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Kruger Park Lodges in South Africa



Savanna Private Game Reserve 

  Savanna luxury tented lodge - patio at night

Savanna General
 
An exclusive 5 star lodge, Savanna is situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy.
 
Savanna lies in an area where 'Big 5' sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive.  Specially designed game viewing vehicles and highly trained guides with vast knowledge of the African bushveld, take guests on close and intimate encounters with a large variety of wildlife. Numerous nearby dams and a series of waterholes in front of the lodge attract many species, especially in the dry winter months when elephants are daily visitors.
 
A close-knit team of friendly staff provides personalised service with each guest regarded as a valued friend. From the moment they arrive guests feel part of the Savanna 'family'.
 
Nine magnificent suites offer spacious and luxurious accommodation. Seven of the suites have tented roofs, blending the elegance of a by-gone colonial era with all the convenience of modern facilities.
Savanna Tented Lodge - Patio view
 
 
 
Location
 
Savanna Private Game Lodge is situated in the Western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, within the southern quarter of the greater Kruger National Park conservation area.
 
 
 
Accommodation
 
The beautifully appointed suites nestle amongst indigenous bush and trees that provide privacy, quiet and a haven for birds. The epitome of elegance and comfort, the décor is a blend of colonial and classic with hand crafted furniture, fine linen and beautiful artwork. Three Executive and four Luxury Suites offer a unique 'Out of Africa' experience with canvas roofs above draped ceilings set on permanent structures. All have magnificent bathrooms and decks looking onto waterholes in the bush. In addition, the larger Executive Suites have plunge pools.
 
The thatched Savanna Suite is tailor-made for families, with two en-suite bedrooms on either side of a spacious, elegant lounge and large covered patio. The bedroom suites with their individual bathrooms, can also be booked separately, in which case they would not include the lounge, private vehicle and guides which are part of the Savanna Suite package.
savanna lodge - exterior accommodation
 
 
 
 
Savanna Suite
 
The Savanna Suite is an opulent home away from home under thatch.Two large, beautifully furnished bedrooms lie on either side of an inter-connecting lounge. Each has an outsized bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities, double shower and toilet. The bathrooms open onto paved outdoor showers. The bedrooms have glass doors with screens leading out onto covered patios, plunge pools and private waterholes in the bush.
 
The lounge is a harmonious meld of elegance and comfort with couches grouped around a television and DVD centre, and a cosy reading nook in front of the fireplace. Step through sliding glass doors onto a large covered patio where candle-lit dinners or private pre-dinner cocktails may be enjoyed. An attached fully equipped kitchen and guest restroom complete the impression of being in one's own exquisite home.
 
The Savanna Suite's unique facilities are much in demand by families who would like to have their children under the same roof but not in the same bedroom, or groups of friends wishing to spend quality time together. A butler in attendance at dinner and a private game viewing vehicle with dedicated ranger and tracker to take care of all their needs completes the Savanna Suite package.
savanna suite
 
savanna suite room savana suite bathroom
 
 
 
Executive Suites
 
The three large Executive Suites have canvas roofs for an authentic safari ambience and the romance of sleeping in Bedouin-style tents. Canvas roofs are set above solid walls for comfort, privacy and security as well as efficient air-conditioning and fans.
 
Each Executive Suite has an outsized bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities, double shower and toilet as well as outdoor shower atrium. The bedrooms have plush sitting areas and glass doors that open onto covered patios with private plunge pools facing waterholes in the bush. Quite and secluded, they offer a sanctuary of peaceful relaxation after the adrenalin rush of an exciting game drive. 
 
savanna executive suite exterior savanna executive suite exterior - elephants visiting
 
savanna safari lodge, executive suite bedroom
 
savanna executive suite bathroom savanna executive suite bathroom outside shower
 
  
Luxury Suites
 
Four Luxury Suites under canvas nestle amid beautiful indigeneous trees that attract a variety of birds. They have the same facilities as the larger suites in a more compact space and are furnished and decorated to the same superb standard. The bedrooms have draped ceilings creating an atmosphere of romance and intimacy. Tented roofs blend into the African bush while solid walls provide quiet and security, ensuring a restful night's sleep.
 
