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Enjoy exceptional Big 5 game viewing while staying at the wonderful Exeter River Lodge in South Africa's Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. This exclusive lodge also offers an unbeatable culinary experience and excellent, personalised service.

Exeter River Lodge is situated under a shady canopy of ebony trees and overlooks the flowing Sand River. Experience excellent game viewing on morning, afternoon and evening game drives as well as guided walking safaris. For photography enthusiasts there are also photographic walking safaris on offer.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #10 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014

highlights

  • Set on a private concession with magnificent river views
  • The lodge has an expansive deck with plenty of areas to relax and enjoy the view
  • Enjoy personal, attentive service with surprises around every corner
  • Superb culinary experience - fresh & healthy cuisine
  • Luxurious & spacious suites, all with fantastic views
  • One of our best romantic safari lodges

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Facilities

Exeter River Lodge offers all the facilities necessary to enjoy an authentic yet comfortable safari experience.

Lounges and dining areas all have large decks offering beautiful views over the river and surrounding floodplains.

The lodge also offers a fully-stocked bar, perfect for relaxing sundowner drinks after your afternoon game drive.

General Facilities

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    Babysitting service available
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    Wi-fi available
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    Swimming Pool
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    Laundry service

Dining

Exeter River Lodge prides itself on its excellent cuisine. The à la carte restaurant caters to all tastes and meals can be enjoyed in an open-air boma, the dining room or even, candle-lit style, out in the bush.

Suite

Exeter River Lodge has eight luxurious suites, all with lovely views over the Sand River - keep an eye out for wildlife at the river's edge. Suites come complete with private plunge pools, an en suite bathroom and a refreshing outdoor shower. There is also air-conditioning as well as central heating to ensure your comfort during any season.

Suite AMENITIES

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    Air-conditioning
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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Hairdryer
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    Mini Bar
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    Outdoor shower
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    Safe
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    Telephone

Activities

  • Birding
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • High tea on offer
  • Picnics
  • Bush dining
  • Specialist guides
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $665 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 19 Jan 2015 $730 Fully Inclusive
  • 22 Apr 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $730 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Standard Suite Request a quote for rate detail

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

  • The lodge is simply beautiful with absolutely the highest level of service. Warm towels to greet you every time you come in from a game drive or at check in. Food that rivals gourmet restaurants, and they feed you every chance they get. Delicious! They provide hot water bottles and blankets as it gets chilly in the mornings. One morning there was a surprise - we were taken to a place where there was a chef making crumpets with all sorts of topping choices. All this with hot breakfast still waiting in the lodge! We saw a large crocodile in the river. They do your laundry for you - including underwear, and its returned the same day. Plenty of bottled water, and they ask you not to drink the tap water. There are umbrellas provided, and an adapter as well. There is a fully stocked bar in the room, and drinks flow freely any time you want.The game watching was fabulous and we got to see the big five, and many more animals, all in a span of one evening drive and a morning drive the next day. It's amazing how close they park the jeep. The animals just ignore the jeeps. Our trip is almost over now, and we have stayed at three other camps - one in Zambia, and two in Botswana. The Exeter River Lodge was among our favorite.

    Mukesh Mehta, September 2014
  • The trip was wonderful and went off without any problems at all. All of the reservations, transfers and accommodations were fantastic and we especially appreciated all of the personal attention and flourishes at the safari lodges. All of the personnel were exceedingly pleasant and helpful and took the time to get to know you.

    Kevin O'Neal, July 2013
  • The Exeter River Lodge, again greeted us both by name, welcomed us to the lodge and gave us the general tour, each member of staff was introduced to us by name and likewise greeted us by ours every time they saw us, which we both felt was an incredible feat ? and added a really personal touch. Our room was amazing, gorgeous views of the river, the facilities in the room were excellent, our minibar was restocked 2 a day and they products supplied for the bathroom were divine. Our butler Ronnie couldn’t have done more for us and he had worked in conjunction with the Chef to arrange an array of gluten free treats for me at every meal, I thought I would be forgoing bread, muffins, melktert etc. but chef worked incredibly hard to ensure that I was always catered for… I really felt that they had gone to an incredible lengths to ensure that I was included and this never seemed like it was any trouble for them at all, and having stayed in 5* hotels globally this was a very new experience for me! Our ranger, Andrew had such an incredible passion for his job, he even managed to spark a fledgling interest in birds in both Damon and I, and we were only there to see the big 5 and by the end of the trip with them we actually gained an enormous amount of knowledge about other wildlife, birdlife, plants and frogs ? I couldn’t recommend him enough for personality, passion, his ability to connect with any age range we were on tour with an 85yr old couple on honeymoon, a single 40+ lady from Oz and the two of us 30 something’s and none of us could stop singing his praises. Ronny and the staff also went out of their way to arrange a surprise romantic dinner in our room, with a romantic candle lit bath (freshly poured upon return from evening game drive) on our last night, it couldn’t have been more special! The things I’d change about this holiday was perhaps my over indulgence with Chef’s amazing food!

    Keri McMenamin, March 2013
  • Exeter was also very good, the room is beautiful and the game drive was the best we had, especially because the Ranger (Steve) and the Tracker (Jack) that were very good.

    Renato Cukier, June 2012
  • Exeter River Lodge was more what we were hoping for. The accommodations were excellent and the staff was so accommodating. It was clearly a little more comercial that Pondoro, but that was completely ok with us. We had one night were there was a problem with the room and they took care of it right away. We saw every animal here as well and it was awesome.

    Jason Hochfelder, April 2012
  • I really enjoyed Exeter River Lodge. The accommodation there is excellent as is the food. The ranger and tracker Craig and Martin were excellent and managed to find us fantastic game sightings. The staff as ever at an Andbeyond lodge were excellent and the service I received was first class. I seem to have got all lodges to realise that a plate of fruit is all need for lunch! The only way to survive the quality and quantity of the food!

    Peter Leigh, April 2012
  • This lodge was absolutely spectacular from the accommodations and views of animals from your room to the top notch food. This lodge definitely met/exceeded our expectations. We loved the game drives and got to see the Big 5 multiple times!

    Roger Hall, November 2011
  • Exeter River Lodge: What can we say but FANTASTIC! The accommodations, staff, ranger, tracker, room all excellent quality. We felt like celebrities. They treated all of their guests so well. Our ranger Richard and our tracker Eric were not only wonderful at their job but you could feel their passion and they taught us so much about wildlife, flowers, birds etc. We even went on a walking safari and tracked giraffes. All staff were wonderful and kind human beings and we would highly recommend Exeter River Lodge in a flash.

    Diane Hanbury, November 2010
  • The safari was definitely the highlight of our trip and we enjoyed the personal attention the small lodge afforded. Our road transfers were all seamless. We particularly enjoyed our transfer to the safari as the driver (by the name of Doctor) shared a lot with us about the area, farming, and daily life.

    Jodi Miller, November 2010
  • Our stay at Exeter River Lodge was outstanding. The accommodations were breathtaking.

    Susan & Larry Warhus, October 2010

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

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"Exeter River Lodge has one of the best locations in the Sabi Sands and each suite has dramatic close up views of the river."

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This lodge was absolutely spectacular from the accommodations and views of animals from your room to the top notch food. This lodge definitely met/exceeded our expectations. We loved the game drives and got to see the Big 5 multiple times!

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