Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole and the plains and bushveld below, Leopard Hills lodge began operating in 1998, and stands in a private 10,000 hectare (25,000 acre) game reserve of the same name.
Located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Leopard Hills is owned by the Kruger family, who are also its founders and creators.
The lodge’s eight suites are fronted with floor-to-ceiling glass, leading out onto a private sundeck with plunge pool, hammock and loungers, all overlooking the bushveld beyond.
In Leopard Hill’s beautifully decorated main camp area, bold zebra prints and atmospheric lighting make for a relaxing and contemporary environment. The open-air viewing deck and veranda are the ideal spot for al fresco drinks and dining, and for sightings of game coming to drink or bathe in the waterhole below.
Steps lead down to the central swimming pool, around which loungers are arranged and drinks and snacks can be taken.
The spectacularly scenic backdrop to Leopard Hill’s spa and gym makes any workout a pleasurable experience. The glass-fronted ‘sala’ means that your bush massage treatments will come with a view, too.
Dining is a silver service affair with sweeping bush views and a real sense of occasion. If, however, you prefer something more informal, opt for a bush supper around the fire or a private dinner on your suite’s sundeck.
Leopard Hills takes conservation of its surroundings very seriously, not only working to protect the flora and fauna, but also providing a junior school for children of staff throughout the Sabi Sand Reserve.
Leopard Hills Information
- Location: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, 25min drive to Skukuza Airport, 2 hours drive to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA).
- Accomodation: 8 Suites (sleeps 16).
- Facilities: Bar, lounge, wine cellar, library, internet access, TV, selection of documentary DVDs, curio shop, private plunge pool, main swimming pool, treatment sala, gym, boma
- Activities: Game drives, walking safaris and trails, wildlife photography, specialist birding safaris, frogging safaris (Nov – Mar), cultural tours, helicopter flights, elephant interaction and rides.
- Weather: All year round, rainy season from December to February. May to August is peak safari season; land is dry and animals congregate around water sources.
- Children: Does not allow children under the age of 10 unless the whole camp is booked. Triple suites not available.