an african safari experience


Luxury African safaris are extremely popular amongst safari enthusiasts from all over the world; experience the ultimate in luxury African safaris at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. Safaris at Sabi Sabi offer you the opportunity of experiencing the thrill of close encounters with the wild as well as the unique atmosphere of its four individual 5 star lodges. You really do get the best of both worlds when choosing Sabi Sabi for your African safari.


sabi sabi press releases

The press releases below give ample reason why domestic and international travellers alike are choosing Sabi Sabi for their African safaris.


  • november 2011

    fodor's honors sabi sabi private game reserve

    Fodor's, a renowned name in travel guides, recently announced that Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in South Africa is a winner of Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011, as selected by the publication's editors and travel experts. Sabi Sabi won in the "Luxurious Retreats" category and was recognized for the "secluded and intimate" nature of Selati Camp; the unique atmosphere created by its "old railroad" theme, and for "superb value for money" of its Ivory Presidential Suite.


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  • april 2011

    new look earth lodge revealed

    The famous Sabi Sabi wildlife experience has been further enhanced by the refurbishment of the award winning Earth Lodge. Just a decade ago, Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge was opened to much local and international acclaim. This was a ground-breaking architectural masterpiece, its sweeping lines and dramatic minimalism ushering in a new era of game lodge design.


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  • april 2011

    new managing director for sabi sabi

    The Board of Directors of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is pleased to announce the appointment of Rod Wyndham as Managing Director.


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  • january 2011

    spas, spoils and special deals at sabi sabi the whole valentine's month

    As February approaches Sabi Sabi has been devising all measure of romantic surprises, half price spa treatments and luxurious extras for visitors to our lodges.


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  • november 2010

    newly built ivory suite at selati camp

    A brand new, magnificent Ivory Suite has now been completed, including some wonderful improved facilities.


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  • may 2010

    south african tourist venues rate in prestigious top 20 service award worldwide

    For a third consecutive year, Sabi Sabi has ranked high in this category being voted 4th worldwide and 2nd in Africa and the Middle East.


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  • april 2010

    little bush camp decks get private spa baths

    Sabi Sabi announces the addition of Private Spa Baths to the beautifully secluded decks of all suites at Little Bush Camp.


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  • march 2010

    elefun centre at sabi sabi bush lodge

    Families with children have always been welcomed at Sabi Sabi's Bush Lodge. Now the family experience reaches a new level with the opening of the EleFun Centre, a fully fledged children's facility within the lodge environs which fosters children's awareness and appreciation of nature.


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  • december 2009

    sabi sabi teams up with green and associates

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is pleased to announce the appointment of Warren Green & Associates as its representative in the United States and Canada, with immediate effect. The newly-formed marketing company, headed by South African-born Warren Green, will be focusing on assisting sustainable ecotourism destinations to gain greater recognition in the North American travel market.


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  • november 2009

    sabi sabi commits to another year of dreamfields

    In just over a year since committing to the Dreamfields project, Sabi Sabi's Dreamleague model has become a nationwide benchmark on how to successfully run the programme. So says John Perlman, CEO of the Dreamfields Project.


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  • october 2009

    world class safari meets world class golf

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has teamed up with Leopard Creek, South Africa′s top ranked golf course, to offer guests an unforgettable round of golf during their safari stay. The exclusive arrangement allows for guests to jet in to Leopard Creek directly from the lodge′s private airstrip; travel via helicopter; or enjoy a leisurely drive through the Kruger National Park en route to the course.


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  • september 2009

    guests can experience authentic shangaan community tours

    For decades, visitors to Sabi Sabi have been intrigued by the local Shangaan culture and customs of nearby villages. Stories are shared by the many Shangaan staff members who call the private game reserve home; with their rich heritage, in-depth knowledge of the bushveld and local legends adding a fascinating dimension to a memorable safari.


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  • august 2009

    earth lodge spa takes top honours

    Sabi Sabi is extremely proud to announce another top honour for its multi-award winning Earth Lodge. At the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques South African Spa Awards, presented in association with Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, Paris, the new Amani Spa at Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge came first in the prestigious Best Safari Spa category.


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  • july 2009

    sabi sabi earns another major international award

    Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge has been voted the 3rd Best Hotel in the world, and the 2nd Best on the African continent in the 2009 Travel & Leisure Magazine Best in the World rankings. The result - an astonishing 97.5% near perfect score and a big jump from last years already enviable 8th position - showed yet again that Sabi Sabi always exceeds expectations.


