Need to know
Eight luxury suites.
Double rooms from $695.24 (ZAR8,947), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include meals, most drinks, two daily game drives and safari walks.
An astronomer can be arranged if you want a guided tour of the night sky.
At the hotel
All suites have indoor and outdoor showers, air-con, fireplaces, a complimentary minibar and a private deck with heated whirlpool (from which elephants occasionally drink).
Our favourite rooms
The suite nearest the watering hole is ideal for watching the local wildlife; the lodge recommends it for honeymooners.
There is a main pool with sunloungers, and a wellness centre offering massage and beauty treatments. In-room massage is also available.
Etali Wellness and Day Spa has three treatment rooms offering steam therapy, massages, facials and more, using Brisan and Africology products.
Warm clothing, gloves and hat for the cold mornings between April and October. Some warm layers are recommended in summer months, too. Etali is not in a malarial area but consult your GP.
There is a 'bush gym' and a library. Private game drives can be arranged for the day and cost R1,500 a vehicle. Air and road transfers from Johannesburg, Sun City and Gabaronne can be arranged with prior notice.
The lodge is not suitable for under-12s but do check – exceptions are occasionally made. An extra bed in the room costs from R1,300. Babysitters can be arranged for R150 a day.