Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:26

Sovereign House - a Right Royal Retreat!

Royal Madikwe is delighted to introduce its much-anticipated Sovereign House - its brand new “home from home” in South Africa’s popular Madikwe Game Reserve. Malaria-free and teeming with all of the “Big 5” game, it is a “right royal retreat” for larger or multi-generational families wanting an ultra-exclusive safari.
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Exclusive to just six guests, the house boasts 3 spacious bedrooms with beautifully appointed ensuite bathrooms. The extensive wrap-around viewing deck has real “wow factor” - adorned with comfy sun loungers and a decadent daybed where one can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush.  There is also a refreshing plunge pool, open air rain shower and comfortable outdoor seating and dining areas shaded by Marula trees. Perfect days end in perfect ways here … sipping G&Ts around a blazing fire in the boma under the stars.

And the “crowning” feature? The Sovereign House comes with its own private vehicle and guide for an unbeatable and intimate safari experience.

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Monday, 02 July 2018 12:54

Machaba's New Verney's Camp

Machaba Safaris opened their 4th safari camp in May 2018 - using the same tented camp format that is so popular in their 3 Okavango Delta Camps, but this time in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Please get it touch if you need brochure copy, images or rates.  We hope to see you all featuring Verney's soon!  Read more on
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In celebration of their 90th birthday, the iconic MalaMala Game Reserve commenced its fantastic “re-imagination” of MalaMala Main Camp and  adjoining Sable Camp towards the end of last year. Phase 1 of the refurbishment started at Sable Camp in November and its brand new central facility area and 5 Sable suites were completed just before Christmas. You can check out a video of the new camp. At Sable, the two separate his and hers bathrooms have been merged into one larger bathroom including a separate toilet, two vanities, a shower and bath. All guests will now use Sable’s central facilities whilst Main Camp’s central dining area is refurbished. All work is discreetly hidden from sight and takes place while guests are out enjoying their game activities. Phase 2 of 3 starts on 15 January and it is hoped that all 26 rooms will be complete by the end of June 2018.

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When each of the ultra-luxury suites at Sabi Sabi has been completed, the finishing touch has been to give it a name which matches, or has relevance to, the lodge in which it has been built. Thus, the Amber Presidential Suite at Earth Lodge evokes the spirit of a lodge which reflects the mineral wealth of South Africa, and is a suite filled with beautiful amber beadwork. The Ivory Presidential Suite at Selati Camp reminds us that the camp is situated on an animal migratory path, a path that elephants follow day in and day out. The Mandleve Presidential Suite at Bush Lodge is in deference to the awe-inspiring great tusker of that name who spent much of his life wandering the bushveld of Sabi Sabi.

When the two magnificent Bush Lodge Villas were completed, the challenge was what to name them. What sprang to mind was the sleek, sultry, great cat for which Sabi Sabi safaris are famous - the beautiful, elusive leopard.

A highly territorial creature, the leopard is a "must see" for many guests. Two wonderful male leopards (Toms), have afforded visitors to our lodges spectacular sightings over the years.

Mahlatini (meaning "thick bush") wandered onto our reserve many years ago, and made the dense undergrowth around Bush Lodge a favoured part of his territory. A shy leopard at the onset, Mahlatini developed into an exceptionally large male - a really prize specimen. He was dominant in his prime years, but admitted defeat to a much younger Tom, Maxabeni, the ruler of the Sabi Sabi leopard empire - for now.

The sire of some of the most famous leopards in the Sabi Sand was a glorious male named "Tumbela". This leopard had a habit of digging warthogs out of their burrows, one of which eventually caused him serious injuries. Ironically he spent much of his recovery time resting inside a deserted warthog burrow. A prominent scar which left an indent on his right front paw made his spoor easily identifiable for our trackers.

Leopards are lords of the bushveld. They enjoy peace and quiet between the exciting moments of their days. They savour their meals and relax in solitude when the mood so takes them. Our two luxury villas at Bush Lodge have fittingly been named after the great Mahlatini and Tumbela, symbolising glamour, opulence and seclusion.

Each villa is extraordinarily expansive and feature two luxuriously appointed suites, each with an en-suite bathroom. The villas are sumptuously furnished, with a central lounge/library which extends through onto a huge reed-covered patio and private plunge pool. The master suite, with king size draped four-poster bed, leads into a dressing area featuring hide covered chairs and ottomans.

A little further and one steps into a unique, palatial, floor to ceiling glass walled bathroom. The two side-by-side his and her baths have sliding windows opening to the outdoors. Outside, the al-fresco shower is almost invisible, tucked away in an indigenous tree. The second bedroom is also beautiful, with twin draped beds and comfortable cushioned window box seating to relax and watch the great outdoors. This bedroom features a private en-suite bathroom, which includes a bath and rain shower.

