Jackalberry and leadwood trees lend their shade to just four spacious suites at Leadwood Lodge, situated on a wooded bank of the Sand River. The suites are discretely distanced from each other to offer solitude and privacy. The lodge is a tactile blend of boldly expressed and contrasted materials – crushed stone, raw cement, dark meranti, rough granite and glass. Soft furnishings provide an inviting counterpoint to the textures and patinas of the structure. Each suite has a fireplace, sitting room and private pool, surrounded by a wooden deck. The ensuite bathrooms are spacious, with both indoor and outdoor showers.
The lodge is a tactile blend of boldly expressed and contrasted materials – crushed stone, raw cement, dark meranti, rough granite and glass. Soft furnishings provide an inviting counterpoint to the textures and patinas of the structure. The elevated dining and sitting areas boast dramatic views out over the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers. The clever use of steps and levels creates intimate spaces for quiet game viewing or unwinding with a good book. Dinner is served in enchanting settings, adding romance to magical African evenings. Meals are shared on an open deck tucked beneath the boughs of a jackalberry tree or around a roaring fire in the open-air boma.
With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, this reserve benefits from the great diversity of animals found in one of the richest wildlife areas on the African continent, along with the additional benefits experienced on a private game reserve. Game drives traverse an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of the game viewing experience. Sensitive off-road driving ensures that guests have the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements.
Adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing.
Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares (almost five million acres), an area equivalent to the state of New Jersey.