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Getting that festive feeling!

The start of summer means just one thing – Christmas is just around the corner! So now is the perfect time to plan a spectacular festive season getaway.

There’s no better place for rest, relaxation and a good dose of yuletide cheer over the holiday period than the wonderful African wilderness of Abelana Game Reserve. We’ll be celebrating in style at Abelana River Lodge with our talented chef team of J L Kruger and Thabiso Luthuli getting creative with traditional Christmas favourites like mince pies and fruit cake and adding their own, inimitable touches to the staple turkey roast!

Guests over the festive season can expect lots of pampering at Abelana River Lodge, with spa treatments available to help get them relaxed and into the Christmas spirit. Restoring body, mind and soul is easy out on the lodge’s beautiful timber deck overlooking the Selati River, whether it’s stretching out on a comfortable lounger with a cool G&T at your fingertips or cooling off in the wonderful infinity pool before enjoying a sumptuous lunch in the shade of the beautiful jackalberry trees that line the river’s edge.

With its 20 air-conditioned luxury guest suites strung out along the river banks on either side of the main lodge building, Abelana River Lodge is the ideal spot for a large Christmas party for extended families, groups of friends or corporates looking for a year-end function with a difference! What a place to say farewell to 2020 and welcome in 2021!

Early morning and late afternoon game drives give you the opportunity to explore our wonderful reserve and see some of the iconic wildlife species that call it home. Or choose to do a bush walk with our resident walking guru, Head Guide John Fouche, who will share his incredible knowledge of the area, its geology and history as you discover the smaller things often missed on a game drive.

Abelana Safari Camp in the south of the reserve is a great base from which to explore the dramatic, towering granite outcrops and koppies that make this area of Abelana so unique. A small, tented camp sleeping just eight guests in luxurious, en-suite Meru-style tents, with one of the most spectacular, breathtaking viewing decks – measuring 100m2 and set atop a koppie overlooking the reserve – Abelana Safari Camp is designed for groups of friends and families making it a great option for a Christmas break.

So get in touch with us today, and take advantage of our special South African Residents’ Voucher offer when making your booking for the festive season at either Abelana River Lodge or Abelana Safari Camp.



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