Sanbona Tilney Manor

Sanbona Tilney Manor

This lodge lies at the foot of the Drakensburg mountains at the heart of the South africas little Karoo.

An area inhabited by Sans people, the lodge sits in the middle of the plains.

The manor consists of 3 separate units, which in total have 6 suites, each with its own veranda giving fantastic views of the surrounding wilderness.

Game drives occur at the beginning and end of the day, at the times when the animals are at their most lively. They go on for around 3 hours and include a stop for tea/coffee in the morning, and a sundowner drink in the evening.

Apart from the game drives, there isalso the ability to go out on a boat to watch the wildlife in a different way. Something that is not possible in many wildernesses, here they have a light weight boat, which allows up to 12 people to view wildlife in and around the resivour quietly without disturbing the animals. If particular interest is the ability to get up close with the hippos in their native habitat. Fascinating animals but dangerous if approached incorrectly, this is an experience that is not available in many reserves.

You can also go out on guided walks, which both gives you a change of perspective and allows you to look at some of the smaller things that you might not see from the vehicle.  This can be a thrilling excursion as you never know what you might encounter- though with an experienced armed guide you will be safe.

As well as each suites private facilities, the main lodge also offers 

  • Relaxation Retreat with steam room and sauna
  • Lounge with fire place and television with satellite channels
  • Gift boutique
  • Wi-Fi
  • In and outdoor dining facilities
  • Rim-flow swimming pool

Camp Ndlovu

Camp Ndlovu

Camp Ndlovu lies within the Welgevonden Game Reserve, and sits alongside the Marakele National Park in South Africa.

These protected areas and some other reserves are collectively called the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, which covers around 4,000 square km of bush.

Sitting just two and a half hours from Cape Town, this is a perfect place to drop into for a few days during a Cape holiday. One of the big advantages of going on safari here is that there is no Malaria, which is rare for a safari destination.

As a Big Five reserve you will have an action packed visit (cheetah are also present).

For those interested in birds there are also over 300 species that are present including blue cranes.

Camp Ndlovu is a luxurious way to do safari, and with only guests of one of the lodges allowed onto the reserve the number of cars is kept relatively low. With just five suites (one of which is suitable for families, though children under 12 by arrangement only) even when the lodge is full, it will not feel crowded.

With each suite being very generously sized and being air conditioned, they will be a welcome refuge from the heat of the bush. Each has its own plunge pool and outdoor shower and bath. They each have extra long king sized beds, and a sitting room with a fireplace. Also included is a minibar and a nespresso machine. There is also a sizeable deck around the plunge pool with comfortable pool loungers, allowing you to relax in comfort and watch the world pass by.

Despite the camps remoteness there is also WIFI within the camp. They also have extras such as bathrobes slippers and forgotten toiletries.

Each air-conditioned luxury unit suite comes complete with its own plunge pool, outdoor shower and outdoor bath, air-conditioning and fan, king size extra length bed, a lounge with fireplace, Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary coffee pods, a mini bar, outdoor shower and bath and  an extensive wooden deck with pool loungers and private dining areas. Extras include bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries and Wifi.

This coupled with a history of wildlife never having been legally hunted here makes for far more relaxed animal encounters than you can experience elsewhere. Anti-poaching efforts continue behind the scenes to make sure that this remains the case as much as possible.

Apart from those animals listed so far the reserve hosts around 50 mammals in total. Night time safaries are usually the only way to see them and brown hyena, aardwolf, pangolin and aardvark are present to be looked for on night drives.

With a long history of human habitation within the area, there are also 2 san rock paintings within the reserve. There is a booking/questions form below the video, and below this is pricing information in south african Rand (at the time of writing £1 is about 20 rand

 

To ask questions or enquire about availability or book please fill in the form below

Sanbona Explorer Camp

Sanbona Explorer camp

This tented camp lies at the foot of the Drakensburg mountains at the heart of the South africas little Karo.

With only 3 rooms it will never feel full. While it usually stays in the same place, this camp is just that: a camp. It would in theory be possible to move it with a few hours work. This means that while you will not be missing out of the creature comforts, there is very little between you and the wilderness.

Generally expeditions from this base, are made on foot. Walking safaris are very exciting, with the constant knowledge that there is not the perceived safety of the car. In actual fact almost all wild animals have a natural fear of humans, and they are not to know that you mean them no harm. Lead by an experienced wildlife guide, you will start to learn about tracking and the whole environment around you. When on foot, even an encounter with a giraffe can be an experience that gets your heart racing.

However in a camp like this, you feel one with nature. Even when inside, you are only under a layer of canvas, and with only a handful of tents, animals could be all around. Sitting around the fire in the evenings, listening to the calls of the wild, is quite an experience. Whether you are listening to the roar of lions, or the strange rasping noise of a leopard or the bark of a jackel, it is an experience that will remain with you long after you return from your trip

Despite being in an incredibly remote location, food and drink will be more like eating in an expensive restaurant. As you can see, the walls of the dining tent can be lifted, so you can watch the animals go by while you eat and drink. Apart from fantastic food, prepared for you, there will also be delicious wines to enjoy.

Although the suites are tents, this is glamping at its extreme. Well furnished, in many ways the tents feel more like hotel rooms. The advantage is that you can hear the animals around the camp.

Safari is a chance to escape modern life and enjoy the natural world and this camp allows you to do that. 

Feel at home in the wilderness and enjoy your stay

Fitzpatrick at Jock

Fitzpatrick at Jocks

Fitzpatrick at Jocks is a small lodge perfect for groups and hired exclusively to one group at a time. Consisting of 3 Luxurious suites each with its own viewing deck. This allows people to enjoy the luxury of a lodge, but with the intimacy of being just a small group.

Lying in the game dense south of the Kruger national park, this private concession covers around 23 miles which only your group and the main lodge will have access to. The lodge is built on the river bank, which means that often the wildlife will come to visit you so you can enjoy watching the world go by from the comfort of your suite.

Beautifully equipped and set up for a group of up to 6 to share, this is an incredible place for friends to go together or for family time away from everyone else.

With places to eat inside and out, and with its own staff, a visit can be fully molded around the group visiting- both in terms of food preference and activities.

Things to do include bush drives, bush walks (which will include learning the beginning of tracking) sun downer drinks in the bush, as well as time simply relaxing in the lodge.

Being in a game rich part of the park, it is also wonderful to lay back on a lounger and watch the animals move past.

The above video gives you a good introduction to the lodge and the area around it.

Below is a more detailed look at the lodge and the feel of the place.

Fully inclusive pricing starts at

If you are interested and would like to book or enquire about availability fill in the form below.

Silvan Safari Lodge

Silvan Safari Lodge

Silvan Safari lodge lies in the northern portion of the Sabi Sands private reserve.

It is the newest luxury lodge, sitting within the Leadwood forests and beside the waters of the Manyeleti River. It also won the leading world lodge in 2019 from world travel awards.

The Sabi Sands is particularly game rich, especially with the big cats. While you will definitely see these on game drives, you may also spot them walking past the lodge.

With just 6 spacious fabulous suites, and a family unit, even when full it is never going to feel crowded, and giving fantastic views out into the bush around it.

With places to eat the incredible food both inside and out, and afterwards plenty of space you can choose how to spend your evenings. 

Also expect incredible food and drinks sun-downers out in the bush on your evening drives

Lying in the northern sabi sands, this is a less densely visited area. While this means that there are fewer people so it will feel more truly wild, it also means there are less other cars to direct to wild animals.

However I would always choose fewer people. If your vehicle is the first down a road in the morning, or for a long time there will be many tracks to spot, as well as on occasions lions stretched out on the ground. As there are few people in the area it is also highly likely that you will often be in the first vehicle on the road each morning on your morning game drive.

