For almost four decades Sabi Sabi has welcomed guests from all over the world – drawn to this unique area by the promise of a safari adventure of a lifetime.
A luxurious wildlife oasis, situated in the world-renowned 65 000 hectare Sabi Sand Wildtuin in the South-Western section of the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi offers four 5-Star luxury, all-suite, award-winning lodges, each with its own distinct character and design flair.
Custodians of a diverse flora habitat which thrives alongside abundant animals, and an extraordinary variety of birds and insects which inhabit it, their mission is to serve as a model of how our rapidly dwindling natural resources can be conserved.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is a wildlife oasis, where you can observe at close quarters the age-old natural relationship between predator and prey.
Big game abounds and roams freely throughout this pristine part of the ancient African continent. The diverse habitat is home to spectacular wildlife including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – as well as cheetah, wild dog and some 200 other animal species indigenous to the area.
There is nothing quite as stirring as the sight of a lion, elephant or rhino roaming free in the bush; as haunting as the sound of a hyaena laughing in the dead of night; as electrifying as the tension one feels when following spoor along a dry riverbed. This is what makes the Sabi Sabi experience so memorable. Day and night safaris in open safari vehicles, led by highly trained Game Rangers and qualified Trackers, follow the animals on and off-road, deep into the heart of the wild African Bushveld.
Capturing safari experiences on camera has always been an integral part of the Sabi Sabi experience, and the new digital age has made it easier for everyone to try their hand at taking the perfect picture. As equipment has evolved and more advanced cameras have become available to all levels of photographers, a new and rewarding way of securing those precious memories is to engage a professional photographer to assist you with every step.
The Sabi Sabi Photographic Safari offers guests the unique experience of being guided, by a professional photographer (Photographic Host), through the intricacies of getting the very best out of a camera and of how to take that perfect, once in a lifetime, wildlife picture.
These Photographic Safaris are available on request and must be pre-booked. A professional photographer will tailor your photographic safari, including the opportunity of providing cameras and lenses if necessary, and customising subjects such as camera set up, photography in the field, working with wildlife, light sources etc. At the end of the safari, you and your instructor will review the images and you will discover the various methods and merits of post-processing. All of your selected photos will go home with you on a CD or flash drive.
Walking safaris offered daily after breakfast, allow guests to feel the pulse of untamed Africa through the soles of their feet. Guests are taken out with a highly trained ranger and are given the opportunity to connect with nature and gain a better understanding of the delicate relationship between fauna and flora. This is an environmental safari experience, which brings with it a vastly different perspective of the surrounding bushveld.
Walking safaris are about 3km in total distance and can take approximately 1-2 hours. A high level of fitness is not required, but a good pair of walking shoes, a sunhat, sunscreen and a camera is recommended. Water will be provided for on the walk.
Sabi Sabi’s prime location, well away from city lights, means boundless stargazing opportunities, regardless of the season. Most winter nights are cloudless and thousands of stars are visible to the naked eye. Trained rangers provide enlightening and entertaining commentary about the southern hemisphere constellations, most notably the magnificent Southern Cross (or Crux to use the formal term).
All stargazing at Sabi Sabi is tailored to guests’ requests – either by the ranger whilst on evening safari, or by one of our senior rangers who can set up a telescope and together with the use of sky maps and a laser pointer take you on a dedicated sky safari.
Winter stargazing (May – August) covers constellations such as Scorpius, Sagittarius, Libra, Canis Major and Minor, Crux with its jewel box and coal sack, the Large Magellanic Cloud and any planets that are above the horizon at the time; Saturn, Jupiter and Venus being the most common. Jupiter is of particular viewing interest to many guests as through a relatively small telescope its four closest satellites can be clearly seen. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is also a firm favourite; its name coming from the ancient Greek meaning ‘glowing’ or ‘scorcher’ due its incredible luminosity.
Summer stargazing (September – April) can be equally rewarding although cloud cover may occasionally interrupt viewing. Typical constellations seen in summer are the Pleiades, commonly known as the Seven Sisters, the great hunter Orion – viewed upside down in the southern hemisphere – Taurus the bull and Gemini the twins. In local culture the Pleiades is known as the ‘digging stars’ as it signals the time of year for the planting of crops. Orion is most easily located by his right ‘shoulder star’ a massive red giant called Betelguese.
Home to almost 350 different bird species, Sabi Sabi is a bird lover’s delight! Rare specimens such as the Narina Trogon, Bat Hawk and Diedrick’s Cuckoo as well as the so-called ‘Big 6’ of Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Saddle-billed Stork, Southern Ground Hornbill and Kori Bustard can be seen. The reserve’s varying habitats such as open grass plains, dry woodland savanna and thick riverine bush offer exciting bird watching for novice and expert alike.
During summer birders are spoilt for choice as the bush is alive with the calls of so many different birds, while in winter the drier bush and sparse vegetation makes for spectacular sightings.
The perfect place to rest and relax, this haven of tranquillity offers the ultimate African Spa experience. Indulge in holistic body, skin and beauty rituals, rejuvenating massages and soothing treatments uniquely designed to relax the spirit, harmonise the body, preserve youthfulness and enhance health and vitality.
At the Amani Spa, magical moments are turned into special memories. Revel in individually designed treatment packages for all special occasions.
The EleFun Centre designed by childcare professionals is a fully-fledged children’s facility within the lodge environs, which fosters awareness and an appreciation of nature. Set out to create a space that is fun, safe and educational, hands-on, interactive activities designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years are offered on a daily basis. Age-appropriate bushveld themed activities are guided, and supervised, by qualified staff, and include bush craft subjects such as bush survival, bugs & birds, tracks & signs of wildlife – all environmentally sensitive subjects that every child will find fascinating.
The beautifully designed centre also includes a wonderful, secure outdoor play area. While set itineraries will take place every morning and afternoon, children are welcome to enjoy the facility between formal sessions. Parents and/or guardians can relax and enjoy the incredible safaris, have a pamper session in the Amani Spa or just kick back and enjoy some private time, knowing that their children are revelling in their own special bushveld experience.
Sabi Sabi is bordered by a number of local Shangaan villages. The majority of its staff members come from these areas. Since the inception of Sabi Sabi, almost 4 decades ago, Sabi Sabi has formed partnerships with local communities in support of schools, sports facilities, cultural activities and the like. Sabi Sabi has a community programme that includes education, healthcare, sport, culture and conservation programmes.
Guests are able to gain insight into authentic village life by taking part in a tour of Sabi Sabi’s neighbouring communities during their stay. Homes, schools and community / care centres participate in the tour and the proceeds from the fee levied to guests all go directly back to the community. Many of the places visited have links to Sabi Sabi either through staff family members working or living there, or having been supported by the company over many years. Entertainment groups (singers, drummers and traditional dancers) from neighbouring villages are regular performers at Sabi Sabi – a further example of the company’s commitment to supporting local communities. A favourite stop on the tour is the local “sangoma” (traditional healer) who enjoys special stature in village life and is regularly called on for advice, healing and blessings. At each stop, guests are welcome to take photographs to cement the memories of an enriching and enlightening visit.
Cuisine at Sabi Sabi is more than just a meal – it is an indulgence and an African cultural experience. Sabi Sabi caters for all dietary requirements on request.
Emphasis is always on preparing dishes with the freshest, seasonal ingredients, using unique flavours all brought together in a traditional South African way.
For the fourth year running, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has been recognised by The World of fine Wine for having one of the world’s best wine lists. The perfect accompaniment for a tasty meal.