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Savanna Private Game Reserve
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2014

From the time of our arrival, the stay was amazing. We were greeted by Louisa and given a brief orientation to our schedule for the next few days. Almost immediately our favorite food and drink was known and remembered by Romeo. The food was wonderful with exquisite sauces. The room was so much nicer than expected. Everything in the minibar was complimentary. It was like a tent, but a really lovely space. The bathroom was spacious and had 2 separate shower heads so that you could shower separately or together. The game drives were totally amazing with Neil, Patrick and Julius and some of the game came to us. The elephant herd dropped by for visits at time and literally were just outside our door. We can't say enough about the wonderful service provided by the staff here.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Singer2RochesterNY
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2014

Dear Singer2RochesterNY

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review following your stay with us.
We are pleased that you had such a wonderful time and enjoyed both the lodge and the game viewing.

We hope to see again one day, and we wish you safe travels.

Warm wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

This was a return trip for me to Savanna having gone 10 years ago intially I had great memories of the holiday and always wanted to return and I was not disappointed. If its possilble I think it was better than last time, there have been some good upgrades since last visit and the lodge and rooms are amazing, now its all inclusive there is not anything else you need everything is provided! Massage in our terrace was a great plus point too. The rooms are very luxurious we stayed in an excutive suite and the privacy is lovely you can have total privacy if you want it and truly is relaxing experience. The service and food is amazing too, different food everyday and diff venues for dinner keeps it exciting, the bush dinner was truly an amazing memorable experience. We were celebrating a special big birthday for my partner when we were at Savanna and they made it very special. The most special thing about this lodge however are the people running it, truly a remarkable team of people who are enthusiastic about their jobs and truly wonderful knowledgeable people too. The game drives are amazing what you see and knowledge you learn from the rangers is truly wonderful, every day you think it cant get better but somehow the next drive is more remarkable than the last. Now the only problem for me is how to afford to go back again and not wait another 10 years, would recommend this lodge to everyone truly the most remarkable holiday I have travelled a lot in my life but this is the one place i could go back to many many time, you will have missed out on life if you havent been here!!!! Book now dont delay!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank JacMB
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Dear JacMB

Thank you for the fantastic review and of course for making your way back to Savanna for a second stay.
We are so pleased that your previous expectations were met and even exceeded during your time with us and so happy that you like the changes we have made.

Wishing you a healthy, happy 2014 and we hope to see you back again someday soon!

Warm wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Savanna Private Game Reserve claims to be a five star experience. Who comes up with these ratings I'd like to know? Five stars? This is not five stars.....it's seven, minimum!!! There are so many things that make this an incredibly special destination - the game viewing, the accommodation, the food, the atmosphere - but it's the people that make the whole experience unforgettable. I don't think we've ever seen a team working together in the way that the lovely people at Savanna Lodge do. From the moment you arrive until the hugs on departure, they are completely focussed on making sure their guests are having the time of their lives.

We had been on one safari before (in South Africa's Eastern Cape) and had had such a fabulous time that we were hesitant about going on another. Would it live up to the first? Would we be disappointed? Would we be comparing one against the other? As it turned out, we did none of those things - it was different, unique and mind-blowing!! There are numerous special touches and surprises that I won't disclose (it would ruin it for you!). All I would say is, if you're thinking of going here, stop thinking and start booking.

You might also like to know that Savanna Lodge supports a project to provide a day centre for orphans and disadvantaged children. They don't push this community involvement on their guests but if you want to know more they are very happy to tell - and show - you what they're doing. In such a privileged environment as a game reserve it would be all too easy to ignore the outside world but we found it extremely impressive and moving to discover how much difference their commitment is making to the children and families of this local village.

In summary, we fell in love with this place. For most of us a safari is a rare treat that eats up a good deal of our hard earned cash. But believe me, Savanna Lodge is worth every single penny...sorry, rand!

Room Tip: We stayed in a luxury suite, which was gorgeous. It had its own garden, a good sized bedroom, a lar...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ruth W
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2013

Dear Ruth W

Thank you for your amazing review and for commenting on all that we also feel makes Savanna a special lodge- I actually got proud goose bumps reading it.

