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Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is pleased to advise that we will be attending the following travel shows, taking place in South Africa.

WE ARE AFRICA (Cape Town): 1 – 4 May 2017
Jacques Smit, Jan Scholtz and Carol Volkwyn will be representing Sabi Sabi for the full period in Cape Town.

INDABA (Durban): 16 – 18 May 2017
(Stand Number in the ICC - G03)
Our team will be available as follows:
Jan Scholtz and Carol Volkwyn - 16 - 17 May 2017
Jerry Khalo and Louise Barlow - 17 - 18 May 2017
Please contact us to set up an appointment for Indaba or visit us at our stand (ICC - G03) to collect our new marketing material for 2017/2018.

Appointments can be sent directly to: Louise Barlow - lbarlow@sabisabi.com

We look forward to seeing all our friends from far and wide.

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National Geographic Lodges of the World is more than a superior group of hotels. It is a collection of the world's most desirable experiences in iconic locations. This affiliation is not an expression of quality measurement, such as a five-star rating - it is a seal of authenticity and a reflection of shared values. National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World members are devoted to making a positive impact on local communities and are proven leaders in sustainable tourism practices.

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge has been a proud member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, since its inception in January 2015. We are extremely pleased to announce that the entire collection of Sabi Sabi's Lodges has now joined this prestigious brand - with our four 5-star lodges having received the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World stamp of approval, distinguishing our iconic lodges and attesting to the fact that we meet the highest international standards in terms of experience, authenticity and sustainability.

Sabi Sabi is committed to conservation of not only the environment we live in, but also our intrinsic community and cultures. We have a long-standing relationship with adjacent communities, and through tourism endeavours we can continue to assist and invest in the very homes, schools and villages from where our staff originate. Being family owned since 1979, Sabi Sabi proudly boasts the experience of offering a "luxury home in the bush". This is only possible with the pride and passion shown by those who call Sabi Sabi home and those who unite luxury, adventure and safari. We follow strict ethics of eco-tourism as custodians of this land, and through sustainable efforts protect and maintain this wilderness in its natural form. Our interpretation of the bush and its wonder stems from our respect for the fauna and flora in this unique part of the world.

Our aim is to have guests departing from Sabi Sabi with a sense of appreciation for conservation and how they, too, can be part of our journey and commitment to linking community, hospitality and conservation - an approach we have successfully followed for almost four decades.

The selection process to be awarded as a member of the renowned National Geographic brand is rigorous. An acclaimed accessor of the brand visits our lodges for an audit, ensuring that each lodge offers an outstanding guest experience, while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices.

We are proud of this continued illustrious association, and pledge our commitment to the protection of resources and wilderness areas for future generations. Sabi Sabi, together with National Geographic, will continue to unite Conservation, Community and Tourism.

Sabi Sabi is one of only four National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World situated in South Africa.

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Safari specialist, Acacia Africa is continuing to honour its commitment to responsible tourism by supporting one of its many ethical partners, Greenpop, and asking its adventures to join the TREEvolution. A social enterprise, Greenpop will be hosting its seventh annual ReForest Fest this March in South Africa’s Platbos Forest Reserve and the overland tour operator is providing transport from Cape Town and helping to promote the event.




Running over two weekends, ethically conscious families and adults are being targeted, the activities which include, tree planting, eco-talks, yoga, live music, helping festival goers to reconnect with nature.




Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments, “Tour operators can no longer afford to pay lip service to the idea of responsible tourism. We have to be actively engaged in making a positive impact on the environment. While our partnership with Greenpop has allowed us to highlight the importance of carbon offsetting with our adventurers through the organisation’s tree planting programme*,  by supporting the ReForest Fest we’re encouraging ethical travellers to play a hands on role in urban reforestation." 




A thriving success, nearly 35,000 trees have been planted through the Friends and Family weekends to date.




