Yep, it’s for real, there’s a touch of heaven in almost every aspect of the luxurious Sango Lodge.
Unlike the real “heaven” however, you’ll need a tonne of cash to experience the sumptuousness that is Sango.
But then again, for a jewel, it’s worth every dime.
The Sango Lodge is the hallmark of Sango, which is located within the Savé Valley Conservancy — the world’s largest privately-owned wildlife conservancy, in the South East of Zimbabwe.
Gracefully tweaked into the granite hills along the banks of the Mokore River, the Sango Lodge is the quintessential “ecological safari lodge” as it draws its essence from the panorama of the African bush.
It is within the 60 000 hectares of untamed Africa that you find this treasure among African campsites.
According to Dusty Joubert, the ecological manager at Sango, the lodge “combines the romance of the 1920s with contemporary African design for the epitome in opulent indulgence”.
During our walk around of the lodge, my colleague quietly remarked that this is the perfect honeymoon destination.
I’m inclined to agree.
The lodge provides guests with personalised service (of course) and impeccable attention to detail that will ensure you enjoy your experience of the African wild without the frustration of being without the luxury of modern amenities.
You can relax in the lounge or library, at the full bar, around the lodge’s famous open fire place, or next to the swimming pool at the main lodge.
Satellite internet access is available at select locations at the lodge.
For the more energetic, the main lodge also offers a gym with gyroscope, cardio machines, boxing circuit and free-weights, all with discretion guaranteed.
Like I said, all the modern amenities.
The four exclusive private eco-suites are constructed of stone, wood and glass and are ingeniously placed among baobabs and boulders.
Each eco-suite is comprised of a sumptuous bedroom, elegant lounge with fireplace, spacious en-suite his and hers bathroom, an outdoor shower (I particularly love this!) and private patio.
For the adventurous types, there are a diversity of activities to choose from: abseiling, archery, bird-watching, canoeing, cultural walks, falconry, game-viewing on horseback, guided bush walks, hunting safaris, mountain-biking, night drives, photographic safaris, rhino tracking and wild dog denning views.
Better yet, the exclusiveness of Sango means you can personalise your activity programme. The Sango Lodge is as close to nature as any lodge can get, but believe it or not, you can even get closer!
A few kilometres from the lodge is the Sango Tented Camp which offers all-inclusive safaris in comfortable tented accommodation.
The camp, which is located in the riverine forest of the Msaize River where wildlife is abundant, has three tents, sleeping two persons each with en-suite facilities.
Whether you choose to be close on
the trail of superb sable, kudu, nyala and
the mighty buffalo, or just soak up the African sun poolside, it’s a decision you won’t regret.
This world-class destination, which lies quietly and serenely in the shadow of gigantic baobabs, calls out to the adventurer.