Savanna Private Game Reserve

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Savanna Private Game Reserve 

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumulanga

EcoRating :

Stars : 5

Capacity : 18

Price : R5390

Full Description

Savanna is an exclusive, private game lodge situated in the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park. From the comfort of the lodge, guests may view some of Africa`s impressive wildlife.The unique Savanna Private Game Reserve is situated in the world reknowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which borders South Africa`s famous Kruger National Park.

Savanna is the epitome of a luxuryand fully inclusive and diverse African wildlife and cultural experience. Memorable and exciting big 5 game viewing and a fascinating insight into the local tribal customs of the Shangaan people, will form part of your safari experience.

Savanna Private Game Reserve  – our mission is to exceed, in every respect,

  • our guests expectations of quality game viewing
  • fine hospitality
  • personal service and
  • exceptional cuisine

Accommodation Options:

4 Luxury Suites – Four Luxury Suites – en suite, with tented roofs, Fully stocked mini bar and tea/coffee station,telephone in the bedroom , Built in Electronic Safes, Private verandah, Outdoor Shower and air conditioned.

Executive Suites – Three Executive Suites – en suite with tented roofs, Bathroom has a large bath and double shower, Fully stocked mini bar and tea/coffee station, Wooden deck and private plunge pool. Large bedroom with lounge area , Mosquito Nets in the bedroom, Telephone in the bedroom,Built in Electronic Safes,Outdoor shower and Air conditioned

Savanna Suite – Comprises two separate, en suite bedrooms, separated by a large lounge and dining room – all under thatch – the three rooms are linked by corridors which makes the Savanna Suite ideal for families . The Savanna Suite can also be booked as two separate Suites, in which case it would not include the lounge, private landrover and private dining option. The suites are  Air conditioned and hav built in electronic safes in the two bedrooms, Telephone in both bedrooms and the lounge , Fully stocked mini bar , Tea/coffee station in both bedrooms
Bathroom has a large bath and double shower and Outdoor shower.
Each bedroom has a wooden deck and private plunge pool -and its own floodlit waterhole. The lounge has a covered verandah, Fully equipped kitchen , Fireplace in the lounge and TV with multi channel access and DVD recorder/player in enclosed cabinet in lounge.  Private meals will be served in the Savanna Suite if requested with a barman/waiter in attendance. Personal Game Ranger and Tracker and private game drive vehicle and there are mosquito nets in the bedrooms

The management and staff of Savanna are totally committed to maintaining the highest standards of service and hospitality and will ensure that all guests enjoy the most memorable African safari.

Additional facilities such as wireless broadband internet access is available for guests, as well as additional facilities for transferring of digital photographs to cd`s.

The lounge and dining room is an impressive building under thatch, perfectly positioned with a view of the beautiful swimming pool and a few metres further, the waterhole. Guests may enjoy game viewing from our upstairs Library, or enjoy browsing through our well stocked Curio shop for gifts to take home.

The open air boma, also overlooking the floodlit waterhole, creates a warm, friendly atmosphere, where guests may enjoy a traditional African meal under the stars…. Theboma at Savanna encompasses a thatched bar and cooking area and state of the art cooking facilities, new specially designed tables and chairs add to the ambiance of a starlit evening around the camp fire. Bush dinners and bush breakfasts are on request, weather permitting.

The Savanna Wildlife experience and qualified rangers:

Our aim at Savanna is to ensure that each and everyone of our guests enjoys the most memorable, fulfilling and safe wildlife experience possible. To this end we have assembled what we believe to be the best, most experienced, most thoroughly trained team of Game Rangers and Trackers of any Game Reserve in Africa. Under the leadership of Paddy Hagelthorn who with over 25 years of experience is a living legend of the African bush, we have Neil Whyte, Shaune Smith, Sam Ramsden, James Ndlovu, Patrick Mkansi, Nordick Ragom and Lawrence Masuku.

Game drives are conducted by these professionals; extremely well qualified game rangers and trackers, experienced and knowledgeable on all aspects of the bush. Neil is 32 years old was born in Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. He has spent his whole life in this area and has an incredible knowledge of the wildlife, flora and fauna and birdlife. Shaune is 38 years old and has had 6 years experience as a Game Ranger. Aside from his vast knowledge of African wildlife Shaune is an accomplished ultra marathon runner who has completed 10 Comrades marathons. Sam Ramsden is a delightful young man of 28, and 3 years of experience as a Field Guide. Sam is not only passionate about wildlife and Savanna but is also an accomplished photographer. The Savanna Trackers; James, Patrick, Nordic and Lawrence were all born in this area and thus have a lifetime of knowledge of the African bush have undergone extensive training.

