We went for our honeymoon in September, had no idea what to expect as it was our first time on safari, and in Africa for that matter. I'm fairly well-traveled, did a ton of research on places to stay, knew exactly what I wanted -- luxury accommodations with a relaxed vibe -- and got that in spades here. From the moment you walk in, when Ian himself (the owner) comes out to meet you, you are in great hands and the experience has begun. The drives were fantastic -- the guides make sure you see everything there is to see and if you want to see something again, they make that happen too; the meals perfect (husband is veg and his meals were as delicious as mine); the rooms and grounds indescribably beautiful and fit in perfectly with the setting -- nothing ostentatious; and best of all, the company of Ian and his family made each meal that much more interesting and enjoyable. His wife is amazing. I noted that I loved the pepper dews in the salad and sauce, and the next day, she brought me a jar of them wrapped in a bow. Their daughters were fun and sweet and inquisitive, even coming on a drive with us one day and telling us about the animals. Our butler Maurice was wonderful, leaving surprises in the room for us (you'll have to find out for yourself what those are). And the setting was incomparable, set against a bed of water where elephants, warthogs and other animals come to drink and eat. On our last day, a leopard walked past us to the pool, grabbed a beach towel from a chair into its mouth and took it up into a tree with him. Incredible. I've recommended this place to anyone who asks about our trip, and hope to return ourselves. If you're going on safari in Sabi Sands, or just in South Africa period, this is the place to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under a leafy canopy of ebony trees, six luxurious stone cottages grace the banks of the Mabrak River. As one of only 12 guests, you feel instantly at home in this quiet retreat, where classic interiors enfold guests in quiet style and elegance. Generous private plunge pools and shady decks look out onto the dry riverbed. Large, welcoming sofas and African sculptures fill the gracious guest areas. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree where skilled chefs serve delicious meals or steal away for an intimate dinner in the well-stocked wine cellar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- And Beyond Dulini Lodge
- &Beyond Dulini Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Dulini Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve