Transfer today to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Skukuza (cost of flight not included). Upon arrival at Skukuza Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Lion Sands Ivory Lodge for four nights. Ivory Lodge is the understated jewel in the Lion Sands crown where hospitality is designed entirely around YOU and luxury is a feeling – much more than a sophisticated room in an exotic location. A cue was taken from Mother Nature to build a lodge ‘of the earth’, with natural materials that complement the surrounding bush environment and an open design that draws your attention outside. Décor is rich yet minimal, lighting is ambient, and African design accents subtly pick up on the safari theme. Ivory Lodge awes with a natural and simple beauty, enhanced only by breathtaking river scenes. The lodge’s eight one-bedroom Villas, set secluded at the confluence of the Sabie and Sand rivers, are the ultimate bush retreats. Here, only the best-of-the-best will do, somehow made all the more wonderful in the wild. Your private lounge, patio, deck and pool invite easy relaxation, while a dedicated team of staff are always on hand to take care or your every whim and fancy. Everything is included – from your champagne of choice stocked in the maxibar, to the washing and pressing of your favourite shirt – to create a highly-personalised experience of a safari, your way.
The Lion Sands private reserve conserves 10 000ha (25 000ac) of habitat within the Sabi Sand Private area and is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. You can see all of Africa’s iconic species here, including all of the Big Five, along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird – while having minimal encounters with other people.
Wake with the dawn chorus for the day’s first game drive. While the sun is just rising, this is peak game viewing time. Encounter nocturnal animals returning to rest and others headed out to hunt. The thrill of being let in on this world (and the coffee stop) will give you a buzz.
As the day fades, a whole other world of animals emerges into the evening. It’ll take a little more to spot them, but with your guides’ keen eyes and your senses now attuned to the sounds, scents and movements of the bush, this experience captures the very essence of safari.
Led by your expert guides, these are our walks on the wild side. For those who want to experience the bush, beyond observing it, there is no more real excursion. Feel the grass brush your hands, hear the crunch of scrub nearby, and spot game appear just meters off – exhilarating!