Narina Lodge is one of several luxury private safari lodges given the right to operate within South Africa's internationally renowned Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.
By Carrie Hampton
Transverse the Entire Park
Guests of Narina and its sister lodge, Tinga, may traverse any roads within the park, but only they have access to Tinga's exclusive concession. This means night drives are on offer, and with that comes the added chance of seeing lions on the move.
Similar yet different to Tinga, Narina has a strong African feel created by overriding colours and textures of browns and beige and wood. There are huge fireplaces and high beamed ceilings open to the thatch. Artefacts from all over Africa are displayed or put to more functional uses, such as the masterly carved coffee tables. Even the fruit in the bowl look like works of art. Persian carpets and simple chandeliers add a touch of elegance.
Suites Offer More Than Accommodation
You come to expect treats at Narina, and the suites offer more than one could even want, including Internet connection and satellite television. Resist the urge to go online or watch television and you will be treated to entertainment African style: hippos grunting their intention to emerge from the Sabi River and munch their way through the night on grasses up to a kilometre or more away from the river.