Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Pursuant to the desire to stalk the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and 200 other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to Africa in one location, your wannabe hunter can visit the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s famous Sabi Sand Reserve, deep in the African bushveld.
This award winning, private game reserve offers world-class luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service and delicious cuisine. The Sabi Sabi motto is ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ stemming from over 100 years of safari experience; a patrimony that they wove into ambience of each of four individual safari lodges – Selati Camp, Bush Lodge, Little Bush Camp and Earth Lodge. South Africa and its sunny hospitality are imbued through the style and atmosphere of each lodge.
Today’s wealthy need not practice for years in the art of big game hunting as they can rely on highly trained and experienced rangers and trackers to ensure that your ‘camera’ safari experience ranks amongst the best in the world. You can look forward to fantastic close-up experiences with Africa’s wildlife on every game drive; hopefully without ending up as the cat’s dinner!
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is an unspoilt part of Africa ecologically and geographically integrated with the Kruger National Park. It is within one of South Africa’s oldest and largest proclaimed reserves – the famous 65,000 hectares of Sabi Sand Wiltuin (Sabi Sand Reserve).
Sabi Sabi is 500 km east of Johannesburg, 800 km north-east of Durban and 200 km west of Maputo in Mozambique. It lies on the same latitude as Sao Paulo and Brisbane and the same longitude (time zone) as Cairo, Istanbul and St.Petersburg.
Sabi Sabi has hosted global visitors since 1979, drawn by a promise of the safari experience of a lifetime. This wildlife oasis affords the choice to observe, at close quarters, the age-old natural relationship between predator and prey. It’s quite simple really: you’re the prey and everything is a predator!
Big game roam freely throughout this protected part of ancient Africa. The diverse habitat is home to the ‘Big Five’, cheetah, wild dog, hyena and hundreds more species. Your heart will pump and blood race at your first sight of a lion, elephant or rhino in the bush; or when startled by the haunting cackle of a hyena laughing in the stillness of night.
At Sabi Sabi, you do this both in daytime and at night safaris in open top vehicles, led by Game Rangers and Trackers. For the brave and hardy, walking safaris allow the feel of the pulse of untamed Africa through the soles of your feet, amongst other things!
Sabi Sabi is also home to 350 species of birds. On a single summer’s day, a visitor from the Northern Hemisphere will probably see more bird species than he is likely to see in a lifetime back in his home country. They say that almost 5% of the world’s bird species have been recorded in this region of South Africa.
◾Daily scheduled flights from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport (previously known as Johannesburg International) directly to the Sabi Sabi Airstrip.
◾Daily scheduled flights from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) (Nelspruit) and short hop to Sabi Sabi Airstrip.
◾Private air charters on request.
◾Helicopter transfers on request.
◾Complimentary transfers between the Sabi Sabi Airstrip and the Sabi Sabi Safari Lodges.
◾Airlink operates daily scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Skukuza; and between Cape Town and Skukuza.
◾Airlink operates daily scheduled flights from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) (Nelspruit) and a short hop to Sabi Sabi Airstrip on Federal Air.
◾Airlink operates convenient and daily direct flights between Nelspruit and Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and connecting Livingstone (Vic Falls), Zambia to Nelspruit every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
◾Airlink also operates daily scheduled flights from Durban and Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit) and a short hop to Sabi Sabi Airstrip.
◾Transfers between Skukuza Airport and Sabi Sabi can be arranged and charges will apply.
◾Flights with Airlink are to be booked directly by the guests travelling.
◾500 km from Johannesburg, a five-hour drive on National Roads.
◾Road transfers from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Sabi Sabi can be arranged on request.
◾Sabi Sabi is a two-hour scenic drive from Nelspruit. Transfers from the airport can be arranged.
Sabi Sabi offers four separate luxurious, all-suite, award-winning lodges with very distinct characters and atmospheres – those of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”; expressed as the “Yesterday” experience at the romantic Selati Camp, “Today” at the contemporary lodges of Bush Lodge or Little Bush Camp and “Tomorrow” at the ground-breaking Earth Lodge.
Sabi Sabi daily rates range from ZAR 11,800 (USD 800) to ZAR 31,500 (USD 2,100) per person per night sharing, fully inclusive of open vehicle safaris by day and at night, environmental awareness walking safaris as well as delectable meals, selected beverages and South African house wines.
As a rough guide, here are some prices for a 4-day package tour when not during the peak Christmas/New Year season. (11 JANUARY – 19 DECEMBER 2018)
All rates exclude a Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) of ZAR 114 (VAT inclusive) per person per night, collected on behalf of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin (SSW).
Selati Camp (7 Suites)
◾Luxury Suites – ZAR 54,800 (USD 3,700)
◾LM Suite – ZAR 64,800 (USD 4,300)
◾Ivory Suite – ZAR 84,000 (USD 5,600)
What is the fascination of outdoor bathtubs and showers? I will never fathom that; remembering once on the isle of Bali when a troop of monkeys excitedly pointed and screamed at me from the safety of their tree…. 🙂
Bush Lodge (25 Suites)
◾Luxury Suites – ZAR 54,800 (USD 3,700)
◾Mandleve Suite – ZAR 64,800 (USD 4,300)
◾Luxury Villas – ZAR 84,000 (USD 5,600)
Little Bush Camp (6 Suites)
◾Luxury Suites – ZAR 54,800 (USD 3,700)
Earth Lodge (13 Suites)
◾Luxury Suites – ZAR 84,000 (USD 5,600)
◾Amber Presidential Suite – ZAR 126,000 (USD 8,400)
The above packages include:
- Flights with Airlink: Johannesburg (OR Tambo) – Skukuza – Cape Town or Cape Town – Skukuza – Johannesburg (OR Tambo).
- Per person sharing luxury accommodation for 4 nights and include open safari vehicle safaris by day and at night to see Africa’s big game accompanied by qualified rangers and trackers, environmental awareness walking safaris, breakfast, lunch, “boma” dinner, a house selection of beverages, WiFi and transfers from Sabi Sabi Airstrip or Skukuza Airport.
- Includes government taxes (VAT).
Optional extras available are spa treatments at Amani Spa, a selection from cellar wine collection, premium brand drinks, boutique purchases, telephone calls, and laundry.
Not All Safaris Are Created Equal
Please note that Selati Camp has the Lourenco Marques Honeymoon Suite for a daily rate of ZAR 16,200. The Ivory Presidential Suite at Selati Camp and the Amber Presidential Suite at Earth Lodge come with a “private safari vehicle”.
“The true cost of luxury is the choice that it affords!”
The choice of the elite few is to immerse themselves in Nature and Adventure, far from the madding crowd but still in the lap of luxury.
To this end, our modern weekend warriors pursue the exalted experience of an African Safari, albeit merely shooting the ‘Big Five’ with their Nikon digital cameras and eschewing 0.500 Nitro Express cartridges in a Heym Model 89B double rifle. That would be too ‘old school’!
[Photo Credits: Sabi Sabi Safari Lodges]
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).