The “rooms” are individual suites (6 standard and one family suite) stretched out along the banks of a dry river bed (apart from perhaps after extreme rain, although the water is not visible much of the time, there will be water underground. This means that there will be many large trees around this area- attracting many animals to eat and leopards to rest up in the trees.

Below is a video of one of the suites, There are a few videos of silvan safaris including other suites that are available.

From delicious food, and incredible accommodation, to incredible trips out on foot or in the car, and with the ability to tailor your visit to meet your interest. With all of the luxuries available but surrounded by the incredible wildlife of Africa.

Each suite comes with a plunge pool allowing you to soak during the hot periods of the day, as you watch the wilderness wander past.

The pricing starts from for this luxurious destination. 

To ask further questions or to enquire about availability and book, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you.

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Sanbona Gondwana family Lodge

Sanbona Gondwana family Lodge

This lodge lies at the foot of the Drakensburg mountains at the heart of the South africas little Karoo.

An area inhabited by Sans people, the lodge sits in the middle of the plains overlooking the .

With 12 luxurious suites, each with its own deck and Jacuzzi, lodge overlooks the Bellair dam. with 6 on the ground floor and 6 suites on the first floor, each can accommodate a child under the age of 12 if required. If you do not feel like leaving the comfort of the lodge, you can sit and watch the wildlife go by from you veranda, and watch the animals come for a drink at the dam.

Game drives occur at the beginning and end of the day, at the times when the animals are at their most lively. They go on for around 3 hours and include a stop for tea/coffee in the morning, and a sundowner drink in the evening.

Apart from the game drives, there isalso the ability to go out on a boat to watch the wildlife in a different way. Something that is not possible in many wildernesses, here they have a light weight boat, which allows up to 12 people to view wildlife in and around the resivour quietly without disturbing the animals. If particular interest is the ability to get up close with the hippos in their native habitat. Fascinating animals but dangerous if approached incorrectly, this is an experience that is not available in many reserves.

You can also go out on guided walks, which both gives you a change of perspective and allows you to look at some of the smaller things that you might not see from the vehicle.  This can be a thrilling excursion as you never know what you might encounter- though with an experienced armed guide you will be safe. 

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa

Mhondoro Lodge and villa is set within the Welgenvonden Reserve and is set on a hill looking out across the plains.

There is a watering hole in front of the lodge, and uniquely this is connected to the lodge by an underground tunnel allowing guests to visit the hide in safety, without disturbing the animals they are there to see. This allows incredibly intimate views of wildlife that is completely relaxed

The main lodge has 5 suites, two deluxe rooms for 2, two deluxe suites with 2 bedrooms each, perfect for families or friends travelling together and the separate Villa, which sleeps 6 (the Villa comes with its own staff and can be completely separate from the lodge).

Despite being in such a remote place, you can expect to be pampered during your stay, with fantastic food and drink, incredible wildlife encounters and a comfortable place to sleep. With a fantastic team of chefs and quality food and drink the wildlife is not going ot be the only thing you remember about your stay.

However, while your stay will be luxurious, that is not the reason you come to africa. As you see from the video above, there is significant amounts of wildlife that live on the reserve including the big 5 though there are 60 other mammals to look out for.

One of the advantages of a private reserve like this, is often you stand a greater chance of seeing rarely seen mammals, such as aardvark and aardwolf and brown hyena (an animal almost never seen in the Kruger)

Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge lies in the south west of the Kruger national park, on a 6000 hectare exclusive concession.

This part of the park is one of the most game dense within the park. However, coupled with the exclusive rights given to guests of the property, you can experience them without the traffic jams that occur on the roads in the surrounding area.

This leads to a wonderful laid back life. Whether sitting in the lodge or out on a drive or on foot, you never know what is going to happen next.

With incredible views in all directions, the house has been designed with plenty of places to sit comfortably and watch the world go by, when you are not out exploring the park

The price for this place is all inclusive

If you have any questions, or would like to enquire about availability or book fillin the form below.

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

The Walker bay nature reserve has an incredible range of wild flowers, and is a fantastic birding location, with a wide range of south african birds present across the year.

