andBeyond Leadwood Lodge is positioned on the confluence of the Mabrak and Sand Rivers within the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The Reserve borders the world- renowned Kruger National Park and has become legendary for its leopard sightings. You will be welcomed on arrival with chilled effervescent bubbles in crystal clear flutes - an Afro-chic uniform proudly worn by your personal butler who grins his widest smile and waves a frenzied salutation. This attention to detail, personalised hospitality and idyllic luxury is mirrored throughout the lodge’s intimate spaces and your safari experience.
Serenity and solitude in your sophisticated suite
andBeyond Leadwood Lodge offers its guests a cosy sanctuary where the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding wilderness emanates into the four tasteful suites through the expansive glass sliding doors. Flamboyant peacock-blue cushions electrify natural tones and textures and regal free-standing baths await your plunge. A therapeutic massage under the eaves of your thatched suite can be arranged on request through your hospitable camp manager.
The suites are generously spaced apart from each other, further maximising total serenity and solitude. Underfloor heating tenderly warms your toes in the “chill” of Winter and a king-sized pool on your private deck gently cools your soul in the heat of Summer. Every season at &Beyond Leadwood Lodge whole-heartedly smothers its guests in supreme luxury.
The Leadwood tree
The private decks give rite of passage for the cuboidal bark of the iconic Leadwood trees. This provides natural shade for lazy afternoons sipping hand-muddled cocktails between game drives. Local Shangaan legend whispers that placing a twig from the Leadwood Tree in your pocket enforces the bond between new friends. Leadwood Lodge’s team of high-spirited and passionate people ensure that lifelong friendships are nurtured and often guests return on the strength of these connections.
Leadwood Lodge is an ideal choice for small groups of family or friends wanting to share a safari experience together. The central guest area resembles a snakes and ladders board and every intimate level reveals a unique nook to explore. An arboreal library leading up to a treehouse-like dining deck retells stories of andBeyond’s conservation history, and as you peer down over the river, why not do some birding with the help of book off the literary shelves? A modern designed boma comes alive by candle –light and an eight-seater family table is watched over by a medieval chandelier. The sparks of the campfire and smells from the kitchen excite hungry palates and stories are told of the day’s sightings over a berry-infused bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the wine cellar.
Out in the wilderness, Leadwood Lodge’s highly-trained guide and tracker team will thrill you with exciting wildlife encounters or explore the bushveld with you on a guided walk. Scenic stops will be made to quench your thirst and allow you to take in the fresh air and unfamiliar sounds of the environment. The ever famed Big 5 – Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino roam the traversable landscape and many more species fill each drive with unforgettable memories and photographs.
andBeyond Leadwood Lodge is approximately a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport but Iconic Africa recommends an easy flight into the reserve with a short road transfer by your guide. Alternately take a 3 hour flight from Cape Town to either Skukuza or Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport where a quick change over will have you enjoying a 20 minute scenic flight to Leadwood Lodge’s airstrip.
Africa’s sacred connections are guarded by a handful of passionate people with a desire to share their home with you. You will feel an undeniable connection with Africa the moment an African elephant rumbles its satisfaction as it drinks heartily in front of your luxurious suite at andBeyond Exeter Leadwood Lodge. Similarly the morning song of a yellow-billed hornbill perched in a Leadwood Tree unifies a sacred connection to Africa.