|Sabi Sabi Newsletter
Through The Eyes Of Sabi Sabi Rangers
Elephants, elephants everywhere…..
It was one of the most amazing mornings to wake up to - from the time I left my house I had a feeling that this was the day for something special to
There was no talking, no vehicle engine running - just the sound of elephants "talking" and feeding, providing us with the most incredible insight into
elephant behaviour. The matriarch approached our vehicle, closely followed by two of her sisters, as relaxed can be - moving closer and closer to us;
trying to establish who or what we were and if there was any reason to worry. Once satisfied that we were no threat to her or her family she turned
away from the vehicle and continued feeding, slowly making her way past the Land Rover, close enough for us to count the wrinkles on her trunk.
Just when we thought all was done a tiny grey bundle clumsily emerged from a Silver Cluster Leaf thicket closely followed by the imposing figure of his
mother. Ears still flat against his body and hair everywhere, he was no older then two weeks at the most, but with the attitude of a fully grown
elephant bull. The young calf stumbled past the vehicle as fast as his little legs could carry him, with mom a couple of steps behind - constantly
keeping an eye on the vehicle.
Three Exciting New Programmes For Guests
Visitors to Sabi Sabi now have access to three exciting new programmes, adding a new dimension to their safari experience.
Shangaan Community Tours
Constant requests from guests to explore and experience first-hand some of the rich heritage of the local people has led Sabi Sabi, in co-operation with the residents and Village Elders, to establish tours to the neighbouring communities. During these visits, guests can gain a wonderful insight into the local history, culture and daily life of real Shangaan villages. Private homes, schools, sports facilities, arts and crafts industries and community centres form part of the fascinating and educational tours.
Many of the places visited have links to Sabi Sabi either through being the homes of staff or their family members, or through being facilities
directly supported by the company over many years. All proceeds from the small fee levied to guests go directly back to the community.
Expert Wildlife Photographic Tuition
Wildlife photography is incredibly rewarding, and what a joy it is for our guests to go home with their safari memories captured in beautiful images. Photographic safaris have been a consistent request by the avid photographers who visit Sabi Sabi's pristine environment, and we have found just the right people to lead the courses.
Presented by renowned wildlife photographers Albert Froneman and Chris van Rooyen, the programme includes theoretical
instruction, practical coaching during game drives and, between safaris, lessons on the computer processing of images are given in the comfort of Sabi
Sabi's 5-Star lodges. Informal discussions and critiques of the day's work give useful hints and ideas to guests wishing to capture the perfect shot.
The courses are suitable for photographers of all levels and can be tailored to individual requirements.
World class safari meets world class golf
And now some exciting news for golfers……… The latest programme to be introduced allows visitors to play a round of golf at South Africa's top rated golf course, Leopard Creek.
The beautifully designed, highly exclusive course has opened its doors to Sabi Sabi guests, who have the
option of traveling there by helicopter, charter flight, or by road through the Kruger National Park. Leopard Creek is superbly laid out and, being
located in a wildlife area, golfers regularly encounter an array of animals meandering across the course.
SPOTLIGHT ON … The Mkansi Family
Siblings Lawrence, Phios and Lindiwe Mkansi have for decades called Sabi Sabi home. Growing up in the nearby village of Huntingdon, all three dreamed of working at a private game reserve. And while each of them has followed a different path, they share a passion for ongoing learning, working with people and being in the bush.
An excerpt from his history, recently written by Lawrence, reads as follows:
In mid 2001 I moved to Earth Lodge, our most exclusive lodge and in mid 2005 I returned to Bush Lodge where I was one of the senior rangers.
The World Cup 2010 is less than a year away!
Limited space is still available at Sabi Sabi for the duration of the 2010 World Cup; and as final qualifiers are decided and the schedule finalised, a surge in demand is expected. Contact Sabi Sabi reservations +27 11 447 7172 or firstname.lastname@example.org for up-to-date information about bookings at this time
Imvelo Awards for Responsible Tourism
Sabi Sabi has once again been named a finalist in the Imvelo Awards for Responsible Tourism (October 2009). These annual awards recognise properties that go the extra mile in ensuring that all areas of tourism - from conservation to labour practices - are responsibly managed. The categories in which Sabi Sabi has been nominated as finalists are "Best Social Involvement Programme" and "Best Overall Environmental Management Systems".