Exeter River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger

AndBeyond Exeter River Lodge

In the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Southern Africa

Perched on the edge of the Sand River in the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, eight spacious riverside suites allow guests dramatic views of the river.

Padded loungers beckon from the private veranda of your suite, inviting you to while away an afternoon of activities in the greenery and admiring the occasional herd of elephant taking their daily bath.

Big Five game viewing with excellent leopard sightings and the perfect amount of privacy.

Awake to the river rolling slowly past your front door and watch the denizens of the bush make their morning ablutions.

The game viewing continues all day, whether on a game drive or from the comfort of the Lodge’s shady viewing deck. The full flavours of lunch acquire an extra edge on our open air dining deck, with the distant splashing of animals coming down to drink at the water’s edge as a gentle reminder of Africa. Later, give in to the lull of the silent waters and sink into the plush sofas in the shared lounge area, drinking in the peace and solitude.

A Day at Exeter River Lodge

Morning Game Drive

As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your ranger will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track your favourite animals. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. You will stop for refreshments at a scenic spot during your drive.


Return to the Lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.


If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast on a short walk near the Lodge, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area, or enjoy a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool ahead of a delicious lunch served on open air decks within sight of the river. Enjoy the peaceful sights and sounds of the Lodge at leisure before your next game drive.

Evening Game Drive

This game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Track spotted hyena as they call to each other on an evening hunt or look out for the beautifully patterned civet cat. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.


Return to the Lodge for a mouthwatering dinner around a blazing fire in the boma with newfound friends or enjoy an al fresco dinner in a surprise bush

Wildlife at &beyond Exeter River Lodge

Species diversity includes elephant, spotted hyena, leopard, large buffalo herds, rhino, hippo and the rare pangolin

With no boundary fences between it and the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand enjoys an abundance of diverse wildlife. The entire Big Five is well represented, and other rare animals, such as the cheetah and hyena are often sighted.

Various antelope species, from impala, waterbuck and duiker to kudu, bushbuck and nyala can also be seen. However, it is the leopard that is the real star of the show, with the area well known for some of the best leopard experiences in Africa. This shy and elusive animal, normally the most solitary of the African cats is often viewed both in daylight hours and during game drives.

In contrast to the leopard, lion are the most sociable of the cat family and prides may consist of up to 12 related females and their cubs, as well as a far smaller number of related males, often brothers. A number of lion prides have territories in the area and are regularly seen on game drives. In the middle of the cat social range is the cheetah. Although not as common as the leopard or lion, cheetah are also frequently sighted.

Built for speed instead of power, this formidable predator generally hunts during the day when its rivals are resting. This daytime hunting habit occasionally creates spectacular sightings of the fastest animal in the world in action.

Night drives are an important part of the game viewing experience and provide an opportunity to view many unusual animals. The beautifully patterned African civet is one such nocturnal creature. Hiding in holes or thickets until after sunset, it cannot be viewed during daylight hours. Another animal often encountered is the dwarf mongoose, Africa’s smallest carnivore. Family troops of up to 30 live in numerous hiding places in the sides of termite mounds. A typical though hair-raising sound often encountered on night drives is the wail of the bushbaby, a forlorn noise that imitates the plaintive cry of a human infant.

Activities at &Beyond Exeter River Lodge

Cascades and Canyon Spectacular

This spectacular helicopter flight takes off from Hazyview, near the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Soar over cascading waterfalls and along the escarpment to God's Window, with its panoramic views, and on to the Blyde River Canyon. Land at a magnificent viewpoint to enjoy a delicious picnic. After your flight, you will be taken back to your game lodge.


Children are welcome at &Beyond Exeter River Lodge

Children are welcome although they are unable to share a room with their parents.

In the interest of safety, children younger than 16 are not permitted on walking safaris and game drives are available to children aged 12 years and older.

Children aged 6 to 12 are permitted on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion.

While children younger than 6 cannot participate in game drives, childminders can be arranged during game drives and meal times at an additional cost.


Please contact us for our latest rates and availability.

Lodges offer varied rates which change from time to time. Rates depend on service levels, the type of lodge or hotel, number and age of guests, the time of year, location and any specials which may apply at time of enquiry.


Three meals daily
Soft drinks
House wines
Local brand spirits and beers
Teas and coffees
Refreshments on game drives
Safari activities
1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability)
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip

Not Included

Telephone calls
Safari Shop purchases
All items of a personal nature
Champagne, cognacs, fine wines and premium brand spirits
Government bed levy
Conservancy or park fees
Landing fees
Administration fee

Rate Conditions

All rates are inclusive of VAT and in South African Rand.
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing.
Children 6 – 16 years in own room: 1st child: adult rate, 2nd child: 50% of adult rate.
Long-stay rates may be applied for.
A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room, throughout the year.
All pricing is indicative and subject to change.
&Beyond Trading Terms apply