Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is a luxurious safari accommodation lodge in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve bushveld; overlooking a plain and a waterhole where wildlife congregates to drink.
There are 4 lodges that make up the Sabi Sabi Collection. For decades Bush Lodge has been Sabi Sabi’s flagship lodge; famed for its warmth, vibrancy, and legendary hospitality. It is also the largest of the group so is ideal for groups and families. The other lodges in the Collection are Sabi Sabi Selati Camp, Little Bush Camp; and the ultra-luxurious Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is a favorite among travelers in search of luxury accommodation in the game-rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. Bush Lodge’s charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savor uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency, and personalized attention.
There are 25 x spacious, air-conditioned thatched suites, including 2 x Luxury Villas and the Mandleve Suite. Each suite features en suite bathrooms and alfresco, glass-fronted showers; all with wonderful views of the bushveld. One of the suites is disabled-friendly.
The two spacious air-conditioned Luxury Villas feature a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a second en-suite bedroom, a private pool, a library / lounge, and a beautiful patio facing a waterhole. The suites have sumptuous linen and classic leather and wood furnishings. The Luxury Villas include a private game-drive vehicle for the ultimate flexible safari.
The Mandleve Suite at Bush Lodge is an ultra-luxury suite that is perfect for honeymooners. Or those in search of sumptuous accommodation. The beautiful spacious suite includes an open-plan lounge and a gorgeous bathroom with an outside shower. The Mandleve Suite comes with its own secluded private pool, and optional in-room dining. All combine to make this suite an absolute treat.
Activities and Facilities
Meals, including the wonderful dinners in the open-air boma, are heralded by blasts on a kudu horn. A summoning to delicious food. This luxury safari lodge also features artistically designed open courtyards with spectacular wooden carvings by renowned South African sculptors; created from uprooted trees and wood salvaged from the surrounding bushveld.
Savor the tranquility of the bush at Bush Lodge; which has been designed to allow ample space to relax, and unwind. The two swimming pools and large covered viewing decks overhanging the Msuthlu riverbed; are an invitation to cool off in the filtered water. Or to sit in comfort while spotting game at the waterhole. An exquisitely furnished lounge, atrium, and intimate bar area are perfect meeting places for friends old and new. As an extra indulgence, the Amani Spa at Bush Lodge offers the ultimate African Spa experience.
Morning and afternoon safaris in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve are the highlight of your stay at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. All open safari vehicles have large steel roll bars in front of each seat. The lodges are able to supply a G clamp and Manfrotto 501hdv head; on request for a small daily hiring charge. This head and clamp work really well, especially with the bigger lenses.
Walking safaris are also available after your morning safari when the temperatures are not as hot. This enables you to see the little creatures and possibly even the larger ones too. Walking safaris are fantastic for keen birders.
The Sabi Sand Reserve is blessed with a great biodiversity of habitat and wildlife; giving you an excellent chance of close encounters with the ‘Big Five’; elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard; as well as wild dog and cheetah. With over 300 bird species, the reserve is a birdwatcher’s delight.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Family Safari Activities and Rates
South Africa Family Safari
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is family-friendly and children of all ages are welcome. It is the ideal family safari destination with a fully-fledged children’s facility. The EleFun Centre will teach your kids awareness and an appreciation of nature. Offering hands-on, interactive activities designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years. Age-appropriate safari-themed activities are guided, and supervised, by qualified staff. These include bushcraft subjects such as bush survival, bugs & birds, and tracks & signs of wildlife. All are environmentally sensitive subjects that every child will find fascinating.
There is time for creative hobbies and fun-filled games. Selected rangers lead bush walks and talks. And the childcare professionals provide specially planned midday child-friendly game drives. These are all based on the topics covered in the rangers course, at the time of your visit.
The center also includes a wonderful, secure outdoor play area. While set itineraries will take place every morning and afternoon, children are welcome to enjoy the facility between formal sessions. Parents and / or guardians can enjoy their safaris, have a pamper session in the Amani Spa; or just kick back and enjoy some private time knowing that their children are safely reveling in their own special bushveld experience.
Child Policy at Bush Lodge
Children under 4 years need to be accompanied to the EleFun Center by an adult or a childminder. The EleFun Center coordinator works until 9.30 pm. After this time; a childminder can sit with the children (at an additional cost).
Children under the age of 6 years will not be allowed on safaris; unless you book exclusive use of a safari vehicle. The usage of an exclusive vehicle is subject to availability, a surcharge, and restrictions at sightings; due to possible disturbance to animals and / or guests on other vehicles. No children under the age of 12 years are allowed on the environmental walking safari.
Kids’ dinner is in the Safari Lounge between 5 pm and 7 pm or as room service. Breakfast and lunch as normal with parents or guardians.
Accommodation Rates for Kids
Children of all ages are welcome at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. Kids aged 3 years and younger stay free of charge in a cot. 13 years and over pay the full adult rate.
20th December 2022 until 28th February 2023 From 4 to 7 years pay R5990 per child per night. 8 to 12 years pay R7400 per child per night.
1st March 2023 – 29th February 2024 From 4 to 7 years pay R6 700 per child per night. 8 to 12 years pay R8 300 per child per night.