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  • july 2009

    africa photographic awards and sabi sabi

    The Africa Photographic Awards entices a worldwide audience of amateur and professional photographers with a broad spectrum of photographic categories and the largest prize pool ever offered for a photographic competition, being in excess of three million Rand! The main prizes have been donated by the distributors of Nikon in South Africa, Toyota, Kenya Airways and Sabi Sabi game lodges.


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  • march 2009

    30 years On

    It is 30 years since Sabi Sabi first welcomed guests on safari and while much has changed, says Marketing Director, Jacques Smit, the fundamental values are very much the same.

    “Thirty years ago, the dream was to create a luxury safari retreat that showcased the very best that South Africa has to offer. Today, this vision is still in place. Sabi Sabi has evolved to become a world-recognised brand well known for its outstanding safari experience, magnificent accommodation and unique brand of African hospitality.


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  • august 2008

    new u.k. representatives for sabi sabi

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is pleased to announce the appointment of AMG as its representative in the U.K. The AMG team, lead by Storm Napier will be responsible for sales and marketing and will be an extension to Sabi Sabi’s own promotional activity in the fast growing U.K. tourism market. PR representation will remain with Bridget Fury Ltd.


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  • august 2008

    new management team for sabi sabi

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has announced a restructuring of its Executive Management Team. Managing Director, Patrick Shorten, will be leaving Sabi Sabi to join his family in the development of a resort in Madagascar. Chairman, Hilton Loon and the Board of Directors take this opportunity to thank Patrick for his many years of loyal service and wish him much success in this challenging new venture.


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  • july 2008

    top 10 spot retained in world′s best

    Sabi Sabi has again proved worthy of its world-class status by retaining a top ten spot in the latest Travel + Leisure World's Best Hotel Awards released this week. The private game reserve was voted 4th best hotel in Africa and the Middle East and 8th overall in the world by discerning readers of Travel + Leisure. It was also named 7th in the world in the Small Hotels category. Its service rating was one of the highest, underlining Sabi Sabi's commitment to providing an authentic African safari experience combined with utmost luxury and warm hospitality at its four 5-Star lodges.


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  • july 2008

    africa's leading safari lodge

    In addition to being hailed as one of the world's best in terms of service by readers of Travel + Leisure (June 2008 World Best Service Issue), Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has been named as Africa's Leading Safari Lodge by the Africa World Travel Awards.  Referred to as the "Oscars of the global travel industry" by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards recognize excellence in the travel and tourism industry and are nominated by travel professionals from 167,000 tourism-related companies in more than 160 countries.


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  • may 2008

    24-hour on-site medical attention available

    Guests at Sabi Sabi now have access to 24-hour on-site medical assistance, thanks to the implementation of a programme by African SAFE-T (Safari and Adventure Emergency Team). Any medical complaint from minor ailments to more serious conditions and injuries are dealt with by a fully trained medical team, one of whom is based on the reserve, with the others at an off-site facility.


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  • august 2007

    rhino calf rescue

    At Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, strict conservation policies dictate a policy of non-intervention when animals are hurt or injured in their natural habitat. The idea is to let Nature take its course and to leave the animals and their environment undisturbed. There are two exceptions to this rule : when an animal is injured as a direct result of intervention by humans; or when the animal in question is an endangered species.


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  • july 2007

    sabi sabi makes world top ten

    Sabi Sabi has done South Africa proud by being named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as the 7th Best Hotel in the World, 6th Top Small Hotel, and 2nd Best in Africa and Middle East. This year has seen Sabi Sabi make a huge jump in popular ranking: a testament to the extensive refurbishments and major upgrades undertaken in recent years.


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  • july 2007

    sabi sabi takes top spot in excellence awards

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has once again been named ‘Best Game Lodge in Southern Africa’ in the 2007 Diners Club/ ASATA (Association of South African Travel Agents) Travel Awards.


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  • february 2007

    category 4 licence for sabi sabi airstrip

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve’s airstrip has been awarded a Category 4 (C4) Licence, by the Civil Aviation Authority after complying with all C4 requirements.


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  • april 2006

    little bush camp

    Nestling in the shade of indigenous riverine trees lies Little Bush Camp, the newest addition to the Sabi Sabi family.


