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Inyati Game Lodge is situated in arguably one of the best game viewing areas in the world & most prestigious private conservation areas, the Sabi Sand Reserve (Wildtuin), adjoining the renowned Kruger National Park. Experience fantastic close-up’s with Africa's wildlife on every game drive. #inyatisafari "If you can visit two continents in your life time visit Africa twice"

Good Work Foundation Produces Covid-19 Video in 6 South African Languages

We are proud to say that our non-profit partner, Good Work Foundation (GWF), has produced a Covid-19 animated infographic that is available in six languages: isiZulu, English, Sepedi, Xitsonga, Siswati and Afrikaans.mailto:www.goodworkfoundation.org

There are 11 official languages in South Africa and while English is understood in our largest cities, there are still many people in outlying areas who speak little, if any, English.

At our property in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the majority of people come from neighbouring communities where the beautiful Xitsonga language is spoken. It is the first language to about 4,5% of South Africans.

GWF is an education non-profit specialising in digital learning for people living in the rural villages and communities that we partner with. Their programmes reach over 10,000 children and adults in our region, delivering everything from programming and robotics, to IT networking and hospitality training.

Thanks to the many guests who visit us to view our exquisite wildlife, we are able to support the work of GWF. In the midst of this unforeseen global event, thank you for helping us to protect the people who in turn protect the land under wildlife.

Click here to navigate to GWF’s YouTube channel where you can find the video in all six languages, or watch it in English below.

Inkomu Swinene. Thank you very much.

Today we witnessed an epic battle on a small scale #morethanthebig5

Today we witnessed an epic battle on a small scale. A Giant Land Snail being attacked by a Peaceful Giant Ground Beetle larvae.Contrary to the beetles name the snail was bombarded with constant vicious attacks.
The snails only defense was to use its mass and attempt to push the beetle larvae off with it’s shell. The tenacious beetle would then burrow under the shell to get to the gastropods fleshy body.

We left the battle in a relative stale mate with the snail retracted and the Beetle larvae still attached. #armchairsafaris #purenature #morethanthebig5

INYATI GAME LODGE : COVID-19 Update

Inyati logoINYATI GAME LODGE : COVID-19 Update

Dear Valued Partners and Guests

Amidst the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with public health advice, we have taken the decision to temporarily close Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve with immediate effect. It is our intention to reopen on 1 May 2020 provided that it is safe to do so. While this was a hard decision for us to make, we believe it is the socially responsible thing to do and it is important to take the required precautionary measures to protect our team, our guests, our families and our communities. The global trend is towards social distancing, self-isolation and the cancellation of non-essential travel.

Most of our guests have decided to postpone their travels, rather than cancel, and we would encourage others to follow suit. Our reservations team is handling each booking on an individual basis and we will do everything possible to accommodate amended bookings.

For any queries on existing or future bookings, please contact our reservations team at res@inyati.co.za

These are unique and challenging times for everyone concerned and our thoughts are with all of you who have been affected by this crisis.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.

Warm bushveld regards
Leighanne Dawkins
Inyati Game Lodge
#postponedontcancel

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Sabi Sands’ first trail run #TeamInyati

#TeamInyati The Extra Mile, sponsored by Investec Rhino Lifeline is the Sabi Sands’ first trail run. The 10km or 21km trail traverses through the scenic areas on the borders of the Sabi Sands Wildtuin area.

The funds raised from the event go back into the communities around the area. This annual run, organised by More Community Trust in partnership with the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust, Endangered Wildlife Trust, and Good Work Foundation, has been described as one of the toughest, heart-warming, fun, and community-driven events that many of these seasoned runners have ever done.

Well done to all of the incredible runners.

Come join us in 2021 for the trail run with a heart!

Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust – @SabiSandPfunananiTrust

The Good Work Foundation – @goodworkfoundation

New Look For Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

The team from Inyati Game Lodge are pleased to announce a substantial  refurbishment of the lodge, which is set in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park.Inyati-veranda-area

Major structural renovations of the central recreational areas include an extension of the main veranda area to capitalise on the uninterrupted scenes of the Sand river and its rich game viewing opportunities.Inyati-veranda-area

The expanded dining area has been fitted with comfortable but practical fittings to ensure a more spacious entertainment experience that enables guests to take full advantage of the spectacular riverfront location.Inyati-Coffee-station

The traditional open-aired boma has been completely rebuilt to create a warm, inviting space where guests can enjoy dining under the magnificent African night sky while enjoying Inyati’s hearty, home-style cuisine.Boma dinner

At the same time, all eleven rooms have gained a beautiful soft upgrade with a new colour palette of luxurious furnishings and indulgent outdoor showers have been added to all the standard chalets.Outdoor shower

As part of the lodge’s aim to provide a comprehensive and authentic bush experience, Inyati rates now include a selection of house beverages in addition to the two game drives per day, guided safari walks, fishing, all meals, high tea and Wi-Fi.Pool #inyatisafari

The enhancements have given the lodge a modern facelift while retaining the classic safari style and relaxed family atmosphere that guests have enjoyed for the past three decades.

