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Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

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- Deluxe safari lodge in private reserve
- 7 colonial-style thatched suites
- Select hosting and guiding
- High impact 'Big 5' game viewing

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Sabi Sabi Selati Camp is a deluxe safari lodge situated in the private Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in the greater Kruger region of northeast South Africa. This upmarket property sits shaded by trees on the banks of the seasonal Msuthlu River, with lovely views of the surrounding plains and a waterhole popular with wildlife. Along with excellent hosting and guiding, the camp offers seven beautifully appointed, colonial style thatched suites, a swimming pool, and elegant communal areas. It will appeal to travellers seeking a select, traditional retreat with all modern comforts.

Communal areas include an open-sided dining room with indoor and alfresco tables, a cosy lounge furnished with plump sofas and antiques, and a well-stocked bar. There’s an expansive decked area outdoors with seating, perfect for watching the activity at the nearby waterhole, along with a refreshing swimming pool flanked by loungers, and a traditional ‘boma’ for evening meals beneath the stars. Wi-Fi is available, although due to the lodge’s secluded location, the signal can be intermittent.

Activities focus on morning and evening game drives with well-informed, enthusiastic guides, and guided walks which take place in the mornings, to avoid the heat of the day. The Sabi Sabi Reserve is home to over 200 mammals, and its residents include the famed big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and Cape buffalo) along with wild dog, hippo, giraffe, impala, and the elusive cheetah. Birdlife in the area is prolific, with over 300 species identified. Further activities include community visits to local villages, which allow a fascinating glimpse into traditional rural life. Guests are invited to use the spa facilities at neighbouring Earth Lodge and Bush Lodge, a short drive away, and in-suite massages can be arranged upon request.

The accommodation comprises seven beautifully designed, spacious suites, featuring colonial style décor and antique furniture. Each elegant suite comprises a king size bed draped with mosquito nets, and a spacious ensuite bathroom, plus an additional alfresco shower. All units come with air conditioning, a minibar, and hot drink facilities. The opulent Ivory Presidential Suite boasts a four-poster bed and a separate dressing room, and outside there’s a tranquil patio area with a private plunge pool. Use of a private safari vehicle is also included with this unit.

Children are warmly welcome at Sabi Sabi Selati 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.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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