- This award winning luxury family safari lodge is part of the prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and located on a private concession within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
- Spacious and comfortable suites with huge viewing decks and a personal butler.
- Classic Big 5 game viewing and great birding year-round. Venture out on game drives or bush walks with top rangers and trackers, and spot everything from lions and leopards, buffalo to unusual birds.
- Themed dinners, romantic touches, community tours, and photography lessons.
- Indulge in a variety of spa treatments that use local minerals and herbs, or soak in the pool, gazing at wildlife below.
- Dine under the stars in the outdoor boma built of tree roots, or sit down to a meal with an excellent views of the reserve.
- Enjoy the South African tradition of sundowners, pausing each day’s safari to witness the sunset with a refreshment in hand.
- Take part in kid-focused activities, learning how to be a junior tracker or trying local arts and crafts at the EleFun Centre at Bush Lodge.
- Get acquainted with the traditions and everyday life of a nearby Shangaan community, meeting village elders and visiting a school.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Captivated by Africa’s landscapes, people and wildlife, travellers have always been inspired to make a visual record of the far flung savannah plains and dramatic hoof-and-claw encounters they witness here. Early adventurers painted what they saw; modern visitors capture the moment through the lens of a camera, often with passion and expertise to rival a professional photographer. Two safaris per day – morning and afternoon/evening – 3 hours each with a morning and afternoon coffee/sundowner stop.
A walking safari with your rangers is optional and takes place after breakfast, with your ranger. African safaris are changing. As surely as the camera has replaced the hunting rifle, the growing popularity of guided walking safaris has revolutionised traditional game viewing activities. Away from the confines of a vehicle, travellers are now venturing into big game country on foot for anything from an hour’s stroll to several days, spending starlit nights at remote lodges or tented camps.
Unseen, unexpected, unbelievable. That’s how guests describe the Starlight Bush Dinner experience at Sabi Sabi. In a secluded clearing open to the surrounding bush, under magnificent night skies a beautiful bush dinner is set up with crisp linen, crystal and silver. Delicate fairy lights mirror the brilliant stars and table décor reflects elegance with an African twist. Attentive, unobtrusive staff serve fine wines and gourmet food freshly prepared by the executive chef using fresh local produce with international influences. Local singing, dancing or drumming groups provide background entertainment, blending with the sounds of the unfenced bushveld. A memorable bush dinner is the perfect ending to a thrilling evening safari.
We offer a Community Tour, available to Sabi Sabi guests after breakfast each day. This is to be pre-booked at an additional charge, and these funds are invested back into the community. The tour focuses on an authentic experience, and you will have the chance to view life from the perspective of our staff, as the majority of our staff are from the local communities of Lillydale, Justicia and Huntington.
Ballooning takes place at sunrise, which means a pre-dawn wake up with steaming coffee and a chilly drive to the launch. The sense of excitement ripples through you as the great balloons slowly fill with hot air, rising up ponderously above their tethered baskets. Take-off is a noisy, bumpy affair, which adds to the thrill and enhances the sudden serenity when you reach cruising altitude. The noise of the heating flame punctuates the quiet along with the soft whistle of air currents and occasional ‘ooohs’ from your fellow adventurers. Wrap up warmly – it’s cold up there!
We’re proud to support trekking tourism that contributes directly to protecting rainforest habitats and conserving both mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas. Thanks to income derived directly from tourism, the mountain gorilla population has stabilised, which gives us hope for the future of western lowland gorillas now that tourism has started in their Congo rainforest.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is set in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve overlooking a waterhole where animals come regularly to drink. This private conservation area shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and delivers superb Big 5 game viewing all through the year. Featuring light-filled open courtyards and classic African décor throughout the lodge, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge delivers a luxurious and classic safari experience. After a light pre-dawn snack to keep you going, set off in open safari vehicles for some of the best game viewing in South Africa. Guided by your professional ranger and local tracker, you have an excellent chance of seeing the Big 5 and a wide range of other animals.
