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South Africa Safari

Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Sabi Sabi Selati Camp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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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.

This intimate all-suite camp includes the Lourenco Marques Honeymoon and Ivory Presidential Suites, beautifully located on the banks of the Msuthlu riverbed. Selati now boasts the addition of air-conditioned suites with overhead fans, whilst still retaining the old-world charm of oil lamps and lanterns for the evening lighting. The Presidential Ivory Suite has its own private pool while safaris are conducted in a private Land Rover.

Imagine the Africa of the great safari era, when blazing sunsets melted into lantern lit romance and service was an effortless whisper.

During the 1870's, high in the crevices of the Drakensberg escarpment which rises to the west of Sabi Sabi, gold was discovered. To transport the gold, the parliament of the Old Transvaal Republic commissioned a railway line from the interior to Delagoa Bay in Mozambique. A branch railway, known as the Selati Line, crossed the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Today the line is disused but the old railbed can still be seen in the north-eastern section of Sabi Sabi, close to Selati Camp. Sabi Sabi's intimate all-suite Selati Camp, furnished with a historic Railway theme and 19th century charm, meticulously created as an authentic home in the bush, is the most unforgettable of all African experiences. The railway theme extends from original steam engine name plates, signals and other memorabilia in the lounge, to collector's pieces in each room and shunter's lamps lighting the way to your suite.

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 Selati Camp, click Selati Camp Images
Selati combines turn of the century elegance with personalised safari luxury - a rare quality of life experience.

Origionally created without electricity to preserve the ambience, Selati Camp now has overhead fans and air-conditioning, while the camp is still lit at night by the gentle flicker of oil lamps, the warm glow of fires and the spectacular canopy of the Southern night sky.

The eight luxury thatched suites, each with full bathroom en-suite and private alfresco shower, blend perfectly into the surrounding bush. Home-cooked cuisine is served on decks built over the river-bed, in the open air "boma" or in the "farmhouse kitchen".

The premier accommodation at Selati Camp is the sumptuous and spacious Ivory Presidential Suite, which is a favourite amongst Kings, Queens, and those just looking for exceptional accommodation. It offers colonial grandeur in the form of original antiques, a draped four-poster bed, private terrace, and fireplace. The magnificent en-suite bathroom, complete with Persian carpet and antique chaise-lounge, also features a very private plunge pool. The separate dressing room features an antique wardrobe and matching dressing table.

The Lourenco Marques Suite is a must for honeymooners or the romantic at heart. Whether it is the fragrant flower petals strewn on the exquisite bedlinen, or the candles illuminating the bathroom on return from the evening safari, a stay in this romantic suite will always be remembered.

Sabi Sabi's Selati Camp combines turn of the century elegance with personalised safari luxury - a rare experience.

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

Standard Suite facilities include:
Air-conditioning, Dressing room, En-suite bathrooms, Internal & External Showers, Fans, Hairdryers, In-room dining, Lounge area, 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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