The Friends Weekend (March 17-19) is for people who would like to get their hands dirty and make a positive impact on the environment. As well as planting thousands of trees, ReForest Fest goers will be treated a wide range of eco flavoured activities, including live entertainment. While the Friends Weekend is tailored to adults, all ages are welcome.




The Family Weekend (March 10-12) allows parents and children to connect in nature while planting trees. An ethical way to experience Africa with the kids in tow, this is the perfect opportunity for families to unplug in the great outdoors and learn lessons about the planet. 




Misha Teasdale, Tree-E-O of Greenpop, comments, “Platbos Reforest Fest truly is Greenpop’s mission in action: (re)connecting people with nature, and getting active for the planet, all in an ancient indigenous forest. Together, we are able to see the thriving trees we planted in previous years and get our hands dirty to add to this beautiful project. It is quite the thing to be with inspiring people doing awe-inspiring work in a place that is this awesome. We are not separate from nature. We are nature. I hope to see you there in March.” 




Acacia Africa is also helping to promote Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action with its safari-goers and through its online channels. Every June/July, the Livingstone based event brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active. Over three weeks there will be the opportunity to plant trees, grow food forests, build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, brighten up schools with eco murals, attend sustainability workshops and celebrate with live music.




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Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.comacacia-africa.com). SATSA membership No. 1931, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. 




Notes to Editors




Who is Greenpop?: Greenpop (http://greenpop.org) is a social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with the planet. They plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental education, and activate people through green workshops and events.




Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 70,000 indigenous and fruit trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. More than the number of trees, Greenpop is inspired by the 132,000 hands that have helped to plant the trees and the further thousands that have joined Greenpop’s eco-education programmes and made a commitment to be custodians of our beautiful planet.




For more information on Greenpop’s ReForest Fest please watch the latest video.




Acacia Africa’s travellers have the option to add a tree to their safari booking to help compensate for the carbon they will be using on their trip. The tree is then planted by Greenpop as part of its urban greening and reforestation projects in Southern Africa. Once the tree is planted, owners receive a certificate with the GPS co-ordinates, so they know exactly where it is growing.




For more information on Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action please visit the website

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:40

Acacia Africa Launches Africa Travel Catalogue

Acacia Africa has taken a fresh approach to marketing this year with the adventure travel specialist producing its first ever catalogue. A condensed version of the specialist's yearly brochure, the 2017 catalogue’s 32 pages cover the complete collection including Camping and Accommodated Overland tours, Small Group Safaris, Short Safaris & Treks, and City Breaks & Short Stays. With its eye firmly on Generations Y and Z, social media cues feature prominently and the catalogue uses bold imagery, brief tour snapshots and inspiring travel quotes throughout.

Arno Delport, Acacia’s Sales & Marketing Manager comments, “We have recently made some exciting changes. After last year’s successful launch of the Accommodated Overland program, we are now offering six new tours for 2017. In addition, we have recently added a series of new video-clips to our social media profile showcasing the Acacia Africa experience, and a further 'adventure highlight' video is scheduled to go live in March. The fresh look, slimmed down catalogue goes easy on the environment and we hope it will encourage our trade partners and consumers to explore the exciting fresh content online.”

According to the tour operator catalogues or brochures are still relevant for prospective clients especially those looking at a wider range of adventure tours and itineraries of a longer duration. Good news for its partners: Acacia’s trade bookings for 2016 were up on the previous year and the operator is already seeing encouraging signs of growth for 2017.

Arno Delport comments, “Booking with agents is popular. ‘Agent friendly’ millennials are likely to spend more than those who travel independently, and - according to a recent Skift report - they prefer the expertise and support given by the travel agent rather than the hassle of “do-it-yourself” travel. From this perspective, overland travel in Africa continues to show promise, especially in areas where the local infrastructure is less well developed and is less suited to independent travel. The reliability offered on an overland tour, and the fact that we are ABTA bonded, is also crucial for prospective clients (and their parents who in many cases are contributing) in their decision about how to experience Africa.”

