By a beautiful tree-lined bend on the edge of the meandering Monwana River, Saseka presents a striking and characterful luxury lodge designed with many of those oohs and aahs we love on safari. Its Thornybush setting is an African classic: 14,000 sweeping hectares on a private nature reserve sharing a fenceless border – so for our footloose animals, no border at all — with rightly famous Kruger National Park. With such redoubtable riches, Big 5 encounters are both the standard and the standout experience. These lands are plump with lions and leopards and a whole shebang-ingly enthralling cast of animals who, like us, can’t get enough of the serene savannah, infinite skies and grand lodge living at Saseka.
It’s a wondrous, comforting moment when we return from another rewarding expedition in the bush to the agreeably plush surroundings of Saseka. Just eight luxurious tents for two, each with glass doors opening onto a deliciously decadent outdoor shower and pool, stylish interior, and uninterrupted prospects onto the seasonal Monwana riverbed. Inside, interior canvases are designed exclusively for Saseka, dappled with prints from the herbarium in Pretoria and admitting the hypnotic sounds of Africa that bathe your dreams in a truly immersive safari experience. After a restful nap or private dip, drinks at the main lodge are served on a large tiered deck with broad riverbed views and a cleverly designed roof that mimics cooling tree-canopy shadows. For families and groups, the new Leadwood Villa accommodates six adults and three children in complete luxury and privacy amidst four suites, a spacious lounge and dining area, gardens and large pool.
Leadwood Villa was custom built for families, cheerfully welcoming up to six adults and three children in four airy, connected suites. Together time is a delight in the spacious lounge and dining area, in the cooling pool, and around the fire pit and sprawling lawns.
From the frisson of spotlight-illuminated night drives that see us in search of rare nocturnal animals and big cats on the hunt, to the wondrous thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 Reserve. (Walking safaris deliver a rare opportunity to peregrinate amongst the most tiny, the very largest, and the decidedly best of the best in creaturedom.) Loll in the vista-rich swimming pool, dine in the lantern-lit boma, at the side of a star-tinkled riverbed, or luxuriate over a memory-fueling private dinner on your deck at the edge of an endless savannah and all who inhabit it.