*Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge's suites are undergoing a phased refurbishment. Some suites have already been updated whilst, complete refurbishment of all suites will be completed by May 2023*
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is the largest lodge in the Sabi Sabi collection. In common with Little Bush Camp, its theme is Today (rather than Yesterday or Tomorrow), making for modern décor and a gorgeous bush-home feel. The lodge has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, vehicle and walking safaris, transfers between the camp and Sabi Sabi Airstrip, and Wi-Fi. The lodge is open all year round. Children of all ages are welcome, and one of the suites may be suitable for some disabled travellers.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge can be accessed via road transfer from the Sabi Sabi Airstrip. It has a stunning location in the middle of the bushveld, benefiting from views not only over a waterhole but also across miles of sprawling plains.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SABI SABI BUSH LODGE:
There are 25 suites, one deluxe suite, and two villas. All options are spaced either side of the main lodge, amidst well-kept garden grounds. Housed within timber, stone, thatch, and glass structures, each suite contains a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and a separate seating area. There’s a good selection of amenities, such as air conditioning, fans, telephone, tea-and-coffee station, mini-bar, safe, and hairdryer. The spacious washroom offers flush toilet, twin washbasins with mirrors over, shower, and bathtub with shower attachment. Outside, on the tiled deck area, there’s an outdoor shower too! There’s also a couple of chairs and a table, providing a nice little spot to relax and enjoy your views. The property’s deluxe suite is known as Mandleve – popular with honeymooners and couples, it benefits from a king-size bed, private patio, and private pool. And the two villas are more lavish still, each boasting an immense master bedroom with en-suite facilities including twin bathtubs! There’s a second bedroom as well, with a washroom featuring a big bathtub and rainfall shower. And villa guests have access to beautifully appointed private lounge and dining areas, patio, and pool, all approached via a rustic swing bridge. Please get in touch with one of our team if you’d like further details concerning the accommodation.
Bush Lodge’s communal buildings are linked with the guest accommodation along tidy pathways through the grounds. The main lodge is a large timber, stone, thatch, and glass structure. Its interiors include the luxurious lounge, with a lot of plush leather seating around coffee tables and ottomans, indoor plants for a touch of fresh greenery, and artefacts on walls and other surfaces for a dash of intrigue! Under the gleam of stylish lighting, Persian rugs lend an adventurous vibe. The dining area features chic individual and group tables flanked by smart upright chairs, in readiness for delicious meals. There’s also a well-stocked bar and a wine cellar. Guests can dine al fresco too, on the lodge’s decks or within the traditional boma. The property’s boutique stocks curios and essential items. Anyone in need of a little pampering can head to Amani Spa, for massages, facials, mani-pedis, and more! A meeting room can be made available for business clients. For younger guests there’s the EleFun Centre – please see our Activities section for information. And the lodge also has two swimming pools, perfect for splashing about or simply cooling off in the heat of the day.
ACTIVITIES AT SABI SABI BUSH LODGE:
An exhilarating range of activities is available here!
- Expertly guided game drives focus on exploring the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and viewing the region’s wildlife.
- The savanna, woodland, forest, and water sources, including the glorious Sabi river, support all sorts of mammals and birds.
- Among the wildlife highlights are all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo.
- You can look out for smaller predators such as cheetah, hyenas, jackals, serval, civet, honey badger, and the rare wild dog, while the herbivore collection features giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and an enticing assortment of antelopes!
- Almost 350 species of bird were recorded during the most recent count, not least the Big Six – martial eagle, lappet-faced vulture, Pel’s fishing owl, saddle-billed stork, southern ground hornbill, and Kori bustard.
- Walking safaris involve plenty of birding, as well as animal tracking and taking a close look at the reserve’s insects and plant life.
- You can also take part in photographic safaris, available on request.
- Trips to local Shangaan villages are possible too, providing opportunities to visit homes, schools, and care centres – and performances involving singing, drumming, and dancing are often enjoyed in camp, usually after the evening meal.
- Stargazing is also offered at this time. Please note, some safari activities have a minimum age requirement.
- However, guests aged 4–12 years will find loads to occupy their time at the lodge’s EleFun Centre, including child-friendly vehicle and walking safaris, bush survival techniques, arts and crafts, and a thrilling Junior Ranger Programme!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.