PRESERVING THE MEMORIES. CONSERVING THE LAND. ENSURING A FUTURE.
Rael Loon was seven years old when Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve opened its doors for the first time to guests from around the world. The Sabi Sabi Story (Volume 1) – written by Rael Loon – was published in 2013, as a tribute to the legacy that is Sabi Sabi today, started by his parents Hilton and Jacqui Loon four decades ago. The Sabi Sabi Story Volume Two will be released early 2020 and is an update of this tribute and a personal collection of some of the inspiring impressions Rael had growing up with the broader Sabi Sabi family and its animal inhabitants. The exceptional collection of superb photography, all taken while on safari at Sabi Sabi by some of the leading wildlife photographers in South Africa and Sabi Sabi Rangers, is evocative, beautiful and informative.
It is now forty years since Sabi Sabi’s inception and there have been dramatic changes to the lodges – they have transformed from an initial cluster of rustic huts to 5-star, all-suite masterpieces, all acknowledged by National Geographic as Unique Lodges of the World. What has remained unchanged is the magnificent bushveld which surrounds the four luxurious lodges and Sabi Sabi’s commitment to conserving this reserve and all of its inhabitants.
This richly woven story is a testament of the success of four decades of conservation. The rich wildlife, a team of dedicated and passionate individuals – past and present – who have contributed to the amazing legacy, and indeed the guests who have visited this special place since its inception, all form part of the history of this pristine wilderness environment. Conservation can only be successful if balanced with sustainable ecotourism and community efforts. With this in mind, the Sabi Sabi Foundation was established in 2019, as a commitment to growing custodians of our natural heritage through education, employment and conservation. Sabi Sabi’s involvement with neighbouring communities is eloquently captured in the book, showcasing how lives have been transformed for the better through the upliftment of these communities.
In this digital age where most wildlife photographs are consumed online, paging through this exclusive edition, filled with vibrant and enthralling images takes the reader on a commemorative journey that is insightful and emotive. A necessary addition to any nature lover’s collection, The Sabi Sabi Story Volume Two inspires conversation, lets you relive your visit to Sabi Sabi and is an authentic gift from Africa.
“Sabi Sabi is ultimately about safeguarding the wilderness. The wilderness is vital to mankind for in the wilderness we strengthen our bonds with the earth and find peace with ourselves. It is our duty to protect the wilderness, to make it a sanctuary for flora and fauna, for wildlife, guests and future generations. By creating stable employment for local communities through ecotourism and sharing our respect and love for the wilderness with our guests and staff, we will achieve this vision.” – Hilton Loon, July 1980.
Observe the remarkable evolution of Sabi Sabi since its humble beginnings 40 years ago, into what is today one of the finest game reserves in Africa. The Sabi Sabi Story Volume Two will be available from the boutique stores at our lodges in early 2020 or you can pre-order your copy by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.