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luxury safari

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luxury safari

if cost was not a major factor, which two lodges within the sabi sand game reserve would people recommend for the month of May? we are a family of two (no children) and would prefer as private of a safari experience as possible. with game viewing being slightly more important than the luxury of the accommodations.

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Sabi Sabi, Mala Mala, Lion Sands or Londolozi would all be worth looking at.

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I don’t typically recommend that my clients go to two safari lodges in the Sabi Sands. It is better, in my opinion, to go to one lodge and then choose a second lodge in a different ecosystem. In my experience, given 6-7 days for safari, one lodge in the Sabi Sands is enough. Since your post title is “luxury safari” I am only going to discuss places that a typical (or reasonable?) American traveler would consider luxury in the Sabi Sands. I have been to all of them. Here are some good combos:

Spend 3 or 4 night (depending on stay4pay3 deals and personal taste) at Singita Ebony or Singita Boulders or MalaMala Rattrays or Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. Choose one of these four. After that, if you want to stay in the area but do something else unique road transfer two hours to Camp Jabulani for an elephant back safari experience. If you want another land rover safari experience in the nearby area then you could also go to Royal Malawane or Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni. Sweni and Lebombo are private concessions inside the Kruger National Park and many people combine one of these two Singita lodges with one of the two Singita Lodges in the Sabi Sands. They have free flights between the two if you stay long enough.

If you want to do something totally different you could combine MalaMala Rattrays with Mashatu in the Tuli block of Botswana. There is a 2x per week flight connecting them. I suggest Mashatu first as it is much less luxurious than Rattrays. If you really want something totally “off the beaten path” try this:

3-4 days at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge or 3 days at Singita or 3 days at Rattrays. Then, depart Lion Sands/Singita/Rattrays at 11am on FEDAIR and land at JNB. Connect onward to Tswalu at 1300 on their daily flight. Spend four days at Tswalu and the flights to/from Jo’burg or Cape Town will be free of charge.

http://www.tswalu.com/

http://www.mashatu.com/

http://www.campjabulani.com/

Hope this helps.

Craig Beal – owner – Travel Beyond

2011 Travel & Leisure A-List Agent for Africa

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The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is an amazing reserve, and has many excellent lodges to choose from. While as Craig says it's great to visit two completely different regions with different habitats, I would not necessarily say that it's not a good idea to visit 2 different lodges in the Sabi Sands! Many visitors choose to do so, as this reserve offers superb game viewing and as long as you visit 2 lodges that do not share game viewing traversing areas, then I think it's a great option to consider! As an example, Singita and Londolozi share traversing regions, as do Kirkmans and Lion Sands, so one would always take care to include 2 lodges with different traversing regions, i.e. a Londolozi and Sabi Sabi lodge.

If you are looking for a safari as private as possible, then you should consider a Private Guided Safari where you have the exclusive use of an excellent game ranger as well as a private game viewing vehicle. You could do such a safari at many of the good Sabi Sands lodges.

Good luck with the planning!

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

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I have been to both Lion Sands and Londolozi many times and I rate them both extremely high. Lion Sands is my favorite, but Londolozi runs a close second. You would not go wrong with either choice.

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If cost is not a factor I would echo Tanya above and suggest you also consider a Private Guided Safari. That way you would guarantee no other guests on your vehicle and as private a safari as possible. It is absolutely amazing although, once you've experienced a private guided safari, it's very hard to go back to "normal" game drives (as my bank manager will testify - LOL).

The top end lodges will be able to provide private guides/vehicles themselves. Or, as I do, you can utilize an external specialist Private Guide. I was lucky enough to find an amazing private Specialist Guide who is able to drive at both Londolozi and Sabi Sabi, which means you have consistency throughout your trip. I cannot recommend him highly enough. If you'd like details, pm me.

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I have paid for a private vehicle at both Londolozi and Lion Sands. You do not need to go to an outside specialist as both of those lodges have outstanding rangers. As a photographer, having my own vehicle meant I could spend extra times investing things of interest and spending more time photographic things I love.

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My brother just got back from Lion Sands he saw the big 5 in 2 days.

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At Lion Sands, I have seen the Big 5 in one drive, however that is not to be expected and it can happen at most of the lodges within Sabi Sands. Its a matter of luck and skill on the part of the rangers and LS rangers are highly skilled.

Mike

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