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Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Pick up rental vehicle from Europcar counter at the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.
I was really impressed with the MQP Airport, it's a welcoming building and it feels like you've arrived in the bush. Unfortunately the girl behind Europcar's counter was clearly not in a very good mood. The service however was quick & we got our vehicle without any delays or too many forms or formalities. Vehicle was a standard group B - with no problems other than the radio that didn't work properly.

We stopped in Hazyview for a bite to eat when we realized that we weren't going to make it in time for lunch at Singita. Good thing we drove - we were under the impression that we could do the drive from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Singita in an hour - maybe that would be possible if you don't get lost ;-) We had to call Singita Lodge to get directions - the staff member was helpful with directions. Only thing is: we were told that at Hazyview (at the new shopping centre) you turn right into Paul Kruger Road = the road that has now been renamed to Portia someone or other. Luckily we knew that road would take you to Paul Kruger Gate, which thank goodness has not been renamed (yet anyway).

At 15h00PM we received a courtesy call from Singita Lodge to find out where we were, which I thought was very nice as they knew we were self driving.

Just before Shaws Gate at Sabi Sands Game Reserve we were accosted (I would like to use the word harassed, but that might be a bit heavy) by "performing" children in the middle of the dirt road. They make it very difficult for a vehicle to pass without giving them something. As we were not sure if there might be someone hiding in the bush, or if it might be an ambush of sorts, or what exactly these kids were up to we continued driving and they eventually had to let us pass. This problem again presented itself on exiting the game reserve - and I do think it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Something that might solve the problem would be to have a more organized performing group at the gate with a sign or two, making it look more legitimate.

15h30PM Check in was handled very well, we were met at the entrance to the lodge with hot towels and porter on hand to take care of the bags and our vehicle. We were shown to the general lounge area, where we took a seat and were served a drink whilst filling out the indemnity forms. The lodge manager on duty was Mark and he handled us brilliantly. We were assigned a 'private butler' who would after us for the duration of our stay. They did offer to get us connected with the game drive, but we opted to rather relax a little and enjoy the lodge.

We were then shown to our suite - number 10, which is right next to the lodge, but still private enough. The suite really is beyond stunning! Upon entrance to the left there's two steps down into a comfortable lounge area, well stocked with informative books on the lodge, the area, the fauna & flora, etc. On the corner next to the huge fireplace was a tray with a fabulous dry white wine chilling and fresh fruit.

There was also two welcome notes: one from Lew and a beautiful Barbara Tyrrell card from Tony (he must be very clever with a handwriting like that ;-). The only, and one and only 'mistake' (so minute it's probably not even worth mentioning) was that they addressed Robin as Ms. - but he is in fact Mr. But the two complimentary Singita caps definitely made up for that.

The décor is very eclectic, with a whole variety of different styles, textures and original artworks that deserve some closer attention. We could have stayed in that suite for at least a week without ever getting bored. The mini bar was exceptionally well stocked, and we really didn't lack for anything. There was even a folder with watercolour paints, paper and brush - another one of those little touches that make Singita one of the best in the world. If we had more time, I would definitely have tried my hand at capturing that amazing view from our deck. Whilst I'm on the deck... there's a beautiful plunge pool with heated water - which was put to the test when we got back from our dinner that evening. The pool definitely passed with flying colours! (Although one cup was lost in the experiment - due to one little step just outside the bathroom towards the pool - which was not seen / forgotten when I hastily made my way to the plunge pool to join Robin with two cups of coffee in my hands...)

Dinner was indeed as good as we expected, maybe even a little better. The mix of local flavours with European concepts makes for very interesting taste bud experience. The selection of wines, as expected, was phenomenal. We dined in the main formal dining area, which is also tastefully decorated and comfortable.

When we climbed into bed I felt like curling up and crying it was so incredibly comfortable! The bed had been warmed to the most inviting temperature, the turn down was done tastefully, with a note advising us of the weather tomorrow, time to check out, etc. and I just knew not even a lion roaring right outside our window would wake me. All we had to do was lie back and relax till we drifted off to sleep. And so we did!


