Exeter

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Why photographers love Exeter

Exeter is in the famed Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park. It’s a fantastic area for leopard sightings, and the Sabi Sands offers night drives, off-road driving and walks not allowed in the national park. Exeter has traversing rights over 10,000 hectares.

How we rate Exeter

Wildlife starstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstar to star
Lodge & Dining  starstarstarstar
Vehicles  starstarstarstar
Guides  starstarstarstar

Exeter at a glance

  • 8 riverside suites with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, private verandas overlooking the river and private plunge pools
  • Main lodge with sitting area, dining area, bar, shop, spa and boma for open-air dining

The concession

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a private reserve west of Kruger National Park with an unfenced border. The area is renowned for wildlife and is famous for leopard sightings. The big five are all present, as are spotted hyena, hippo, impala, kudu and a variety of other antelope.

The seasons

Exeter is a year round destination. The dry season from May to October is best for game viewing. Temperatures are cooler and the vegetation is more open. The wet season, from November to April brings lush vegetation, migrant birds and baby animals.

What Exeter costs

Rates start from $675 per person per night. Access is by a five-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads or charter flight.

Photographers need to know

The Sabi Sands is a fantastic area for wildlife. Guides are constantly in radio contact with each other to find the best possible sightings. Therefore, sightings are managed–only three vehicles are allowed at one time, so you may have limited time at each sighting.

The good news

Exeter is part of the &Beyond portfolio. Not only are their Sabi Sands camps frequently listed among the top hotels in the world, they also have a good reputation for making camps as sustainable as possible and for supporting conservation and community projects.