We really enjoyed our three night stay at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp. It was one of the highlights of our three weeks in Southern Africa.
There are four separate accommodation locations at Sabi Sabi, each with their own character. Little Bush Camp has six huts and is usually limited to 12 people in total. Each is therefore quite private.
Safaris are held twice a day (6am and 4pm) with an optional extra walking safari. The driving safaris are in open vehicles with no more than 6 passengers which is better than a lot of safari places. Note that they wake you up at 5.30am for your morning safari so sleepyheads should stay away!
All safaris and food are included in the accommodation price as is most drinks.
We had asked for a river hut and got it – either huts 4,5 or 6 will get you this.
* We were welcomed on arrival by Jenna, the Acting Manager, who offered us a cold drink and gave us a camp briefing. She was always on hand over the next three days to ask how things were going and offer assistance. In fact, all of the staff here were friendly and helpful;
* there is a nice pool area
* there was lots of wildlife to be seen on safari (and sometimes in the camp itself!)
* our ranger made the effort to try and make people happy in relation to seeing the animals they wanted
* while the day spa and shop is at another Sabi lodge, they will drive you there if you want
* they feed you a lot
* the river view cottage had a lovely feel - almost like a home, very comfy
* Brett insisted he saw an elephant from the rear of the hut when returning from an outdoor shower (!!!)
* Joint dinners with other guests at night - which helped you get to know other people, though you could eat alone if you wished
* monkeys hanging around the eating area.
So that we don't sound like a dodgy advertisement, we tried to come up with some negatives:
* while the menu is three courses for each meal and there is plenty of food to be gobbled, the breakfast and lunch menus don't really change, so you might have to start eating the same thing if you stay there for more than 3 days.
* around meal time it occasionally felt a bit militaristic . Breakfast was at 9am, lunch at 2pm and dinner at 7pm. The staff were quick to serve the next course and it occasionally felt that we were under pressure to finish. While you didn't have to go to bed at 9pm after dinner, given that you need to be escorted to our room by a ranger you tend to feel a bit guilty about keeping them up when they ask you if you want to stay or go.
* they maybe could have visited the pool more often to ask guests lounging there if they wanted drinks.
Notwithstanding the minor negatives above, it was a very enjoyable three days and we would definitely consider going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Little Bush Camp is the smallest and most secluded of Sabi Sabi’s lodges. Styled with contemporary elegance, the 5-Star lodge is a showcase of safari chic in a relaxed environment. Ideal for exclusive use by small groups, there are six suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, private decks and heated spa bath overlooking the riverbed and surrounding bush. An intimate lodge, inviting lounge and outdoor boma welcome guests to enjoy the safari of a lifetime. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp Hotel Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
- Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve