Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve is situated in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, bordering the world famous Kruger National Park. The lodge, a true luxury experience, with fine dining, outstanding cuisine and an extensive wine cellar, is situated on a hilltop sanctuary overlooking a natural waterhole.
Each of the 8 glass-fronted, luxurious suites is air-conditioned and complete with breathtaking romantic bathrooms, which include double indoor and outdoor showers have windows, which open to a glorious view of the African bush. Each suite has its own sundeck and rock plunge pool. The privacy of your suite allows you to bask in the views while enjoying a drink or snack from your fully stocked mini-bar, and to stroll out onto your deck to watch wildlife at the waterhole.
The guest areas consist of a spacious lounge, open-air deck, cosy bar, library, traditional Shangaan Boma dining area, curio shop, gym and sala spa offering a wide menu of treatments such as massage, reflexology, manicure and hot stone therapy.
Your days will consist of game drives through the bush in your open 4x4 safari vehicle with an experienced guide and tracker, in search of the Big 5 and the smaller animals and birds, making this a true safari and wildlife paradise. Your knowledgeable ranger will also take you on a bush walk and guide you through the fauna and flora of the Sabi Sand Reserve, pointing out insects, grasses, trees, and smaller species that are all an integral part of the greater Kruger National Park ecosystem. Other activities like hot air balloon flights, village visits and meeting elephants at the Elephant Whispers centre, can be arranged.
Leopard Hills has built and manages a day care centre for under-privileged children and orphans in the locality, which provides much needed educational support, an excellent example of tourism making a positive impact on the local community.
Open: Leopard Hills is open all year.
Location: The lodge is in its own private game reserve in the west of Sabi Sand Game Reserve that borders Kruger National Park. The Mabrak River is to the front of the lodge. It is about a 6.5 hour drive from Johannesburg. There is an airstrip at Leopard Hills and the flight time for Johannesburg is about an hour.
Rooms: The 8 suites are air conditioned and have ceiling fans, as well as heating for cooler days. Beds are fitted with mosquito nets. All suites have phones, Wi-Fi, minibars and sofas. The en-suite bathroom has double indoor showers, twin basins and a bath, plus an outdoor shower. Each suite is glazed along the entire front wall and has sliding doors that open on to a private veranda with a plunge pool.
Activities: Twice daily 4x4 game drives and walking safaris with a guide and ranger. Walks usually take place after breakfast and are offered on request. Staff can organise special elephant interaction excursions, trips to local villages, hot air balloon and helicopter flights. There is an 18-hole golf course at Leopard Creek. Whilst relaxing in the lounge you can watch animals at the waterhole and by the river.
Facilities: The main lodge houses the lounge with lots of comfy sofas, bar and dining room. There’s a large deck and a swimming pool. The library is set a short distance away and has a walkway that leads to the boma and firepit. The gym has a selection of exercise machines, and spa treatments such as massages, reflexology, manicures and pedicures are available at the nearby sala. Spa treatments can also be administered in your suite. There is a shop by reception that sells safari gear, clothes, books, jewellery, handicrafts and gifts. There is a free laundry service.
Dining: Most meals are served in the dining room or on the main deck, though bush breakfast can be arranged and diver is often eaten in the open air boma by the fire. Private meals can be arranged on your veranda. The lodge has an impressive selection of wines to accompany meals.
Children: Children aged 10 years and over are welcome. If the camp is booked for exclusive use there is no minimum age limit. There are no triple suites.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi access in guest suites the library.
"There has been considerable improvement s made in the lodge. The area where the bath is located, as well as places where towels are hung is heated. That area has also been renovated. WiFi is available at the library."