Return to the lodge for a delcious cooked breakfast then relax around the swimming pool, have a massage at the spa or even go on a guided nature walk before your late afternoon game drive, returning via a spotlit drive to catch shy nocturnal animals on the move. Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is very oriented to families and is child-friendly. Little ones will love spending time at the colourful EleFun Centre, where four to eight year olds can join the Junior Trackers Programme and nine to 12 year olds can learn about being Junior Rangers. The emphasis at EleFun is firmly on age-appropriate ‘edutainment’ and nurturing children’s love of nature.
The 25 thatched bungalow suites each include a spacious bedroom with a draped 4-poster bed and a sitting area that leads on to your private deck where you can watch animals amble past and birds go about their business. The large en suite bathrooms feature a big tub for soaking in, and an indoor as well as outdoor shower.
Mandleve Deluxe Suite
The Mandleve Deluxe Suite at Bush Lodge is an ultra-luxury suite perfect for honeymooners or those in search of sumptuous accommodation. The beautiful spacious suite includes an open plan lounge, a gorgeous bathroom with outside shower and a secluded pool all combine to make this suite an absolute treat.
Each of the 23 spacious, air-conditioned thatched suites is beautifully appointed, featuring exquisite ethnic décor in keeping with the bushveld environment. The en-suite bathrooms feature al-fresco as well as glass-fronted indoor showers, affording wonderful views of the bushveld .
Two exquisite new Luxury Villas at Bush Lodge have been created as an extension of the lodge’s philosophy of being the first choice in your safari destination in Africa. The suites exude luxury and comfort in the contemporary Bush Lodge style. A huge master bedroom with king sized draped four-poster bed leads onto an en-suite bathroom complete with indoor and outdoor shower and his & her baths. A second bedroom which leads into a private bathroom featuring a big bath and open ‘rain’ shower. Untold opulence is evident throughout – with pure linens, natural fabrics, wooden chandeliers masquerading as impressive art pieces, sisal rugs, natural oak doors and generous proportions combining to make an unforgettable private suite. Crafted around natural Leadwood sculptures, the suites combine a respect for the environment with all the luxuries of a world class, 5-Star destination.
The chefs at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge are creative with the meals they serve in the lodge dining room or out on the veranda surrounded by the evocative African bush. African-style dinners are often served around the roaring log fire, under the stars in the traditional reed boma. Incredibly romantic dinners are often set up to surprise guests in the privacy of their suites – be prepared!
An exquisitely furnished lounge, atrium and intimate bar area are perfect meeting places for friends old and new.
An indoor/outdoor dining area overlooking a waterhole and unending bushveld, a secluded library, art gallery, meditation garden; and an underground wine cellar with a collection of over 6000 bottles of rare wines, the venue for an unforgettable dining experience – everything at this luxury lodge has been created for your indulgence. If you prefer fine spirits to wine, you can sample tipples from the lodge’s collection of whiskeys and potstill brandies.
The spacious thatched main lodge incorporates inter-connecting courtyards and rooms, and provides many quiet places to sit and relax, under thatch, out on the expansive wooden deck or around one of the two swimming pools overlooking the waterhole. There is a lodge bar, a cocktail lounge and an extensive wine cellar stocking an excellent variety of vintages. If you prefer fine spirits to wine, you can sample tipples from the lodge’s collection of whiskeys and potstill brandies. You can also browse the safari shop or indulge in a treatment or massage at the Camelot International Spa. The EleFun Centre is one of the best children’s facilities in the area.
The two swimming pools and large covered viewing decks overhanging the Msuthlu riverbed are an invitation to cool off in the filtered water or sit in comfort while spotting game at the well-utilised pan.
As an extra indulgence, the Amani Spa at Bush Lodge offers the ultimate African Spa experience. You can also browse the safari shop or indulge in a treatment or massage at the Camelot International Spa.
The EleFun Centre is one of the best children’s facilities in the area. It has indoor activities like arts & crafts but also exciting outdoor options like a zipline and obstacle course. Kids can tackle junior ranger and tracker programmes that teach them how to identify spoor, calls, birds and animals, and basic bushcraft. The lodge is family friendly and children of all ages can enjoy the EleFun Centre, a fully-fledged children’s facility. Interesting environmentally themed activities, including hands-on ‘edutainment’ for several distinct age groups, are designed and supervised by qualified childcare professionals.