Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Bush Lodge’s thatched, air-conditioned, magnificently appointed suites look out at the serene bush and a nearby water hole, popular with the reserve’s non-human residents, which include the Big Five and forty or fifty other notable species (not to mention 350 bird species). Sabi Sabi is linked to nearby Kruger National Park by a well-trod game corridor; a fence separating the two was removed some years ago, enriching gene pools and honouring the wandering spirit of African wildlife. As a consequence, game viewing in Sabi Sabi is superb, and our enthusiastically guided game drives are some of Southern Africa’s most rewarding.
Bush Lodge’s 12 individually air-conditioned suites showcase African art and the continent’s warm natural colours with extraordinary verve, all the while offering the full range of modern amenities. Huge en suite glass-fronted bathrooms and al fresco showers lead onto a private patio. The lodge’s pair of swimming pools and expansive covered viewing decks look out onto a waterhole much frequented by Sabi Sabi’s wildlife. Its public areas are wonderfully designed for relaxation and fellowship, the Amani Spa offers a reposefully brilliant African spa experience.
Families are welcomed at Bush Lodge and an inventive range of activities and learning opportunities are available for kids at the EleFun Centre, created by childcare specialists.
Game viewing is the focus of our stay at Bush Lodge, of course (though, as we often point out, deep relaxation, one of safari’s sometimes overlooked attractions, is also freely and enthusiastically available). As the lodge is set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, bordering on the southwestern part of the vast Kruger National Park, our game drives with our Micato Safari Director are extensive and eventful. The Big Five (lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhino, and elephant) roam these precincts in their lordly, untroubled way, as do hundreds of less-acclaimed but equally engaging beasts: cheetahs, civits, impalas, wildebeest, hippos, warthogs, pretty much the whole stellar African cast.