Sabi Sabi blends with the natural landscape of the South African bush.
At the edge of Kruger National Park, where the Sand River swerves south to the meet the Sabie River, the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve plays host to a shifting cast of Africa’s legendary creatures. Here, dry riverbeds reveal the passage of lions or a scuffle between hyenas, waterholes lure elephants and impalas, and an acacia tree might just hold a leopard guarding its prey. Interspersed among the low woods and grasses, the four lodges of Sabi Sabi offer a gratifying choice: Do you seek a phenomenal family safari adventure at Bush Lodge, or an intimate and tranquil haven in the wilderness at Little Bush Camp? Would you step back in time at Selati Camp to an era when gold prospectors and explorers passed through the Lowveld? Or settle into a gem of modern architecture at the ethereal Earth Lodge, sculpted into a hillside so cleverly it’s barely visible even to the animals?
No matter which lodge you choose, Sabi Sabi promises an exceptional wildlife experience—on game drives and bush walks, but also from the properties themselves, which command excellent views of the surrounding bushveld. Whether you’re immersed in the colonial elegance of Selati Camp or watching monkeys with your kids from the pool at Bush Lodge, the wild mystique of the African bush is all around you.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has been a fixture in Sabi Sands for more than 35 years. Established during the uncertainties of the apartheid era, Sabi Sabi was one of the first South African safari companies to actively support the surrounding Shangaan communities. Today, that relationship is stronger than ever. Every game drive is accompanied by a Shangaan tracker as well as a ranger, and most of the lodge staff comes from the neighboring villages. Sabi Sabi also brings in area musicians and dancers to perform and teach about their culture.
What ties all four lodges together is their celebration of the traditions and landscapes that surround them. Buildings, furniture, and décor are wrought from local materials—from fabrics and wooden tools to copper coins—and inspired by local culture. 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.
When you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you’ll be invited to enjoy a private dinner featuring Sabi Sabi's international cuisine and local specialties.
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 more than 35 years ago, Sabi Sabi has formed partnerships with nearby villages in support of schools, sports facilities, and cultural activities. They run a wide range of community programs that address education for both children and adults, healthcare, sports, culture, and conservation.
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