Savanna traverses over ten thousand hectares of pristine African bushveld where frequent sightings of Africa`s big game occur during early morning, late afternoon and evening game drives. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, hippo and crocodile plus a multitude of general game and over 450 bird species may be viewed from the comfort and safety of the open game drive vehicle.

State of the art landrovers are used for game drives and have been expertly modified to ensure your safety and comfort. To maximize photographic opportunities there are never more than two people in a row on the Landrovers and never more than two vehicles at a sighting. The afternoon game drive is purposefully interrupted for sundowners to witness an african sunset, and the absolute peace and quiet of the bush.

The Sabi Sand Area is renowned for having the best leopard viewing in the world. Optional walking safaris are conducted daily, in order to experience the beauty and fascination of Africa`s flora and fauna. Daily trips from the Lodge to the local Shangaan Village and a tour of the scenic Panarama route is offered. These activities are offered during the day and will not affect participation in the daily game drives – these rates relevant are applicable at time of booking, please enquire or advise the team of your intention to book.
Savanna`s Community Involvement:

As part of an on going Outreach programme, Savanna Private Game Reserve, situated in the Western block of the famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve has targeted two schools in the Gazankulu area as beneficiaries for donation and funding.

Guests visiting Savanna are offered an authentic Shangaan Village tour. Mr Zamani Mathabula, organiser of these Tours, gives the guests a traditional experience of local Village life. Part of the tour consists of a visit to the Witchdoctor, the Chief, the Chivakani Preschool and the Ian Mackenzie High School. Guests are encouraged to taste local fare which is provided on the Tour. Of the rate charged for this Tour, Savanna has added on an amount which is kept for the specific purpose of assisting the two schools with equipment, and general upkeep.

The shareholders of Savanna have allocated an annual share of profits to the community. These funds will be given to assist local schools, staff housing and other areas of need in the local village.
Savanna`s Conservation and Research:

At Savanna Private Game Reserve we are committed to the promotion, enhancement, and strict enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the conservation of wildlife.

Activities and Facilities

  • Mosquito Screening
  • Library
  • Laundry Service
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Game Walks
  • Game Drive
  • Fireplace
  • Fans
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Curio Shop
  • Cultural Tours
  • Coffee Stations
  • Children
  • Boma Dinners
  • Birding
  • Big 5
  • Air Conditioning
  • Night Drives
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Plug Adapter
  • Pool
  • Qualified Guides
  • Room Service
  • Safe
  • View
  • Viewing Deck
  • Wake Up calls
  • Wheelchair Facilities
  • Wine Cellar

NOTE : Some of the activities and facilities are not covered by the rate quoted and may be surchargeable.


2012 – Luxury Suites: R4900 per person sharing. Executive Suite rates on request.

2013 – Luxury Suites: R5390 per person sharing. Executive Suite rates on request.

Road and Air Transfers

  • Daily scheduled flights into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), near White River, from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. This airport is a 1 hour 15 minute drive to Savanna.
  • Road and Air transfers can be arranged from Johannesburg International Airport to the Lodge.
  • Private Charter flights can be arranged on request

Rates Include: 

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Game drive drinks
  • South African Wines, spirits, beer, soft drinks and bottled water
  • Optional walking safaris
  • Three meals served daily
  • Teas and coffees
  • Two game drives per day
  • Laundry service

Rates Exclude:

  • Curio shop purchases
  • Premium spirits & French Champagne
  • Personal bar account
  • Telephone calls
  • Lodge transfers

CHILDREN – We regret, so as not to inconvenience other guests, we do not allow children under the age of 8 years.

NON SMOKING POLICY – In the interest of health and safety Savanna observes a strict non smoking policy. Smoking is not allowed in the Suites or on Game Drives and is only permitted in designated smoking areas in the Lodge and at Drinks breaks during the Game Drives.

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE – Guests may arrive any time from noon, and rooms are to be vacated by 11h00.

MEDICAL – An emergency medical service is available

Please contact African Chapter for further details and to reserve your space at this beautifully appointed lodge – in the Sabi Sands, Mpumulanga.



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