I cannot say enough good things about Leopard Hills. We stayed four nights and wish we could have stayed five or six. We were greeted on arrival with a welcome drink and friendly smiles. Since we arrived late in the afternoon, we went right up to lunch so we could make the afternoon drive. The restaurant has an amazing view out into the wild and a waterhole. While we were at lunch the bags were delivered to our room, and what a surprise it was to find a baseball cap, visor and reusable bag as a gift for you to take on your safaris. The rooms/cottages are very spacious, they come complete with private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower, full bathtub, sitting area, and a well-stocked minibar. There’s nothing like relaxing and reading a book between game drives watching the Nyala’s eating on the grass right next to you. There is no fence around the property so you never know what you may see walking from your room to the restaurant.
We had Hugo for our game drives and he was great. He really tried to make sure every guest saw what they wanted and enjoyed themselves, and was very knowledgeable and personable. Unfortunately for us, we had to share a jeep (the first two nights) with some rude guests who seemed to think you should talk loudly throughout the entire game drive, every game drive. The head ranger was very sympathetic did offer for us to switch jeeps after our first game drive, but we liked Hugo so we toughed with out and stayed (just made sure we were not in the middle row). So glad we did, after they were gone, Hugo more than made up for our frustrations. We were there to see leopards and that is what we saw on the rest of our game drives (even staying out a little later on a couple so we could see them), one morning included a male leopard kill. In addition to the leopards, the lion cubs were adorable, and we saw the big five, wild dogs and then some. The nice thing is they work with the other lodges in the area and radio around when an animal is spotted. The other nice thing is that you can only have two or three vehicles around an animal at a time, which is nice.
For the early morning game drives they wake you up in time to meet for coffee, tea and snacks in the restaurant before heading out. In the afternoon, you can meet ahead of time for drinks. They do a coffee stop in the morning half way through the drive, and then sun-downers in the evening. The blankets and hot water-bottle were a wonderful touch on the chilly mornings. For dinner, you sit with your guide and the people who were with you in the jeep.
The staff is amazing at this place. Remembering your names, going out of their way to make sure you didn’t need anything and if you did they brought it right away, they did laundry for us in one night because we were leaving the next day and they wanted to make sure we had it in plenty of time to pack.
We already miss Leopard Hills and the people who make this place special. I do hope to get there again, and would highly recommend this place.
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