South Africa’s Sabi Sands is well known for its fantastic Big Five game viewing and Inyati Game Lodge is perfectly positioned overlooking the perennial Sand River to enjoy a wealth of wildlife sightings right from the lodge itself. Elephant, lions, leopard and plains game roam freely between the adjoining Kruger National Park and the private reserve and Inyati has priority access to over 10,000 hectares of pristine bush to explore on exciting day and night drives. Guided bush walks and river fishing provide more thrills and adventure, or relax on the deck beside the swimming pool for all day armchair game viewing at the very comfortable lodge.
Small and intimate with only eleven spacious thatched chalets, Inyati has that authentic bush feel and is unfenced with warthog, impala, vervet monkeys and even leopard and elephant strolling through the grounds beside the river. The en-suite chalets have all the comforts including air-conditioning and fans and are tastefully decorated in understated contemporary style, the king-size beds swathed in mosquito netting, with comfortable armchairs and a private deck for afternoon siestas. The en-suite bathroom has bathtub and shower as well as an outdoor shower and luscious amenities.
The advantages of a private game reserve over the Kruger National Park are immediately apparent on the morning and evening game drives where the tracker and guide team are able to follow tracks off road and get up close to the best sightings. Big cats are frequently to be seen with cubs or in hunting mode, and the enthusiastic guides also spot smaller and equally interesting creatures, from chameleon to rare birds. Walking safaris reveal a wealth of details on tracking, insects and the uses of local plants and allow guests to absorb the peace of the bush at a gentle pace. The friendly and intimate atmosphere continues at abundant and tasty meals served at the communal table hosted by the guides, sometimes in the comfortable dining area, other times in the boma around the camp fire.
For the best of Sabi Sands game viewing and an authentic luxury safari, Inyati Game Lodge offers excellent value for money.