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.
 
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
UK Trade enquiries: natalie@amgltd.biz 

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.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
Fax: +27 11 442 0728
Email: res@sabisabi.com
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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 

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
UK & Ireland trade enquiries: natalie@amgltd.biz 
Email: res@sabisabi.com 
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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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Reservations: +27 11 447 7172 Email: res@sabisabi.com 
UK Trade enquiries: natalie@amgltd.biz 
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:48

Honouring women each August

A nation of strong, resilient and wonderful women has steered South Africa through its rich history – its struggles, challenges, triumphs and tragedies all held together by the strength of its women.

As South Africa celebrated the 22nd Women's Day on the 9th August, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve honour the very special women who are the core of Sabi Sabi. These hardworking and dedicated ladies fulfil a variety of roles within the company – many of them going home at the end of a long workday to care for families and children. They all have an incomparable role model in Sabi Sabi – co-founder Jacqui Loon – who raised her own family while creating the masterpiece that is Sabi Sabi. Jacqui inspired the architecture and décor, and still had time to use her artistic talent to paint the magnificent portraits which adorn some of the walls of the lodges and was instrumental in building Sabi Sabi into a global brand, her passion and commitment helping to create a legacy for future generations.

In many cultures – and certainly within the local Shangaan culture – women are revered as the 'heart' of family life – the nurturers, caregivers and upholders of family values. This culture exists at Sabi Sabi, where all departments have a strong female contingent, in fact so much so that at the helm of each of the four Sabi Sabi lodges is a strong female leader. These remarkable ladies expertly juggle career and family while at the same time mentoring and advising their lodge teams.

Although being predominantly male oriented, the safari department began employing a number of female guides many years back – in fact Sabi Sabi was one of the first private reserves who employed female guides. These ladies take their roles very seriously, and while they definitely have feminine charm, they are absolutely confident, highly trained and extremely capable.

This year we once again pay tribute to each and every single woman who is part of the Sabi Sabi team – and thank them for their tireless efforts to maintain Sabi Sabi as the icon it is today. We salute you!

Meet Evidence Lubisi – grace and beauty personified. Evidence is part of the Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge service team and exudes a calm and gentle nature at all times. Truly one of the loveliest ladies you will encounter.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
Email: res@sabisabi.com
UK Trade enquiries: natalie@amgltd.biz 
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So much of what guests experience at Sabi Sabi is new, exciting and unique. The wine selection is no different - delicious, unexpected, carefully selected and a superb mix of the best South African wines.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
 has been recognised this month as officially having one of the "World's Best Wine Lists". The reserve has been honoured with Two-Stars in the 2016 "The World of Fine Wine" annual awards - the guide for discerning individuals with a passion for wine. The awards are now in their third year and are "rapidly becoming as coveted as Michelin Stars", according to World Sommelier Champion Gerard Bassett.

Judged by some of the world's leading wine experts, writers and sommeliers, Sabi Sabi received the award with a wine list judged exceptional under the following criteria: superior breadth and depth in its selection; offers a high proportion of leading producers; includes a good range of wine styles and prices; displays superior organisation and presentation. Sabi Sabi's collection was also awarded the Jury prize for the Best Designed/Most Original Wine list in Africa and the Middle East for 2016.



This accolade recognises the careful consideration and expertise which has gone into the wine list at Sabi Sabi. A detailed selection process ensures that many of the wines are from small boutique style wineries with a fascinating story behind them, from their name or the terroir, to the unique way in which the wine is produced. A good example is 'Donkiesbaai Hooiwijn' - a South African wine produced from the same variety of grape as Chenin Blanc. The grapes are picked and placed on a straw mat (or 'hooi') and turned twice a week to avoid sunburn. Once the grapes reach 40°C they are pressed and the wine making process begins.

In keeping with a philosophy of only providing the very best for its guests, Sabi Sabi has for many years collaborated with the family owned and prestigious boutique Stellenrust Wine Estate (Stellenbosch) as the producer of its house wine. Three hundred litres of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is currently maturing in Earth Lodge's underground cellar in oak wine barrels, and will soon be ready to enjoy.

