Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sabi Sabi

In the heart of the African wilderness lie four luxurious safari lodges that each epitomize style, comfort and opulence. Thrilling safaris, plush surroundings and gourmet cuisine combined with Sabi Sabi's legendary five star hospitality ensure that each and every guest experiences true African magic during their stay.
Sabi Sabi reserve also offers a choice of 3 camps and has a philosophy 'yesterday, today and tomorrow'.
The 'yesterday' part is seen in the romantic Selati Camp a favorite for honeymooners.Decorated to recall the reserve's historic past, it has a colonial charm. Fashioned in a colonial "Out of Africa" style, this exclusive lodge comprises eight opulent thatched suites, each with full bathroom en-suite and private alfresco shower. World-class cuisine is served on wooden thatched decks, in the open air "boma" or in the "farmhouse kitchen".

'Today" are the contemporary Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp. Bush Lodge has 25 suites done in exquisite ethnic decor. The en-suite bathrooms feature al-fresco as well as glass-fronted indoor showers, affording wonderful views of the bushveld. Huge viewing decks are the ideal setting to relax while spotting game, bird watching, or cooling off in the filtered pools.
Little Bush Camp is more intimate with only 6 luxury suites each with a private viewing deck and heated spa bath overlooking the riverbed, Complete with luxury furnishings, full bathroom en-suite, indoor and outdoor showers and air-conditioning. It is an exclusive safari camp, offering luxury accommodation for family, friends, or small groups with unparalled intimacy and seclusion

Earth Lodge (pictured) being the 'tomorrow' features ground-breaking and forward-looking design. The building is almost invisible in the landscape as it's been sculpted into a slope. Home to 13 ultra-luxurious suites, the lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. Each of the suites features individually designed furniture, private plunge pool, en-suite glass fronted bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower and butler services.The outdoor boma, its walls sculpted from tree roots and piled up piece by piece, captures the drama of the African night and evokes the power of the wilderness.
Children of all ages welcome at Bush Lodge and are permitted at the other 3 lodges only if booking exclusive use.

To arrange your once in a life time safari to Sabi Sabi contact Go Safari

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lion Sands

Owned & run by the More family for over 4 generations; access to both the Sabie and Sand River ecosystems with good Big Five game viewing has 3 lodges to choose from.

Ivory Lodge - The award winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is ultra luxurious, yet simple and uncluttered. The lodge is about overriding exclusivity with complete privacy, where each suite is operated as a private villa.

The Lodge comprises six generously sized privately situated villas, each with a separate living room, heated swimming pool and an open plan en-suite bathroom with an enclosure for the outdoor shower – 6-star luxury in the middle of the bush.

River Lodge - The rooms at River Lodge offer respite and protection from the Lowveld heat. The interior is a tranquil, cool in the summer, cozy in the winter. There are 18 luxurious thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor & inside shower & wooden viewing deck. The rooms are linked to all areas by raised wooden walkways.
The public areas at River Lodge offers guests, wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, a magnificent River Island Deck built on the river, Lalamuka Health Spa & gymnasium.

1933 is an exclusive-use lodge with 4 spacious suites, each opening onto views of the Sabie River and represent a secluded environment where comfort and relaxation are the order of the day. The bathrooms are just as inviting. Ideal for family groups, a children’s dormitory, able to sleep up to 8 children, with his and hers bathroom and an inter-leading bedroom for an au-pair.
If this sounds like your dream home, that’s exactly what 1933 at Lion Sands strives to be: a gracious home away from home – with a few added luxuries, including your own private chef and ranger, with the exclusive use of a 4x4 Landrover for safari game drives.

No children under 10 years at River or Ivory Lodge. 1933 welcomes children of all ages.

Contact Go SAfari to arrange a stay at Lion Sands for you.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Singita has two lodges in the Sabie Sands and both enjoy superb location overlooking the Sand River. Each lodge has 12 secluded suites with private heated swimming pool all with their own en suite bathroom and shower, outside shower, double-sided fireplace, mini bar and fridge, room mini safe, air-conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game-viewing deck they also offer traditional open boma dinners, gymnasium, health spa, library and wine cellar.

Children of all ages are welcome at both camps

Singita Ebony Lodge

The secluded thatched suites are the epitome of elegant comfort, with rooms styled with an eclectic mix of colours, fabrics and textures. A colonial feel with Egyptian linen, African throws, antiques and modern luxuries combine to create a homely, lived-in feel. From the vast wooden deck to the pool overlooking the Sand River, it’s not uncommon to see elephant, buffalo and antelope grazing only metres away at any time of day. Perhaps this is where the notion of an ‘armchair safari’ was perfected...

Singita Boulders Lodge
has a contemporary air of tranquillity that honours Africa in an authentic way. Guests can enjoy wrap-around views from most parts of the natural stone lodge, and the lookout deck offers the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River.

Tariffs include all-suite accommodation, three meals per day, all drinks, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding champagnes) and open Land Rover safaris accompanied by experienced guides and trackers.

