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Accommodation at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Luxurious game lodge
  • 25 thatched suites
  • Open courtyards and boma
  • Sparkling swimming pool
Bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park, Bush Lodge is set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain.
At Sabi Sabi you will luxuriate in uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention – all in an informal atmosphere of warmth and hospitality. The Lodge features artistically designed open courtyards with spectacular wooden carvings by renowned South African sculptors, created from wood salvaged from the bushveld. The Lodge also features a boma, boutique/curio shop, conference facilities, full bar facilities, swimming pool, lounge with television and tel/fax facilities.

Each of the 25 air-conditioned thatched suites feature exquisite ethnic décor in keeping with the bushveld environment, as well as air-conditioning, coffee/tea facilities, a dressing room, en suite bathroom with internal and external showers, fans, hairdryers, a lounge area, mini-bar, private patio, safe and telephone.

Mandleve Presidential Suite is an ultra-luxury suite perfect for honeymooners. Mandleve encompasses a large bedroom, open plan lounge, full bar and spacious bathroom with outside shower, as well as a private pool, personal attendant and in-room dining.

Since 1978 guests from all parts of the world have been enthralled by Africa's fabled wildlife in their natural habitat at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, situated in the world-renowned 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Wildtuin in the southern section of the Kruger National Park.

Specially-trained, armed Game Rangers and Trackers will take you on safari in open land rovers - both by day and night - and on walking trails, learning about some 300 bird species and 200 animal species, including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah, tracked and followed off-road, deep into the African bushveld - a Nature Wonderland.

Bush Lodge is set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a water-hole and an African plain. At each of our lodges, you will luxuriate in uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention - all in an informal atmosphere of warmth and hospitality.

Each air-conditioned thatched suite features exquisite ethnic décor in keeping with the bushveld environment. The lodge features artistically designed open courtyards with spectacular wooden carvings by renowned South African sculptors, created from wood salvaged from the bushveld.

- Boma
- Boutique / Curio Shop
- Cellar
- Conference facilities
- Dining veranda
- Full bar facilities
- Health and Wellness Centre
- Swimming pool
- Paraplegic Suite
- Telephone and fax facilities
- Television (in lounge)
- Parking
- Business Centre
- Back-up electricity

- Air-conditioning
- Coffee-making facilities
- Dressing room
- En-suite bathrooms
- Internal and external showers
- Fans
- Hairdryers

- In-room dining (Mandleve only)
- Lounge area
- Mini bars
- Private patio
- King-size beds (limited suites)
- Safes
- Study
- Telephone


- Full bar facilities
- In-room dining
- King-size beds
- Private landrover
- Private pool

Southern Africa intrigues everyone who is lucky enough to experience its power and magic. The concept of 'Safari' conjures up images of adventure, thrilling landscapes and absorbing wildlife. Sabi Sabi Game Lodges are located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which is adjacent to the Kruger Park. In this part of South Africa a family safari experience is extraordinarily rewarding as all of the fences between the Kruger National Park and its surrounding reserves have been removed. Whilst staying at Sabi Sabi you will experience the ultimate in luxury safaris in the Kruger Park.

Those looking for a true South Africa family safari experience will be thrilled by the luxury safaris in the Kruger Park which offer the unique experience of being driven extraordinarily close to the large mammals which, despite being totally wild, continue unperturbed in their natural patterns of hunting, feeding, mating and suckling.

Kruger Park safaris take place each morning and evening in open Landrovers which drive through a wide variety of habitats, allowing you to view the vast interactions of the wild. After breakfast, guests on guided walking trails can experience the natural environment on foot. The dedicated, skilled and passionate Rangers lead you to discover miracles of Nature you may never have dreamed existed.

Sabi Sabi South Africa – Family Safaris
Family travel in South Africa is highly rewarding for both domestic and international tourists. Packed with endless attractions and activities aimed at both adults and children South Africa is the perfect solution for family travel.

When in South Africa, family safaris are an absolute must. No matter how young or old you are the powerful forces of nature combined with the sheer beauty of the wild will overwhelm you. In South Africa, family safaris offer amazing opportunities to experience new things together.

In South Africa, family safaris are an educational, exciting and rejuvenating way to spend your holidays.

