Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Inyati Game Lodge is situated on 65,000 hectares in one of the world’s largest and most prestigious private conservation areas, the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, adjoining the renowned Kruger National Park. The perennial Sand River with its golden African sunshine and cool, shady hideaways runs through Inyati. At night, wildlife sounds fill the star-studded sky. Lions roar, jackals howl and hyenas laugh. African drums respond.
The game drive activities at Inyati are by qualified, passionate and knowledgeable guides and trackers. With over 10,000 hectares (24 700 acres) of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same. Shangaan trackers sit up at the front of the safari vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while guides drive with amazing skill into ravines and through bush thicket in pursuit of elusive animals, simultaneously wowing guests with their knowledge and unforgettable stories.
During game drives at Inyati Game Lodge, strict vehicle limits at sighting ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience. Off-road driving ensures that you have the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and guides are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements. Guests can also enjoy interpretive guided bush walks offering the bird watcher, dendrologist, botanist and the nature enthusiast the ultimate bush experience.
The Sabi Sand has two distinct seasons and game viewing activities are equally rewarding during both.
The summer season (September to March) is a time when many species breed and prey is plentiful for the lurking predators. Rainfall occurs between October and February and often results in spectacular afternoon thundershowers.
In the winter season (April to August), the animals concentrate at the perennial water sources and the grass is low, making game viewing easier. Although winter days are usually warm and clear, late afternoon and early morning temperatures are distinctly chilly.
Inyati’s superbly positioned guest sitting and dining areas overlook the Sand River ensuring scenic vistas across the riverbed. The verandah overlooks the riverine vegetation, which is the natural habitat of the elephant and hippo. Other facilities available – the Warthog hollow bar, filtered swimming pool, air-conditioned gym and walk-in wine cellar. Our traditional Shangaan boma is used on nights, (weather permitting) and is a truly memorable way to experience a safari evening under the African night sky. Enjoy fine cuisine and wines while sitting near a warm crackling fire.
At Inyati, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to delight you with the indulgence and romance of the African night.
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Open safari vehicles, seating between 6 and 10 visitors, head out into the wild under the expert guidance of experienced guides and insightful trackers.
Guests are able to get in close contact with Africa’s most exciting wildlife species, and are presented with unparalleled photographic opportunities.
Early morning safaris head out as the sun rises and as the bush stirs to life. The guide and tracker teams search for animals by tracking their spoor, and by listening for the tell-tale signs of activity.
The bush has its own language, and it is fascinating to watch those who possess the tools to encode it.
Late afternoon safaris commence as the sun burns its way towards the horizon. The animals are now getting more active, many preparing for the great hunt after dark. After sundowners, the drive continues with the aid of powerful spotlights which reveal nocturnal species in another world.
On average, approximately 6 hours a day are spent out in the bush on safari.
Guests can also enjoy interpretive guided bush walks offering the bird watcher, dendrologist, botanist and the nature enthusiast the ultimate bush experience.
Our professionally trained guides cater to guests’ preferences and fitness levels to create an wonderful wilderness walking experience.
Experience an up close and personal glimpse of the African bush on foot in the company of our expert guides and trackers, taking the time to observe the small wonders of the bush, from spiders and ant lions to dung beetles.
Regrettably, walking safaris are not suitable for children under 16 years of age.
Inyati offers fishing as an extra activity between game drive times. All fishing equipment is supplied by the Lodge.
Fishing is done in the Sand River and at the causeway. Guests’ safety is paramount, and they are always accompanied by an armed ranger or tracker.
There are over 37 species of fish in the Sand River – the most common ones being:
• Sharp tooth Catfish (Barbel)
• Mozambique Tlipia (Bream)
• Small Mouth Yellowfish
Apart from the relaxing aspect of fishing, it is a glorious way to be at one with the bush, listening to the chirping of the various bird species or the sounds of hippos in the distance.
Inyati offers a fully equipped gym for those who wish to stay in shape whilst enjoying their African safari.
The gym has a modern computerized treadmill, bicycle and stepping machine.
Leave time just to do nothing – to enjoy the peace, sense of space, the colours – the very essence of Africa.
CHILDREN (AGED 8-10):
While Inyati is an ideal destination for families, the lodge is more suited to children eight years and older. We request that proof of the child’s age be supplied when making a reservation. This is a precautionary measure as Inyati Game Lodge is located in an un-fenced reserve. A child aged between 8-10 years and sharing a chalet with two full paying adults, will pay 50% of the per person sharing rate. Children in their own suite will pay the standard adult rates. Children are permitted on game drives at guides’ discretion. Children above 16 may participate in walking safaris – for younger children we offer child-friendly walks around the lodge with experienced guides. Child minding is conducted by lodge staff and can be arranged on arrival at a nominal hourly rate. Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed on the Sabi Sand Reserve, we may not be able to accommodate extra children in rooms.
All chalets have 24-hour temperature control - air-conditioning, heating and overhead fans.
* Bathroom amenities, insect repellent and hairdryers.
* Direct dial telephones.
* Mini-bar fridge (stocked on request), tea and coffee making facilities.
All cancellations will only be accepted in writing and will only be effective on receipt of our cancellation voucher. There may also be cancellation fees levied by third parties or our affiliates such as flight or transfer operators.
Inyati Game Lodge reserves the right to charge the following cancellation fees should a confirmed reservation be cancelled within the following period:
5% cancellation fee if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival.
25% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival.
50% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival.
90% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 14 days prior to arrival
Kindly ensure that all guests are covered by a travel insurance policy to protect against unforeseen cancellation, delays, injury, loss or any other prejudice of whatsoever cause.
The 2019 rate applicable is R9,600 per person / per night and R12,400 single / per night for an en-suite chalet.
Tariffs Include: Air-conditioned en-suite accommodation, all meals daily and the house selection of beverages such as soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers. Game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles conducted by experienced guides and trackers, refreshments on game drives, fishing, walking and spotlit night safaris. Transfers to and from Ulusaba airstrip (ULX).
Tariffs Exclude: Applicable airport taxes, wines from our cellar collection, premium brand drinks, certain special meal requests, curio shop purchases, flights and transfers, gratuities, laundry & valet services, Sabi Sand Wildtuin gate entrance fees, SAN Parks conservation fees, sole use of private safari vehicle, telephone calls, transfers to and from the lodge. Sabi Sand Guest conservation contribution fee (GCC) of R68.40 p/p p/n (3 nts).