Deep in the bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an open plain, lies a lodge that pulses to the rhythm of Africa’s heartbeat. This is Bush Lodge, steeped in tradition, vibrant and warm, the Sabi Sabi of “Today”. With a history spanning over 35 years, the lodge has earned a reputation of a “luxury home in the bush”, service excellence and effortless personal attention. The conventional safari style showcases a vibrant and eclectic mix of furnishings and décor garnered from all corners of the African continent.
From R10 700
per person per night
Rates may vary according to season. Specials may be available.
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Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge welcomes children of all ages. Children of 3 years and younger stay free of charge in a cot. Children between 4 – 12 years pay applicable rate when sharing with 1 or 2 adults (please ask for rates). Children of 13 years and over sharing with 1 or 2 adults will pay adult rate. Children occupying their own room will pay the full adult rate for a maximum of 1 child ( if 4 children sharing the remaining 3 will pay the applicable children’s rates).
To maintain privacy and intimacy, the lodge has 25 suites in total including 2 Luxury Villas and the Mandleve Presidential Suite with each suite featuring en-suite bathrooms and al-fresco, glass-fronted showers, with wonderful views of the bushveld.
Two spacious Luxury Villas feature a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, second en-suite bedroom, a private pool, library/lounge and beautiful patio facing a waterhole. The suites are air-conditioned and feature sumptuous linen and classic leather and wood furnishings.
The Mandleve Presidential Suite features a private plunge pool and luxurious interiors with endless views of the bushveld.
Bush Lodge has been sensitively designed to allow ample space to relax, unwind and savour the tranquility of the bush. The two swimming pools and large covered viewing decks overhanging the Msuthlu riverbed are an invitation to cool off in the filtered water or sit in comfort while spotting game at the well-utilised pan. An exquisitely furnished lounge, atrium and intimate bar area are perfect meeting places for friends old and new. As an extra indulgence, the Amani Spa at Bush Lodge offers the ultimate African Spa experience.
Two exquisite new Luxury Villas at Bush Lodge have been created as an extension of the lodge’s philosophy of being the first choice in your safari destination in Africa. The suites exude luxury and comfort in the contemporary Bush Lodge style.
A huge master bedroom with king sized draped four-poster bed leads onto an en-suite bathroom complete with indoor and outdoor shower and his & her baths. A second bedroom which leads into a private bathroom featuring a big bath and open ‘rain’ shower.
Untold opulence is evident throughout – with pure linens, natural fabrics, wooden chandeliers masquerading as impressive art pieces, sisal rugs, natural oak doors and generous proportions combining to make an unforgettable private suite. Crafted around natural Leadwood sculptures, the suites combine a respect for the environment with all the luxuries of a world class, 5-Star destination.
The central indoor lounge / library opens onto an outdoor covered patio and private pool. Accessed by a rustic bridge, the suites are equipped with air conditioning, mosquito nets, mini bar and myriad details to make your stay unforgettable. An unspoilt view overlooking a private waterhole completes the picture.
The luxury villas are exclusive, impressive and synonymous with being the premier destination for safaris in Africa.
Mandleve Presidential Suite
The Mandleve Presidential Suite is an ultra-luxury suite perfect for honeymooners or those looking for sumptuous accommodation. Its spacious interior comprises a huge bedroom with king-size bed, beautiful en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower and open plan lounge leading onto a private patio and private pool.
Furnishings and décor are luxurious – crisp natural linens, gorgeous draped mosquito nets, real African art, rich textures and colours. The Mandleve Presidential Suite comes with a private safari vehicle and ranger & tracker team.
Luxury Safari Cuisine
Bush Lodge’s executive chef Wilfred Mtsali, has a wealth of world wide experience and describes his food as ‘Contemporary African’. New international trends blend with traditional African fare to create a menu that is cutting edge yet comforting.The dishes range from South African braais (barbeques) to African mezze platters. Wilfred’s trademark is cooking as much as possible freshly over the grills, capturing the freshness and barbeque taste that combine excellently with the fusion of fresh ingredients supplied daily. Wilfred is also very well trained in Indian vegetarian cuisine and caters to individual needs.
Amani Spa at Bush Lodge
Treat yourself to the health and luxury you deserve at the Amani Spa at Bush Lodge. The perfect place to rest and relax, this haven of tranquility offers the ultimate African Spa experience. Indulge in holistic body, skin and beauty rituals, rejuvenating massages and soothing treatments uniquely designed to relax the spirit, harmonise the body, preserve youthfulness and enhance health and vitality.
Stargazing – A dedicated sky safari
The majority of people who live in cities are unable to observe the beauty of the night sky because light pollution prohibits any form of star-gazing. Naturally then, one of the highlights for many of our guests is a chance to observe the unobstructed splendour of the Milky Way. Sabi Sabi’s prime location, well away from city lights, means boundless stargazing opportunities, regardless of the season. All stargazing at Sabi Sabi is tailored to our guests’ requests – either by the ranger whilst on evening safari, or by one of our senior rangers who can set up a telescope and together with the use of sky maps and a laser pointer take you on a dedicated sky safari. Hot glühwein and finger-snacks are the perfect accompaniment to this special safari.
Sabi Sabi is a birdwatcher’s delight – home to nearly 350 species. The reserve’s varying habitats such as open grass plains, dry woodland savanna and thick riverine bush offer exciting bird watching for novice and expert alike.
Authentic Shangaan Community Tours
For decades, visitors to Sabi Sabi have been intrigued by the local Shangaan culture and customs of nearby villages. Stories are shared by the many Shangaan staff members who call the private game reserve home; with their rich heritage, in-depth knowledge of the bushveld and local legends adding a fascinating dimension to a memorable safari.
Now guests are able to gain even more insight into authentic village life by taking part in a tour of neighbouring communities during their stay at Sabi Sabi. Homes, schools, community centres and sports facilities are participating in the tour; and the proceeds from the small fee levied to guests all go directly back to the community.