Jacques Smit, Marketing Director at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, said: "We are thrilled to have been recognised for the second year running in The World of Fine Wine Awards, gaining an extra star in 2016. This accolade is testament to the efforts of our team to ensure we offer guests an exemplary experience across every aspect of their stay. It is a privilege to introduce guests to these undiscovered treasures, and to celebrate the wine heritage for which South Africa is famous for."

Sabi Sabi would like introduce you to Simon Chiburre - one of the team members at Earth Lodge. Simon is a waiter and always seems to anticipate your needs with his winning smile.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
Fax: +27 11 442 0728
Email: res@sabisabi.com
www.sabisabi.com

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Thursday, 09 June 2016 14:00

Lemala Camps and Lodges refurb complete

Lemala Camps and Lodges are delighted to confirm the completion of the soft refurb of their tented camps including Lemala Ndutu / Mara, Lemala Ewanjan and Lemala Ngorongoro. 

We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the hard work put in by everyone and have every confidence that you and your guests, colleagues and industry connections are going to thoroughly enjoy the new look in the camps. We are busy updating our website with download links for the new images but if you need something urgently please contact  us for our drop box link to download high and low res images.

Some of the upgrades include:

  •  New linen and furniture has been added into the rooms
  •  The solar system has been upgraded
  •  Paid close attention to Menu and food preparations
  •  Increased seating areas in the lounges with new sofas and chairs
  •  Supported community projects by bringing in a beautiful range of recycled glassware to our bars and lounges
  •  Done away with all plastic water bottles 

Special offers:

Just to remind you that our 2016 / 2017 specials are combinable with any of our camps, with no minimum star required OR you can simply use them as standalone offers for any individual camp.  

Just to recap :  Stay 3 Pay 2 |  Stay 3 Pay 3 | Stay 5 Pay 4 | Stay 6 Pay 4 | Stay 7 Pay 5 | Stay 8 Pay 6 |  Stay 9 Pay 6.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

In order to offer Single travellers the best available rates, each of our properties have waivered the Single Room Supplement for most of the year.  We will only be charging SRS during the following months:

Kuria Hills:  July and August

Lemala Mara:  July, August and September

Lemala Ewanjan:  July and August

Lemala Ngorongoro:  July and August



For more information on the refurbishment or the special offers please contact:  info@luxuryrepcollection.com
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New luxury lodge, Ulubisi House, in the Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route in the Western Cape,  has opened its doors.

Imaginea luxuriously spacious and stylish African villa with your own Field Guide, Chef and Butler.   The villa is privately situated in the reserve’s 1000 hectare walking area surrounded by grasslands teaming with game.  Three luxurious guest suites, with endless mountain views, provide extravagant accommodation for 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children.  The ultimate bush getaway to restore and revive with friends or family in a Big 5 game reserve ideally and accessibly located on the Garden Route. 


The property comes with a full complement of staff, including butler, chef and field guide, and sleeps either six adults or four adults and four children.

Developer, Mark Rutherfoord, incorporated the large-scale structure, made of stone, wood and thatch, into the natural environment.

Ulubisi House is in the reserve’s 1000-hectare protected walking area for endangered species with 180-degree views of grass plains dotted with game, fynbos-covered rolling hills and the Outeniqua mountain range.

The property also hosts a coffee and wine bar area, swimming pool, hot tub, an outdoor dining area, a game ranger and a private game-drive vehicle.

Wrap-around terraces and living areas open up to the landscape of surrounding bush.

Activities include bush picnics and fishing excursions, guided walks, including fynbos and wildlife hikes, mountain biking (with seven bikes in varying sizes available), and trail running. For children, there is Gondwana’s Junior Ranger Experience with a private field guide. Satellite TV and Wifi are also available.

For more information please contact Luxury Representation Collection: info@luxuryrepcollection.com  or see www.gondwanagr.co.za
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It is now 10 years since Little Bush Camp, the newest lodge in the Sabi Sabi Portfolio, first opened its doors to guests. In celebration of this anniversary, Little Bush Camp has undergone a major transformation.

