Exeter River Lodge belongs to the prestigious &Beyond group so it’s no surprise that it fulfills all the requirements for a top safari lodge: the Big Five plus abundant other game and birds, gorgeous accommodation and one of the best river views in Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Did you know?

You'll be traversing 10 000ha of wilderness on your daily morning and evening game drives.

Expect all the components of a top safari lodge when you choose Exeter River Lodge. The Big Five are all here, including some of the best opportunities in South Africa for leopard sightings, plus gorgeous accommodation and exceptional service.

Exeter River Lodge has managed to escape the much-publicised reputations of some of the other Sabi Sand Game Reserve private lodges, although it offers just what they offer but in a quieter, less glitzy way.

You'll stay in one of eight spacious stone and thatch suites overlooking the Sand River. On a hot day, dive in your personal plunge pool after the morning drive and then watch the passing show of game and birds from your huge wrap-around wooden viewing deck.

Inside your suite, dark honey-coloured stone walls and polished cement floors complement the earth tones of the comfy sofa and armchairs with their plump inviting cushions.

Handmade tables in dark wood, arresting photographs of game, small artefacts and interesting lamps all add to the genuine Out of Africa feel.

The main lodge where you’ll dine continues the theme with hand-carved wooden tables, wooden bottles and bowls and a chandelier made out of faux antelope horns.

Before the evening game drive, High Tea on the deck under the sausage tree is a highlight – not just for the food and the view, but also for when the sausage tree is in bloom in early summer, filled with iridescent sunbirds sipping nectar from the brilliant scarlet blossoms.

Game is abundant here. Expect to see the Big Five but ask especially for a leopard sighting. To see these spectacular cats by spotlight, prowling through the gathering darkness or guarding their kill high up on the thick branch of an ancient riverine tree, is something you will never forget.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

&Beyond Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 809 4441
Fax: +27 (0)11 809 4400
Email: safaris@andBeyond.com

Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 5102
Email: admin@sabisand.co.za

How to get here

By charter flight or by road. The lodge will send you detailed directions and travel options when you make your booking.

Best time to visit

Winter is the best time for game viewing because visibility is far better. However, in spring and summer baby animals abound and the migrant birds are back.

Around the area

The Kruger National Park is right next door.

Get around

In an open safari vehicle or on foot – the lodge offers guided bush walks.

What will it cost

Prices depend on the season, but expect to pay from R6 800 per person per night, all inclusive.

What to eat

The food is delicious, ranging from home-baked bread, muffins and scones, to full dinners in a boma under the stars.