Greater Kruger, South Africa
Greater Kruger, South Africa
EXETER PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SABI SANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Leadwood Lodge offers a cosy & serene getaway that is completely at peace with the bush. With only three suites carefully distanced from each other, Dulini Leadwood Lodge is ideal for families or parties of friends who want to share their safari experiences without intruding on each other’s privacy. When booked individually or in couples, the number of guests on the game drive vehicle is never more than six.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve is known for the Big Five and other rare animals, such as the cheetah and hyena. Various antelope species, from impala, waterbuck and duiker to kudu, bushbuck and nyala can also be seen, as can giraffe and warthog. However, game drives from Leadwood Lodge indicate that it is the leopard that is the real star of the show, with the area well known for some of the best leopard experiences in Africa.
Night drives are an important part of the game viewing experience at the Leadwood Lodge and provide an opportunity to view many unusual animals, such as the beautifully patterned African civet. Another animal often encountered in night drives is the dwarf mongoose, Africa’s smallest carnivore. Family troops of up to 30 of these little animals live in numerous hiding places in the sides of termite mounds.
Leadwood Lodge EXETER PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SABI SANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Stay Leadwood Lodge has only three suites, set at a distance to offer your own space and privacy. Each suite is huge with a soft contemporary décor in the bedroom and sitting area and has a fireplace. The ensuite bathrooms are spacious with a large walk in shower. Large glass doors lead out to the expansive wooden deck and your own decent-sized lap pool and outdoor shower. Floor to ceiling glass windows afford wide views of the animals coming down to drink at the rocky river's edge.
The Camp The elevated dining and sitting areas at the Leadwood Lodge, boast dramatic views out over the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers. Dinner is offered in a variety of settings, either on the open deck under the magnificent jackalberry tree or around a roaring fire in the open-air boma.
ChildCare No children under 12 years are allowed at the Leadwood Lodge unless you take the lodge on an exclusive use basis.
Safari Adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing. Located in the Western part of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Leadwood Lodge offers ample opportunity to explore the park that is home to a host of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). Although not as common as the leopard or lion, the cheetah is also a frequent sight at Sabi Sand.
Experience If you book Leadwood Lodge for the sole use of your party, you will enjoy the dedicated services of a team of staff, including a ranger and tracker, as well as private 4x4 safari vehicle, and can spend your day as you prefer, instead of following the programme described below. For individual bookings, there are twice daily game drives on open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. Lunch is at the lodge before proceeding for a late afternoon game drive.
Location Nestled against the wooded bank of the Sand River, Leadwood Lodge boasts scenic views over the river bank. This Sabi Sand lodge is situated in a private concession, namely the Exeter Private Game Reserve, South Africa. With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sands and the Kruger Park, Big Five game and many other fascinating species roam freely between the two areas.
Getting There OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International) is the major gateway, offering both domestic and international connections. From here you can fly to Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) or Hoedspruit Airport on scheduled commercial airlines, followed by road transfer to the Leadwood Lodge. Alternatively, air charter flights can be arranged to an airstrip within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, flight time is 90 minutes.
When to go There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park but the experience may change from month to month. Summer in South Africa, from November to March can be hot and humid but a good time to see lots of beautiful migratory birds. South Africa’s winter, from May to September is dry with cold nights while Spring between September and October is very dry, with hot, dry winds. South Africa rains start end of October until March, with typical afternoon thundershowers in April.