Exeter River Lodge

Sabi Sand, South Africa

Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares.

Exeter River Lodge is situated a quiet corner in the western region the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and comprises just eight luxury suites in the shade of a grove of ebony trees and spread out along the shady bank overlooking the Sand River. The suites are generously proportioned and have elegant bathrooms.

The guest sitting and dining areas overlook the Sand River with deep sofas providing the perfect space to while away the hours between game drives. Lunches are held in the shade of a giant sausage tree and delicious meals, complimented by fine South African wines, are shared under a star-strewn sky in the traditional open-air boma. Romantic candlelit dinners in the African bush or on the decks of the guest suites offer memorable dining experiences.

Exeter River Lodge is adjacent to the Kruger National Park in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This area is well known for its intimate wildlife encounters and in particular spectacular leopard sightings. The rest of the Big Five, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, are also regularly seen. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is part of a much larger conservation area that covers over two million hectares (almost five million acres). With the fences removed between the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park this area benefits a great diversity of wildlife in one of the richest game areas on the African continent. In addition being in a private game reserve activities include exciting night game drives and game walks. Game drives in open vehicles cover 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) with strict vehicle limits at sightings ensuring exclusive game viewing experiences. Exeter River Lodge practices sensitive off-road driving ensuring the best possible view of any exceptional sightings. Rangers are in constant touch with each other and keep track of animal movements.

In Outline



Exeter River Lodge is easily accessible with daily Federal Air flights from Johannesburg to Ulusaba Airstrip, followed by an easy drive to the lodge or Daily SA Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, followed by a road or air transfer to the lodge.

Alternatively Exeter River Lodge is a five-hour drive in a two-wheel drive vehicle from Johannesburg on excellent roads.

From ZAR 8025
January –┬áDecember
ZAR 8025


The Kruger region experiences summer rainfall (September to April) falling as late afternoon and evening thundershowers.


Summers in Kruger are hot with temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.


Winters are cold in the morning with midday with temperatures between 2o and 16o Celsius.


  • Eight Air-Conditioned Riverside Suites
  • Indoor and Outdoor Showers
  • Private Plunge Pools
  • Safari Shop
  • Boma for Open-Air Dining
  • Wellness Centre
  • Early Morning and Late Afternoon Game Drives
  • Interpretive Bush Walks
  • Birdwatching

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. Lions, Leopards and African wild dog are also often seen.

Best Time to Travel

Exeter River Lodge is excellent year round.

Bird Sightings

The Sabi Sand provides good bird viewing with approximately 260 species of birds found withing the park. These include Woodland Kingfisher, Scops Owl, Marico Sunbird, Spotted-backed Weaver and White-throated Robin.

Guest Safety

Exeter River Lodge is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.