Sunday, March 22, 2015

I return to Narina Lodge...Lion Sands, Kruger National Park


Time to head back to my office...
My last visit to this lodge was in April 2013.


This is where I was based for a few days recently.
The sign was the first change that I noticed.


There HAS to be a curio shop as you enter any Lodge.
And Narina is no different.
However, the quality of the goods on sale is excellent.



Looking in and out...
The top image is looking into the lodge from the arrivals area.
And the bottom image is looking back into the public area from the deck.
One of my favourite areas of Narina.
Cool colours and a welcoming atmosphere.


The attention to detail is a trade mark of the More Group that own this lodge


Another view of the main public area.
This area is one of those that will be undergoing a refurbishment soon.
New paint on the walls and different soft furnishings will make this space more welcoming.
In the distance is the TV lounge and the bar area.


See what I mean about attention to detail?


This seating area looks out over the perennial Sabi River
that runs in front of the lodge


My accommodation!
With a newly thatched roof.
There are 9 chalets spread out along the river bank.
The accommodation is reached via raised wooden walkways.
Guests are able to spot a variety of wildlife from this elevated vantage point.
I was able to "tick off" Bushbuck, Dwarf Mongoose, Elephant and Impala.
Not too shabby for a short walk...


I did enjoy the time that I spent here.
The accommodation is currently undergoing refurbishment.
Lighter colours are being used for the furniture and soft furnishings.
The trend seems to be to move away from the old dark "safari" colours,
and to bring lightness and colour in.
More of a "home-away-from-home" feeling.


I  actually got to use my plunge pool!
There is no public pool at Narina,
however each chalet has one of these.


This was my arrival message...
There was also a "Goodbye" on my bed on my last night.


A panoramic view of my "office"...


The view from the bathroom, toilet and shower  is spectacular.
There are two indoor and an outdoor shower.
You might have to compete with the monkeys for the outdoor facility.
They do like to use the shower as a gym.


This LARGE Nile Crocodile was lying on the bank opposite my deck


My first meal at the Narina.
Just a light lunch.
Pea soup...


And a very tasty pasta salad.


Time for bed...
Sleeping under a mosquito net adds something special
 to being in the bush.


Sad to say goodbye...
To find out more about Narina,
visit
http://www.lionsands.com/our-lodges/narina-lodge-kruger-national-park/
or, to find out about their other properties,
http://www.more.co.za/



         

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