Taking its place as a beautifully intimate lodge with its own unique personality, the recently refurbished suites at Little Bush Camp are perfectly positioned between the eclectic "Today" design of Bush Lodge, and the avant garde "Tomorrow" philosophy of Earth Lodge.

The 6 stunning suites have been remodelled and upgraded. They are ultra-luxurious with an air of African sophistication and a chic finish. Using the continent as his source of inspiration, designer Derrick Tabbert patterned the new look around 'African adornment', with aesthetics borrowed from diverse African cultures. Tabbert has an unerring eye for charm, and introduced a myriad details, special features and interesting touches throughout the supremely luxurious spaces.

Bold organic patterns in warm earth tones have been hand-painted onto the interior walls of the suites, creating an unexpected artistic backdrop to the stylish furnishings and carefully sourced original artefacts. Draped netting over the beds is tied with leather fasteners, hand-dyed African print fabric has been inlaid onto comfortable wooden armchairs, rope and copper pipes combine to create towel rails. There is deliberate asymmetry in the bedrooms, creating a naturally comfortable atmosphere. Beautifully carved wooden tables and decorative pieces add extra appeal to a fascinating mix of textures. Finally, to complete Little Bush Camp's transition to an ambiance between those of Bush Lodge and Earth Lodge, Tabbert utilised some classic African canvas elements to blend in with his modern approach, then added the lustrous colours of South Africa's mineral wealth as a finishing touch.

Beyond just recreating the design of the suites, the rooms themselves have been remodelled to bring in much more natural light and a feel of being open to the bushveld. The en-suite bathrooms are now enormous and bright. Floor to ceiling glass French doors have replaced the walls around the bath on 3 sides, creating the perception that the indoor bath is actually part of the outdoor shower - a stunning illusion. And while some may prefer to shower outdoors, the huge indoor rain shower is glass walled to continue the open effect. Besides the artefacts in the bathroom, African influence is brought in via the 'suri' light, a gorgeous hanging light, its interlocking circles fashioned after the earrings worn by the women of the Suri Tribe in Ethiopia.

Flowing from the luxurious interior is an inviting private wooden deck overlooking the Msuthlu River and beautiful ancient riverine trees. Here one finds the ultimate indulgence, Little Bush Camp's signature spa bath. This is the spot to unwind, the cool water a delicious place to relax and have a bush cocktail. A comfortable day bed with soft cushions and other outdoor easy chairs are just perfect for taking a nap, catching up on some reading, or just lounging, watching and listening to the surrounding animal and birdlife.

Tabbert has preserved many of the former features and objets d'art of the lodge, and integrated them perfectly into its new style and character. His fresh approach has taken Little Bush Camp to a whole new level, a stunningly beautiful Sabi Sabi lodge in a league of its own.

Click here for photographs of the stunning new suites at Little Bush Camp. For high res images, please contact Natalie de la Porte: natalie@amglt.biz

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
Fax: +27 11 442 0728
Email: res@sabisabi.com
www.sabisabi.com

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We are always asked when is the best time to visit Sabi Sabi and our answer is - any time. The bushveld is wonderful the whole year, each month having its own special characteristics and beauty.

January
The bush is usually lush, green and bursting with colour. There is the constant sound of birdsong and frogs croaking. Long hot days are followed by fiery sunsets and balmy evenings. The animals are sleek and well fed, and there is an abundance of water in pools and puddles and the perennial rivers.

February
The days remain long with very slightly cooler temperatures and the odd short-lived, exciting thunderstorm. Warm daybreaks are ideal for morning safaris, birds are still abundant and the latest crop of animal babies are a bit older and bolder and are much more visible.

March
Subtle changes start occurring; a hint of autumn is in the air and rainfall is experienced less frequently. Large herds of plains animals make the most of the still-green vegetation...and where there is prey there are always predators in close proximity!