With its wildlife not including the big 5 this is a more hands on safari destination. It is a perfect place for a family to come and explore what wildlife you can find. There is also 3km frontage onto the Hermanus Lagoon

Mosaic lodge is a luxurious place to stay within the reserve.  with only 5 suites available it will never feel crowded.For the ultimate private getaway, LAGOON LODGE captures the essence of tranquillity  scattered through an ancient milkwood grove. A pampered stay here is all-inclusive of meals, adventure activities and house beverages/wine/beer/spirits. Relaxing massage, skin and nail treatments can be indulged in at the Mosaic Rain Spa (either indoor or outdoor), using organic Rain Africa products (additional charges apply). The 5 suites include both double or twin depending on the need, and a family suite for a couple with 2 children. These suites are spread through an ancient Milkwood grove (beautiful trees, but also shading the suites keeping them cool). Spa treatments are availabile  (though some may incur an additional expense)

After a touch of bird watching from a secluded veranda, head down the boardwalks under a canopy of trees to the heated plunge pool overlooking the mountains and lagoon, where favourite water birds can be spotted. Drinks and meals are shared outdoors or in the dining room by a fireplace that will warm one’s soul.W

 

Activities at Mosaic include being immersed in awesome fynbos flowers and bird-life of the Cape Floral Kingdom, lagoon cruises, stunning beaches, fascinating marine life and some of the world’s most beautiful wine lands. This is topped off with warm smiling staff serving fresh cuisine paired with delicious South African wine. Mosaic is also centrally located to whale watching, marine tours, shark cage diving and exploring the Overberg Wine Region, and the perfect location for nature and activity lovers.

Fascinating water birds are all around, and you can simply sit and watch from the comfort of your suites veranda.

Food is also spectacular. With a chef, baker and gardener you can expect delicious food prepared fresh, often from ingredients grown within a few miles of the lodge, all paired with wonderful local wines. The cuisine at Mosaic is fresh, delicious and the creative mastery of our team and local producers is easy to see. Breakfast is a hearty fare with freshly baked muffins, homemade jams, fresh fruit and a hot meal.  Lunch is served gourmet picnic style outdoors or around blazing fires when there is a chill in the air. Sumptuous dinners are prepared by the chef and built around organic vegetables from the garden and local seasonal ingredients…and best paired with fine South African wine from the Mosaic cellar!

And as evening falls, exquisite colours of the sun setting over the lagoon and the glorious expanse of the star-filled South African sky are witnessed.

Depending on the weather, meals can be had indoors beside a roaring fire, or outside watching the sunset, and enjoying the stars.

Both includes:

All-inclusive of all meals, welcome drink, house beverages/wine/beer/spirit, prices lie below the form

Family suite
Couples Suite

If you have an questions or are interested in visiting (or indeed would like to check availability), please fill out the form below

Perivoli lagoon house – Kleinriver lagoon, Hermanus

Perivoli Lagoon house

Perivoli Lagoon House sits beside the Perivoli lagoon. The lagoon is quite an interesting place, because while it sits beside the sea, spararted by a thin strip of sand, it is fed by a river. It is therefore usually a freshwater lagoon despite its position. However, at various points in the year it gets backfilled by salty ocean water when a storm carries it over the wall.

Surrounded by 140 hectares of colourful Fynbos biome, this is a lovely wild retreat for a group to enjoy together. With the sea only a short distance away, it is also possible to walk down to the beach and watch the whales (when they are in residence which is the second half of the year).

With delicious food and drink, and wonderful people to look after you during your stay, you can enjoy your relaxing stay in comfort while you explore the area.

Consisting of 4 bedrooms, with all amenities available you could expect, and with staff consisting of a butler, chef and a nature guide, to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible and to allow you to enjoy everything that the reserve has to offer. Services available on site is a spa within the house and massage services, there is also a heated outdoor pool.

This is a fantastic place for a large family to gather away from other people or a group of friends to visit together.

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