News update: 24th July
The short, crisp winters of Mpumalanga are ideal for spectacular game viewing. The grass is short making the animals easier to track, spot and photograph. Early morning and evening safaris are chilly, but so worthwhile. At dawn, bundle up in layers of warm clothing which can be peeled off as the sun rises and the temperature rises to a comfortably moderate level. In the evening those layers of clothing can be slowly replaced as the temperature dips with the setting of the sun.
Early mornings start with a welcome pre-safari coffee at the lodge. Cosy blankets and piping hot water bottles are a treat on the game drive vehicle as it departs. While the main purpose of every safari is game watching, there’s always room for luxurious touches and the rangers know exactly when to take a break for a steaming hot drink, some biscuits or even a surprise pancake stop in the middle of the bush.
Temperate midday temperatures mean outdoor dining even in mid-winter is really comfortable; and an afternoon nap in the gentle sunshine or in the luxury of one’s suite is a must before gearing up for the evening safari adventure. What better way to start the night drive than with a hearty high tea of mouth-watering cakes, cookies and other decadent delights served before heading out for the next adventure. The pleasant warmth of the day gives way to the night time chill as soon as the sun drops below the horizon, bringing unforgettably coloured African sunsets. Sundowners and snacks against the backdrop of the bushveld set the scene for the often dramatic nocturnal sightings of an evening safari.
Everyone is amazed by the clarity and brightness of the night skies at Sabi Sabi. Without any light pollution the number of stars, constellations and swathe of the Milky Way in the inky black sky is a special experience. Warm blankets are laid out and guests invited to lie back and take in the celestial wonders. Powerful telescopes or binoculars show the stars and planets in spectacular detail, but even with the naked eye the vastness of the universe is never more evident.
Back at the lodge, a pre-dinner drink in the bar before moving into the boma with its warming, roaring fire welcomes guests to a delicious dinner, with stories shared and friendships made. And what better way to end a winter’s day than with a hot bath, some delicious hot chocolate and marshmallows, or a special Amarula treat.
Summer or winter there are always special luxurious touches, secluded meals, dining and surprise picnics for special occasions to enhance what is already an unforgettable safari experience.