The Mahlatini and Tumbela Villas are perfect getaway destinations for small families or couples travelling together. Children of all ages are well catered for at Bush Lodge and can enjoy the EleFun Centre, where activities are aimed at nurturing a deeper understanding and love for the surrounding bush. The exclusive use of a game drive vehicle, with a ranger and tracker team, is included in a booking at the exquisite Bush Lodge Villas.

Crafted around natural Leadwood sculptures, the idyllic suites combine a respect for the environment with all the luxuries of a world class, 5-Star destination.

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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 - [email protected]

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

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Reservations: +27 11 447 7172 [email protected]
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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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Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve successfully implemented the Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) on the 1st March 2016, collecting this voluntary donation on behalf of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin (SSW).

We wish to thank you for all your support and for being part of such an impactful contribution. We are proud to say that our Trade Partners showed their commitment to conservation and, together with our guests, have raised substantial amounts in the past year, which all benefit our highly successful anti-poaching efforts in our area. Efforts that have seen records lows of rhinos lost, and slowly but surely we are winning the battle against poaching!

We wish to, however, update you on further communication from the SSW, that as of 1st March 2017, the GCC is a compulsory fee - the details of which are as follows:

- The GCC fee will be charged at R114-00 per person per night. Due to VAT implications, an additional R14 is added in order to not detract from funds toward the GCC. Please note that the maximum payment per guest is restricted to 3 days - so the maximum per person charge would be R300-00 plus VAT - R342-00.

- The new fee is valid for incremental business with immediate effect, for travel from the 1st March 2017.

- Any reservations confirmed before this time will not incur the additional fee and Sabi Sabi will absorb the difference.

- As per normal, all invoicing will be done at source, unless otherwise instructed by our trade partners.

The funds contributed have gone a long way in the current conservation efforts by the SSW, and will continue to be utilised for anti-poaching and general conservation initiatives. Please follow this link for the SSW information brochure, which is a detailed outline of how these funds are allocated.
We thank you for your valuable assistance in this regard and look forward to your continued support.

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Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
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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.


Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; [email protected] SATSA membership No. 1931, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. 

Notes to Editors

Who is Greenpop?: Greenpop ( 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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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:57

Lalibela joins Ethos' PR portfolio

We are delighted to announce that Ethos has added #Lalibela Game Reserve in the #EasternCape to our PR Portfolio.

There are so many exciting changes going on there since the new owners took over last year - to extend the reserve, restock it with game, eradicate alien invasive vegetation and return the endemic bushveld to its original pristine state.

The 3 current lodges (Lentaba, Mark's Camp and Treetops) are also enjoying some TLC and a new camp and a villa will be opening later this year.

We cannot wait to share with you their transformation as it happens - watch this space!
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Friday, 06 January 2017 11:52

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge Shines

Earth Lodge is a masterpiece....with remarkable, innovative architecture which is art in itself. In 2011, the lodge was completely renovated to reflect the mineral wealth and glory of South Africa, and more recently our design team were tasked with adding and blending in a few more subtle touches to further enhance the already magnificent design. The lodge was already a beautiful study of metallic hues and earthy tones, but the new soft furnishings, specially commissioned lighting and glorious relaxation areas have been masterfully blended into the original design.

Not wanting to change too much of the already amazing mould - the lodge is so cleverly sculpted into the earth that elephants wander onto the rooftop - ingenious decorative pieces have been added.

In the bar area magnificent hand-blown glass globes in various amber tones combine to produce a stunning chandelier that takes centre stage, and unique hand-crafted magnifying glass candle holders create an unusual and eye-catching feature for those enjoying a pre-dinner drink. New, comfortable chairs in varying shades and textures are a tactile and visual delight.

Artfully chosen eclectic outdoor furniture grouped to create special quiet spaces are a wonderful outdoor enhancement for the suites.

The underground wine cellar has been remodelled to open up the space and better showcase the restyled alcoves housing Sabi Sabi's impressive collection of award winning wines and champagnes. Gently lit by masses of candles on a metal chandelier, the master crafted wooden banquet table and beautifully upholstered chairs create a perfect setting for private dining, wine tasting or special occasions.

Being at one with nature is core to the Earth Lodge philosophy, and a stunning new sunken fire pit lounge is the perfect addition as a place to relax and soak in the sights and sounds of Africa at night. The circular recessed hollow, alluringly placed overlooking a lit water feature, allows guests to chat quietly around a blazing log fire, marvel at the canopy of stars overhead and indulge in a delicious nightcap before retiring for the evening.

The designers did not feel the necessity of bringing clutter into this organic space. The additions were to highlight the fascinating way natural light plays with the time of day and to bring the focus back to the uniqueness of the lodge - the raw wood hand-sculpted pieces by Geoffrey Armstrong, the use of metallic 'African' colours throughout, the rough textures of the unadorned walls and ceilings. Put simply - Earth Lodge needs no fuss - this lodge's remarkable architecture is inherently its own work of art.

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