Leadwood Lodge

Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa

On Request

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Leadwood Lodge

With only four suites carefully distanced from each other, 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.


We Love
  • Intimate and exclusive small safari lodge with air-conditioned suites
  • Fireplace, private plunge pool and outdoor shower
  • Available for sole-use or individual booking with only six guests on game drive vehicles
Need to Know
  • The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Camp staff accompanies 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

Situated on a wooded bank of the Sand River the four spacious suites are discretely distanced from each other to offer solitude and privacy. The lodge is a tactile blend of bold and contrast materials – crushed stone, raw cement, dark meranti, rough granite and glass. Soft furnishings provide an inviting counterpoint to the textures and patinas of the structure.

Adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing. Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares (almost five million acres), an area equivalent to the state of New Jersey.

Why Stay
Each suite has a fireplace, sitting room and private pool, surrounded by a wooden deck. The ensuite bathrooms are spacious, with both indoor and outdoor showers. The elevated dining and sitting areas boast dramatic views out over the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers. The clever use of steps and levels creates intimate spaces for quiet game viewing or unwinding with a good book. Dinner is served in enchanting settings, around a roaring fire in the open-air boma.

If you have booked 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, the day starts at dawn with morning tea/coffee and a discussion with your guide on what you hope to see that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. You will stop for refreshments at a scenic spot during your drive. Return to the camp for breakfast, lunch before before proceeding for a late afternoon game drive.

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).

Leadwood Lodge Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa

Leadwood Lodge

Sabai Sands Game Reserve
Constructed for maximum privacy, the four suites ensure total serenity and solitude. Simply relax on your private veranda or while away the hours absorbed in the peace of the bush. Floor to ceiling glass windows afford wide views of the animals coming down to drink at the rocky river's edge. The colours and textures of the bush follow you indoors and even the indoor shower is encased in glass.

Rating                              Classic Camp
Type                                Safari Camp
No. Rooms                        3 (Max 4) classic tents
Max Occupants                  6-8 guests
Occupancy/Tent                 2 (only when booked on exclusive basis)
Interests                           Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                            yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                      Visa, Diners, AMEX and Master Card
Power                               220v AC


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

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

The entire Big Five is well represented at Sabi Sand 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, as can giraffe and warthog. 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 at Sabi Sand and are regularly spotted on game drives. In contrast to the leopard, lion are the most sociable of the cat family and prides may consist of up to 12 related females and their cubs, as well as a far smaller number of related males, often brothers. Although not as common as the leopard or lion, the cheetah is also a frequent sight at Sabi Sand. Built for speed instead of power, this formidable predator generally hunts during the day, occasionally resulting in spectacular sightings of the fastest animal in the world in action.

Night drives are an important part of the game viewing experience at Sabi Sand 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. A typical though hair-raising sound often encountered on night drives is the wail of the bush baby, a forlorn noise that imitates the plaintive cry of a human infant.

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

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 African 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.

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˚46.218’    E 031˚23.692’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round