Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge: About Sabi Sabi

Located in Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

Sabi Sabi blends with the natural landscape of the South African bush.

Picture a dwelling sculpted into the landscape of the South African bush so as to be barely visible, where adobe walls and rugged wood décor achieve modern elegance, and an authentic, abundant wildlife experience comes with the utmost in luxury, service, and cuisine. This is Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, in itself a celebration of place and of the senses, crafted from the elements to play up texture, light, and nature’s palette.

Set within the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which stretches along the edge of Greater Kruger National Park, Earth Lodge offers an exceptional safari experience—on wildlife drives and bush walks, but also from the property itself, which commands excellent views of the surrounding bushveld. Each of the 13 suites, including the sumptuous Amber Presidential Suite, features glass-fronted bathrooms, indoor and alfresco showers, and a secluded plunge pool with lounging chairs facing the bushveld, so that you might catch sight of an impala or a springbok while enjoying a swim.

Why We Love This Lodge

This is a lodge you must see to believe. Ask many a guest and they’ll say that pictures can’t capture the architectural feat here—the feeling of being part of the landscape and yet surrounded by luxury. Sabi Sabi has been a fixture in Sabi Sands for 35 years, actively participating and supporting the local communities and working to protect the area’s incredible biodiversity. Most of the staff at Earth Lodge comes from the neighboring villages, and the lodge brings in local musicians and dancers to perform and teach about their culture. 

Wildlife is king here and guests have an excellent chance of seeing the “big five” (lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, rhinos, and elephants), as well as cheetahs, wild dogs, and some 350 species of birds. Early morning and afternoon safaris in spacious, open safari vehicles are led by knowledgeable rangers and local Shangaan trackers—and if there’s a chance to witness a kill or spot a rare species, they’ll jump on the opportunity and bring guests back out into the bush. Down to the smallest detail, the owners and their staff have created an utterly spectacular experience in the remote bushveld, and their passion for the lodge and its wilderness resonates.

Highlights

  • Venture out on a game drive to spot lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, elephants, and more.
  • Indulge in a variety of spa treatments that use local minerals and herbs, and relax in the Zen meditation garden.
  • Dine under the stars in the outdoor boma built of tree roots, or sit down to a meal with a view in the dining area.
  • Learn about the wildlife you’ve seen or get into a good book at the library.
  • Enjoy the South African tradition of sundowners, pausing each day’s safari to witness the sunset with a refreshment in hand.

National Geographic Exclusive

When you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you’ll be invited to enjoy a private dinner in the lodge’s wine cellar with an introduction to Sabi Sabi's wine list and award winning wines.

Lodge Features

  • 13 suites with luxury amenities and uninterrupted views of the African bushveld
  • Spa with treatments that incorporate local minerals and herbs
  • Zen meditation garden
  • Wine cellar with South African vintages
  • Day bar
  • Incredible indoor and outdoor dining options
  • Library
  • Fitness center with views of grazing wildlife
  • Free Wi-fi in your suite and the main lodge

Spotlight on Sustainability

Sabi Sabi is committed to preserving the surrounding bushveld and has developed a natural Habitat Management Plan to prioritize their initiatives. They are involved in invasive species eradication efforts and prescribed burning to control the threat of fire, and they use a sustainable wastewater management system that naturally filters water and creates wetlands. The lodge is also deeply involved in the local community. Since its opening 30 years ago, Sabi Sabi has formed partnerships with nearby villages in support of schools, sports facilities, and cultural activities. They run community programs that include education for both children and adults, healthcare, sports, culture, and conservation.

Awards and Recognitions

  • International Traveller 100 Best Hotels & Resorts, 2014
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Award, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best, 2014, 2013, 2012

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