Each Luxury Suite has an en-suite bathroom with free-standing bath, double vanities and both indoor and outdoor shower. The bedrooms open onto private decks with sweeping views of the bush and waterholes. Tucked away with large stands of natural shrubbery separating them, the luxury suites are the ultimate in cosy, private hideaways.
 
savanna lodge, luxury suite exterior
 
savanna luxury suite bedroom savanna luxury suite bedroom
 
savanna tented lodge, luxury suite bathroom savanna luxury suite bathroom - outside shower
 
 
 
Main Lodge
 
Relaxing in the comfort of the public lounge with its spacious patio, or at the main pool looking out over lush gardens and floodlit waterhole, guests are frequently treated to fantastic views of birds and game drinking and bathing, A barman is constantly in attendance to ensure the humans' thirst is just as adequately taken care of.  A viewing loft above the lounge makes a pleasant nook for a quiet game of chess as well as a bird's eye view of the waterhole, while an adjoining library provides wireless broadband internet access and offers guests the means to transfer digital photographs, freshly captured on their safari, onto CD or DVD.
 
 savanna tented safari lodge pool
 
savanna tented safari lodge balcony
 
savanna tented lodge sitting area
 
savanna tented safari lodge upstairs sitting area
 
 
 
Food & Wine
Gourmet dining is an essential component of the Savanna safari experience. Breakfasts provide full English fare plus fresh fruits, yogurts, pastries, home-made mueslis and Savanna's famous 'smoothies'. An innovative lunch buffet offers a large variety of salads, hot meat and vegetable dishes and cheeses, as well as a kiddies' menu for youngsters who prefer simpler meals.
 
Candle-lit dinners, with traditional local dishes adding spice to the best international fare, are served on the deck of the main lodge. On balmy nights, sumptuous barbecues are enjoyed under the stars round a blazing fire in an open-air 'boma' or in a candle-lit clearing in the bush. Guests are often treated to the stirring voices of a local choir who entertain during dinner. Cuisine is of the highest standard, with much emphasis on quality and presentation, complemented by award winning wines, imported and local, from Savanna's well-stocked wine cellar.
 
savanna tended lodge dining
 
savanna tented lodge dinner at waterhole savanna tented lodge breakfast outside
 
savanna dining savanna dining at pool
 
 
 
Game Drives
 
Land Rovers have been specially modified for guests' comfort and safety with bucket seats seperated by large storage boxes. In order to maximise photographic opportunities, there are never more than two people in a row unless guests request otherwise. The vehicles are set up to seat seven but can easily be adapted to seat 10 guests if required. In addition, there are never more than two vehicles at a sighting, except with very relaxed animals in open terrain, in which case three vehicles are allowed. The afternoon game drive includes a stop for sundowners while marvelling at the splendour of an African sunset, and the absolute tranquility of the bush. On the morning drive there is a tea/coffee stop with the famous Savanna Amarula hot chocolate or coffee a highly recommended alternative for the more adventurous at heart.
 
savanna tented lodge - game drive - lion at landrover 
 
savanna tented lodge - sundowner snacks
 
Game Walks
 
Optional game walks are offered to guests who would like to experience the fauna and flora on foot. Led by an armed ranger and tracker, they provide fascinating insight into the geology and botany of the area. Trackers who have grown up in local villages impart a wealth of information on the uses of bushveld trees and plants in tribal customs and rituals, as well as their herbal and medicinal properties and practical applications. A peeled twig from one tree, for instance, makes a good toothbrush while the silky leaves of another provide the softest toilet paper.
 
Walks generally take place in the area around Savanna Lodge in between game drives and meals but if guests prefer, a longer walk can replace a drive or be incorporated as part of a drive. The thrill of quietly approaching game while on foot, of close encounters with the smaller creatures and the myriads of wild flowers and beautiful butterflies they attract in summer, brings an added dimension to the magic of an African safari.
 
 
 
 
Activities
 
Relaxation between game drives is important and what better way to unwind than with an invigorating massage. Savanna's own qualified therapist  offers guests a range of treatments in the privacy of their suites. And, if a little retail therapy is called for, a visit to the curio and gift shop should do the trick.
 
Savanna offers excursions to nearby places of interest and scenic beauty including the spectacular Panorama route and an African village. Here guests visit the school and a traditional healer or medicine man and learn about Shangaan culture and food. On a visit to an elephant sanctuary guests feed and ride the gentle giants. Golf can be arranged at Skukuza or the magnificent Leopard Creek course. These activities, with the exception of golf at Leopard Creek, take place between game drives so no meals or drives are missed. (Prices are available on request)
 
 
 
Community Development
 
As part of an ongoing outreach programme, Savanna has targeted two schools in the Gazankulu area as beneficiaries for donation and funding. Guests at Savanna are offered a tour of a Shangaan village and an authentic view of the local lifestyle. Mr Zamani Mathabula, organiser of these tours, gives the guests a traditional experience of local village life. The tour includes visits to the traditional healer, the Chief, the Chivakani Preschool and the Ian Mackenzie High School. Guests are also encouraged to taste local fare. Savanna donates a portion of the tour price to assist the two schools with equipment and general upkeep.
 
