Exeter River Lodge rests on the banks of the scenic Sand River in the spectacular Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park. No fences separate the two, and Exeter enjoys superb game viewing while retaining the quiet luxury of an intimate private camp.
The wilderness area around Exeter River Lodge is prime ‘Big 5’ country, and boasts fantastic sightings of leopard, lion, and cheetah. The main guest area at Exeter River Lodge offers breath-taking views of the Sand River, and provides the perfect environment where guests can sit back, unwind and enjoy the wonders of the untamed African bush.
Exeter River Lodge is situated in the western side of the Sabi Sand game reserve - named after the 2 major rivers that run through this pristine wilderness. The Sabi Sand reserve is arguably South Africa’s best-known game reserve. It is famous for frequent predator sighting, and is especially well known for its high density of leopards. The lodge lies peacefully on the banks of the winding Sand River, drawing animals in abundance to its lush banks and clear flowing water. Elephants are frequently seen from the lodge main area as they head to the water to drink and cool off in the shade of the ancient ebony trees that line the water’s edge.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Exeter River Lodge sits in the shade of a copse of ebony trees right on the edge of the Sand River. The magnificently positioned sitting and dining areas are filled with deep sofas perfect for whiling away the hours between game drives. An ancient towering sausage tree provides shade for long, lazy afternoon lunches. Delicious meals, complimented by the finest selection of South African wines, are shared in the traditional open-air boma under a star-sprinkled sky. Romantic candlelit dinners in the African bush or on the decks of the guest suites offer memorable dining experiences. Eight luxury suites lie along the shady bank of the river and offer dramatic close-up views of the water. All suites have substantial living spaces and elegant bathrooms. Private plunge pools offer an escape from the midday heat, with a chance of spotting a herd of elephant drinking from the river or timid antelopes browsing the riverside brushes.
Seek refuge from the heat of the afternoon in the plunge pool on the deck of the private suites. Or settle in for a siesta or a quiet hour with a good book in the cool interior of your spacious suite. If a pampering session is needed after a long journey, the wellness center is the place to be with a variety of massages and beauty treatments to help you unwind. If retail therapy is preferred, the small lodge shop is filled with beautiful African craft and gifts for friends and family. After a long, leisurely soak in a deep, calming bubble bath, the depths of the enormous beds and the gentle rushing of the river outside the front door will send guests off into a peaceful sleep, only to wake at first light, ready to start the day’s adventure all over again.
Exeter River Lodge offers its guests an exciting insight of the African bush and its wildlife with both morning and afternoon game drives. Game drives usually leave the camp early in the morning and in the late afternoons to make the best of the golden light and cooler temperatures. Open 4x4 safari vehicle freely roam over the 10 000 hectare reserve, exploring the shady riverbeds and open plains for signs of South Africa’s ‘big 5’ and other animals. The afternoon drives continue on after dark, allowing guests to experience the African bush at a time when the more secretive animals emerge. The game drives are all led by experienced guides and trackers.
Exeter River Lodge also offers guests the option to go on guided bush walks. Walking through the African bush is a great way to learn about the smaller plants and animals that are often overlooked on the game drives. These walks are usually about an hour long and offer guests the opportunity to stretch their legs after the morning game drives.
In-room massage treatments can also be arranged in the comfort and privacy of the suites, leaving guests feeling rejuvenated for the next exciting game drive.