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Lion Sands, Sabi Sand Game Reserve 

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Sabi Sand Game Reserve
South Africa
Tel: 27 13 735 5000
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From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The family-owned and -operated lodge occupies 10,000 "absolutely beautiful" acres. Thatched-roof rooms in hues of maize, burnt orange, pale green, sky blue, gold, and ivory "are huge and bright." Outside, on the Sabie River, "animals always wander down to the water for a drink." Traditional boma dinners centered around a bonfire come with "the constant calls of hyenas, elephants, and hippos. It's mind-blowing."

(32 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.4
  • Activities: 92.9
  • Design: 87.8
  • Food: 88.1
  • Location: 92.9
  • Rooms: 81.0
  • Service: 88.1

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2009

Amenities: Game drives, Pool, Spa

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