23 April 2017

Kruger’s Renewed Ivory Lodge ~ More Than Just Luxury

With a footprint in both the Sabi Sand Reserve and the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Game Reserve has not only garnered an assemblage of global awards, but it bridges the divide between man and beast.

Their flagship - Ivory Lodge- recently revamped at the behest of the More Family is an exclusive and intimate lodge having taken its cue from Mother Nature. And in my recent and first hand opinion, they have got it just right!

Sophisticated, yet simple – the new lodge is a culmination of mid-century contemporary architecture and tribal design in a sensory experience at one with its surroundings. Nine elevated masterpieces, made of raw materials, soar above the Sabie River, strategically poised for privacy with entrancing views.

With four properties in Kruger - Narina Lodge and Tinga Lodge on the Kruger side, and River Lodge and Sabie Sands on the other side; the animals roam freely between the two – the picturesque, perennial river being the natural divide.

Although we completed a site inspection at all four of their properties, we were invited to stay at Ivory Lodge to experience the rejuvenation first hand which is an incredibly special place, from the setting and the staff to the gourmet to the guiding.

We stayed at the luxury Fish Eagle Double Suite Villa - perfect for two couples travelling together, looking for a cut above in complete exclusivity and luxury. Whichever villa you chose, you absolutely have to top it up with a night authentic, under-the-stars experience in one of their three Treehouses – all of which are hopelessly romantic and soul searching all at the same time.

From the moment I arrived until I departed – which believe you me I didn’t want to do - I was completely indulged. From a morning massage in our villa, where we quite literally rolled out of bed and glided downstairs to spa beneath us for a sensational experience; to our dedicated staff, private vehicle and surprise sundowners.

We couldn’t have asked for More in the way of luxury and guest delights, but what stood out for me was the warmth that resonated throughout our stay, and we simply loved the sundowner drinks on the rocks followed by a delicious wine pairing back at the lodge.

Good game viewing goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. The game viewing was really good! Their Guides and Trackers are experts in their fields, and undoubtedly the key of enhancement to the success of the safaris in this spectacular part of the world.

The More family are firmly entrenched in each and every product they govern, but what I love most about their ethos is the strong sense that they never take their legacy for granted. Because although I’m privy to the best of the best the African continent has to offer, I never grow tired of it, nor take it for granted.

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