Overnight: SINGITA - EBONY LODGE, SUITE 10

RATING OUT OF 10

General Overview = 10 - Nothing is a problem, everything has been thought of, and anything is indeed possible.
Accommodation = 10 - Comfort & Style
Staff = 9 - Well trained & Intuitive
Public Areas = 9 - Charm & Character
Game Experience = 8 - Marlboro man Game Ranger who needs more time in the bush.
Leisure Facilities = 9 - Your every need will be attended to!
Catering = 9 - Innovative & Delicious

SUMMARY

Singita Ebony exudes African colonial luxury, and offers impeccable service and privacy in a homely and relaxed atmosphere. The lodge overlooks the Sand River and each suite has its own private heated plunge pool and excellent collection of books and works of art. Singita offers cuisine that is deliciously African, but with an interesting Western twist. The wine cellar and wines stocked is also exceptional and complimentary to the gourmet food offered. It's easy to see why this Relais & Chateaux lodge has won so many accolades over the years. Singita remains one of the best in the world, and we left there knowing that our valued clients will experience the best South Africa has to offer. We can and will recommend both Ebony and Boulders to our well-travelled clients who want and expect only the best.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

5:30amWake up call! Its still dark outside, not even the birds are stirring yet - but the promise of our first official Sabi sands game drive is exciting enough to get even the laziest sleepy head out of bed. At six o'clock sharp we are met by our porter and walked to the main lodge area where our game ranger awaits with fresh coffee, rusks and fruit juices. A quick cuppa caffeine and off we go on our morning game drive. We had a quiet morning, but did see some hippopotamus; elephants, giraffe, impala, crocodile and we did enjoy some excellent birding as well. The morning stop for more coffee and rusks was lovely, and I tried my first cup of hot chocolate with amarula cream = yum!

We had asked the night before if we could perhaps have our breakfast at Boulders Lodge instead, then in this way we could see both lodges and also experience a little bit of the other lodge's service & cuisine. Boulders really bowled me over. What a beautiful lodge! The simple earthy creamy colours are right up my alley, and the water feature on arrival is beautiful indeed. This lodge I think would appeal more to a "younger / hip" clientele, where Ebony is more a classical safari style.

The breakfast was very well presented and everything from fresh fruit, delicious cheeses to perfectly poached eggs were on the menu. The vibe here is one of pure indulgence and comfort, with no one lacking anything and beauty all around. All the staff appears to be very happy working here, and after a few minutes of spending time with them, their love for Singita rubs off and you feel yourself exceptionally sad to have to check out. Check out was as seem-less and well taken care of as the check in was. Our vehicle was washed, polished, luggage loaded and we set off on the next journey.

1:00pm Check in at Londolozi Pioneer camp. Before you enter the Londolozi concession you are stopped at a gate where the security guard checks your papers and then lets you through, he also advises the camp that you are on your way. So when you get to the entrance to the camp, the staff's ready and waiting with a refreshing welcome drink and smiles galore. (Only thing I found not so appealing were the torn & weathered uniforms.) The main area of Pioneers Camp is typical classical colonial style, with a few lovely antiques and small open kitchen. As there are only six suites at Pioneer, everything is small and intimate. Witness, the Pioneer camp manager had our paperwork ready and we signed our indemnity forms and were shown to our suite.

The suite is very tastefully decorated. My eye caught the old sepia photographs on the walls first - and I must admit I did have a bit of a shocker when I saw the hunting photographs (this gets explained later, and now makes sense - why hide the real history of the Sabi Sands area?). The condiments in the bathroom were also on the sparse side, and I would suggest maybe adding a container of bath crystals and / or bath & shower gel. As they are still in the process of finalizing the last touches to the units, it's a bit difficult to know what still has to be added and / or fixed. We had only a few minutes before we were met again and shown to Founders Camp, where Bronwyn Varty met us to show us around all the camps. This young woman has amazing passion for the family & Londolozi history that is very contagious. Within a few minutes of telling us about the lodge's history and the amazing things her father has accomplished, we found ourselves brimming with pride as well! There's a lot of renovating, building, planting and changing happening at Londolozi at the moment. This should all be done within the next two weeks, if all goes according to plan. The most exciting for me was the Granite Suites, with humungous windows and an absolutely unique new style - I cannot wait to see the final product.

We enjoyed a light lunch at the Varty main lodge. There were fresh fruit, different salads, some ribs and chocolate cake plus quite a lot of bees trying desperately to get to the sweet things. After lunch we met our Game Ranger - Samual (more lovingly referred to as Sam the Lion Man). He chatted to us briefly about where we've been, what we'd like to see etc. and then we set off on the afternoon game drive.