Acacia Africa’s 2017 catalogue includes six new accommodated overland options for the 18-39 market including the four day Kruger Safari, seven day Kruger, Swaziland & Beach, 12 day Coast, Lesotho and Cape Town, 19 day Kruger to Cape Town, 40 day Southern Africa Adventurer and 46 day Southern Africa Explorer.  Prices start from £395pp (land only, no single supplement). 

Acacia has also introduced a new 12 day open age small group safari, the 12 day Delta & Chobe Waterways accommodated tour. The tour includes game-walks in the Polokwane Game Reserve. From £1,200pp (land only, no single supplement) + Safari Pass from £950pp including transport, accommodation (twin share en suite 10 nights, twin share pre-erected tent with en-suite one night), most meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Johannesburg - ends Johannesburg.

The NEW 12 day Coast, Lesotho and Cape Town accommodated overland tour includes a visit to Lesotho (optional pony trekking) and to the Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa's third largest park. From £715pp (land only, no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £70pp including transport, twin share accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Durban - ends Cape Town.

NEW seven day Kruger, Swaziland & Beach accommodated overland tour includes Big Five game drives in the Kruger and optional mountain bike riding in Swaziland’s Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. From £485pp (land only, no single supplement) including transport, twin share accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/guide. Starts Johannesburg - ends Durban.

To request a 2017 Acacia Africa catalogue please visit the website. Visit Acacia Africa's channel on YouTube. View one of the latest Acacia Africa “Experience” videos

All the above tours operate year round and prices exclude return flight. Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.comacacia-africa.com). SATSA membership No. 1931, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. 


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More than 35 years ago, the concept of Bush Lodge was just a dream, an idea of designing a home in the bush and a warm, hospitable experience for visitors from around the world. The creators of this vision were Hilton and Jacqui Loon, one a pragmatic businessman, the other a talented artist, both of whom loved the excitement of travelling. The new Bush Lodge takes you on a breath-taking expedition through Africa, celebrating the adventures of the Loons, and their love for Africa, its people, its art and culture. Designers, Derrick Tabbert Interiors and Design Republic, were tasked with bringing these explorations to life and the result is a masterful amalgamation of ideas and design. This is truly the Africa of "Today".

Arriving into the reception area the journey already begins. A custom-made heavily carved wooden reception desk evokes images of wealthy Arabic traders from Northern Africa. On the other side a magnificent oversized Chesterfield couch, upholstered in green and crackled gold leather, sits in pride of place atop a black and white tiled floor, a nod to colonial travellers of the 1900's.The green touches, together with white and black, are a repeated colour focus weaving all the new décor together.

Walking from reception through the atrium towards the safari lounge, enormous brass and canvas lamps shine light upwards illuminating the high thatch and downwards onto a mass of overlapping colourful Persian and woven rugs, green vintage stools and leather tables, plus an eclectic collection of original paintings, objets d'art and artefacts, which adorn the walls.

The bar with its incredible mix of décor is an unexpected "mash up" of styles which somehow just work. Once again the black and white floor appears, together with touches of old green on intimate seating arrangements of tub chairs, leather bar stools and collectible Ardmore wing backs. A close inspection reveals that the new bar with its smooth wooden top is actually clad in copper - showcasing a collection of South African craft beers, craft gins and boutique wines. There are so many interesting ornaments but the pieces which takes pride of place are the glass fronted steel and brass whisky cabinets and the massive, beaded, calabash-shaped chandelier hanging from the high ceiling beams.

An extension of the enormous thatch roof spans the beautiful "indoor/outdoor" dining area and extends over the huge viewing deck and safari lounge, wonderful spots to kick back and watch animals meandering down to the waterhole. The deck features comfortable seat groupings of various styles of chairs and couches atop Persian rugs, and a fascinating collection of carved wooden tables from many African cultures. The centrepiece chandelier, suspended from the beams of the viewing deck, is a fascinating mix of hand-woven, mismatched baskets which have been repurposed into lights.

