In the middle of the heart of South Africa you will find the unforgettable Sabi Sabi Reserve – The oldest private wilderness reserve in the country, which borders directly on Kruger National Park. African safari, the most amazing experience from the Dark Continent, between the wildlife, broad savannah, and endless freedom. The Polo+10 team, while on its travels through South Africa, made a stop at the Sabi Sabi Reserve and lost itself in this unforgettable exclusive safari.
No one knows the wilderness like they do: By the footprints in the damp savannah ground, or by bent branches left by storks, the rangers and trackers of Sabi Sabi Reserve can tell when an elephant last ran through. Nature-loving visitors from all over the world yearn to go on a safari and experience some of the wildest, most exciting nature this planet has to offer. Together with the guides, visitors get the chance to search out lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, and buffalo. Then after an adventurous day on the safari, under the hot sun, the guests relax in one the of the four Sabi Sabi luxury safari lodges and enjoy local delicacies and lavish comfort. Safari wildlife mixed with comfort and relaxation has been a tradition at Sabi Sabi for over thirty years. The organization, which was founded in 1979, is a pioneer in safari tourism.
The wildlife preserve, which lies southwest of the Kruger National Park, is nestled between the Sabie and Sand Rivers. Because it has its own runway, it can be easily reached in one hour by plane from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Polo+10 recommends the charter line Federal Air, a first class shuttle service offered from the Johannesburg International Airport. Because the Sabi Sabi Reserve is located in the Sabi Sand area, which has shared a 50-kilometer open border with Kruger National Park for more than 20 years wild animals move without limits between both reserves. Polo+10 insiders’ tip: anyone who is looking for the perfect photo opportunity in Kruger National Park, will never be disappointed in the Sabi Sabi Reserve. For years, Sabi Sabi has been an excellent hotspot for big cat sightings. Sabi Sabi also sets a high standard for sustainability: In 2007, for its groundbreaking conservation concept, and sustainable economic development in the region, it was the first five-star safari company to be awarded the certification, “Fair Trade Tourism South Africa.”
The four Sabi Sabi luxury safari-lodges in the middle of the reserve are organized within the motto “Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow” and span the time of the 100-year-long safari history. The lodges couldn’t be more different. Every camp is furnished in the spirit of its own time period. The “Selati Camp” is organized with the flair of the days gone by. With nostalgic straw-covered suites and nightly lantern lighting, the pioneer days come back to life. This romantic camp is located near the Selati Railway, which was built in the 1900s to connect the gold fields in the west of South Africa with the coast. The train line hasn’t been used in a long time – but the train signs, signals, and other mementos are displayed in the lounge and in the rooms for a nostalgic railroad theme.
The contemporary “Bush Lodge” and the “Little Bush Camp” reflect the modern forms of the present. The irrefutable classic of the two is the Bush Lodge, which contains 25 traditionally furnished and air conditioned suites which include creatively designed courtyards, and beautiful carvings, which were carved by South African artisans on locally grown wood. Another highlight, located next to the Armani African Spa, is the EleFun-Center, where children of all ages are taught about the nature of the park and its plants and animals. The Little Bush Camp is located on the Msuthu River. It is the youngest member of the five-star lodges. With its six suites, it is the ideal retreat for friends, families, and small groups.
The renowned “Earth Lodge” typifies an architectural glimpse into the future. It is one of the most environmentally friendly game lodges in South Africa. Condé Nast Traveler declared it one of the “best addresses worldwide.” The Earth Lodge lives by its name. Only natural materials from the nearby areas have been used. Clay and straw walls and artistic handmade furniture, made from found wood, give the lodge a wonderfully unique atmosphere. All of the 13 comfortable suites have a terrace, a small pool, a bath with a bathtub, and both an indoor and outdoor shower.
“Big Five” is what the rangers call their “biggest wild stars” – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, and buffalos. But in the 65.000-hector-large Sabi Sand Reserve there are 200 mammals and 350 different types of birds. While riding off-road in an open Land Rover, in the company of an experienced ranger and tracker you can see the animals up close. The safari in Sabi Sabi Wilderness Reserve was an unforgettable experience for the Polo+10 team – it is the highlight of any African holiday!