We were exceptionally lucky to have a private game drive with Sam and Forester, the tracker. They had been on leave for quite a while and were both clearly very excited to be back in the bush. Again the excitement rubbed off and we found ourselves grinning and humming some unknown tune as we set out in search of Sam's favourite animals - the leopards. Lo and behold = a few minutes later we found our first leopard! It's all true - Londolozi definitely has some excellent leopard sightings. Then we found some elephants, and again another leopard - this time one drinking from a small river and then moving along past some impala and wildebeest. It was quite comic to see the brave impala and wildebeest chasing the leopard - they bark and make a huge noise whilst telling him in no uncertain terms to move along now. The leopard seemed completely oblivious of them - absolutely fascinating. As if that wasn't enough, Sam & Forester then took us straight to some lions - these guys really know their bush! It was an adult male, two sisters and one little cub. So sweet! I was a little worried about the cub, cause apparently its hard for the two lionesses to hunt and look out for the little one. From here we went towards the lodge and found a spot for a "sundowner" (sun had already set - but happily we missed that due to the fact that Sam & Forester had us hanging on their every word). So in the dark they unpacked our table, set out the drinks & snacks and we got down to discussing life, the universe and everything. I found Sam and Forester perfect hosts; they were fun, intelligent, with a wealth of knowledge about their ancestral land and witty to the core. I finally found the Southern Cross, when suddenly we heard a light rustle of the bushes behind us. With the glow of the torchlight we saw the breeding herd of Elephants - and with this we packed up and headed back to lodge.

Back at the lodge we were walked back to our suite, with a few minutes to change before going for dinner at Varty camp's boma. The boma is a very cozy and comfortable area with separate tables. We had the pleasure of dinning with Bronwyn and her brother Boyd, Bronwyn also invited the in-house Yoga teacher: Zeph along. We made for a very interesting table indeed, and the conversation never once turned boring. Boyd and Bronwyn, fourth generation Varty family, are set to make their mark here. They are moving away from the standard 'two game drives a day', and instead focussing on the new Life Centre, with yoga in the bush, tai chi and full moon bush walks. The boma dinner was very nice, with a choice of chicken or kudu with enough salad and veggies to keep any vegetarian happy (it did Zeph ;-)

I was a little disappointed when we got back to our suite and saw that there had been no turn down at all. But, as we were so tired from a very full and exciting day, we crashed soon enough. Something else I missed in the suite was tea & coffee making facilities, but the mini bar was stocked to the hilt. We were woken twice in the night by some sounds completely unknown to us (we heard in the morning that one of those sounds was definitely hyena & we saw the prints to confirm this). These are the moments when you realize that you are really in the middle of the African bush - and unfenced takes on a more significant meaning.

Londolozi Lounge Cheetah in the wild Londolozi Game Drive
Overnight: LONDOLOZI - PIONEER CAMP, SUITE 4

RATING OUT OF 10

General Overview = 8 - Difficult to rate whilst building is in progress.
Accommodation = 8 - Again difficult to rate, as some things are still to be fixed / rebuilt / added to the rooms.
Staff = 9 - All the staff are part of the family, and the family is happy to be in charge again.
Public Areas = 8 - Should be all good when done.
Game Experience = 9 - Fun & Exciting.
Leisure Facilities = 8 - The life centre will be unique & will do very well.
Catering = 8 - Good Food served in good vibes.

SUMMARY

A very charming work in progress. Since the Varty family took over the management from CC Africa a lot of changes has been taking place. These changes are all definite upgrades, and the final product should be brilliant. The family has a sincere love and commitment to Londolozi and it shows. Some additions, like the Life Centre will make Londolozi unique. But something to bear in mind, however, is that Londolozi's size may compromise the sense of exclusivity - especially when all the camps are full. We will definitely recommend Londolozi to our small groups, our clients who are looking for something out of the ordinary, and real leopard enthusiasts.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

5:30amThe night security porter wakes us with a beautiful tray with a very welcome cup of coffee. We get ready and feel our way to Pioneer camp where our game chariot awaits. In the sand in the boma area we see the tracks of the hyena that caused us such 'distress' the night before. Today Sam's voice is almost gone, and he's convinced that Dr. Love had put some spell on him (all in very good humour & just for a laugh). We set out in search of more game, still feeling like excited children about to see it all for the first time. Let's see who was up to what last night! Its like reading the "bush telegraph". First we find the lions of the night before - and my worries are laid to rest when we realize that they have shared a nice big kill, so my little cub is well fed & happily chewing on a bone. We then come across a secretary bird, with his nest close by, I find these birds so entertaining - especially when they start jogging along, such huge but graceful birds. Giraffe's we saw a plenty, and then of course, we find another leopard - this one with a little cub. Unfortunately the cub is still very tiny and camera shy - so we got a few photo's, but without the huge zoom they are hazy to say the least.