In addition, the shareholders of Savanna have allocated an annual share of profits to the community. These funds go towards local schools, staff housing and other areas of need in the local village. Guests are welcome to contribute to the fund which is managed by Savanna
 
savanna lodge - orphans 
Rates
 
 Our mission is to exceed, in every respect, our guests’ expectations of fine hospitality, personal service, exceptional cuisine and quality game viewing. It is our suggestion that a minimum of three nights would ensure an exciting and diverse safari.”
 
RACK RATES 2015/2016
LUXURY SUITES
Period Valid                      Daily Sharing Rate        Daily Single rate
01 Jan 15 - 31 Dec 15         R6500 per person            R9750 per person  
01 Jan 16 - 31 Dec 16         R7250 per person            R10875 per person
EXECUTIVE SUITES
Period Valid                      Daily Sharing Rate        Daily Single rate
01 Jan 15 - 31 Dec 15         R8650 per person            R12975 per person
01 Jan 16 - 31 Dec 16         R9700 per person            R14550 per person
SAVANNA SUITE (INDIVIDUAL SUITES)
Period Valid                      Daily Sharing Rate        Daily Single rate
01 Jan 15 - 31 Dec 15         R8650 per person            R12975 per person
01 Jan 16 - 31 Dec 16         R9700 per person            R14550 per person
This rate does NOT include a private landrover, private dining or use of lounge area.
 
SAVANNA SUITE (ONE UNIT)
Period Valid                     Daily rate for 4 adults OR 2 Adults and 3 children
01 Jan 15 - 31 Dec 15                                       R42000
01 Jan 16 - 31 Dec 16                                       R47000
This rate includes a private landrover, private dining, waiter in attendance, drinks (excl select wines and imported beverages) and laundry.
 
Tariffs are quoted
  • Inclusive of VAT
  • In South African rands
  • Subject to availability
Tariff changes
All tariffs are quoted subject to change, without prior notice. However, rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured.
Tariffs include
  • VAT
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Two game drives per day
  • Optional bush walk per day
  • Bottled water
  • Drinks (excluding select wines and imported beverages)
  • Game drive drinks
  • Laundry service
Tariffs exclude
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Telephone calls
  • Lodge transfers
  • Airport taxes
Payment
A deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required to confirm the reservation. 10% of the full accommodation charge is non-refundable. The balance is due in full 30 days prior to the arrival date.

Retail Agents and Tour Operators are requested to refer to their STO agreements for payment terms and conditions.

Extras may be settled in camp. 

All credit cards are welcome.
Cancellation policy 

  • More than 29 days before arrival - 10% non-refundable deposit on the full accommodation amount due to Savanna
  • 28 - 21 days before arrival - 50% of full accommodation amount due to Savanna
  • 20 - 14 days before arrival - 75% of full accommodation amount due to Savanna
  • 13 days or less - 100% of full accommodation amount due to Savanna
Extra cancellation charges may occur from 3rd Party suppliers (flights/transfers).

We advise that all travellers purchase travel insurance that provides full cancellation cover.
Children
We regret that we do not accommodate children under the age of eight years, unless the whole camp or the whole Savanna Suite is booked. Children 16 years and younger sharing with an adult pay 50% of the full rate.
Travel documents
Travel documents, such as passports and visas to enter the country, are the responsibility of the individual guest.
Important: South Africa immigration requirements
South Africa passport control has become very strict, to the point of deporting a number of guests due to their passports not complying with requirements. Passports MUST be valid for at least six months from the guest’s return date. We recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems in this regard. There must be at least three blank visa pages in the passport (not endorsement pages). Guests have been refused entry due to not having sufficient visa pages in their passports.
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. It is only permitted in designated smoking areas in the lodge, and during drinks breaks on game drives.
Arrival / departure
Guests may arrive any time from noon, and the rooms are to be vacated by 11h00. Please note that the game drive departs at 16h00 in summer and at 15h30 in winter.
Medical
An on site emergency medical service is available which includes evacuation to a private hospital in Nelspruit if necessary.
Since malaria is present in the Mpumalanga region where Savanna is situated, it is essential to ensure that anti-malaria precautions be taken throughout the year. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist. Further information can be obtained from the Kruger National Park Malaria Hotline on +27 (0) 822341800.

 


From R4900 to R6400 per person per day  





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