They say you should fall in love with the journey and not the destination, but that’s easier said than done when you visit beautiful destinations like Savanna Lodge.
From the moment we arrived at Savanna Lodge we were welcomed with the warmest of smiles and treated like family. Their one and only goal, as it appears, is to spoil you to the best food, most comfortable rooms, and unmatched service, making you feel like nothing is too much trouble.
Located in one of our favourite reserves, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where you are guaranteed some of the best wildlife sightings in Africa. Integrating these amazing big five sightings with the luxury and sophistication of this incredible lodge, only makes it that much more breathtaking.
The main lodge area is well designed and stylishly decorated with double volume ceilings, airy and cozy lounging areas which are screened by tropical manicured gardens overlooking a swimming pool and waterhole. Meal times are a surprise each night as you never know if you will be dining around an enticing boma fire under the stars, in a beautifully appointed lounge area or in your suite, or even better yet, a refurbished antique train seeped in history and charm, awarding us with one of the most unique and special dinners our family have had together. It’s distinctive moments like this that become engrained in your memories forever.
One of my favourite things about going on family safari trips like these, is definitely how easy it is to keep the kids, and dad, busy for hours. You wake up early and have 3-4 hours in nature on your game drive, experiencing magical wildlife sightings and being spoilt to a hot chocolate, coffee and snacks in the bush, only to arrive back for a plentiful breakfast. You then get to spend the afternoon swimming either in your own plunge pool or in the large main pool area. I’ll admit, one of my guilty pleasures is sneaking in a little afternoon nap or delectable massage at the spa while the boys play. Most of these luxurious lodges have fun activities like setting up camera traps or doing short walks with the rangers too, which can also give parents a bit of breathing room. Then it’s off to a delicious lunch, and getting ready to head off on your evening game drive. So if you’re worried that the kids may get bored, that certainly isn’t an option, there is just so much to do. But what I love most is the satisfaction of all the knowledge they are gaining about the flora and fauna while out on these drives, they are so curious and ask loads of questions and have fallen in love with nature as much as we have. Pulling kids away from technology from time to time, to open their eyes to the real world, can only be a good thing.
There’s nothing like arriving back to an air conditioned and beautiful room. We stayed in the enormous luxurious Savanna Family Suite, with all the modern amenities, and two large beautifully furnished bedrooms appointed on either side of an interconnecting lounge. Each with huge deluxe bathrooms, opening onto the spacious tropical outdoor showers, which is a firm favourite for Mike, I absolutely adored the romantic rose petal drawn baths with champagne each night. The boys enjoyed having their own plunge pool and spent hours swimming while looking out for animals wandering past.
We were spoilt with unbelievable sightings of the big five and much more, led by our extremely proactive and knowledgeable tracker, Life, and guide, Dan. We were so fortunate to experience a sighting of a mother leopard and cub affectionately loving each other on top of a picturesque boulder in a dry riverbed, one of our favourite sightings ever.
When thinking back to our stay at Savanna Lodge, there are not just one or two things that made it spectacular, but every little thing. Every warm smile, every engaging conversation, every special dinner setting, every romantically drawn bath and every effort that is made to make your stay exceptional.
It’s all the little moments, that make life a big adventure.