sabi sabi takes top spot in excellence awards

July 2007

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.

This is the seventh time that Sabi Sabi has won the award in recognition of its commitment to excellence in accommodation, service, cuisine, décor and overall experience for guests.

Says Sabi Sabi Managing Director, Patrick Shorten: "The Big 5 safari experience that we offer, along with four exceptional, luxury lodges, makes for the trip of a lifetime. This award is a tribute to the high standards that we set and maintain in all areas of the Sabi Sabi operation. We are also especially pleased to have achieved these standards whilst subscribing to Fair Trade* practices. Our thanks go to our valued members of the travel industry who voted for us once again.”

Sabi Sabi comprises four completely separate distinct and unique 5-star lodges - Selati Camp, Bush Lodge, Little Bush Camp and Earth Lodge. Each has a different style and individual character; and together they make up the Sabi Sabi philosophy of 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’. Selati Camp epitomises 'Yesterday’ with its colonial feel, vintage décor, railway memorabilia, gentle lamplight and romantic ambience. 'Today’ is found at the contemporary Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp - vibrant use of colours and textures, African artefacts and exquisite suites have seen these warm and inviting lodges take their place amongst the best in the world. Breaking away from traditional bush style, the ultra-luxurious Earth Lodge symbolises 'Tomorrow’ with its masterful and innovative design - elegant organic architecture and avant-garde use of space, light, textures and shapes have garnered Earth Lodge international acclaim.

Situated within the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, Sabi Sabi is a recognised hotspot of biodiversity, home to hundreds of species of animals, birds and plants. A natural Big 5 reserve, Sabi Sabi is renowned the world over for its exceptional close-encounter safari experience. Day and night on- and off-road open Land Rover safaris are conducted by qualified rangers and trackers, who ensure that each guest experiences the wonders of the African bush at close quarters.

In addition to winning the numerous ASATA / Diner’s Club awards, Sabi Sabi has also been named one of the worlds top destinations in Conde Naste Traveler, Tatler Magazine and Travel + Leisure Magazine - and has won as well a host of other awards including several from AA Travel Guides and an Imvelo Award for responsible tourism.

*Sabi Sabi was also the first 5 Star Game Reserve in the world to receive a Fair Trade in Tourism accreditation.

Issued by: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Contact Patrick Shorten +27 11 483 3939

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