Savanna Private Game Reserve is 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.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability
|Seasonal Rates||1 Jan 2018
to 31 Dec 2018
|Luxury Suite Single||
|Luxury Suite PPPN sharing||
|Executive Suite Single||
|Executive Suite PPPN sharing||
|Savanna Suite per 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children:||R61 495|
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There is a min stay of 3 nights and we require their last dates of travel to confirm the discount. This
discount will only apply to repeat guest’s accommodation and not guests who may be travelling in
Rates include:Accommodation, two game drives per day, all meals, teas and coffees, drinks (house wines, local brand spirits, beers and soft drinks), minibar, refreshments on game drive, bush walks, wifi, laundry service, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip and VAT.
Rates exclude: Curio shop purchases, gratuities, telephone calls, spa treatments, SSW guest conservation contribution (GCC), gate entrance fees, aircraft landing and departure fees, Ulusaba passenger taxes and airport transfers.
From the comfort of the lodge, guests may view some of Africa's impressive wildlife. Guests may enjoy game viewing in comfort from our upstairs Library, or they may browse through our well stocked Curio shop. Wireless broadband internet access is available for guests. A facility is available for transferring of digital photographs to cd's.
The lounge and dining room is an impressive building under thatch, which is perfectly positioned with a view of the beautiful swimming pool and a few metres further, the waterhole. 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. The boma at Savanna has recently been upgraded and now 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. Indulge in a relaxing and rejuvenating treatment in the privacy of your suite. All treatments are done by our qualified therapist and Masseuse, Anna Marapola.
Activities in Savanna Game Lodge
Experienced and dedicated game rangers and trackers impart their amazing knowledge of the natural world, allowing guests to unobtrusively enter the lives of the largest and smallest creatures. From the mist shrouding the bush at dawn till the blazing sun sets behind distant mountains, the magic of a Savanna safari will provide incredible photographs and unforgettable memories. Land Rovers have been specially modified for guests' comfort and safety with bucket seats separated 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 marveling 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.
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.
- Luxury Suites – Four air conditioned suites with outside shower and mini bar
- Executive Suites – Three air conditioned suites with lounge area, plunge pool, outside shower and mini bar
- Savanna Suite - Two air conditioned suites with lounge area, plunge pool, outside shower and mini bar. Separate lounge with veranda divides the two Suites. The Savanna Suite can be sold as two bedrooms with private facilities or two individual suites. Excluding the lounge. When sold as two individual
- suites it does not include the lounge, private Land Rover, private dining and waiter in attendance.
Please note that each Suite may accommodate double or twin beds and the Executive and Savanna Suites can accommodate an extra person.
Lodge facilities include:
A well equipped gym, wine cellar, lounge and library loft, a computer and internet in the library, WiFi in guest rooms, boma, main lodge swimming pool and curio shop.
** Please note that the Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) fee of R114 per person per night (Vat exempt) will be added to the above rates and will be invoiced with the accommodation, max 3 night charge.
Luxury Suite & Executive Suite
This rate does NOT include a private landrover, private dining or use of lounge area.
Savanna Suite (One Unit) :
This rate includes a private landrover, private dining, waiter in attendance, drinks (excl select wines and imported beverages) and laundry.
All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice. However, rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
- Accommodation, two game drives per day, all meals, teas and coffees, drinks (house wines, local brands, beers and soft drinks), minibar, refreshments on game drive, bush walks, use of the gym, Wi-Fi and laundry service, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip and VAT.
- Curio shop purchases, gratuities, telephone calls, spa treatments, tourism levy (Savanna does not subscribe to this), GCC fees, Sabi Sand gate entrance fees, flights or transfers, passenger taxes and any landing/departure fees, airport taxes and all aircraft landing fees.
- Guests may arrive any time from 13h00, and the rooms are to be vacated by 11h00. Please note that the Game Drive departs at 16h00 in summer and 15h30 in winter.
- Children of any age may be accommodated in the Savanna Suite if it is sold as one unit.
- We regret that we do not accommodate children under the age of 8 years, unless the whole camp is booked.
- Children 8-16 years, sharing with an adult pay 50% of the full rate.
- From 17 years and older, full adult rate will apply.
Triple rooms: are on a request basis and subject to availability and lodge numbers. Child rates will apply for a 08-16 year old sharing with parents. Normal adult sharing rate will apply thereafter.
What to take:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sun hat, sunglasses & sun block
- Cameras & binoculars
- Anti-malaria precautions (please consult your doctor/pharmacist)
- Light, neutral colour clothing & swimming costume
- Warm clothing is essential in Winter (i.e. May to September)
- Johannesburg – Savanna: ±5 hrs (±480km)
- KMIA Airport –Savanna: ±1hr 45min (±130km)
- Skukuza – Savanna : ±1hr (±40 km)
From Johannesburg or Pretoria:-
Take the N12, or N4 highway to Nelspruit. Follow the signboards towards White River. From White River, take the R40 to Hazyview. From Hazyview, turn right onto the R536 towards the Paul Kruger Gate. After approximately 34 km, there is a large Newington Gate sign on the left hand side. Turn left onto the dirt road.
Travel for about 10km until you reach a large intersection, where you will see the Sabi Sand –Newington Gate sign.
Turn right here and follow this road for 1.8km. At the T-junction, turn left at the Sabi Sand-Newington Gate sign and after about 600m, turn left at the Sabi Sand-Newington Gate sign. Follow this road for about 1km until you arrive at Newington Gate.
Sabi Sand Wildtuin Fees:
You need to pay R250 per vehicle entrance fee, plus R110 per person (valid Dec 2017).
Keep the slips, as you will need them on departure.
*Gate entry fees are subject to changes implemented by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin
Our closest landing strip is the Ulusaba airstrip which is used by lodges in the Western sector; we offer a complimentary transfer service to and from the lodge. Federal Air has daily scheduled flights to and from Johannesburg into this airstrip.
Airlink fly into Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA) as well as Skukuza (SKZ) from various domestic and regional destinations. Clients flying into either of these airports would need to self drive or book a road transfer to get to the lodge.
Our closest gate entry is Newington Gate.
*Please note that all passenger landing and departure taxes, aircraft landing fees and other airport taxes are excluded from our rates and are set and changed by Ulusaba.
Possible extra transport charges:
Road transfer companies normally include these fees in their quotes- but it is your responsibility to check that it is included if you are booking these transfers.
For all guests flying into/out of the Ulusaba airstrip (on any airline) there is a R242 per person Ulusaba passenger tax (valid for 2017), that needs to be quoted to the client over and above the flight costs. These fees will be added in your accommodation invoice once you have notified us of the flight details.
For Private Charters making use of the Ulusaba airstrip, a landing fee and an overnight fee will apply. This is charged by the charter companies directly, and these fees are generally in excess to the actual cost of the flight quoted by the charter company. It is your responsibility to check if they have been included or not.
Provisional bookings will hold for a maximum of 14 days, after which there will be an automatic release of the space. This is a system driven release abd you may not be notified or reminded.
We recommend that the Agent be in possession of full pre-payment when making the booking.
Our cancellation policy is as follows:
- Three weeks before arrival: 50% of full amount
- Two weeks before arrival: 75% of full amount
- One week or less: 100% of full amount
A 30 day pre-payment is required unless otherwise agreed by management.
Please note that Savanna is situated in a Malaria area and we suggest that you contact your local pharmacy or doctor regarding precautions.
Please ensure that you have taken out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover cancellation fees should you have to cancel your trip in any event.