If you're looking for intimacy, romance and an utterly relaxing experience in the heart of South Africa's game reserves, then Lion Sands Ivory Lodge (read the full review here) is the ideal place from which to discover this mesmerising wild country. With safaris and cultural tours of the local surroundings, this lodge provides the very best of facilities for your stay, including luxuries such as a wine cellar and library. Situated in the extreme south of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, it shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and guests have exclusive access to the Lion's reserve, a truly unique experience.
On entering the lodge, you are welcomed into a small, smart reception area before being left to explore its communal areas complete with comfotable armchairs, delicate African carvings and shelf upon shelf of books. Furthermore this beautiful space has its own bar and working fireplace, with an outside deck for meals and relaxation during the day. There's even a telescope for you to spot the animals that wander across the park, which makes for endless entertainment.
The rooms have an extremely distinctive feel, with a covered walkway separating the bedroom from the living space. The rooms all have a king-size bed, beautifully dressed in quality linens and a stylish bathroom, complete with large outdoor shower. The living space comprises sofas and armchairs surrounding a working fireplace, while just outside is a spacious terrace and private plunge pool with spectacular views of the wilderness.
Meals are taken extremely seriously, with much preparation going into each and every one. You will have the opportunity to eat most, if not all meals, on the deck overlooking the bush and watching out for the passing wildlife. For those who enjoy their wines, private tasting sessions can be taken in the cellar in the company of a top sommelier. A unique African experience for travellers in need of a bit of luxury, the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is one not to be missed.
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