Sabi Sabi is hailed as a ‘luxury home in the bush’ and certainly does its name proud. With a choice of four lodges following the theme of ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ Sabi Sabi has successfully created accommodation that encapsulates the past, present and future. Whilst Selati Camp boasts an opulent style reminiscent of the colonial era and Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp offer the modern luxury we expect of today, Earth Lodge propels us forward into the comfort of a contemporary lodge artistically sculpted into the slope of the earth. Whichever of the award-winning lodges you choose, you are guaranteed a luxurious safari experience like no other.
Bush Lodge is Sabi Sabi’s flagship lodge, representing today in the timely repertoire. This warm and luxurious safari escape features 25 spacious thatched suites, an Amani spa, boma dining area and the famed Elefun centre – a children’s haven well separated from the honeymoon suites where kids can tire themselves out the best way possible, learning bush and photography skills and enjoying guided safari walks, arts and crafts.
Nestled in the world-renowned, 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Wildtuin, the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve sits south west of Kruger National Park, just a one hour flight from Johannesburg. With its own private air strip, this reserve benefits from a secluded yet easy to reach location and with over 200 animals indigenous to the area – we suspect you’ll struggle to put your camera down throughout your stay. We wouldn’t like to guarantee it, but you’d be unlucky not to spot lions, leopards and the rest of the big five during a stay here.
Bush Lodge sits in a prime location within the reserve overlooking a waterhole and an African plain, meaning you’re perfectly positioned for game spotting from the Lodge’s vast viewing decks. Each of the spacious, air-conditioned suites features glass fronted showers that look out upon the bushveld – so even as you shower you may well catch a glimpse of that lion. With an ethnic decor in tune with the bushveld environment, Bush Lodge is a truly luxurious sanctuary after your day out on safari.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With no fences between Sabi Sands and its neighbouring Kruger National Park, wildlife roams free in an extraordinary 5.5 million hectare area and with it being a private game reserve vehicles are permitted to drive off road, giving you the best possible conditions for game viewing close up. Sabi Sabi will never allow more than 3 vehicles at one sighting (so you won’t need to strain for a perfect view) and they offer photography safaris and lens rental for keen snappers to get the best possible shot. The staff are top notch, the spa is sublime, the guides are incredibly knowledgeable, the food is outstanding and you’ll have to drag your kids away from the Elefun centre. We can’t recommend this place enough.