A knock on your door from the Ranger will wake you before first light, while the kitchen brews hot coffee or tea, and prepares cool fruit juices with a muffin or rusk on the side. So begin the morning Kruger Park safaris.
Early morning is the time of day for bird choruses, and the rising sunlight dances off beads of dew on spiders' webs. The Tracker will watch the road for spoor, leaning forward intently to find any print left by a predator during its hunt in the dark. There may be hushed discussions in Tsonga between Ranger and Tracker, and brief radio interactions from one vehicle to another. Sharing information ensures that the occupants of each Landrover have the best chance of a wide range of sightings - and also ensures control and responsible behaviour as vehicles move in close to the animals.

Renowned for luxury safaris, the Kruger Park isn't’t all about relaxing game drives and poolside dining. Opportunities for education and adventure are definitely on the cards for those interested in Kruger Park safaris.

On the morning safari walk you will be part of a small group that sets out on foot after breakfast. The walk is an opportunity to experience wild life at close quarters.

Sabi Sabi boasts approximately 350 different species of birds. Their nests and calls are fascinating. There is an endless diversity of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, and whatever the time of year, no two walks are ever remotely the same.

Get ready for luxury safaris in the Kruger Park - As the fierce heat of the day cools, animals move out of the shade of the trees, and birds increase the volume of their song. In the late afternoon, the call of the Crested Francolin reverberates through the Bushveld. You will be aware of colours softening to beautiful, gentle hues that vary with each season. New scents fill the air as the sun dips behind the horizon. The Ranger will choose a spot where you can stretch your legs and enjoy sundowners alongside the vehicle. The dusk period tends to be quieter. There is a lull as the animals sense the transition into a time of increased danger. It is during evening Kruger Park safaris that the nocturnal hunters start stirring, and their prey needs to be alert for survival through the night.

During your Kruger Park safaris you may be lucky enough to watch a lion or his pride prepare for the evening hunt. Their long bodies stretch to ease muscles cramped from lying in the shade during the day; claws are sharpened and sinews lengthened against a tree; vegetation is marked with urine, and the wind sniffed for scents; only then do they set off in a slow, loose-jointed, arrogant amble.

On your evening Kruger Park safaris, with the help of the spotlight, a leopard's eyes may reflect back from a tree. Other smaller predators that are often encountered at night include the genet, African Civet and African Wild Cat. Bushbabies are nocturnal primates that feed on insects and fruits. Their large eyes shine red in the light.

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable holiday experience, luxurious South Africa family safaris are a must. Besides the excitement of game viewing activities, you’ll be able to rest, rejuvenate with your family and return to the real world with a new appreciation of nature's spectacular beauty.

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Sabi Sabi, as each season has its own magic in the Bush.
Spring and Summer:
These are our rainy season, which in turn makes the bush green, lush and thick. It is also the time of the year where there are many newborn animals.
Temperatures range from:
Spring (September to November):
Average minimum: 20 Degrees Celsius
Average maximum: 31 Degrees Celsius
Summer (December to February):
Average Minimum: 22 Degrees Celsius
Average Maximum: 35 Degrees Celsius

Autumn and Winters:
These seasons are dry, the bush is less dense and with a lack of water, animals frequent waterholes more often.

Temperatures range from:
Autumn: (March to May):
Average Minimum: 19 Degrees Celsius
Average Maximum: 28 Degrees Celsius

Winter: (June to August):
Average Minimum: 12 Degrees Celsius
Average Maximum: 25 Degrees Celsius

- Luxury accommodation
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Tea's and Coffees
- Sundowner drinks and snacks
- Night and day safaris in open Land Rovers, guided by experienced and knowledgeable Rangers and Trackers.
- Transfers to and from our Lodges and Sabi Sabi Airstrip with a welcome at the airstrip by Sabi Sabi Rangers
- VAT (Government Taxes) and Tourism Levy

- Bar
- Curio shop purchases
- Laundry
- Spa treatments
- Sabi Sand Wildtuin cash entrance fees.


- Children under the age of 6 years will not be allowed on safaris.

- Children between the age of 3 and 6 years may only accompany their parents / guardians on safari if there is exclusive use of a safari vehicle. The usage of an exclusive vehicle is subject to availability, a surcharge and restrictions at sightings due to possible disturbance to animals and/or other guests on safari.

