From Deborah Calmeyer, NY, NY:
When ever and wherever I travel, I am always looking for a new or otherwise previously hidden gem. On a recent visit to the Kruger National Park region, South Africa’s premier safari area, I found a place which finally offers traveling families their own private safari villa – the first I have seen of its kind in Southern Africa.
Robert & Britt More, fourth generation owners of Lion Sands Private Game Reserve recently built this lodge as a private retreat for their own family aptly named Lion Sands 1933 after the year in which their Great Grandfather, an Irish American, bought the Reserve. Because this is not the owners permanent residence, they have opened it up to both local guests and families the world over to come and enjoy what they have been so fortunate to have inherited.
Since Lion Sands 1933 has been designed by the family, for the family, it encapsulates both the high standards of a luxury safari experience and the warm, personal ambience associated with a family-run establishment. The Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Sabie River in a secluded environment where comfort and relaxation are the order of the day. There are four spacious suites, each with their own private view of the Sabie River. The bathrooms are just as inviting, courtesy of their double vanity units, elegant bath and outdoor showers. The lodge’s large windows, sliding doors and muted colors mirror the surrounding landscape and create a seamless, indoor-outdoor flow. Timber, thatch and screed flooring add earthy charm to the interior, where the decor is classic-contemporary and sports refined touches here and there. Take the lounge, for instance, with its natural fibres, oversized chairs, drinks cabinet and open fireplace that together create a hedonist’s haven. For socializing, the kitchen is ideal as it opens onto a dining area that’s equally suited to informal family meals or a banquet affair. All of these public areas open onto a large, wraparound wooden deck and lap-size swimming pool. Added luxuries include your own private ranger and chef, as well as the exclusive use of a 4×4 Landrover for game drives.
Lion Sands 1933 was a real find for me and I cannot wait to return with my extended family to enjoy one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.
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