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  • august 2005

    upgrade for bush lodge

    The final phase of Sabi Sabi’s total rebuilding of the 25-suite Bush Lodge is complete with the redecorating of the main lodge and expansion of the outdoor viewing areas. The result is a lodge that is at once the height of five star luxury and a warm, friendly and relaxed meeting place in the bush.


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  • august 2005

    sabi sabi in top 5

    Discerning travellers from around the world have voted Sabi Sabi in the Top Five destinations in Africa and the Middle East, and the Top 35 in the world.


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  • may 2005

    new lodge for sabi

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has added a new lodge to their existing three lodges by acquiring Londolozi’s Safari Lodge. Dave Varty, owner of Londolozi, commented "As part of consolidating our land in the heart of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin the owners of Londolozi agreed to sell this lodge to Sabi Sabi.


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  • april 2005

    sabi sabi at top again

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has been named "Best Game Lodge in Southern Africa" in the 2004 Diners Club ASATA Travel Awards, for the third consecutive year.


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  • january 2005

    earth lodge at top again

    Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge’s position as one of the top hospitality destinations in the world was confirmed last week when the lodge was named one of the world’s top 101 destinations in the latest Tatler Travel Guide (UK).


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  • november 2004

    simpler access for international travellers with web site translations

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve's website now features six languages, making it easier for foreign visitors to plan their safaris. In addition to English, the website has French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese translations.


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  • october 2004

    sabi sabi awarded fair trade in tourism mark

    Sabi Sabi is one of four properties - and the only 5-Star lodge - to become South Africa's first recipients of the Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) trademark.


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  • october 2004

    sabi sabi travel lady featured article

    Joyce Dalton's article on safari Lodges in Africa will give you a great insight into luxurious safari accommodation offerings.


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  • may 2004

    bush nature spa opens

    The newly opened Bush Nature Spa at Sabi Sabi's 5-Star Bush Lodge now offers a unique, signature treatment, 'African Romance' for guests.


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  • may 2004

    malaria - the actual facts

    Due to the popularity of the authentic private game lodges of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and Timbavati over 25 years and longer, in recent times many cattle and sheep farms have converted to game lodge use. Looking for a marketing platform these recent entries into the tourism industry have chosen to propogate a theory that the genuine safari destinations are high risk malaria venues.


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  • may 2004

    up, up and away

    Visitors to Sabi Sabi now have the option of direct flights into the reserve thanks to a new, private airstrip that opened in March. A deal with Federal Air has seen a dedicated daily flight between Johannesburg International Airport and Sabi Sabi introduced, while private charter flights from within South Africa can also make use of the new airstrip.


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  • october 2003

    local community benefits from joint initiatives

    Anonymous donor funds, local commitment from business and a focus on community investment has seen the Lillydale community - situated adjacent to Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - celebrating this spring. At the hub of the community-based education and investment drive is the Lillydale Environmental Centre, home to adult education, life skills training and teacher training programmes.


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  • july 2003

    now all sabi sabi lodges 5-star

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is now home to three 5-Star lodges, following a successful 5-Star grading for Bush Lodge by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) last week.


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  • january 2003

    exclusive bush lodge caters for the disabled

    For over 20 years Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has set the standard in luxury safari experiences in southern Africa, it has now extended this experience by constructing a unit designed to meet the needs of the physically disabled at its Bush Lodge property.


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  • december 2002

    earth lodge

    Earth Lodge is a sanctuary. Uniquely so, as it is for both humans and animals. For the former it is a retreat to the wilderness. For the latter, part of a vast conservation known as Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.


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  • december 2002

    selati camp

    To visit Selati Camp is to travel back in time. Small, exclusive and brimming with history, colonial elegance and African legend, the camp is perched near the historical Selati Railway line after which it is named.


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  • december 2002

    earth nature spa

    Relaxing in the African bush, connecting with nature, rejuvenating mind, body and soul - this is what awaits you at the Camelot International Earth Nature Spa at Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge.


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  • december 2002

    experience yesterday, today and tomorrow

    For decades Sabi Sabi has enthralled the world, imparting its love of wildlife conservation to visitors and establishing a near-unparalleled luxury experience in the heart of the African bush. An experience it has recently taken to new heights.


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  • august 2002

    sabi sabi honoured

    Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - nominated in three categories for the Imvelo Awards for responsible tourism - has won the award for best practice in water conservation.


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