Want to come and expeience this worl class lodge, contact Go SAfari to arrange this amazing experince.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mala Mala Map

Mala Mala

The safari industry's blueprint to the luxury photographic safari; in existence since 1927.
The largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa – 13 500 ha (
33000 acres), shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park.
Only guests accommodated at one of the MalaMala camps enjoy this privately-owned game land.
As a result the human impact is kept to a minimum and guests are able to enjoy wildlife sightings for longer periods thus increasing their photographic opportunities. The vast area of MalaMala supports a variety of habitat types; dense riverine forest, acacia-combretum bushveld, open grassland and rocky outcrops, each sustaining different plant and animal species. The diversity of game on the MalaMala Game Reserve is therefore enhanced and territorial animals remain in a area’s for many years. Photographic safaris are conducted in open 4-wheel drive vehicles, allowing for total freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down Africa's unique animals including the legendary Big Five - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo.

MalaMala Main Camp - 19 ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns. Families are welcome at Mala Mala Main Camp, where “Junior Rangers” are treated to an educational yet entertaining bush experience.

Sable Camp - a more intimate version, situated at the southern end of the Mala Mala Camp, 5 comfortable suites under traditional thatching . No children under 12 years,the perfect choice for the traveller who seeks a smaller, more tranquil environment.

Rattray's on Mala Mala
(pictured) is the crème de la crème of the luxury safari industry - 8 regal colonial safari-style suites, each with private heated plunge pools. Only 4 guests per safari vehicle. No children under 16 years. ultimate exclusive safari in style, privacy and sublime comfort.

Want to go and experience this premier lodge,
contact Go SAfari to arrange this dream Safari

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Sabie Sands Game Reserve

This is a start of a series of posts in which we will bring you details for easy "at your fingertips" knowledge of our wonderful game reserves and great lodges situated in each for these reserves.

We will start with what is probably the best know reserve –
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is adjacent to the Kruger National Park situated near the Kruger Gate. Its 50km unfenced border to the park allows wildlife to roam freely through the 65 000ha reserve between the Sabie River and the Sand River which are the northern and southern boundaries. It is regarded as one of the best areas in the world to view leopards. The Sabi Sand Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa. It has only ever been a wilderness area and is home to a vast wildlife population, including The Big Five and the Wildlife viewing is second to none

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers unbelievable safari experiences, and private lodges surpass each other in luxury and laid-back style. They all offer walking safaris, bush breakfasts or dinners, photographic safaris in specially designed safari vehicles. Modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, mini-bars and a centre with internet connections are the norm, as are inside and outside showers, and of course each offer sublime cuisine and extensive wine cellars.

Some of the better know lodges are:
MalaMala Game Reserve, Djuma Game Reserve, Lion Sands Reserve,
Exeter Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Singita Game Reserve and Ulusaba Private Game Reserve.

How To Get ThereThe most convenient way to get to the Sabi Sands is to fly directly to the lodges. Federal Air and Bateleur Air Charters operate daily flights that depart from Johannesburg, as well as inter-lodge flights.

Alternatively you can fly into Kruger Mpumalanga Airport from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban (operated by SA Airlink and SA Express) and then be transferred to the lodges either by road (approx 2 hours) or short flight (approx 30 min).

Another option is to drive from Johannesburg. This takes about 5 hours and is an ideal way to explore the countryside of Mpumalanga.

Want to go and experience this reserve, contact Go SAfari to arrange this dream Safari

Monday, October 3, 2011

Royal Madikwe triumphs at 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards

Royal Madikwe, situated in the game rich, malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve flanking the Botswana border, creates an unrivalled safari experience beyond the ordinary for the discerning traveller, where exceptional accommodation, service and cuisine prevail. Royal Madikwe took top honours at the 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards by clinching the world's best Luxury Game Lodge title for the 2nd consecutive year.

Formerly exclusive to sole use only, Royal Madikwe recently adapted its 'undivided use' philosophy and now also welcomes couples, honeymooners and small groups to experience and interact with nature in a lavish milieu without having to reserve the entire residence.Royal Madikwe, which can accommodate up to ten guests, features five open style, suites, each with its own distinct, private setting, plunge pool and generous indoor and outdoor living space. The suites are available per person sharing or families and friends can book the entire residence on an exclusive use basis.
Families with children of all ages are welcome with a full-time nanny to assist parents, child-friendly rooms as well as a host of activities designed to take care in stimulating, educating and entertaining the kids while Mom and Dad relax in the lap of royal safari luxury. Adult activities are arranged around the guest's preferences and include daily game drives, guided bush walks, photographic safaris and traditional dancing.

The lavish accommodation includes the signature Royal Suite - a freestanding African bush villa complete with its own kitchen, dining area, lounge and library, perfect for a group or family of four - two Luxury Double Suites; one Luxury Twin Suite, and an additional Luxury Family Suite located in the main residence which is a vast open area comprising a lounge, bar and dining area and surrounded by a variety of decks, salas and outdoor seating and dining areas overlooking a well-frequented waterhole.

Want to come and expeience this worl class lodge, contact Go SAfari to arrange this amazing experince.