Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Exeter River Lodge, Sabi Sand : May 2010

Our final lodge on our amazing trip was Exeter River Lodge, situated in the Western sector of the Sabi Sands this lodge over looks the Sand River, our chalet was beautiful, set amongst the trees with a view of the River with its tall reeds, each of the chalets have a open plan lounge and bedroom, a bathroom with double rain showers and a bath as well as an outdoor shower and on the deck you have your own private plunge pool.

The Main area of the Lodge consists of a Large Deck overlooking the river as well as stairs down to a smaller deck closer to the River where Lunch is normally served, there is also a Boma, Main Swimming pool and Curio Shop. There is also an on site Beauty therapist who offers Divine massages in the comfort of your own chalet and you can choose to have you massage either inside or outside on the deck.

The Game Viewing as with anywhere in the Sabi Sands was brilliant and we had wonderful sightings the first was 4 huge Male Lions & 2 Female Lions around a Rhino which had died when it fell in a hole, the next amazing sighting was of 2 female Lions with their 3 cubs plus a huge Male Lion following them, it seemed like he just wanted to be around the Females and Cubs and assuming he was also wanting fresh food as the rhino was a little smelly when we saw it! He had been in a fight during the night as he was a little cut up and looked like he was feeling very sorry for himself. On our morning game drive we found a young Bull Elephant who was in Musth, he was a little grumpy and decided to mock charge us, i must admit it was a little scary but our Ranger Richard was very skillful and moved us off quickly to a safer distance.
Richard was a brilliant ranger and on the one night after we have spent some time with the Lions we went off in search of more animals but the game was in hiding so he asked us to Navigate our way back to the lodge using the Stars, he stopped at all the crossroads and asked us which was to go, it was really so much fun finding our way back.

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