Here hippos frolic in water holes while on the shores, a herd of elephants line up to have a drink. A pride of lions sleep peacefully while just over the hill a pack of wild dogs hunt impala. At sunset, a line of zebra walk along the bushveld, behind them, amongst the trees giraffe placidly munch on leaves.
Add to this incredible birdlife and a feeling of peace as you watch the colours changing across the incredible wild land. It’s all in a day’s safari here, and it’s incredible. At Sabi Sabi, the award-winning Earth Lodge is sculpted into a hillside.
Each of the suites at this luxury lodge features individually designed furniture, a private plunge pool, and an ensuite glass fronted bathroom (for extra animal-spotting opportunities) and indoor and outdoor shower.
Best about this is any downtime can be spent on your private porch poolside looking out into the reserve while an elephant wanders by. After sundowners out on safari, come back for dinner and choose to dine outdoors which views across the bush or for a more intimate setting, in the wine cellar amongst 6000 bottles of rare wines and sculptures carved by renowned South African artist Geoffrey Armstrong.
You can combine your stay with a couple of nights at Sabi Sabi’s newly renovated Selati Camp which has a more historic feel designed with bespoke vintage pieces to conjure up the goldrush days in the area.
Walls are adorned with original steam engine name plates and shunter’s lamps light the way to your suite. Opulent thatched suites feature four-poster beds, claw-foot baths, and a private alfresco shower nestled under majestic indigenous trees.
World-class cuisine is served on wooden thatched decks built alongside the Msuthlu riverbed, affording more opportunity to spot the Magnificent Seven and tick them off your list before the next morning’s adventure begins again. www.sabisabi.com