- If landrover exclusivity is required and there are less than 5 people on the landrover a surcharge will be levied per seat per day. This is subject to availability.

- Landrover exclusivity must be pre-booked and the surcharge, where applicable, will be charged to the extras account.

- Babysitters can be arranged at a minimum rate per hour which is to be paid directly to the babysitter.

- Babysitters to be booked on arrival.

- Children 5 years and younger will not be allowed in the boma for dinner. Dinner will be arranged in the Safari Lounge between 17h00 and 19h00. Breakfast and lunch as per normal with parents / guardians.

- We reserve the right of allowing or disallowing children on game drives for any possible reason and this is at the discretion of the General Manager / Ranger of the vehicle.

Our highly qualified conference and incentive organisers will help you plan and execute your perfect conference or incentive.

Venue Size: 13.5 metres X 7 metres
Seating Capacity: Cinema: 100 delegates
Seating Capacity: Schoolroom: 80 delegates
Seating Capacity: U-shape: 30 delegates

- Automatic retractable built in screen (2.4 metres X 2.4 metres)
- Data Video Projector
- 35 mm slide projector
- Overhead projector
- TV and VCR
- Sound system
- Whiteboard and flipcharts

Arrive at Sabi Sabi @ noon where welcoming cocktails will be served. After orientation, we'll escort you to your suite.

A sumptuous buffet lunch is served on the dining verandah.

Your first conference session begins.

19h30 (Winter) / 20h00 (Summer):
The blast of a kudu horn will announce dinner in the open-air boma, under the stars, around a roaring log fire. After dinner, you may want to draw your chair closer to the fire and enjoy a warming cognac brandy, while swapping tales of the bush with the rangers. The comfort of the suites will be calling soon!

15h30 (Winter)/ 16h00 (Summer):
The blast of the Kudu Horn will announce that afternoon tea, coffee, juices and light snacks, are being served on the patio.

16h00 (Winter) / 16h30 (Summer):
Your dedicated Ranger and Tracker set off into the bush on an exciting safari. At sunset, enjoy your refreshing drinks, soak up the amazing silence and watch the sun sink into the horizon, splashing the sky with incredible colours. (We can rendezvous with the entire group for sundowners on request).

19h00 (Winter) /19h30 (Summer):
Return to the lodge where you will have a chance to freshen up and meet in the cosy bar for pre-dinner drinks.


05h30 (Winter) / 05h00 (Summer):
A wake-up knock on your door.
06h00 (Winter) / 05h30 (Summer):
Tea, coffee and biscuits on the dining verandah with a safari to follow.
Full Breakfast is served.
After breakfast you will have a chance to gather your belongings and luggage ready for collection.
The second day will repeat itself for stays longer than two nights.

05h30 (Winter) / 05h00 (Summer):
Wake-up knock on your door.

06h00 (Winter) / 05h30 (Summer):
Prior to an exciting and informative safari tea, coffee, fruit juice, biscuits/muffins/rusks will be served on the verandah. Sabi Sabi Rangers are highly experienced and knowledgeable and consistently win top honours in their qualifying exams. So in their quest to show you Africa's Big 5 - in their natural habitat, you won't miss out on the hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals and plants indigenous to the area.

A South African breakfast will be served, including freshly baked breads and a variety of jams and preserves from the Lowveld region.

Conference session will commence.

Tea and coffee break (Optional)


Conference resumes

A Buffet lunch is served on the safari terrace.

Last conference session will be held.

15h30 (Winter) / 16h00 (Summer):
A blast of the kudu horn will announce that afternoon tea is served.

16h00 (Winter) / 16h30 (Summer):
Your Sundo2wner Safari departs once again on yet another unforgettable experience. Maybe you will have the opportunity of sighting the elusive leopard on the hunt after dark! Look out for the Milky Way, it's really spectacular seen from the bush and try to find the Southern Cross, too!

19h00 (Winter) / 19h30 (Summer):
Return to the lodge.

19h30 (Winter) : 20h00 (Summer):
Dinner in the boma under the stars.

