Stay at the exclusive Leadwood Lodge, with only 4 suites situated on the bank of the Sand River and shaded by leadwood and jackalberry trees. Enjoy an exclusive and very upmarket South African safari experience in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. This reserve is adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park and offers an abundance of wildlife and superlative Big 5 game viewing.

Enjoy close-up sightings of classic African animals while on open-vehicle game drives; for the slightly more adventurous, a guided walking safari offers the chance to discover the details behind the African bush as well as affording you the opportunity to enjoy the thriving and diverse birdlife of the area.

Recent accolades & press

  •  World Travel Awards 2013-2015 - South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge
  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #10 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014


  • Set in a private Sabi Sands concession with excellent leopard sightings
  • Exclusive, four-bed lodge 
  • Elevated with dramatic river views
  • Elegant suite each with a fireplace, plunge pool and outdoor shower
  • A perfect romantic safari retreat
  • Enjoy the finest safari cuisine all fresly prepared and tailored to you

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Leadwood Lodge offers excellent facilities for you to enjoy during your stay. Soak up the beautiful views over the Sand River from the viewing deck and keep an eye out for thirsty animals coming down to the river banks.

In the evenings, order a refreshing sundowner drink from the bar before relaxing around the fire and swopping stories in the open-air boma.

General Facilities

    Heated swimming pool
    Plunge pool
    Wi-fi available
    Laundry service


Leadwood Lodge offers outstanding fine dining with dishes offering a delicate blend of African flavours. Dinners are special events at Leadwood and are served in a number of locations to maximise the magic of an African evening.

Plated meals are presented in the elegant dining room or the open deck under the magnificent African night sky. Alternatively, traditional braais (barbeques) are enjoyed in the warm atmosphere of the enclosed African boma around a roaring fire.


Leadwood Lodge offers only four lavish and spacious glass-fronted suites. The suites include an en suite bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower, air-conditioning, heating and a mini bar. Each suite also features a private infinity edge pool, encircled by a wooden deck offering superb views.


    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini bar
    Outdoor area
    Outdoor shower
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Bush dining
  • Night drives
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $860 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $990 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Beauitful lodge and suite, food was exceptional, staff were very friendly and accommodating, animal sightings were excellent.

    Liam Coppinger, February 2016
  • Leadwood Lodge was over the top! Let me say that this should be the last stop on the itinerary as anything after it will suffer in comparison. The kids were "homesick" the first day of our next stop and they didn't mean the USA. They wanted to go home to Martha, Chris, Justin, John, Isaac and Patricia at Leadwood Lodge!

    Margarita Padilla, August 2015
  • The manager and staff were friendly, helpful and very efficient. All meals were excellent! Breakfast and lunch were usually served on a platform in the trees overlooking the river bed and dinner in a number of locations, including the Boma and a beautifully laid out table in our room. Our ranger, Blaine was good company and very knowledgeable. We were fortunate to have many sightings of leopard, lion and fantastic up close viewings of elephant, particularly young ones playing and tumbling over each other and splashing about in the river. It was an incredible privilege just to watch and be part of a brief moment or two in their lives while they grow up.

    Simon Warner, May 2015
  • Leadwood is a wonderful location. Accommodation was brilliant, spacious, well laid out and with plenty of private outside space. The common areas still provided privacy for us, we could have been the only guests. The staff were so friendly and attentive and nothing was a bother to them.

    Tom Melaugh, March 2015
  • Phinda vlei was amazing. Our guide and tracker, Martin and Abel were incredible. They truly went the extra mile to find whatever we were asking to see. And we saw some incredible things! The rooms were very nice as was food but felt the food at leadwood was much better. Lucas the manager at vlei was very good but Nicola at leadwood was amazing. Our guides at leadwood were very good but the guide and tracker at vlei went above and beyond to satisfy whatever we wanted. Leadwood beautiful. Nicola made our stay so special, eating in a different place each night, music and braii one night. The cook went out of his way for the group of us there as nick was allergic to nuts, I can't do seafood and ended up eating vegetarian and the other couple, one was gluten free! The chef had his hands full but all of us felt we ate the most amazing food. Happiness the cook at vlei made me some wonderful vegetarian things also. The cooking staff at vlei interacted with us more but food better at leadwood. Game drives were great in both places. I am being picky as both were amazing but after talking to everyone those are the differences we felt! Would we go back to either? Most certainly! One night I wasn't feeling well so Nicola came to our room with toast, jam and ginger ale for me! She was such an asset to leadwood!

    Patti Nett, June 2014
  • Thank you so much for arranging our trip - we had the best holiday ever! Leadwood Lodge was stunning and, as it turned out, we were the only guests for the entire four days of our stay. It became almost like a second honeymoon trip for us - surprise bush picnics and candle-lit dinners on top of spectacular game viewing. Thanks again.

    Stacy Townson, November 2012
  • We had a fabulous trip, and thank you for arranging it for us.

    Michael Scott, April 2012
  • Having been to many Game reserves, the Leadwood lodge was worth every penny for the quality of game viewing. This has probably ruined it for all other trips. The People were also great and managed the correct balance of social integration, BBQs in the evening, and privacy. Made some new friends and Sandie was in tears when we left. Only complaint was the lack of heating in the plunge pools, they were freezing. After all the money they have spent and the rates they charge I wouldn't expect the heating to break the bank.

    Tommy Wakefield-Smith, December 2009
  • Leadwood Lodge was amazing. Our favourite. The staff, the standard of accommodation, the food, the attention to detail were all absolutely brilliant. I would recommend this lodge to anyone as a wonderful honeymoon treat.

    Claire Evans, May 2009
  • We especially loved Leadwood and the people there. I think Harry and I have both got the Africa bug now and we are definately going back in the future.

    Harriet Roberts, January 2008

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Monique Roden

Monique Roden

Africa Safari Expert

"Leadwood offers a truly exclusive, intimate & serene ''Big 5'' wildlife experience - the staff & experience made me feel like royalty!"



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Beauitful lodge and suite, food was exceptional, staff were very friendly and accommodating, animal sightings were excellent.

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