Leopard Hills Lodge
When thinking of safaris in South Africa, most people think of Kruger Park instead of Sabi Sands. We’re big fans of Sabi Sands in South Africa. Sabi Sands is a 75.000 hectares private game reserve where the rangers take you “off road”, so you can actually benefit from the “tracking” man sitting on front of the 4-wheel drive. Besides, stunning Sabi Sands is not full of safari lodges and you’re not looking at an impala together with 20 other jeeps at the same time.
After a flight in the smallest plane you can imagine, followed by a warm welcome, a great lunch is immediately served. By the way, at Leopard Hills Lodge all meals plus drinks are included. You have lunch on the upper terrace where you can enjoy the amazing view of a pond, where elephants come to drink in some months of the year. Our lunch wasn’t even served yet when a local monkey jumps down a tree, grasps the food of our plates and disappears like a real Tarzan back into a tree! Apparently we weren’t the only ones who were hungry! Apart from this, the food at Leopard Hills Lodge is truly delicious.
This heavenly hilltop lodge in Sabi Sands is absolutely not your average high-end safari destination in South Africa. The service is really perfect here, its hilltop location is stunning and Leopard Hills owns a large wine cellar. Managed and run by the ultra-experienced Duncan and Louise Rodgers, Leopard Hills is an intimate, small, personal and very exclusive safari lodge. The very friendly and sincere staff from Leopard Hills Lodge are doing their utmost to make your days in the South African bush memorable. With the perfect safari ambience, Leopard Hills Lodge is ideal for safari goers, luxury lovers, honeymooners and romantics.
With only eight stylish glass-fronted suites, privacy is assured. Decorated in a colonial style with modern safari touches, the luxurious & spacious suites at Leopard Hills Lodge boast romantic bathrooms as well as private sundecks. Each villa has a plunge pool, but be aware because some elephants might want to get a sip from your pool and before you know it your lounge bed in the sun is being hijacked by a leopard! This actually happened when we were there.
Every morning you wake up early for the first safari and each game drive is completely different. It’s so spectacular to observe all the wild animals here and enjoy this wonderful area. Even a lion and lioness who are making passionate love are one of the many special scenes you can watch here. The lioness clearly has nothing to say and must completely obey. If you need to urinate during the game drive, be careful because before you know it there are roaring lions surrounding you.
Guided safari excursions take place twice a day, all organized in small groups. Every morning there is a stop for coffee & tea with some muffins, while in the afternoon there’s a break for a sundowner in the South African bush. The surrounding here is changing by the hour and every time you are surprised by another special animal. Think of drinking & playing elephants, rare birds, fast racing leopards, cheeky monkeys and a giant rhinoceros blocking the road. Absolutely amazing!
Cool down after a game drive or guided walk with a dip in the refreshing pool or unwind with a bush treatment in the massage sala. Leopard Hills’ cozy library and lounge provide further relaxation. There is also a gym to keep you fit and healthy. If you want you can visit a local village to meet the people and see how they live. After the last safari, dine on the veranda, while the candlelit boma dinners add to the romance of the African safari experience.
We can’t wait to return to Leopard Hills Lodge someday…