Places We Love: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge:

Deep in the bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an open plain, lies a lodge that pulses to the rhythm of Africa’s heartbeat. This is Bush Lodge, steeped in tradition, vibrant and warm, the Sabi Sabi of “Today”. With a history spanning over 40 years, the lodge has earned a reputation of a “luxury home in the bush”, service excellence and effortless personal attention. The conventional safari style showcases a vibrant and eclectic mix of furnishings and décor garnered from all corners of the African continent.

To maintain privacy and intimacy, the lodge has 25 suites in total including 2 Luxury Villas and the Mandleve Deluxe Suite.

Two spacious Luxury Villas feature a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, second en-suite bedroom, a private pool, library lounge and beautiful patio facing a waterhole. The suites are air-conditioned and feature sumptuous linen and classic leather and wood furnishings.

The Mandleve Deluxe Suite features a private plunge pool and luxurious interiors with endless views of the bushveld. The suite is air-conditioned and has all the conveniences of a presidential suite with a king-size bed, spacious bathroom and lounge, as well as a mini bar, tea & coffee facilities and a Nespresso machine.

Bush Lodge has been sensitively designed to allow ample space to relax, unwind and savour the tranquility of the bush. 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. An exquisitely furnished lounge, atrium and intimate bar area are perfect meeting places for friends old and new. As an extra indulgence, the Amani spa at Bush Lodge offers the ultimate African Spa experience.

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. The beautifully planned centre is strategically placed within the lodge environs, minimising any disturbance to the adult guests. Parents can relax and enjoy some private time, knowing that their children are safe and happy, reveling in their own, age-appropriate, fun-filled bushveld experience, becoming tomorrow’s conservationists.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sabi epitomises Africa’s magic. With no fences between the reserve and the Kruger Park, big game abounds, moving freely through this unspoiled part of the ancient African continent. The Reserve is blessed with a great biodiversity of habitat and wildlife giving an excellent chance of close encounters with the ‘Big Five’ – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard – as well as wild dog and cheetah. With over 300 bird species, the reserve is a birdwatcher’s delight.

There has been no hunting here for over half a century and the animals have become habituated to – and relaxed in the presence of – safari vehicles. The ultimate destination for a luxury safari; visitors to Sabi Sabi can look forward the unique experience of close encounters with animals as they continue unperturbed in their natural daily patterns of huntingfeedingcourting and suckling.

Safaris take place each morning and evening in open safari vehicles which drive through a wide variety of habitats, allowing visitors to view the vast interactions of the wild. After breakfast, guests on guided walking trails can experience the natural environment on foot. The dedicated, highly trained and experienced Rangers lead you to discover miracles of nature you may never have dreamed existed.

Getting There

Sabi Sabi is a one hour flight from O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) directly to the Sabi Sabi airstrip. Alternatively one can fly via Skukuza Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit) with a short transfer to/from the lodge or one could even opt for a scenic 5-hour chauffeured or self-drive from Johannesburg.

Our team will help you make the right choice and all travel arrangements when looking to incorporate Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge into your itinerary.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge in A Nutshell

  • Who should go: Bush Lodge is ideally suited to an unforgettable family and friends getaway, or for the first time safari traveller.
  • When to go: Bush Lodge is a great camp to visit at any time of the year. However, the dry winter months (May to September) are preferable, to avoid any unwanted rain interruptions.
  • How to get there: Guests can fly into Sabi Sabi using Federal Air connecting directly from OR Tambo International Airport to Skukuza Airport where its about a 20 - 30 minute drive to camp. There is also a road transfer option which will take about 6 hours, and lastly, the option to self-drive.
  • Suggested length of stay: I would recommend a minimum of three to four nights at Bush Lodge to experience its magic. Anything less will have you wishing you'd had more time.
  • Insider Tip: Have a talk to your guide and ask him/her to take you to their favourite sundowner spot to enjoy a drink at sunset.

Until next time,


Dulling River Lodge

The Dulini Collection presents the signature safari experience with exhilarating wildlife encounters, luxury accommodation and sincere hospitality, all of which resulting in an unforgettably enriching experience.

The tranquil Dulini River Lodge, embraced in the riverine grandeur of ancient ebony trees, exudes a sense of indulgence true to the long-standing safari tradition. The positioning of the six luxurious suites ensures inspiring views over the regal Sand River, and providing a true sense of connectedness with nature.

Guests are enthralled by the passage of animals and rich birdlife that meander with the river, and the serenity of the setting is reflected in elemental tones and textures as if the lodge emerges from the banks of the river itself.

Dulini River Lodge is peace and tranquility abound.

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Sculpted into a slope of the earth, the organic architecture of Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge awakens the senses with a masterful use of texture, space and light. Everywhere there is evidence of nature at work, with almost every facet of the lodge inspired by the surrounding environment.

The clean lines and natural finishes are the perfect foil for the luxury, grandeur and lavish touches that epitomise Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge – individual splash pools for each suite, a butler, ultra-luxurious bathrooms, magnificent wooden carvings, sculpted furniture and an underground wine cellar that is home to over 6,000 bottles of rare, special wines. Everything is inspired by nature – impala horn shapes for table legs, water lily leaf shapes for table designs, tree branches for countertops. As in Nature, everything at Earth Lodge exists in harmony and visitors are immediately aware of a sense of calm and a restorative spirit.

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