July 28

5 of the Best Luxury Safari Lodges in the Sabi Sand

By Emma Thomson on
July 28, 2020

Whether it’s the ultimate honeymoon holiday or a once-in-a-lifetime getaway with your family and friends, there are a handful of exquisite luxury safari lodges in the iconic Sabi Sand Game Reserve that deliver time and time again. If it’s documentary-worthy wildlife sightings, breathtaking landscapes or unparalleled luxury you are looking for, our list includes the safari lodges you have always dreamed of and the ones you will start booking again the moment you leave.

Silvan Safari Lodge

Scintillating safaris, spectacular scenery and surreal sophistication: this is what awaits you at Silvan Safari. This wilderness oasis has been crowned Africa’s and the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge and is lauded for its immersive game drives, personalised service and exquisite interiors. With only six exclusive suites overlooking the Manyeleti River, the lodge guarantees an enthralling experience where nothing is overlooked and your every need perfectly catered for.

The epitome of understated luxury, Silvan Safari is the ultimate safari destination for the discerning traveller. Embark on exciting adventures through the African bush and savour starlit dinners crafted by Silvan’s exceptional culinary team.

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Photo Credit: Rhino Africa
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Photo Credit: Rhino Africa
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Photo Credit: Rhino Africa

Lion Sands Lodge

Lion Sands is geared perfectly for honeymoon couples and small groups and makes it on our list based on exclusivity alone! For the comforts of home (if home was situated in the heart of an epic wilderness populated by the Big 5) and the added privacy, Ivory Lodge’s Private Villas is the ideal safari retreat. The earthy hues found throughout the luxurious interiors perfectly complement the pristine landscape of the Sabi Sand and can best be admired while lounging by the pool with champagne in hand, watching the wildlife gently wander by.

For the true nature lovers and adventure seekers, the treehouse experience is not to be missed. Here you can spend a dreamy night under the stars as the sounds of the wild echo all around you. Begin your adventure with a sunset safari before enjoying a decadent picnic dinner on the treetop deck watching the sun set below the horizon. As dusk fades into a star-studded night sky, listen out for lions, hippos, hyenas and more as the nocturnal creatures come alive.

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Photo Credit: Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
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Photo Credit: Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
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Photo Credit: Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Londolozi Private Granite Suites 

The “Londolozi Feeling” is legendary. Pioneers of the African safari and members of Relais & Châteaux, Londolozi offers an immersive and sustainability-driven safari experience. The Private Granite Suites deliver an extraordinary level of exclusivity for six guests. Each suite opens out directly onto the Sand River and also includes a private, heated plunge pool.

Luxury and privacy are the cornerstones of each magnificent suite and for couples searching for the ultimate honeymoon or a group of friends wanting isolated relaxation, this is the perfect lodge for you. For those eager to keep active in the wilderness, Londolozi offers a full gym as well as yoga classes. However, time spent in their revolutionary Healing House should be at the top of everyone’s list.

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Photo Credit: Londolozi Private Granite Suite
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Photo Credit: Londolozi Granite Suites
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Photo Credit: Londolozi Granite Suite

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Having been in the family for 40 years, this exauisite lodge offers a tailored, finely-tuned, luxury safari experience. Known for frequent Big 5 sightings and incredible herds of giraffe, the wildlife on offer at Chitwa Chitwa is always of the highest order.

Each of their secluded suites overlooks the enormous, wildlife-rich waterhole in front of the lodge, meaning you don’t even need to leave the confines of your suite to witness the Africa’s wildlife on offer. If you’ve looking for a getaway with family or friends, Chitwa House is a delightful option for an exclusive stay, with its own private vehicle, guide and chef too.

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Photo Credit: Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
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Photo Credit: Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
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Photo Credit: Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Singita Boulders Lodge

Explore landscapes teeming with wildlife, including plenty of leopards and lions, at Singita. This lauded brand is known for curating the most authentic and luxurious safari experiences. No stranger to regular awards and “top of” lists, this lodge is something to be savoured and enjoyed with whimsical delight.

Head down to the cellar for a special tasting of South Africa’s award-winning wines or simply enjoy the seclusion of their one and two-bedroom suites. Unwind in the comfort of the spa or lounge in your own plunge pool boasting views of the Sand River. A stay at Singita is all about sublime attention to detail and you will always wish for an extended stay after time spent here.

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Photo Credit: Singita Boulder’s Lodge
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Photo Credit: Singita Boulder’s Lodge
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Photo Credit: Singita Boulder’s Lodge

A stay at any of these delightful lodges will make your safari dreams come true. Contact our Rhino Travel Experts to tailor-make your African adventure of a lifetime. 


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About the author 

Emma Thomson

South African born and bred Emma says she's happy to be back on home ground after spending a few years in the UK. An avid coffee lover, equestrian enthusiast and self-proclaimed cat lady, Emma hopes to travel and experience as many cultures, countries and food types as possible. A love affair with language sees her wanting to continue writing and learn as many foreign languages as possible.

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