To keep this short(er), I'll just put down several comments in bullet point format. Summary: we loved it and the safari itch has bitten us but pity about the cost!
- We had amazing game drives and managed to see all the Big 5, although in summer with the lush vegetation, the animals were harder to spot. Hence we missed out on some of the animals that other reviewers managed to see, e.g. wild dog, cheetah, hyena, bush baby, etc. However, Mac and Colbert definitely lived up to their reputations and were excellent and always very informative and sharp. Mac has a great sense of humour, is extremely knowledgeable, and will always do his best to make sure that you see as many interesting things (not just animals) as possible. Other highlights for us were enjoying the sunsets with a G&Ts, and Colbert's hot chocolate and amarula coffee.
The jeep was not bad at all, and we were lucky to be sharing with some very nice honeymooning couples on our first 2 days, and on our last 3 days, with a lovely S African family who loved birds. Everyone would rotate to have a chance to sit in the front row.
- The lodge itself: We stayed initially in Room 4, but requested a move to Room 1 when it became available. While both are lovely, Room 1 is a bit better as it has more natural light, and is completely away from the other rooms. However, I think it must be the most popular one as it is a bit more run-down than 4. Lovely interiors and use of stone, wood, glass, and metal. It was HUGE! The showers are a little bit uncomfortable as the stone floors slope too much but that's just a minor point. I agree with the other reviewer about the towels - the small ones looked like they had been mauled by lions. The pool was lovely, but extremely cold even in December. Finally, the minibar is very well-stocked, but most of the time we were too well-fed to use it much.
- The food: Breakfasts were huge and delicious - I was always starving after the morning game drives. Lunch was the highlight for us. You could take it in your room (comes in an oversized picnic basket) or out on the tree deck. It was always 3 salads and a grilled meat plus some sort of home baked bread, always different. It wasn't gourmet but we loved the salads as they were always delicious and different. Dinner was not as good but maybe that was because we were tired. We had 2 braai buffet dinners, and 2 surprise private room dinners. They were good, but not wow. Found it strange however, how bad the wine was though!! We had amazing wine in Cape Town and Franschhoek and it was extremely cheap but we were pretty unimpressed with andBeyond's selection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the fork of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers, andBeyond Leadwood Lodge offers a cosy and serene getaway completely at peace with the bush that surrounds it. With suites carefully distanced from each other, andBeyond Leadwood is ideal for families or parties of friends who want to share their safari experience without intruding on each other's privacy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- And Beyond Leadwood Lodge
- &Beyond Leadwood Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Dulini Leadwood Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve