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Savanna Private Game Reserve
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Long Beach, California
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41 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“a truly unforgettable experience”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

I do not know why it has taken me so long to write this review. We went to South Africa in September of 2011. We stayed in Cape Town the first four days and the last four were spent at Savanna.

To say that the experience exceed any and all expectations is an understatement.

The site was intimate and the staff were amazing from the moment we stepped foot on the the reserve. First and foremost, my fiance has a diatery constraints that they easily met which took a huge worry off of our shoulders and we were able to relax and enjoy meals that were incredible. The fact that each meal was spent at a family setting allowed us to engage with all the guest and make incredible friends.

The actual excursions out into the reserve were incredible. Our first night out, the alpha male lion walked not more than five feet from me! We saw the lions even roar, in the middle of a several animal migrations, spotted rare wild dogs travelling in packs, saw another cat taking its kill away, and on and on and on. I could continue for hours.

I had a chance to run a five k with an ultra-marathon runner. How often can does one have a chance to run in the wilds of Africa unprotected and free!

Oh and did I mention the leopard hunting right outside of our lodge (which was incredible with the drawn hot water bath after each evening safari) our second night there! The actual rooms were also beyond belief. Clean, secure, and taking a shower outside was just plain fun.

Our guides were awesome and even had an iPad with some crazy app that had instant information for all of our questions.

I just cannot say enough about this place and how we are already planning our return trip. I only wish more Americans would take the time to experience this.

Simply and truly amazing.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

All of the staff, trackers, rangers, butlers, chefs, receptionists, management were exceptional. They made us feel like we were at our own private safari lodge, and they were there to make us feel very welcome and included in their daily activities. The guides and some of the staff ate all of their meals with us further confirming that we were part of a big family. The accomodation and food were exceptional. The new Chef Merlin created some of the most memorable meals during our 3 + week holiday throughout southern Africa. I can only highly recommend this venue to my family and friends

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

The safari was amazing and our ranger, Greg was brilliant and really made our stay here so great. The room was nice, but not as nice as it could have been for that money!
We were at Savanna for 3 nights which was plenty (i think 2 or 3 nights is enough).
It is very expensive, but safari was truly a once in a lifetime experience and i would recommend this lodge to my friends simply because of the nice staff and location.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

My husband and I went there on our honeymoon and had the most amazing time! Our "tent" was gorgeous and spacious, the food was amazing, the staff were SO accommodating, and (most important) the drives were each unique and exciting in their own way. Neil was our knowledgeable, witty, charming ranger, and Julius was the intrepid tracker, and they made the experience fun, educational, and simultaneously exhilarating and relaxing. It was a perfect combination of relaxation, romance, and adventure. The food was fantastic--romantic dinner for 2 on our own terrace with a private waiter the first night, group dinner with entertainment the 2nd night, and dinner in the boma the final night (a truly unique and African experience--don't miss it!) We also got massages on the deck for extra indulgence. It was so wonderful that everything (other than the massages) was included, added to the relaxation. And going back to Neil--he was SO great, he even had photography tips and help for my hubby, who got a new fancy camera for the trip. We really felt like part of the Savanna by the time we left. And as for the drives--we saw 4 out of the Big 5 on our very first drive! We saw all 5 by the 4th drive, and also saw some really great creatures like wild dogs and pangolin! (I didn't know what that last one was either, but now I do!) :)

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brentwood England
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

I cannot explain in ordinary words the meaning of "Perfection" but this is it.
Just go there !!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Savanna Private Game Reserve

Property: Savanna Private Game Reserve
Address: R536 Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price range (per night): ₹ 15,762 - ₹ 1,15,052
Hotel Class:5 star — Savanna Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Savanna Private Game Reserve is a luxury five star Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands South Africa. The Sabi Sands is acknowledged as the best area in the world for leopard viewing. Our object at Savanna is to give our guests the best wildlife experience possible. See guest comments on Trip Advisor to see just how our guests are blown away by the Savanna Experience. ... more   less 
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