If you're headed on safari in South Africa, this is the only place to go! I have been to a number of bush lodges in Southern Africa, and Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge was the best by a huge margin.
I flew into Sabi Sabi via their landing strip on a charter plane from Johannesburg. The ranger was waiting for me as I stepped out of the aircraft, and gave a personal mini-safari on the way to the lodge. When we reached there, the receptionist was waiting for me as I stepped off the Land Rover, I was given something to drink while I checked in (the easiest check in I've ever had!) and then walked to my suite. It was huge and comfortable and luxurious and I was instantly at home. There is a private zen courtyard on one side, a patio on the other over looking the bush, and outside the largest bathroom I've ever seen is a private outside shower for that real bush experience!
The food was sublime and varied and a lot of effort was put into these experiences by the staff.
Of course, if you're going on safari its probably the animals you want to see most of all. In the two days I was at Sabi Sabi I saw the big 5 at least once with sightings so good it feels like it was staged...but I put it down to the skill of the rangers. If you go, ask for Mike, he's great.
There are plenty of cheaper bush lodges in South Africa and in the area. Don't do it. Save your pennies and go to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. It IS worth every single cent! I can't wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Sabi Sabi Bush Hotel Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
- Sabi Sabi Bush Hotel
- Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bush Lodge is celebrated the world over for its warmth, vibrancy, 5-Star luxury and exceptional safaris. Huge wooden viewing decks overlook a busy waterhole; and each suite features sumptuous linens and fabrics, beautiful leather and wood furnishings, and an en-suite glass fronted bathroom with indoor and al-fresco shower leading onto a private patio. The lounge, bar, pool area and boma are all relaxing meeting places where stories are shared and friends made. ... more less