Comparing the Manyeleti and the Sabi Sands

Hello Ilze

 We had a fabulous time, thank you very much!

Everything went without a hitch – but it seems we did bring some funky weather patterns with us…

Transfers between all safari properties were very professional and on time.

 Tintswalo in the Manyeleti vs Ulusaba in the Sabi Sands – So hard to compare! 

We loved the personal family type feel of Tintswalo.  A lot more secluded and less resort like. The food was good, the staff were great. The rooms are amazing. We had a tremendous guide – they all seemed fantastic here. He was an award winning photographer, so his guidance was tremendous (seems as though half the guides in Africa are famous photographers!) We were dudded by the weather, so we didn’t get any Boma or Braai dinners

The Manyeleti is great because of its size and relative low density – this is what we really enjoyed, different regions to explore, rather than simply driving straight to the game that 20 other vehicles had already found. The Manor House at Tintswalo looks incredible. 

And then in the Sabi Sands:

Ulusaba Rock Lodge – great “resort” with just stunning panoramic views. Incredible game drives and sightings, but less “bush” like as the property is right up on the fence and the local township. Almost queues for most game sightings or aimless slow driving waiting to move up in the queue.  

Much smaller area to drive around than Manyeleti, so after 4 days, feels a bit repetitive

The pool and facilities, especially the gym are very good and the Spa probably one of the best we have visited in a while

Very very good food and wine. The rooms were nice, weird set out and likely elderly guests would have some complaints with the split level rooms

We did the short 2-3 hour community school trip – this was amazing and really touched both of us. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

We had a very new guide, he was a nice guy, but not very engaging on the drives. But, there was just something not quite right for both of us with this property. It may be something to do with the Virgin/Branson ethos, the communal guest interactivity or maybe being somewhat disconnected from the bush up on high. 

We did spend a short while at the Ulusaba Safari lodge – this seemed very nice as well, more connected/bush experience.

I think we had a superior game sighting experience at Ulusaba, but a much more personalised experience at Tintswalo

Manleyeti vs Sabi Sands  – well Sabi Sands wins simply because of the amazing game sightings, however, Sabi Sands due to the massive vehicle and lodge density. So, its not as great a bush appeal.  

The flight out to JHB was great – I am not a great flyer, but I would do this again in a heartbeat to minimise travel times.

We will return to Africa again and will certainly make contact when this time comes

Many thanks

Richard & Amy

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