By virtue of its situation in a unique bush environment, Sabi Sabi is an incentive & conference destination 'par excellence'. To make your visit even more special, the following additional incentive & conference touches can be provided:

To savour the 'total bushveld experience' a minimum of a two night stay is recommended.

- Personalised welcoming notes in each room with a bowl of dried fruit, biltong or 'dry wors'.
- Bush-braai (barbeque) out in the bush instead of in the 'boma'.
- Bush cocktails (sundowners) at a pre-determined clearing in the bush during the evening safari.
- Room drops supplied by the client.
- Welcome at Sabi Sabi Airstrip by Sabi Sabi Rangers with lemon grass scented hand towels and refreshments.
- Animal spotting competition during game drives. Teams are scored on the animals they spot during game drives. Each team is given a checklist to complete.
- Company banner displayed on arrival or at a predetermined location (only if Lodge is reserved exclusively)
- Pre-registration of guests.


- Traditional Shangaan dancing in the 'boma' around the fire.
- Local community choir
- Special interest speakers e.g. (Profiles available on request).
Ian Thomas: Author of 'The Power of Pride', and a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. Ian's presentation, all with a distinctly African wildlife overtone, include subjects such as 'Teamwork', 'Strategy', and 'Adapting to Change'.
Gcina Mholpe: Gcina is South Africa's best known storyteller.
Storytelling has become a popular business medium at conferences and seminars and Gcina is a master at creating stories to complement business and conference themes. Give Gcina your topic an she will create a story.
- Black String Quintet: Bhana Ba Thari is a String Quintet mainly performing Light Classics, Music from the Shows, Baroque, African, Pop and Jazz material.

- Canapés together with a welcoming dance by Shangaan dancers on arrival as well as champagne and orange juice or a special 'Sabi Sabi cocktail'. Cost of canapés depending on variety provided.
- Selected items from our curio shop: for example 'township art', bead-dolls, wooden carvings, Ngwenya glass animals, safari outfits, bush hats, scarves, peak caps, T-shirts, bags or cigarette lighters and mouse pads can be provided for guests upon checking into their rooms.
- All items have Sabi Sabi logos. Client logos can also be imprinted if ordered in time for printing.
- A bottle of quality South African wine in each room on arrival - comprehensive wine list available on request.
- Sundowners in the bush with chef - cost depending on variety.
- Themed Bush braai (barbeque).

All activities take time to set up and at least 4 weeks notice is required.
We are usually able to accommodate clients' specific incentive requirements provided that these are compatible with our Lodges and environment.

South African wedding venues are amongst the most picturesque and romantic in the world. Such a diverse country, South African wedding venues are scattered from one side of the country to the other. Whether you wish to hold a wedding on a gorgeous wine estate, a golden beach or overlooking a watering hole at one of the finest game reserves – the options are limitless.

Choosing South African wedding venues with safari offerings for your big day not only gives you the opportunity to experience something very different with your family and friends but your money also tends to stretch further, allowing you to have the luxurious wedding of your dreams. Out of all of the South African wedding venues on offer safari style wedding venues are beginning to attract more and more couples each year.

Sabi Sabi one of the greatest South African Wedding Venues:
Sabi Sabi set in the Sabi Sands game reserve which is situated right next to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga is one of the most exquisite South African wedding venue on offer. Whether you'd prefer your wedding to take place overlooking a waterhole at sunset or in a bush clearing, Sabi Sabi will accommodate you.

All you need to do is sit back, relax and leave the wedding preparations up to someone else whilst you enjoy massages, sunset cocktails and game drives. South African wedding venues are renowned for their beauty and excellent service; at Sabi Sabi you will not be disappointed. Your safari style wedding will be a celebration of love, tradition and memories.

Whether you are looking for South African Wedding venues or African honeymoon destinations Sabi Sabi will treat you to the most luxurious and adventurous experience imaginable.

- Welcome at Sabi Sabi Airstrip airport with lemon grass scented hand towels and refreshments.
- Bridal couple upgrade to our Presidential Suite on wedding night (on availability).
- Welcome notes in all suites by Management with fruit basket.
- Bridal couple suite: Sparkling wine, fruit & nut platter and congratulatory note on evening turn down.
- In room dining for Bridal couple.