April
Autumn makes its appearance. The trees starts changing to vibrant colours as the leaves become hues of red, brown and yellow. The rutting season begins and the animals prepare for winter. The days are shorter, and mornings and evenings are still comfortably warm. With little or no rain the skies are clear and bright.

May
The dry winter months have started. Water is becoming scarcer and as the grasses get drier and shorter, animal viewing is abundant. The migratory bird species start their long journeys northward - some travelling as far as India and China.

June
Winter is in full swing but in this region the mild climate makes for comfortably warm days with chilly early mornings and nights. Game viewing is superb as the animals venture out in search of water, gathering around the pans and watering holes.

July
Midday temperatures are still warm, but it is now necessary to layer clothing in the mornings and evenings. Dry conditions prevail and the big herds break up into smaller groups. The bare winter trees make exquisite silhouettes against the endless blue skies - any photographers dream.

August
There is a promise of Spring in the air as the days begin to lengthen. It is now a little warmer, but it is still dry and the vegetation is sparse. Wildlife is still easy to find as animals frequent the dams, pans and waterholes, which are by now the only water sources.

September
Spring arrives full of potential. The bushveld seems to hold its breath waiting for early rains. The days are noticeably longer, some green shoots appear in the dry bush and the dawn chorus of birds and insects escalates. Some of the female animals are showing signs of pregnancy.

October
The environment is bursting with colour, a myriad shades of green. The first animal babies are born and a few species of migratory birds arrive back filling the air with new sounds.

November
Summer rainfall starts with the onset of magnificent afternoon thunderstorms soaking the bushveld for a short time - then disappearing. The temperatures are much warmer, day and night. There are newborn animals everywhere. The vegetation is lusher and denser, bushveld flowers burst into bloom, dotting the landscape with their magnificent colours. With all the youngsters filling the reserve, predators abound to take their opportunities.

December
A festive air is evident as the year draws to a close. The long hot days of summer are here, and the fresh mornings and warm evenings are a welcome relief. The green bushveld teems with life and all the migrant birds are back. With an abundance of wildlife and predators on the prowl, game viewing is spectacular.

Month by month, year by year, the cycle of life continues in this unspoilt paradise that is the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Reservations: +27 11 447 7172
Fax: +27 11 442 0728
Email: res@sabisabi.com
www.sabisabi.com
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‘Footsteps Across the Delta’, KDBs premier walking safari has won top prize for ‘Best Safari Guiding Team.’ We are delighted by the recognition of our outstanding guides, and thrilled that the safari experience achieved runner-up position in the ‘Best Walking Safari’ category and third place in the coveted ‘Best Safari Experience.’

Footsteps Across the Delta is an authentic walking safari reminiscent of yesteryear; of a time when Africa was unchartered and the first Explorers were discovering the magnificent diversity of the Okavango Delta on foot and by mekoro. Footsteps in Africa invites you to experience such adventure once again. The emphasis on rekindling the eccentricities of an ‘under canvas African safari’ whilst being able to delight in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounds.

Footsteps Across the Delta offers an exclusive comfortable camp, accommodating a maximum of six guests. Personalised service and attention come naturally in such an environment, where staff create opportunities for memories to be made.

The outstanding guides generously share the knowledge, teaching guests how to track wildlife and understand animal movement, patterns, and behaviour. Walking safaris offer a heightened sensory experience and guests will see, hear, and smell the scent of the bush as it comes alive through expert guidance.

‘Experience’ and ‘luxury’ are terms frequently associated with African safaris, and rightly so. There is a propensity for safari operators to design and deliver lavish camps, oozing opulence and grandeur. As dazzling as these accommodations are, have they not potentially created an unseen barrier against the authentic safari experience? We think it likely.

By contrast, Footsteps Across the Delta allows guests to immerse themselves in wildlife experiences during the day and on evening retire to a comfortable bed under canvas and listen as nocturnal creatures take to the stage.  

For us, experience in the new luxury.

Thank you to all who voted for Footsteps Across the Delta in the 2016 Safari Awards.

For further information please contact:

Kirstine Vercoe  - kirstine@kamageo.com

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