Combine absolute expert game rangers and animal trackers, the best safari vehicles with haute cuisine chefs, top service staff and luxurious accommodation and you get the award winning African game lodges of Sabi Sabi in the Sabi Sands Reserve concession of the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands is reserved for guests staying there only but as far as the animals are concerned it is part of the Greater Kruger National Park with no visible boundary or fence dividing the two.
Another important difference is here the game rangers here have the right training and experience to be allowed to drive topless vehicles and to go off road when trying to get closer to animals. They are armed and highly trained in the use of their weapons to protect you.
There are four lodges in all, each with a different subtly expressed but unique ambience. Selati Camp has a colonial explorer feel, Bush Lodge a more African adventure and family friendly environment, Little Bush Camp has a closer to nature touch with quiet seclusion and uninterrupted proximity to the bush and Earth Lodge has afro-modern award winning eco-friendly landscape blending architecture.
Each one has deluxe accommodation and also ultra-luxury suites the creme de la creme being the Presidents Suite at Earth Lodge.
Please scroll to bottom to view the different lodges.
Included in your package are return flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza Airport inside the Kruger National Park, transfers to the lodge of stay and 3 nights with game drives at sunrise and sunset and environmental awareness walking safari in the bush with armed ranger (optional).
Because the world famous Panorama Route lies on the road route from Johannesburg Airport we can include an extra night in your package for transfer via this route to the lodges. We can substitute this for the flight down if you have the day to spare with small extra charge. Then you will get to see Long Tom Mountain Pass, God's Window, Mac Mac and Lisbon Waterfalls, Pilgrims Rest, Bourkes Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon the 3rd deepest river canyon in the world (deepest "green" canyon) before getting to the lodges. You can then of course fly back.
Price given above is for the Bush Lodge package, Selati Camp and Little Bush Camp package price are the same rate at ZAR40,530.00 per person and Earth Lodge is ZAR54,710.00 per person. Please use currency converter above to see price in your own currency at today's exchange rates. And for single visitors good news, no single supplement!
This is a place you will never forget and which will remain in your heart forever!
Itinerary for This Tour
Depart Johannesburg by your transport of choice and convenience, with our guide by road via the famous Panorama Route or by air to Skukuza airport in the Kruger National Park. We will get you there by lunch time to have lunch on one of the terraces of the lodges which overlook variously waterholes, river courses or views over wide expanse of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. After lunch check in to your room and relax for a while in the ambience of the lodge perhaps taking an exploratory stroll around the extensive protected area. If time allows perhaps spend some time at one of the spas having a treatment or massage or take a dip in the pool.
In the late afternoon you will gather with fellow guests for a short afternoon tea/coffee to be assigned your open safari vehicle and guide and tracker and then sally forth into the Sabi Sands Reserve in search of the iconic animals of Africa. Game drives are generally 3 hours long and end just before or after sunset depending on the time of year. Take care to bring along a light jacket and in winter a scarf and hat. It may not seem cold while standing still but the airflow in the open vehicle can be a little chill in the late evening/early morning and decidedly so in our cool dry season.
Return later for dinner usually joined by your ranger to recap on what you have sighted earlier on safari. In the warmer times of the year ( which is most of the year) dinner is under the stars of the clear African sky. Fine dishes to your taste and any dietary requirement are prepared by expert chefs.
Rise before or just after dawn depending on the time of year and meet your guide and tracker for early morning juice and/or coffee/tea and snacks and then depart on safari. The Sabi Sands Reserve has some of the highest concentrations of predator felines in the Kruger National Park and indeed Africa particularly leopard but they are elusive so count yourself one of the luckiest if you encounter a leopard on your first safari here! Your knowledgeable guide and tracker will get you close up to a selection of lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros, African buffalo ( the Big 5) as well as majestic giraffe, smartly turned out zebra, gambolling impala, wallowing hippo and sauntering sable, every day something different and always something extraordinary because life in the wild is never routine!
Return for breakfast and a mid-morning relax. If the weather is not too hot you might request a short bush walk given by your armed ranger. A walk in the bush gives a perspective on the smaller elements of life and happenings at ground level in this untouched environment. Don't worry about a close by lions roar or hyena cackle your ranger is trained how to react, is armed and knows how to deal with this eventuality!
Lunch is served on the dining terrace or if it is a little hot perhaps in the airconditioned restaurant or even in your chalet/room if you seek quietude.
Again enjoy the ambience of the lodge and Sabi Sands and experience the deep relaxation and feeling of peace brought by being in this far away from the city place.
Then once more gather for afternoon snacks go with your guide and tracker for your evening game drive and dinner thereafter.
Rise again with the dawn to a now familiar rhythm, the beat of life in the bush and the expectation of more wildlife adventures. The routine will be the same sunrise and sunset safaris with complete relaxation in between but what you see and experience on safari may be completely different!
Your last sunrise safari! Then following breakfast and a short relax you will say farewell to Bush Lodge and Sabi Sands and be taken to Skukuza airport in the Greater Kruger National Park for your return flight to Johannesburg. But if you want to fly on to Cape Town or add on one of our tours to Swaziland or Mozambique ( these countries are close by) let us know and we will adjust your package accordingly.
Included in Price
- 3 Nights luxury 5 star accommodation as indicated in itinerary
- Full board as indicated with two game drives( safaris) and extra activity per day.
- Non premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Local flights Johannesburg - Skukuza– Johannesburg
- Meet and greet and transfer in airconditioned vehicles from Skukuza airport to lodges and back
- Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Reserve Conservation fees.
- Flights other than those mentioned.
- All passport and Visa fees excluded
- Travel and Medical Insurance excluded
- All cost of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, telephones excluded
- All "optional" activities you may decide to engage in if described as such in itinerary.