A few steps away the safari lounge has a more sophisticated, chic feel, with enormous round leather ottomans, built-in seating covered with leather bolsters and African scatter cushions. Antique wooden benches, interesting carved coffee tables and West African stools complete the picture.

This fabulous revamp follows the recent introduction of the ultra-luxurious 2 bedroom Villas, the renovations within the Mandleve Presidential suite and the luxury suites.

Bush Lodge has become a veritable museum, an homage to the customs of Africa, a history of Jacqui and Hilton's exploration and a celebration of their vision and passion for Africa.

Please contact natalie@amgltd.biz for new images.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 09:19

Plett rose garden receives international award

The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) honoured the rose gardening efforts of a Plett resident, Rae Gilbert, by bestowing its prestigious“Garden of Excellence Award”on Bosky Dell, the Gilbert family’s farm just outside Plettenberg Bay, along the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa.  The award was presented at the 17th World Convention of the Society in Lyon, France on 1stJune this year.  It is only the second time that the Award has been bestowed on a South African garden.  The other garden is Freshwoods in the Elgin district which houses a collection of rare roses.

The Award serves to acknowledge gardens which are primarily rose gardens i.e. where roses are the main feature of the garden and are grown in sufficiently large numbers and cultivars to display roses in a wide variety of gardening applications. The Award criteria include factors such as excellence in rose garden design, consistently high standards of horticultural practice, promotion of the rose as a garden plant and the education of the public in all matters relating to roses.  The garden also has to be well established and the management of the garden sustained at a consistently high level.  Important collections of rare or old roses as well as trials of new varieties are also considered. The garden also, and very importantly, must be open to the general public during the rose flowering season. For this reason, very few privately owned gardens are considered – Bosky Dell is only the third private garden to be acknowledged world-wide.

The rose garden at Bosky Dell was designed by Rae Gilbert and formal sections built in 2007.  Additional sections are being added and the garden now extends over an area of more than 2Ha.  Each area of the garden features different types of roses and companion plants.  The garden currently comprises more than 250 varieties and 6000 rose plants.  Rae has included a range of indigenous trees, shrubs and perennials and is currently expanding the collection of Old Garden Roses (also known as heritage roses) and old fashioned companion plants.  Rae hopes to establish a representative collection of the old garden roses of South Africa. 

The rose garden isopen to the public from the first weekend in November till the end of April every yearand has become a much favoured Wedding Venue. It has been the anchor garden for the annual Plett Open Gardens for a number of years and is a perfect spot for garden club functions, visiting tour groups from Europe and America, art exhibitions and music recitals.
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:14

Sabi Sabi's Five Star Fly-in

A trip to the world famous, award winning Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve will always be the experience of a lifetime. The excitement and luxury are some of the reasons you want your adventure to begin as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
 
Sabi Sabi has long offered our exclusive 3 night fly-in safari packages in conjunction with Federal Air. Your journey begins at the charming Federal Air check in facility (situated close to O R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg) - a delightful departure lounge with comfortable seating areas and garden where you can enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while awaiting your departure to the unspoilt bushveld. A quick and easy flight whisks you to our private runway, where you will be welcomed by Sabi Sabi Rangers, ready to take you to your lodge of choice….and immediately the game drive begins. 
 
The fly-in packages offer exceptional value, including daily return or one-way flights to Sabi Sabi, and a 3 night all-inclusive luxury stay at one of the 5-Star lodges. 
 
Sabi Sabi also offers 4 night combination packages, which are tailored for you to experience two sensational lodges during your stay, with only one check-in and check-out required.
 
A 3 or 4 night visit is the ideal length of time to fully enjoy a visit to the bush, so the choice is yours, a fly-in safari or a combination package. These packages include spectacular all-suite accommodation, exciting day and night open vehicle safaris with one of our highly trained rangers and Shangaan trackers to see Africa's big game including the Big 5, delicious cuisine, selected local beverages and an environmental awareness walking safari. And of course, there is the added pleasure of the smiles and warmth of Sabi Sabi's staff with their legendary African hospitality and world class service. 
 