Lodge Boma
Lodge Terrace
Out in a clearing in the Bush (Bush Dinner)
Out on the deck overlooking a waterhole and open plains
Out at a clearing in the bush

NOTE: Sabi Sabi reserves the right to levy a service fee for arranging the following outsourced services.

- Minister or Magistrate
- Flower arrangements: includes table and bridal bouquet
- Hairdresser
- Beautician (massage, make-up etc)
- Spa (for Bush Lodge)
- Photographer

- Video recording
- approx 15 dancers incl. drummers
- Local Community choir
- Canapés on arrival
- Selected gift items from our curio shop
- Bush dinner (subject to lodge availability)
- Portable toilet
- Please note: Prices and profiles are available on request
- Sabi Sabi can host weddings from 2 people up to 50 people.

Aircraft type:
Jetstream J31 / J32 - Twin engine and fully pressurised.

- 19 seater
- 2 pilots
- On-board refreshments / stand-up cabin.
- Luggage allowed up to 20 kg.

Scheduled flights:
- Johannesburg International Airport to Sabi Sabi: 11h30 - 12h30 Daily
- Sabi Sabi - Johannesburg International Airport: 13h00 to 14h00

Please request at time of booking.

Your honeymoon is one of the most special and memorable vacations you will ever have. Sabi Sabi will go the extra mile to ensure it is unforgettable, at no extra charge to you.

- Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
- Complimentary fruit basket.
- Flower Petals and candlelight will adorn your suite
- One of their dinners can be held in the following venues of their choice:
- On the patio of your suite with candlelight.
- On the pool deck with candlelight.

Other features:
- Personalised Meet & Greet at Johannesburg International Airport
- Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival at Sabi Sabi
- Complimentary Avis Point-to-Point transfer for guests from Zone 1 hotels and homes in Johannesburg to Sabi Sabi /Federal Air lounge
- Complimentary transfers to Sabi Sabi from the airfield.

The normal 12-seater Caravan schedules will still apply and will operate per normal from Johannesburg to Sabi:

JIA - Sabi Sabi:
09h30 - 11h00
11h30 - 13h00
13h30 - 15h00

Sabi Sabi - JIA:
09h30 - 11h00
11h30 - 13h00
13h30 - 15h00

Pricing on request.

Sabi Sabi are also able to arrange 44-seaters for landing at the airfield. Should a charter arrival be shared amongst other private lodges in the area, there will be a landing fee charged to non-Sabi Sabi guests. Charter quotes can be obtained directly from AfricanAdrenalin.


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Sabi Sabi's conservation philosophy is based on two principles:

The first is the need to conserve rapidly dwindling areas and to provide a sanctuary for fauna and flora as part of South Africa’s heritage.

The second is the belief that the business must be a true example of eco-tourism effectively linking tourism with conservation and the community. Sabi Sabi’s environmental management system is an holistic one, where the ecological needs are balanced with the needs of people and their communities, i.e. focusing on the interdependence of tourism, conservation and local communities.

Sabi Sabi’s environmental management policy / philosophy is stated as follows:
“We need to conserve our rapidly dwindling wilderness areas and to provide a sanctuary for fauna and flora of our heritage. The only way a wildlife sanctuary can survive the onslaught on socio-economic pressures is by:

- Employing people
- Earning foreign currency
- Paying tax
- And promoting sustainable tourism

Each member of the Sabi Sabi team receives ongoing training in all areas of business, empowering them and improving their skills; and each has a thorough understanding that an individual's performance reflects and is dependant on the performance of other members of the team.

In the rural subsistence areas surrounding Sabi Sabi, the ratio of breadwinner to dependant is over 1 to 10. Therefore over 170 local employees at Sabi Sabi, support over 1700 dependants. These people are directly or indirectly dependant for their livelihood on the success of our enterprise.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve defines eco-tourism as the interdependence of tourism, conservation and local community thereby ensuring the optimum tangible benefit to each of the above.

Local community includes all of the staff employed at Sabi Sabi and the neighbouring communities where they reside. The empowerment of all staff through training and development is a key policy at Sabi Sabi.

Contact us during office hours (GMT+2):
Tel: +27 11 888 4037
Fax: +27 11 888 1041
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