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South Africa Safari

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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Sabi Sabi was acquired in 1980 and over the ensuing 20 years Sabi Sabi has achieved fame throughout the world as an acclaimed ecotourism operation.

Sabi Sabi's roots are firmly in place and through its philosophy, principles and commitment to the sensitive ecological environment in which it operates, will ensure that it will play a major role in the development of the ecotourism industry over the next decades.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is an unspoilt part of Africa ecologically and geographically integrated with the adjacent Kruger National Park. It lies on the banks of the Sabie River within one of the oldest and largest proclaimed private reserves - the renowned Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

Sabi Sabi lies 500 km east of Johannesburg, 800 km north east of Durban and 200 km west of Maputo in Mozambique. It lies on the same latitude as Sao Paulo and Brisbane and the same longitude as Cairo, Istanbul and St.Petersburg.

For decades Bush Lodge has been Sabi Sabi's flagship lodge, famed for its warmth, vibrancy and legendary hospitality. A favourite amongst travellers in search of luxury accommodation, Bush Lodge is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain.

Bush Lodge is an all-suite lodge, which includes a suite with wheelchair access. All suites are air-conditioned, have overhead fans, flyscreens and en-suite bathrooms with showers.

2008 Travel & Leisure - "100 Best Hotels" - Sabi Sabi was voted 8th Best Hotel in the World, 4th Best Hotel in Africa and the Middle East, & received a service rating in the Top 10 World Service Awards
2008 Africa World Travel Award - Sabi Sabi has been named as Africa's Leading Safari Lodge
2007 Travel & Leisure - "100 Best Hotels" - Sabi Sabi was voted 7th Best Hotel in the World & 2nd Best Hotel in Africa and the Middle East
2007 Luxury Link - Winner - World's Best Hotel
2007 Voted Best Lodge - By Resorts Web Magazine (Italy)
2006 The ASATA/Diners Club Travel Award - For the best Game Lodge in Southern Africa - This award is voted by the members of the Southern African Travel Industry
2006 Diners Club Platinum Winelist Award - In honour of an excellent selection of wines
2006 Professional Management Review Diamond Arrow Award - For the highest rated in the category "Executive Lodges (5 Star) in the Mpumulanga Province"
2006 Professional Management Review Golden Arrow Award - For the highest rated in the category "Private Game Farms and Parks in the Mpumulanga Province"
2006 Travel & Leisure - 4th in Africa & Middle East

Accommodation            For images of Bush Lodge, click Bush Lodge Images
Bush Lodge's charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention.

Each of the 25 spacious, air-conditioned thatched suites is beautifully appointed, featuring exquisite ethnic décor in keeping with the bushveld environment. The en-suite bathrooms feature al-fresco as well as glass-fronted indoor showers, affording wonderful views of the bushveld.

Huge viewing decks are the ideal setting to relax while spotting game, birdwatching, or cooling off in the filtered pools. Meals, including the wonderful dinners in the open air boma, are heralded by blasts on a kudu horn, a summoning to delicious food. This luxury safari lodge also features artistically designed open courtyards with spectacular wooden carvings by renowned South African sculptors, created from uprooted trees and wood salvaged from the surrounding bushveld.

The Mandleve Suite at Bush Lodge is an ultra-luxury suite perfect for honeymooners or those in search of sumptuous accommodation. The beautiful spacious suite includes an open plan lounge and gorgeous bathroom with outside shower. A secluded pool, private safari experience and optional in-room dining all combine to make this suite an absolute treat.

Lodge facilities include:
Boma, Boutique / Curio shop, Conference facilities, Dining Veranda, Full Bar facilities, Lodge Swimming Pool, Lounge, Telephone/Fax Facilities, Television (in lounge).

Standard Suite facilities include:
Air-conditioning, Coffee making facilities, Dressing room, En-suite bathrooms Internal & External Showers, Fans, Hairdryers , In-room dining, Lounge area, Mini-Bars, Personal attendant/Butler, Private Patio, Twin-Bedded, Safes, Telephone

Earth and Bush Lodge are 9 km apart. Selati Camp is 6 km north of Bush Lodge.
The lodges are completely unfenced.
All suites at Sabi Sabi lodges are air-conditioned and have luxury en-suite bathrooms.
Each suite has an al fresco outside shower.

Outdoor dining in the camp's boma provides a taste of traditional African cuisine.