The 3 night fly-in packages include either return or one-way flights. Only a limited number of aircraft seats for these packages are available on each flight, so it is worth booking early. Contact Natalie@amgltd.biz for info.
 
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Five Star Fly-in

A trip to the world famous, award winning Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve will always be the experience of a lifetime. The excitement and luxury are some of the reasons you want your adventure to begin as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Sabi Sabi has long offered our exclusive 3 night fly-in safari packages in conjunction with Federal Air. Your journey begins at the charming Federal Air check in facility (situated close to O R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg) - a delightful departure lounge with comfortable seating areas and garden where you can enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while awaiting your departure to the unspoilt bushveld. A quick and easy flight whisks you to our private runway, where you will be welcomed by Sabi Sabi Rangers, ready to take you to your lodge of choice….and immediately the game drive begins.

The fly-in packages offer exceptional value, including daily return or one-way flights to Sabi Sabi, and a 3 night all-inclusive luxury stay at one of the 5-Star lodges.

Sabi Sabi also offers 4 night combination packages, which are tailored for you to experience two sensational lodges during your stay, with only one check-in and check-out required.

A 3 or 4 night visit is the ideal length of time to fully enjoy a visit to the bush, so the choice is yours, a fly-in safari or a combination package. These packages include spectacular all-suite accommodation, exciting day and night open vehicle safaris with one of our highly trained rangers and Shangaan trackers to see Africa's big game including the Big 5, delicious cuisine, selected local beverages and an environmental awareness walking safari. And of course, there is the added pleasure of the smiles and warmth of Sabi Sabi's staff with their legendary African hospitality and world class service.

The 3 night fly-in packages include either return or one-way flights. Only a limited number of aircraft seats for these packages are available on each flight, so it is worth booking early. Contact our reservations department on +27 (011) 447-7172 or e-mail res@sabisabi.com to request further information.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:21

Revealing the new Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

The transformation of Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is complete. In the Sabi Sabi Lodges' design philosophy with Selati Camp being "Yesterday", Bush Lodge "Today" and Earth Lodge "Tomorrow", Little Bush Camp is now the transition between the traditional, but eclectic Bush Lodge and the contemporary, more modern Earth Lodge.

The re-creation of this stunning, intimate camp began with the recent renovation of its 6 luxurious suites into a masterpiece of comfort and beauty. African inspired accommodation with an unimpeded flow of space which creates a magnificent illusion of bringing the outdoors into the indoors was just the start of the major revamp of Little Bush Camp.

Talented designers Derrick Tabbert Interiors and Design Republic, were tasked with re-designing the central reception, lounge and dining areas. They had, as their canvas, the dramatic architecture of the main building - a sweeping high thatched roof with huge wooden beams cover the entire structure, the open sided walls supported by massive logs. The entire frontage creates a glorious frame through which to view the bushveld beyond.

For more infomation, and jawdropping see the new images of this transformation, please visit Sabi Sabi's website.
New high res images are available, please contact natalie@amgltd.biz 

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Friday, 02 September 2016 11:43

Family Ties at Sabi Sabi

Growing up in a big, busy family and living in a small community village adjacent to the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, the Mkansi family learned a deep love and respect for their environment and almost all have made a career close to their roots. Life was very different then and they fondly recall trips to Skukuza on the old steam train that ran along the (now disused) Selati railway line; reminisce about the veterinary fence that separated the Sabi Sand from Kruger Park; and even remember a time before Sabi Sabi was created. Lawrence, in particular, remembers how his father used to cycle along the Selati railway line way back when.

Eight of the Mkansi family members now work at Sabi Sabi, each with a different focus, yet each with a continued passion for working with people in their beloved bushveld. Visitors to Sabi Sabi are familiar with the impressive sight of the tall, broad-shouldered brothers, Lawrence, Phios and Louis, who are all long-term employees at the lodges. Phios and Louis are expert trackers, most at home out in the open on safari sharing their vast knowledge with guests and giving them an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the local Shangaan people.

