andBeyond Exeter River Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River within the well-known Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The expansive grasslands alongside the graceful lodge provides constant succulent fodder for wandering wildlife, over which all eight luxury suites have spectacular views.
Exeter River Lodge: Abundant Luxury River Life
The multi-level guest area and shaded dining deck, canopied by a colossal Sausage Tree, offer additional game viewing platforms as a variety of animals splash and cavort nearby throughout the day. The lounge area is made up of numerous intimate relaxation havens where guests can take in the sights and sounds of an African safari experience. An enthusiastic and friendly community of local Shangaan butlers are quick to excite your thirst with a selection of local or imported beverages.
Authentic African Luxury
For something truly authentic ask for the homemade lemonade with freshly embalmed passion fruit.
Each spacious suite is designed for relaxation and comfort while embracing the luxury of private plunge pools and deep loungers on secluded verandas. Persian carpets, vogue fabrics and an eclectic collection of lavish armchairs entice guests to retire in the cool interior of their suite between game drives. A scrumptious lunch interlude on the al fresco dining deck leaves you satisfied and magnetically drawn to your oversized plump pillows or the pleasure of an in-room massage.
Guide and tracker teams
When setting out on safari at daybreak, your experienced guide will discuss with you your wildlife wish list. Your trusted tracker sits up front in, as he likes to call it ‘his office’, scanning the dusty tracks for signs of nearby animals. He signals to his partner when he anticipates their presence. Their passion for wildlife ensures an unbeatable interpretive safari experience. A special spot is chosen to savour tea, coffee and secret-recipe rusks before continuing the game drive and eventually meandering back to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is well-known for its leopard sightings but lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo, among other species, are regularly viewed.
Evening game drives begin in the late afternoon and after a crepuscular sundowner, spotlights are scanned in the hope of intercepting an elusive nocturnal creature. Back at the lodge, night watchmen will escort you to the lantern-lit boma for dinner. Be watchful, as you may even catch a glimpse of a resident Large Spotted Genet in the beam of his torch!
The enchanting atmosphere around the campfire whilst celebrating the day’s excitement draws guests into the heart and soul of Exeter River Lodge. Favourite local Shangaan dishes, accompanying a mouth watering dinner, exhibit indigenous culture and nothing is more South African than sipping Amarula on ice around the campfire before retiring for the evening.
Exeter River Lodge is approximately a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport but Iconic Africa recommends an easy flight into the Reserve and short transfer by your guide in a closed vehicle to the lodge. If travelling from Cape Town let Iconic Africa organise a 3 hour flight to either Skukuza Airport or Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport where a quick change over will have you enjoying a 20 minute scenic flight to &Beyond River Lodge’s airstrip.
Memorable to every guest visiting Exeter River Lodge is the lullaby of the Sand River. Singing you into dreamy slumber and reawakening your senses at dawn, this riverside paradise is perfect for romantic couples, families, wildlife enthusiasts and big-cat lovers.