Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
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About 5% of the world’s bird species can be seen in the Sabi Sand region.
There is no other place like Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge. Sculpted into the side of a gentle hill, it awakens your senses at every turn.
It is well named – it is part of the Earth, and in harmony with it. So beautifully does Earth Lodge blend into its surrounding environment that it has been described as the most ecologically sensitive luxury lodge on the entire African continent.
There are 13 suites, each with its own plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower, and unique sculptures. The fact that they are built into a hill naturally insulates them. Earth Lodge is cool in summer and cosy in winter.
The Amber Presidential Suite is the pièce de résistance. An astounding sculpture in the bedroom is only a small part of the attraction. Stay here and you’ll have your own steam room, study, kitchenette, lounge, expansive dining area and your very own butler.
You'll also have your own game-viewing vehicle. And the views are astonishing, including that from your large, egg-shaped bath.
Sabi Sabi is certified as a Fair Trade in Tourism destination and has won several environmental awards for its sensitive handling of wastewater, which is purified through a natural wetland – a perfect haven for waterfowl. Once purified, it runs along natural drainage lines and seeps back into the Earth.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is located within the larger Sabi Sand Reserve. Its wildlife sightings, specifically of the Big 5, are legendary.
They were even legendary nearly a century ago, when hunting had left far fewer wild animals than there are today.
The railway line between Johannesburg and Komatipoort near the Mozambican border used to run through here. One particular story recounts a time when the train stopped to pick up passengers at Newington siding, part of the present Sabi Sabi.
It was night-time and the expected passengers where nowhere to be seen. Puzzled, the train driver headed on to Komatipoort. Unbeknownst to him, said passengers were trapped in nearby trees by a pride of hungry lions, despairingly watching their train steam away.
After that, thoughtful railway officials placed permanent ladders against the trees so that passengers could more easily escape dangerous predators.
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Who to contact
Sabi Sabi head office
Tel: +27 (0)11 447 7172
Fax: +27 (0)11 442 0728