Children occupying their own room will pay the full adult rate for a maximum of 1 x child. If 4 x children are sharing; the remaining 3 will pay the applicable children’s rates.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Accommodation Rates
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Rates Per Person Sharing Per Night
20th December 2022 to 28th February 2023
1st March 2023 – 29th February 2024
R 15 000
Mandleve Deluxe Suite
R 18 000
R 24 000*
*The Luxury Villas include a private safari vehicle and rates are for the first two people (per person sharing per night). Thereafter; the luxury suite per person per night rate applies.
A Christmas Peak Period surcharge of 15% will apply to all bookings arriving between 20th December and 5th January every year. The surcharge will apply to the entire booking regardless of the check-out date.
Single Room Policy
There will be no single supplement for up to a maximum of 2 suites per booking; except in peak season. Peak season is between 20th December and 5th January every year. Thereafter, guests occupying single suites will be levied a supplement of an additional 50% of the specified daily rate. This excludes the Deluxe Suites and Luxury Villas where a single supplement will apply.
Rates Include / Exclude
The above rates are per person sharing per night and include: Open vehicle safaris by day and at night, Environmental awareness walking safaris, Breakfast, lunch, “boma” dinner, A house selection of beverages, WiFi, Transfers to and from the Sabi Sabi airstrip.
Optional extras available are: Spa treatments at Amani Spa, A cellar wine collection, and premium brand drinks, Boutique purchases, Telephone calls, and laundry, Any other transfers (including to and from Skukuza Airport).
All rates exclude the Sabie Game Reserve Conservation Levy. This conservation levy supports conservation, security, and access control; and the anti-poaching initiatives of the Sabie Game Reserve NPC; a non-profit company.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Accommodation Special
Stay Four Nights and Pay for Three Package
Get a night’s stay for free! Valid until 29th February 2024 (excluding the peak period from 20th December to 5th January every year) This offer can be used at all Sabi Sabi Lodges (Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Bush Lodge, Little Bush Lodge, and Selati Camp) so you can spend 2 nights at each or 3 plus 1 night. The lowest-priced night will be free.
Fly for Free Offer
We also have 3-night packages for Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge including return flights from Johannesburg to their airstrip.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge Fly for Free Package Rates per person sharing
Mandleve Deluxe Suite
6th January to 28th February 2023
1st March to 19th December 2023
*The Luxury Villas include a private safari vehicle
This package includes: Return flights from Johannesburg (OR Tambo) Federal Air Private Hangar & Lounge* to Sabi Sabi Private Airstrip, Luxury accommodation for 3 nights with normal inclusions as per above.
*Flight can depart from Nelspruit instead of O.R Tambo. And one-way options are available.
Sabi Sabi Family Offer
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is the perfect escape to reconnect as a family; from the wide-open spaces of the African bush viewing Africa’s wildlife; to the luxury of being together at this family-friendly luxury lodge. For this reason; Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge has the perfect family package of one child is free; on stays of 3 nights or longer.
This offer is based on the child sharing with two full paying adults in the same suite; inclusive of Luxury Suites, Mandleve Deluxe Suite, and the Luxury Villas. A “child” is 12 years old and younger at the time of travel. This offer is valid for travel until 29th February 2024; excluding the Christmas Peak Period from 20th December to 5th January every year.
Honeymoon Safari at Bush Lodge
Set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and a plain; is the ultimate in luxurious South African safari honeymoon escapes. Between exciting safaris and delicious meals; you will also have the opportunity of indulging yourself with wonderful spa treatments with an African flavor; at the Amani Spa at Bush Lodge.
Honeymooners will receive: A complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a welcome platter Romantic turndowns Plus; one of your dinners can be held in the privacy of your suite or on the patio; with romantic candlelight.
Sabi Sabi Photographic Safaris
2-day Photographic Safari
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has always been known for its breathtaking wildlife encounters. Ever since the first game drive took place at Sabi Sabi over three decades ago; photographers have clamored for the opportunity of visiting the reserve. With many of their pictures have graced the pages of glorious coffee table books.
Capturing safari experiences on camera has always been an integral part of the Sabi Sabi experience. Now the new digital age has made it easier for everyone to try their hand at taking the perfect picture. As equipment has evolved and more advanced cameras have become available to all levels of photographers; a new and rewarding way of securing those precious memories is to engage a professional photographer; to assist you with every step.
The Sabi Sabi Photographic Safari offers guests the unique experience of being guided by a professional photographer (Photographic Host); through the intricacies of getting the very best out of a camera and how to take that perfect once-in-a-lifetime wildlife picture.
These Photographic Safaris are available on request and must be pre-booked. A professional photographer will tailor your photographic safari including the opportunity of providing cameras and lenses if necessary; and customizing subjects such as camera setup, photography in the field, working with wildlife, light sources, etc. At the end of the safari; you and your instructor will review the images and you will discover the various methods and merits of post-processing. All of your selected photos will go home with you on a CD or flash drive.
Photographic Safari Cost
R39,000 per professional host photographer based on a 2-day course for up to a maximum of six guests*; within your party on an exclusive photographic vehicle.
* Should you request more than 6 guests per group an additional Photographic Host will be required; at the additional rate.
Optional Gear hire: R3500 per person per day; which includes usage of photographic equipment equivalent to Nikon D3s with a 200-400mm lens.
What an exciting way to brush up on skills, learn new techniques, and use technology; to get the best photos on safari.
Rates are subject to change as they haven’t increased for some time now.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve Safari Wedding
Have you always wanted to get married at a South African safari lodge? We do weddings at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge too! Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is ideally suited to cater to children of all ages; so is ideal for the whole family.
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