Places We Love: 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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Home to 13 ultra-luxurious suites, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of elegance, futuristic style and luxury. Each suite features a private pool, butler, en-suite glass fronted bathroom, outdoor shower and specially commissioned furnishings. The indoor-outdoor dining area overlooks a waterhole and unending bush, and the lodge has a library, underground wine cellar, Zen garden and Amani Spa.

Uninterrupted bush stretches in front of Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge – a taste of the Big 5, open vehicle safari experience that draws guests back time and again.

Luxury Suites

Each of the ultra-luxurious suites glows with warmth and light. The floors are adorned with Nguni hides, delicately shimmering with touches of gold, copper and silver. Individually designed and sculpted furnishings and deluxe beds are covered in soft, sumptuous fabrics. And overhead, the handmade twig chandeliers with gilded metal branches twinkle softly, mirroring the stars in the night sky. En-suite glass-fronted bathrooms with deep stone baths and indoor and al-fresco showers, lead to secluded private plunge pools with lounging chairs facing the bushveld.

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The Amber Presedential Suite

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge’s presidential suite, the Amber Suite is a study in elegance, sophistication, luxury and indulgence. From the enormous proportions to the private pool, from the sumptuous décor to the unending bushveld view, the Amber Suite matches up to the best in the world.

Comprising a double bedroom with magnificent carved wooden headboard and hand-crafter amber encrusted chandelier; en-suite bathroom with huge, egg-shaped stone bath; study, kitchen and dining area, the suite captures the spirit of nature and luxury in once unique experience.

The Amber Suite features Earth Lodge’s unique, unadorned finish that belies the 5-Star luxury that has made it a favourite the world over. A booking at the Amber Suite comes standard with a private open safari vehicle for game viewing.

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Insider Tip From Alistair Smith

“Often described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is designed and built with its surrounding environment in mind, resulting in the lodge being almost invisible in relation to the landscape. In fact, so much so that it’s not uncommon to hear of elephants, and other animals, walking atop the flattened roof of the lodge. Quick tip: If you are staying at Earth Lodge and are in search of a memorable sundowner spot, ask your guide to take you to ‘Klipspringer Koppies’ one afternoon. Situated relatively close to the lodge, this rocky outcrop offers breath taking views of the entire Southern section of the Sabi Sabi reserve, the Sabie River, and into the Kruger National Park”

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 on 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 Earth Lodge into your itinerary.

Visit Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury safari lodges we can highly recommend Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. As a recommendation we would pair a minimum of a 3 night stay at Earth Lodge with either a stay nearby with Londolozi or a visit to Cape Town depending on whether you are looking to maximise your game viewing experience or see as much of South Africa as possible.

Private Guided Safaris to Sabi Sabi

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has 4 different luxury safari lodges and affords guests the opportunity of requesting a private vehicle (at an additional fee). This makes Sabi Sabi the ideal destination for hosting private guided photographic safaris where a Wild Eye guide will accompany you and assist you in capturing and editing that dream image.

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