- Small, elegant, upmarket camp
- Private reserve, home to 'Big 5'
- Lovely riverine woodland
- 6 stylish suites with private Jacuzzis
Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is an upmarket, intimate safari camp within the exclusive Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, in the greater Kruger area of north eastern South Africa. Nestled on the banks of the seasonal Msuthlu River and shaded by riverine woodland, this small, elegant establishment offers just six contemporary suites with private Jacuzzi, a communal swimming pool, and friendly, expert hosting and guiding. The camp will appeal to travellers on a higher budget seeking personalised and efficient service, and a tranquil, highly comfortable setting.
Communal areas include an open-plan lounge and bar and a dining room with individual tables and a choice of indoor and alfresco seating. Outside is a refreshing swimming pool with loungers, and an outdoor ‘boma’ for atmospheric evening meals beneath the stars.
Activities include early morning and afternoon game drives and walks with expert guides. Wildlife is abundant year-round, and resident animals include the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, Cape buffalo, and elephant) plus cheetah, giraffe, wild dog, impala and hippo. The birdlife is also prolific, with over 300 species identified. The camp encourages visits into the local community which provide a great opportunity to meet the residents of nearby villages and learn about rural day to day life. Guests are invited to use the Spa facilities at sister properties Earth Lodge and Bush Lodge, a short drive away, and in-room massages can also be arranged on request.
The accommodation comprises just six well-appointed thatched suites, positioned on both sides of the main area, and spaced apart for privacy. Each individually styled suite has a king size bed draped with mosquito nets, and a spacious, modern en-suite stone bathroom with separate bathtub and rainfall shower, twin washbasins, and WC, plus an indulgent outdoor shower. All units come with air conditioning. Outside, there’s a private veranda complete with an inviting Jacuzzi, ideal for relaxing and watching the wildlife in the surrounding bush.
Children are warmly welcome at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp, subject to the property being booked by a group on an exclusive basis. Note that a sister property on the same reserve, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, offers family accommodation, along with qualified childcare, and an activity programme for little ones.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019