Exeter River Lodge

Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa

On Request

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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.

UNLEASH IT: ON THE BANKS OF THE SAND RIVER, WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE WATER & WILDLIFE IT ATTRACTS.
 

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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Exeter River Lodge


Sabi Sands Game Reserve
At the Exeter River Lodge you follow the example of the hippo wallowing in the river and seek refuge from the heat of the afternoon in the personal plunge pool on the deck of your suite. Or simply retire for a restful siesta or a quiet hour with a good book in the cool interior of your spacious suite. While the elephant cavort in the river below you can indulge in your own outdoor shower - just as refreshing but without the added adventure of mud!

Rating                             Classic Camp
Type                               Safari Camp
No. Rooms                       8 classic tents
Max Occupants                 16 guests
Occupancy/Tent                2 (plus one child 16 years and younger)
Interests                          Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                           Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                     Visa, Diners, AMEX and Master Card
Power                              220v AC


Policies

Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children of 17 years and above will be charged at full rate.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

 

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

With no boundary fences between it and the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand enjoys an abundance of diverse wildlife. The entire Big Five is well represented, and other rare animals, such as the cheetah and hyena are often sighted. Various antelope species, from impala, waterbuck and duiker to kudu, bushbuck and nyala can also be seen. However, 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. This shy and elusive animal, normally the most solitary of the African cats is often viewed both in daylight hours and during game drives.

A number of lion prides have territories in the area and are regularly seen on game drives. In the middle of the cat social range is the cheetah. Although not as common as the leopard or lion, cheetah are also frequently sighted. Built for speed instead of power, this formidable predator generally hunts during the day when its rivals are resting. This daytime hunting habit occasionally creates spectacular sightings of the fastest animal in the world in action.

Night drives are an important part of the game viewing experience and provide an opportunity to view many unusual animals. The beautifully patterned African civet is one such nocturnal creature. Hiding in holes or thickets until after sunset, it cannot be viewed during daylight hours. Another animal often encountered is the dwarf mongoose, Africa’s smallest carnivore. Family troops of up to 30 live in numerous hiding places in the sides of termite mounds.


When to go

Summer months (November to March) are hot and humid. Winter months (May to June) are warm, with cold nights. July to September is dry with cold night and early morning / late afternoon temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry, with hot, dry winds

Rains start towards the end of October; rain is common from November to March, with typical afternoon thundershowers and potential scattered afternoon thundershowers in April. Best time for game viewing is from March to October.

Temperature
Summer:     13˚C to 38˚C     /55˚F to 100˚F
Winter:       3˚C to 32˚C     / 37˚F to 90˚F

Currency    
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East Africa during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The lodge is situated in a malaria area; necessary precautions should be taken
British passport holders do not require a visa to enter South Africa for stay upto 90 days.


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).

Flights from Europe are generally overnight. Direct flights between the US and Johannesburg or Cape Town take about 15 hours, and flights between London and Johannesburg about 12 hours.

Transfers
Kirkman’s Kamp is located within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga. It is possible to get to the area from Johannesburg by road or by air. Guests have a choice of flying to Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, which is followed by a road transfer to the camp. The distance between Nelspruit and Kirkman’s Kamp is approximately 150 km (90 miles) and the road transfer takes an hour and 45 minutes. Hoedspruit is approximately a 3 hour drive from Kirkman's Kamp.

There are daily Federal Air flights from Johannesburg to Ulusaba Airstrip, followed by an easy drive to the lodge. Also daily SA Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, followed by a road or air transfer to the lodge.

Air Charter
An air charter can be arranged to the Skukuza airstrip within the Kruger National Park, where a safari vehicle will be standing by to transport you directly to Kirkman’s Kamp. The flight time from Johannesburg to Skukuza is approximately one and a half hours. Flights directly to the game reserve are generally scheduled for the morning or early afternoon to allow arriving guests to enjoy an afternoon game drive on their day of arrival. Please note that luggage is generally limited to 20 kg per person.  

Ulusaba Airstrip    
Coordinates:          S 24˚47’    E 31˚21’
GPS Coordinates    S 24˚46.217’    E 031˚23.914’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round