Sabi Sabi Safaris: Safaris at Sabi Sabi are a UNIQUE African experience. Guided by your knowledgeable and experienced ranger and skilled Shangaan tracker, (FGASA accredited), guests begin an adventure to spot a myriad of wild animals including, but not limited to, the Big 5, Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo. The graceful Impala, dazzling Zebra and other unique African game will be encountered.

Your own armed and knowledgeable Game Ranger and Shangaan Tracker will take you deep into the bushveld by open land rover or on foot. Close enough to share in a thrilling encounter with Africa's beautiful wild creatures.

Sabi Sabi's rangers and skilled Shangaan trackers, are accredited by FGASA, (The Field Guides Association of South Africa) and trained to understand the needs of guests. They will go to great lengths to ensure that Safari's at Sabi Sabi are an unforgettable experience and that you leave the game reserve with a wonderful knowledge of the flora and fauna, as well as having taken award-winning photographs of our creatures and had close, unlimited encounters with our wildlife.

Walking Safaris: While most animals will be viewed from the comfort and security of open Land Rovers Sabi Sabi's safari team will encourage you to spend a few hours on foot to experience the true pulse of Africa. Walks are tailored to individuals and are not supposed to be route marches but rather an opportunity to examine the smaller creatures of the bush often overlooked from the Land Rover.

During these environmental awareness walking trails, guests will be fascinated by the rangers' in-depth knowledge of nature and ecology and learn about Sabi Sabi's conservation and habitat management policies. The trackers will relate their folklore, explain medicinal uses of the bush as well as discuss their cultural heritage.

Birding Hides: Sabi Sabi is home to over 350 species of bird. These species include some of the world's most magnificent species, from raptors to ornately colored bee-eaters and all may be spotted from your Land Rover or from the camp's birding hides (blinds) in the game reserve. The bird-life around the lodges is also prolific.

As the best time of the day to enjoy game activity is in the cooler hours, the safaris go out at first light in the morning and again an hour or two before sunset. Night Safaris are a unique opportunity to watch nocturnal predators on the hunt.

During the heat of the day, guests are encouraged to enjoy a siesta, cool down in the pool, view the abundant bird life or pamper yourself in the Earth Nature Spa

The wildlife sightings in the Sabi Sand are renowned for their consistency. If you want to be literally assured of seeing the big cats like Lion and especially Leopard, up close from an open safari vehicle, then this is the place to go. To give an example, the following are extracted from Sabi Sabi's sightings log for a recent, typical month at Sabi Sabi.

Lion have been sighted every day this month. Coalitions of up to 3 males observed on numerous occasions. On several of these, they have been accompanied by one
or two females and mating has been observed.

Almost daily sightings of the 4 cubs, always accompanied by one or two females. Several sightings of two females in the company of 5 sub-adults. Lone male and females also observed. The lone males more frequently.

Males were also sighted at the entrance to Bush Lodge. A successful Zebra hunt was seen, also the females and young cubs viewed on a Buffalo kill. Another sighting - females and cubs - on a Kudu kill.

Leopard have been seen on all but three Game Drives this month. The female with sub-adult cub has been observed almost daily. On one occasion they were relaxing in the shade in the branches of a tree. Lone males – numerous sightings. Lone females – several sightings – 2 of which were on a kill – Impala and Bush Buck. One female observed hunting Impala. One male Leopard observed killing a sleeping male Cheetah.

Fifteen sightings of solitary females and 16 of solitary males. Three sightings of male and female
together, but no mating observed. Several sightings of female and two sub-adults.

Buffalo seen every day this month. Herds of Buffalo – some as large as approximately 350 were seen numerous times. On one occasion – fighting with Lion. There were also many sightings of lone Bulls and groups of up to 10 Bulls. Four male Buffalo were observed on the access road to Selati Camp.

Rhino observed every day this month. Lone males – observed almost every day. Numerous sightings of between 1 and 3 females with 2 sub-adults. Several sightings of groups of 2 and 3 females.

Elephant observed daily this month. Groups of up to 10 males seen almost daily. Lone Bulls observed numerous times. One bull observed having a drink from the swimming pool at Bush Lodge.
A herd of females with sub-adults and juveniles – numerous sightings.

Cheetah sightings almost daily. The female with her sub-adult cub was seen on many occasions. They were also observed feeding on a sub-adult Water Buck kill. Lone male observed hunting young Kudu and again, feeding on the kill.
Also sighted - A male Leopard killed a sleeping male Cheetah!

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