Lawrence has come a long way since joining Sabi Sabi as a gardener 20 years ago. His path to Bush Lodge Assistant Lodge Manager and Group Head Ranger has seen him work as a Night Watchman, Bar Tender, Waiter, Tracker and Senior Ranger. And while he is now on the management team, there is nothing he likes better than being back at the helm of a safari vehicle reliving his guiding days with the reserve's myriad wildlife species.

Sisters Petunia and Patricia fulfil support roles at Bush Lodge, while Lindiwe, Anna and Salvation are part of the Selati Camp team.

Although eight family members working together is rare, there are many examples at Sabi Sabi of siblings, parents, cousins and other relatives all working together. It's not surprising given that the reserve was started as a family business and retains strong family ties to this day. This is part of what makes Sabi Sabi special and unique and why visitors instantly feel at home, enveloped in the warm African hospitality for which the reserve is renowned.

Meet some of our wonderful Mkansi's in this video - Lawrence, Petunia and Patricia. They are a closely knit family and exemplify the bonds that are very much part of the Sabi Sabi ethos.

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Friday, 19 August 2016 13:49

A Family Affair at Sabi Sabi

When two iconic families join forces, the result can only be described as spectacular! This is true of the successful collaboration between Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and the Stellenrust Estate in Stellenbosch, a relationship which has lasted for many years. Sabi Sabi is famous for over 35 years of safari excellence while Stellenrust, one of the largest family-owned estates in Stellenbosch, has been operating since 1928. Having Stellenrust wines as the Sabi Sabi lodge wines was a natural choice and this relationship was cemented in 2010.

The two family-owned brands share many of the same principles that make them both leaders in their respective fields - community upliftment, true hospitality and a passion for, and commitment to their environment and their people.

Innovation runs through both families, and in 2012 Sabi Sabi and Stellenrust came together at harvest time and took a calculated risk, deciding to experiment with a "Bush Maturation" process - an undertaking that seemed impossible and with naysayers saying it would never work! Bush maturation meant maturing wine in a somewhat tropical climate but within a controlled environment. The process - as overwhelming as it was - was accomplished with the transportation and subsequent proper tapping of the wine into two 225 litre French oak barrels. These were housed in the Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge wine cellar at a temperate 18˚C - one barrel containing a Shiraz and the other a Cabernet Sauvignon. Not knowing what the end results would be, samples were regularly sent to Stellenrust for testing and they were given a consistent thumbs up.

The culmination of this pioneering journey was celebrated at the end of June 2016 with the bottling of these wines. And what better way to share this occasion than by inviting a niche group of journalists and friends to witness this resounding success! Stellenrust and Sabi Sabi hosted the event and spent many hours bottling the wine from the two barrels using an ancient and authentic hand press method. This proved to be messy at times, but a huge amount of fun was had accompanied by much laughter. Everyone was given the opportunity to manually fill their bottles, followed by the corking, capsulating and labelling of the bounty with a specially designed label. The final sampling was undertaken and both cultivars were deemed worthy to be part of the Earth Lodge Private Collection - hand-bottled on site and ear-marked to stand the test of time. In essence, the message from the cellarmaster at Stellenrust was "this wine has aged beautifully and gives tremendous drinking pleasure".

Coupled with this historic event, Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge provided a gastronomic feast of exceptional dining, fine wines and inimitable 5-star hospitality.

Only South African wines are stocked in the cavernous Earth Lodge wine cellar, and a detailed selection process is undertaken when choosing the best of the best - unique wines to complement a unique experience. Boutique style wineries that produce award-winning wines take pride of place on the Sabi Sabi wine list - one of the reasons why Sabi Sabi was recently awarded 2-stars on "The Best Wine Lists in the World - 2016".

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