This was the Best Safari of my lifetime! &Beyond sent me to the Sabi Sands to Site Inspect their best Lodges for Big 5 sightings. After flying into OR Tambo Airport, my Safari Sister and I collected our vehicle from Europcar, and drove 6 hours to our first Lodge in the Sabi Sands…South of Kruger.
Day 1: Chitwa Chitwa Safari Lodge
We arrive to a magical bush dinner under the stars at Chitwa Chitwa. This Lodge is breath-taking. The game viewing is spectacular – two leopards on my morning game drive alone, and I saw a pack of wild dog take down and impala!
Day 2: Ulusaba Safari Lodge
We check out of our Lodge and drive to Ulusaba Safari Lodge, and are met by our Private Guide. I had no idea that this Lodge would be so different. Richard Branson has built himself a childhood dream, of swing bridges and tree houses connected by suspended walkways. It’s so unbelievably different I can’t believe my eyes. There is a hide suspened above, where we watch elephant swim and play, one of my most favorite defining safari moments!
Day 3: Exeter River Lodge
Today we make our way to Exeter River Lodge. Beautiful large rooms with private plunge pools over looking the river. The meals are fantastic and game viewing even better (3 different leopards on one single game drive, you can’t ask for more!)
Day 4: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
Today we make our way to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. We enjoy an afternoon game drive and wonderful boma dinner. I have a glorious outside shower before hopping into my King size 4 poster bed. These Lodges are pricey BUT worth every penny, as you can’t get better Big 5 Game viewing anywhere else in South Africa. And that’s a fact.