We leave mother & cub and head back towards the lodge. But first we stop for a cup of coffee - or should I say a cup of hot chocolate with amarula (this could definitely become a very enjoyable habit ;-). Then we take a few more snaps of some gracious giraffe and watch one female eventually getting a drop to drink before heading back to the lodge for breakfast.

Breakfast was delicious, and this time the bees had no luck getting to the fruit, as this time the food was covered (and wisely so).

Everybody around the main area in the lodge were in high spirits and Bronwyn, Boyd and Zeph came to say hello. Zeph has this really interesting pack of cards - with wild animals on them, and each card / animal has a specific significance. So Robin & I both pulled a card to see what our "advise" for the day would be. I had to draw a second card... the first one was just so deep & a little too significant - so I went from crocodile to lady bird ;) Robin was quite happy with his Owl.

We then went to freshen up, checked out and before we knew it, we were again faced with a clean & polished vehicle (luggage already loaded) and two smiling faces to see us off. A whole new experience awaited us yet again! Savanna Lodge was the only property that we didn't know at all, so we weren't quite sure what to expect.

12:00pm On arrival at the lodge we were met by Melanie, she was eager to show us around and obviously very enthusiastic about the lodge.

We had been upgraded to one of the Savanna Suites - with private plunge pool and a small watering hole just outside the elephant fence. There were two Savanna caps, 2007 Savanna calendars, and a lovely welcome letter complete with Michael Morain poem and decorated with little fresh flowers. It really is the small things that make all the difference. The suite lacked for nothing, and we decided to just soak up the atmosphere for the next two hours. I could have soaked a few days worth of atmosphere!

At two thirty that afternoon we met some of the other guests for lunch. There's a nice big table in the main lodge area next to the pool where guests and the game rangers gather for lunch. The lunch was a feast, with loads of fresh fruits and salads, and the most delicious wraps - vegetarian or chicken. Both were yum, I just had to check ...

Paddy, our game ranger (and also the manager of the lodge) then got us all ready for our afternoon game drive. He's been in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve for over twenty years, and lives and breaths the bush. Take Paddy out the bush and you'll end up with a proverbial 'fish out of water', that's for sure. Again I picked up the excitement that only some rangers have each time they go out on drive - that enthusiasm that makes the three or four hours out in the bush so worth-while.

The afternoon game drive was phenomenal indeed. We saw some hippo, excellent birding and then went to the den of hyena, with little cubs! It was one of the most interesting sights I've ever experienced. We then saw a rhino, and not long after that we found ourselves right in the middle of a breeding herd of elephant, in a big hurry to get somewhere fast. We followed (or were we chased?) to a big watering hole, where the elephants calmed down whilst drinking - they were clearly very thirsty. As if this was not enough, we then went and found ourselves a leopard - this time up in a tree. After spending some time with this gracious animal, we went and spent some time with some male lions, which had taken down a giraffe. The smell was horrific, which was understandable as the kill was already a few days old. After that thrilling sighting we went and had our sundowners, again in the dark - as we had been busy when the sun was setting. Somewhere in the middle of us enjoying our drinks and chatting about life in the bush, there was a slight rustle in the bushes close by - on inspection by James we saw an elephant slowly making his way past us. I am still amazed at how quietly such a huge animal can move! We stuck close to the vehicle, ready to jump on a.s.a.p. - but the elephant clearly didn't think of us as interesting at all and moved on.

We headed back to the lodge after an exhilarating game drive. What was really nice and slightly different here is that you get an hour after the game drive, before dinner is served. I personally think that this gives you that little bit of time, just to take a nice hot bath and relax before dinner. What I did not expect was the hot bath already drawn, with bubbles and two sherry's waiting for us! Only once before had my bath been drawn for me at a lodge - and I must admit, this for me is special with a capital S indeed.

Dinner was set up in the Boma, which was in a C shape around the fire looking out over the bush. Again the catering was lovely, with fresh vegetables, prawns and lamb, etc. The talk around the fire was about everything and more and I found Paddy and Jane fascinating hosts. The staff were all friendly and helpful without being obtrusive. We had a super evening and went to bed very late that night. Back at our suite we had a little bush hare entertaining us before we eventually had to doze off, thanks to the magnificent turn down this was very easy.

Savanna Lodge Accommodation Wildlife at Savanna Lodge Savanna Lodge Wildlife Inside Savanna Lodge
Overnight: SAVANNA LODGE - SAVANNA, SUITE 9

RATING OUT OF 10

General Overview = 9 - A feel good home away from home.
Accommodation = 9 - Very Comfortable & Large
Staff = 9 - Friendly & Efficient
Public Areas = 8 - Again very comfortable, you feel like putting your feet up & relaxing.
Game Experience = 9 - Very informative & Exciting
Leisure Facilities = 7 - No gym or spa
Catering = 8 - Good wholesome food

SUMMARY

Savanna Lodge was indeed a delightful surprise! We went there expecting a "nice little four star lodge" (in the words of one of their neighbours), but instead were presented with a luxurious home from home safari lodge. The attention to detail, the little things that add to the bigger picture is what really makes this lodge 'just a little different'. The focus here is on the bush, specifically the fauna and flora. We will highly recommend this lodge to our clients wanting a tented safari, those with a budget or small families.

Friday, 15 June 2007

5:30amSomehow the ringing of the telephone at this hour does not make for a peaceful awakening. Personally I would prefer a gentle knock on the door, or a much softer and friendlier ring tone on the telephone. It does get you up though, and within half an hour we were ready and eager to go on the morning game drive with Paddy and James. The sunrise was beautiful, and again we saw some excellent game. We went to go see the five lion males with the giraffe again, and this time one could clearly see the mass of maggots that had collected inside the carcass - luckily this time we were out of 'smell's way'! More elephants, leopards, Rhino, hippo and then Paddy impressed us even more by calling a mongoose. We then found ourselves watching a very beautiful Leopard. He's quite funny because he has this nervous twitch of the mouth - something I've never seen in animals. So his right lip lifts every once in a while, making him look like he's growling. He spent some time watching a huge termite mound, where there might have been some warthogs hiding. On our return to the lodge we had a few minutes before breakfast would be served, so we went to our suite to drop off our heavy winter jackets. We walked straight into a herd of elephant. Luckily there is the fence between us, but they felt so close - if I had walked a few feet I could have touched them. But we didn't, we know better ;) We spent some time admiring these huge gracious animals before joining the others for breakfast. Another slap up meal - beautifully presented. All the fruits you could wish for, followed by a plated breakfast. As we finished breakfast, a family group that had been staying at Savanna returned from their hot air balloon experience - it was clear that they had had a mind-blowing experience. We had a quick look at the other room categories, all of them very impressive. All the room categories have the same furnishing and finishes, just the size varies. The bathrooms are all very beautiful, and each room / suite have a private outside area and the same amenities. All in all a delightful lodge, with caring management and a "home from home" feeling. Down to earth, but still high luxury. On check out Paddy and Jane personally assisted us with our luggage to our washed & polished car and waved us off. So off we went on our final safari adventure. I was personally really looking forward to Ulusaba, as Sir Richard Branson has been someone I had looked up to most my life. The main reception area for Ulusaba is big to say the least. Ulusaba also has the biggest airstrip I had ever seen in the bush. Our forms were handed to us, Paul Cluver Brut was opened and we signed our indemnity forms whilst sipping on bubbly & orange juice. We were then introduced to Steve, who would be our game ranger for the duration of our stay. We drove up to Safari Lodge and were met and shown to our room. Right, now here I have to stop and really think about the wording. Disappointing comes to mind first. The room is small, the wooden flooring is uneven and creaks more than our house in Woodstock did. The bed is beautiful & big, but takes up most the space in the room. From our deck we could basically see & hear everything from the room next door = I am sure our neighbours could also hear & see us clearly. Our deck is slowly coming apart, I am sure this is partly due to a troupe of baboons that frequent here, but also due to lack of proper maintenance. Below our deck lay at least three empties - one coca cola and two beer bottles, not a very pretty sight when you are looking for game in the middle of the bush. The septic tank also made some really nerve wrecking sounds and the smell coming from down there just wasn't right. I could mention more, like the spray mark on the wall next to the door, the old and worn information letter in the folder - but I think for now, I think I've said enough. When we had to go to the main deck to partake in high tea before the game drive, we realized we were not given a key to our room. And we were clearly told to make sure we lock our room due to the troupe of baboons in the area who can open doors without a problem. So we dialled 212 - after a few tries we finally got through and were promised to have a key shortly. Half an hour later we decided to go and look for the key ourselves. Eventually someone found a key (although it had a different room name & number on it) and we could at last lock up. High tea consisted of some chocolate cakes, fruit and iced tea. We opted for a drink from the bar instead. The public areas of Ulusaba Safari Lodge is really beautiful, and the bar is definitely where most everything happens. The use of water and wood adds a wonderful calm safari feel to the lodge. The deck area overlooks a big man made watering hole, where we saw two waterbuck. We finally set off on our game drive with Steve, but unfortunately we were not introduced to the tracker. It was a very uneventful game drive, with a sighting of a chameleon and some buffalo. Then we stopped for the sundowners, exactly at sunset, and then we drove around a while longer before heading to the venue of the bush dinner. The bush dinner was exceptionally well planned, and much bigger than I had expected. All the guests from Safari and Rock Lodge were there, with at least one staff member per guest I'd guess. We had endless options to choose from - several different salads, many more meat dishes, oxtail and pap and venison on the grill. We had an absolute feast, and as we were finishing our overloaded plates, the ladies choir performed for us. These ladies are incredibly talented, with amazing voices and dance moves second to none. Only thing I noticed here was that every song they performed was about Ulusaba, and I would have liked a few more traditional local songs instead. It is also worth noting that there was a big family group from Rock Lodge there as well, and the kids (between 6 & 16) were well entertained and looked after throughout. After this bush dinner feast we were driven back to the lodge. There had been a turn down of sorts, with the electric blanket put on full - ouch! The bed was too hot to get into for about half an hour, so we opened it up, switched off the blanket and waited till it was safe to get in. There's also a little light above the front door that we were unable to switch off, and that bugged me the whole night. And then the noises started...