7 Days To Go – Votes Close on 31st March for The 2019 Safari Awards

We are so proud to announce that Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated for the 2019 Safari Awards, sponsored by The Good Safari Guide.
If it weren’t for our guests continued support throughout the years, we’d never be in the position we’re in today. Your positive reviews, constructive criticism and contribution to Inyati Game Lodge, has ensured we’ve secured a place in the Safari Awards, a prestigious annual award bestowed upon camps and lodges displaying excellence in specific categories. Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated in 9 categories.

We’d really like to rally your support to secure an award.

Voting is easy! Here’s how you do it:
1. Go to this page, search and click on the property: Safari Awards Voting Selection Page
2. Log in with your username and password or register if this is your first-time voting.
3. You will be redirected to the property page, where you click on the big “vote” button.

Follow the prompts, rate us out of 10 and leave a comment if you’d like!

Here are the categories in which Inyati Game Lodge, have been nominated in the Safari Awards:

Guiding team

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Safari Guiding Team category (Nominee)

The Inyati guides and Shangaan trackers make for an outstanding team while out on safari, while they share their intimate knowledge and incomparable intuition of the African bush. At Inyati, you can look forward to fantastic close-up experiences with Africa’s wildlife on every game drive

INY Elephant family

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Walking Safari (Nominee)

Guided interpretive bush walks are one of the highlights of staying in a private reserve. You can experience the thrill of tracking animals such as the Big Five on foot. They are not hikes, and are usually tailored to your fitness level. The walks are led by qualified guides who will tell you interesting facts about the plants and animals that you encounter

Sensational Safari

2019  Inyati Game Lodge   Best Location category (Nominee)

Set on the lush banks of the Sand River, Inyati Game Lodge offers the ultimate safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to our comfortable chalets, hearty home style cuisine and highly experienced guides, every guest departs with unforgettable memories and the imprint of Africa in their soul.

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Design Category (Nominee)

Inyati Pool

With our veranda dining and bar area, there’s plenty of flow throughout the lodge. No fencing which means wildlife can roam freely throughout.

2019  Inyati Game LodgeBest Value Safari Property (Nominee)

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Inyati offers exceptional value for money at a fraction of the price of other private lodges in the reserve. The predator sightings in the Sabi Same Game Reserve are in abundance and the sands offers unparalleled game viewing opportunities in an uncrowded reserve. Rates include game drives, walks, accommodation and meals.

2019   Inyati Game Lodge  Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property (Nominee)

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Inyati is committed long term sustainability and to respecting the local community and environment in which we live. We care about our people and the communities around us. Inyati employs about 45 permanent staff, most of which are from the local community. Many of our staff has been with Inyati for more than 10 years making Inyati their home and creating that family atmosphere that the lodge has become renowned for.

2019   Inyati Game Lodge Best Community Focused

Inyati staff at GWF digital learning centre

Inyati staff members and colleagues from the Sabi Sand Reserve and the Good Work Foundation at the new Dumphries Digital Learning Campus building site.

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Safari Cuisine category (Nominee)

INY Boma dinner

Relish fascinating combinations of African dishes while sipping fabulous champagne and fine wines.

2019  Inyati Game Lodge  Best Family Safari Experience (Nominee)

Family safaris

Our junior ranger training – includes butterfly / fish / insect catch-and-release – with plenty to keep children entertained while their folks enjoy some down time.

The Good Work Foundation

Inyati is proud to have become a partner of the Good Work Foundation center in Dumphries village. The center will provide education opportunities to school children and young adults.
Various courses including Life skills, IT skills and Conservation will now be available to the youth of Dumphries. The center will provide these courses in conjunction with locals schools.

Inyati staff went to a coaching for conservation event at the Huntington center to enjoy a fun day with the children of Huntington and the GFW facilitators.

We will be breaking ground for our Dumphries center in October 2018 and will be complete in 2019.

We would like to thank our shareholders and guests who made this exciting project possible. @GWFOnline Good work foundation #RhinoLifeline #CoachingforConservation