We are so pleased your second SA safari was not a letdown. South Africa is an incredibly diverse country which makes it a country worth visiting and exploring in more than 1 trip.

Thank you again and we hope you will visit again.
Warm wishes
The Savanna Family

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

This was our last stop on our honeymoon, and blew all the others away. We knew this place was going to be nice, but we were totally out of our league!! Our "tent" was very private with amazing linens and decorations inside, and the bathroom was beautiful. Large soaking tub, separate shower, outside shower enclosed area, double sinks, and a small room with the toilet. The woodwork was beautiful, and with the candles lit and the lights low, it was one of the most romantic rooms I have ever been in. The food was excellent (I picked up a few recipes from the chef), the communal table was a great way to get to know everyone, and our guide ate with us, so we got to know even more about the animals we were seeing.
The game viewing was so much more than we could have ever asked for. On our first game drive we saw the big 5, and also tracked wild dogs and saw the whole 9 of the pack, including the den site, which was then closed off to everyone until she gave birth. The snacks and coffee, and amarulla were great. Overall it was an absolutely wonderful experience and a great way to end our trip. The staff and camp were better than anything we could have imagined. We would recommend this camp to everyone.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Roamingkatina
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2013

Dear Roamingkatina

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and of course for choosing to stay at Savanna on your honeymoon. Congratulations!
We are very pleased you enjoyed your time with us and thought it “The best of all” places you stayed at.  We hope that we will see you again.
Safe travels and take care.

Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Savanna offered fantastic animal viewing. Our guide, Neil, was extremely knowledgeable about the animals and their behavior. The staff was fantastic, the food, exceptional, and our adventure ... unbelievable! We would highly recommend this lodge and it's location in the Sabi Sands area. This was our first trip to Africa, and this was our first camp on a 20 day adventure. As we continued our travels, we frequently compared other camps to the great experience we had here. Although we thought this would be our one and only trip to Africa ... it draws you in! If we manage to come back, we would definitely stay at Savanna again, as well as recommend to others.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Lynda P
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savannalodge, Marketing Manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2013

Dear Lynda P

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and of course for choosing to stay with us.
How exciting that this was your first time to South Africa and we hope that you have returned home with wonderful memories and will be back again one day!
Thank you again.
Travel safe and take care.

Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

we loved this place! everyone that worked there called us by name-we were not just room # something -although you get up early for game drives, the coffee was ready before you headed out- and after the late game drive we returned to a bathtub of hot water to soak in before dinner
the massage therapist came to your room- i chose to have it outside in the shade of a large tree with singing birds- a treat after bouncing around in the rig!
good food-one night dinner served in a train car , another night a Boma dinner with music entertainment from a large youth choir- it was nice to sit with the group that shared our safari vehicle-that made for more of a bond with a small group
i can not say enough about the game drives either-in fact, we are already planning to go back next august!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Robert & Cristi... G
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2013

Dear Robert & Cristi..G

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your safari experience with us (as well as the massage and good food!), we do hope to see you in August next year!

Thank you again, take care and safe travels.
Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Our third stay here and definitely will be coming back to what we now call our African home. Staff are amazing and the added little extra touches to make your visit truly special can't be compared to other places. We love going on safari and like to go to different camps on each trip but we will always include savanna if we are in South Africa.

It's hard to explain why savanna is so special but it just is. We always have fun, see amazing game viewing, great food and love the friendly atmosphere. We spent a month traveling Southern Africa this time and our 5 nights at Savanna is the highlight.

Wish we could be there with you guys now.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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savannalodge, Marketing manager at Savanna Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2013

Dear Jo2345

Thank you for your “Amazing again” review.
It was such a pleasure hosting you for your 3rd stay with us and we hope there will be many more!

Until next time, take care and safe travels.
Warm wishes
Your Savanna Family

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Address: R536 Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1242, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: £90 - £1,325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Savanna Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Savanna Private Game Reserve is a luxury five star Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands South Africa. The Sabi Sands is acknowledged as the best area in the world for leopard viewing. Our object at Savanna is to give our guests the best wildlife experience possible. See guest comments on Trip Advisor to see just how our guests are blown away by the Savanna Experience. ... more   less 
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