Need to know
21, including five suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but also flexible if your room’s ready.
Double rooms from $1461.64 (ZAR21,110), excluding tax at 15 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of ZAR100.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include twice daily game drives and walking safaris in the Sabi Sand Reserve; all meals and drinks; transfers to and from the hotel's airstrip; taxes and a discretionary contribution to the Reserve of R100 a person each night.
Make room in your luggage for some school stationery supplies, which can be donated to South African children through the lodge-backed Pride ’n Purpose charity and its Pack for a Purpose branch.
At the hotel
Acres of lush bushland, gym, two tennis courts, laundry, free parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, free minibar, and Africology bath products. In lodges: swimming pool; wine cellar.
Our favourite rooms
Choose between a stay in the treehouse-style rooms of the Safari Lodge, which can be reached by crossing a rope bridge (while quietly humming the Indiana Jones theme, of course), or a room in the the loftily perched Rock Lodge, which has panoramic views of the bush below. We love Cliff Lodge 1 for its fireplace, pool-enhanced outdoor deck and gym, and the split-level Makwela Suites, which have a separate living area, library and infinity-edged plunge pool.
There are two: both outdoors and heated during the winter months, but one is better suited to families.
The Aroma Boma spa sits 800 feet above the savannah, with wide-ranging views of the surroundings. It’s quiet and peaceful, but if you do happen to hear something that sounds like a herd of elephants, that’s exactly what it’ll be. The treatments, which include facials, reflexology and massages, as well as grooming for men, use local ingredients such as rooibos, aloe and marula.
Bring creams, khakis and shades of stone to wear: you don’t want to scare off the local wildlife.
Children of all ages are welcome, but must be over six for game drives (over-12s can stay at Safari Lodge). Some rooms have fold-out beds for kids. Littles will be met with tailored activities and an educational backpack at the Cub’s Club at Rock Lodge.
Children under 12 are not allowed to stay at Safari Lodge. The most family-friendly rooms are the Makwela Suite and Cliff Lodge, which both have fold-out beds.
The Cub’s Club will keep children busy, with tot-tailored adventures and an educational backpack provided on arrival.
The Cub’s Club itineraries are flexible, but expect activities to include courses in how to become a ranger and safari walks on the hunt for birds, insects and lizards.