spaces and elegant bathrooms. Cool off in the private plunge pool, while enjoying the sight of a herd of elephants drinking or timid bushbuck browsing the riverside thickets.

The magnificently positioned guest sitting and dining areas overlook the Sand River and are filled with deep sofas perfect for whiling away the hours between game drives. A giant sausage tree provides shade for long, lazy afternoon lunches. Delicious meals, complimented by the finest selection of South African wines, are shared in the traditional open-air boma under a star-strewn sky. Romantic candlelit dinners in the African bush or on the decks of the guest suites offer memorable dining experiences.

Game drives traverse over a large area and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience. Sensitive off-road driving practices ensure that guests have the best possible view of any exceptional sightings and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements.

Night drives are an important part of the game viewing experience and provide an opportunity to view many unusual animals like the beautifully patterned African civet and the dwarf mongoose, Africa’s smallest carnivore who live in numerous hiding places around termite mounds.

Getting There

South Africa is served by most major international airlines. OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International) is the major gateway, offering both domestic and international connections. There are also an increasing number of international flights direct to and from Cape Town, and a few from Durban (King Shaka International Airport).

Exeter River Lodge Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa