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Leadwood Lodge - Sabi Sand, South Africa
Rates from R5545 per night · Safari Style · 4 rooms


Once you have experienced a stay at the divine Leadwood Lodge youíll be longing to take root there as deeply as the ancient trees after which this boutique safari lodge is named. At Leadwood Lodge, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate safari encounters.
The intimate Leadwood Lodge is the ideal choice small groups of friends or family sharing an African safari. Nestled in the fork of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers. Leadwood Lodge offers a cosy and serene getaway that is completely at peace with the bush that surrounds it.

With only four suites carefully distanced from each other, Leadwood Lodge is ideal for families or parties of friends who want to share their safari experiences without intruding on each otherís privacy. When booked for individual use, rather than sole-use, we only ever use three suites, so the number of guests on the game drive vehicle is never more than six.

Shared guest areas are intimate too, with steps and levels creating cosy, secluded areas. When the chill of the African night creeps up, retire to the warmth and comfort of the fireplace in your private suite. The deep, free-standing tub in the bathroom beckons and the underfloor heating chases the chill from the smooth rock floor.

Know Before You Go

Leadwood Lodge consists of just 4 suites distanced from each other for solitude and serenity. The suites are designed with crushed stone, raw cement, rough granite and glass. Each air conditioned suite has a fireplace, sitting room, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private plunge pool. Leadwood Lodge is the perfect choice for a family or group of friends sharing a safari together.

Fully inclusive rates include: accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, scheduled safari activities, nature walks (1 hour) accompanied by experienced armed trackers, subject to availability, emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT and transfers to and from the airstrip.

The elevated dining and sitting areas at Leadwood Lodge boast dramatic views out over the Sand and Mabrak Rivers. Even the shared guest areas at Leadwood are intimate, with clever use of steps and levels to create secluded areas for cosy gatherings of friends.

Tuck yourself away in a private corner with a book or enjoy a refreshing drink under the boughs of a jackalberry tree on the spacious deck. With a granite river bank in front of the lodge, youíre bound to spot a four-legged visitor or two on their way to quench their thirst. When the sun gets too hot, you too can have a refreshing dip in the king size plunge pool on the private deck of your suite.

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 wildlife, including the Big Five, 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 and larger than some independent countries.

With no boundary fences between the reserve and the Kruger National Park, this area benefits from the great diversity of wildlife found in one of the richest wilderness 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 sighting ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience. Off-road driving ensures that you have the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements.

The open-air dining room welcomes you with wholesome aromas and friendly faces. Linger over a leisurely meal under the roughly hewn bush chandelier or join in the hearty fare around a blazing fire in the boma.


  • Twice daily game drives Ė early morning and late afternoon or evening game drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game, in the company of an armed ranger and tracker
  • In between game drives, take a leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge and experience bush sights and sounds
  • Cool off with a refreshing dip in your fully-sized private plunge pool, or indulge in an afternoon siesta

Additional Information

  • Leadwood Lodge is open year round
  • Children are welcome when the lodge is booked for sole-use
  • Regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives. Children aged 6 to 11 on game drives at lodge managerís discretion
  • One triple room for a child 11 years and younger sharing with its parents is available for sole-use bookings
  • The best game viewing is from March to October
  • Check in: 12h00. Check out: 11h00
  • The entire Big Five is well represented at Sabi Sand and other rare animals, such as the cheetah and hyena are often sighted.