Ulusaba Safari Lodge Ulusaba Safari Lodge Accommodation Ulusaba Safari Lodge Wildlife Ulusaba Safari Lodge Dining Area
Overnight: ULUSABA SAFARI LODGE, ELEPHANT SUITE 3

RATING OUT OF 10

General Overview = 8 - Big Reception & well appointed public areas.
Accommodation = 7 - small & in need of general maintenance
Staff = 8 - good looking bunch
Public Areas = 8 - very nice decor
Game Experience = 7 - not the best
Leisure Facilities = 9 - lovely boma, excellent spa & gym, great public pool
Catering = 9 - food was definitely the highlight here

SUMMARY

Sometimes lodges get so busy that they don't get to general maintenance, and eventually small cracks start appearing. This is what I believe is happening at Ulusaba Safari Lodge. The Elephant Suite 3 definitely needs some work. Luckily the main lodge areas are in better shape. I also found the 212 number for assistance was usually busy or not answered at all. What did impress me personally was the great effort made (in the general literature in the room) to make guests aware of the environment and local community. I do believe that Rock Lodge might be much better, and will be back to see this lodge soon. We would recommend Ulusaba Rock Lodge for families - the lodge clearly makes great attempts at entertaining the kids.

Saturday, 16 June 2007

We had decided not to join the last morning's game drive. After about twenty-four hours of game drives, and having seen the big five and spending some time with Steve - we decided to rather have a closer look at the lodge. But, although we advised the staff that we would not be joining the morning game drive, we got a wake up call at exactly five thirty (again with the normal telephone call). And then again at six o clock there was the porter at our door! With the sun rising, so did the troupe of baboons. First the barking started; they then started running around on the roof of our room and generally took over the outside areas. Even a light bulb was unscrewed and thrown on the balcony. Who needs a game drive, when you can just lie in bed and watch these Chacma's antics.

Eventually we thought it had quietened down enough for us to venture outside our room. We set out to the lodge's deck area for breakfast. We were met by friendly staff and shown to our table. The guests returning from the game drive joined us and we enjoyed our last breakfast in the bush. Anything we could have asked for was there, from fresh fruit to tasty wheat. Delicious. We were then shown around the lodge, and saw the Body Boma, the public areas and the curio shop. Unfortunately all the other room categories were full and we couldn't see any of the other rooms, nor could we see Rock Lodge, as there was only one vehicle available and some guests had to get to the main reception area - so we checked out and make our way out of Sabi Sands.

Watch out Sabi Sands - We'll be back!
And thank you to Singita, Londolozi, Savanna & Ulusaba for hosting us.
If I wasn't sold before - I sure am now!

Adele Walters & Robin Grobler
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