South Africa

Earth Lodge

OVERVIEW

Earth Lodge is a sanctuary symbolising a new era in luxury South African safari lodges. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, almost invisible in the landscape, the lodge uses texture, light and space to present a lodge like no other. Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, it has been described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa.

Earth Lodge reveals itself in a series of sensory revelations. On arrival a hidden corridor leads you down on a journey to a unique and unforgettable experience. The unexpected entrance opens to a panorama of uninterrupted bushveld. As in nature everything at Earth Lodge exists in harmony and you are immediately aware of a sense of calm and a restoring spirit. Home to 13 ultra-luxurious suites including the Amber Presidential Suite, the lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. Each of the suites at this luxury lodge features individually designed furniture, private plunge pool, en-suite glass fronted bathroom and indoor and outdoor shower. The natural wooden sculptures by renowned South African artist Geoffrey Armstrong add a powerful magic.

The Amber Suite is a glorious celebration of generous size and space. Beyond belief in its beauty, from the magnificent carved wooden headboard to the deep egg-shaped bath, the suite boasts its own steam room, study and kitchen. It captures the spirit of nature and luxury in one unique experience.

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.

An indoor/outdoor dining area overlooking a waterhole and unending bushveld, a secluded library, art gallery, meditation garden; and an underground wine cellar with a collection of over 6000 bottles of rare wines, the venue for an unforgettable dining experience – everything at this luxury lodge has been created for your indulgence.

While on safari escape to the Amani Spa at Earth Lodge and indulge in holistic body, skin and beauty rituals, treatments and massages.

The gym facilities at Earth Lodge offer cardio equipment in a safe and air conditioned environment while still capturing the beautiful views out towards the bush.

Each morning and evening you will depart from this luxury safari lodge into the wilderness, either by open safari vehicle or on foot for a walking safari, accompanied by your armed and knowledgeable Game Ranger and Shangaan Tracker. Close enough to share in a thrilling encounter with Africa’s beautiful wild creatures.

Sabi Sabi African Safari Package

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is home to four of the most luxurious and exclusive safari lodges in South Africa – the safari capital of the world. With the African safari travel specials on offer you can afford to spend a little more of your holiday at this exceptional destination.

The African safari travel specials and packages from Sabi Sabi offer not only excellent tariffs but are also fully inclusive of exhilarating morning and evening open vehicle safaris, luxury accommodation, delicious meals, and of course our legendary African warmth and hospitality.

Travel:                 O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to Sabi Sabi (Return Package)

Package:             3 Nights Fly In (Return Package)

Luxury Suite:     ZAR49,500 (Per Person Sharing)

Amber Suite:     ZAR75,000 (Per Person Sharing)

Valid Dates:       11th January 2016 to 19th December 2016

Please note these packages are per person sharing (PPS).

Kindly note that the tariffs exclude the guest conservation contribution (GCC) of a R100.00 per person per night collected on behalf of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin (SSW).

The Above Packages Includes

  • Includes a return flight (OR Tambo to Sabi Sabi)
  • Luxury accommodation for 3 nights
  • Morning and evening open vehicle safaris
  • Environmental awareness walking safaris
  • All meals
  • House selection of beverages and local taxes

Conditions

  • The packages quoted above are per person sharing.
  • Rates exclude cellar wines, premium brands, boutique purchases, telephone, spa treatments and laundry.
  • Standard terms and conditions apply.
  • These packages apply to a limited number of suites.
  • Not valid for groups (maximum of 3 suites) and all accommodation is subject to availability.
  • Package prices subject to change.
  • Single rate available on request.
  • Accommodation and flights are subject to availability, weather conditions and flight schedules on day of departure.
  • These packages are also available ex-KMIA (Nelspruit) to Sabi Sabi or Sabi Sabi to KMIA (Nelspruit) (minimum of 2 passengers required).

Southern Africa captivates everyone who is lucky enough to experience its power and magic. The concept of ‘Safari’ conjures up images of adventure, dramatic landscapes and exciting wildlife. Sabi Sabi’s four luxury safari lodges are located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which is geographically integrated with the Kruger National Park.

Sabi Sabi epitomises Africa’s magic. With no fences between the reserve and the Kruger Park, big game abounds, moving freely through this unspoiled part of the ancient African continent. The Reserve is blessed with a great biodiversity of habitat and wildlife giving 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.

There has been no hunting here for over half a century and the animals have become habituated to – and relaxed in the presence of – safari vehicles. The ultimate destination for a luxury safari; visitors to Sabi Sabi can look forward the unique experience of close encounters with animals as they continue unperturbed in their natural daily patterns of hunting, feeding, courting and suckling.

Safaris take place each morning and evening in open safari vehicles which drive through a wide variety of habitats, allowing visitors to view the vast interactions of the wild. After breakfast, guests on guided walking trails can experience the natural environment on foot. The dedicated, highly trained and experienced Rangers lead you to discover miracles of nature you may never have dreamed existed.

Luxury African Safaris
Morning Safaris

An early morning call from the Ranger will wake you before first light, while the kitchen brews hot coffee or tea, and prepares cool fruit juices with a muffin, rusk or other freshly made delicacy. So begins the morning safari.

The bush is already alive, the air filled with birdsong as the rising sunlight dances off beads of dew on spiders’ webs. Nobody, not even the tracker who can read the bushveld like a book, knows what’s in store. He will watch the road for spoor, leaning forward intently to find any print left by a predator during its hunt in the dark. There may be hushed discussions in Shangaan between Ranger and Tracker, and brief radio interactions from one vehicle to another. Sharing information ensures that the occupants of each safari vehicle have the best chance of a wide range of sightings during their drives – and also ensures control and responsible behaviour as the vehicles move in close to the animals.

Morning Guided Bush Walk

Renowned for luxury experiences, Sabi Sabi isn’t all about phenomenal game drives and exceptional dining. Opportunities for education and adventure are definitely on the cards for those interested and energetic. On the morning environmental awareness walking safari you can be part of a small group that sets out on foot after breakfast. The walk is an opportunity to feel the pulse of Africa through the soles of your feet and experience the bushveld at close quarters

Sabi Sabi boasts approximately 350 different species of birds, a paradise for birdwatchers. Raptors are plentiful, including 11 species of owl, the seldom seen cuckoo hawk and rare bat hawk. There is an endless diversity of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, and whatever the time of year, no two walks are ever the same.

Evening Safaris

Evening falls and you prepare for the night safari. As the fierce heat of the day cools, the inhabitants of the bush become restless, and the animals move out of the shade of the trees. The call of the crested francolin reverberates through the bushveld and birds increase the volume of their song. You will be aware of colours softening to the beautiful, gentle hues that vary with each season. New scents fill the air and as the sun dips behind the horizon your Ranger will choose a spot where you can stretch your legs and enjoy sundowners alongside the vehicle. Watch in awe as the sky turns to the sensational vibrant reds, golds and oranges typical of an African sunset. There is a lull as the animals sense the transition into a time of increased danger. It is during evening safaris that the nocturnal hunters start stirring, and their prey needs to be alert for survival through the night.

During your safari you may be lucky enough to watch lions prepare for their evening hunt. Their long bodies stretch to ease muscles cramped from lying in the shade during the day; sinews are lengthened and claws sharpened against a tree; the vegetation is marked with scent, and the wind checked for smells; only then do they set off in a slow, loose-jointed, arrogant amble. There are numerous nocturnal hunters and on your evening safari, with the help of a spotlight, a leopard’s eyes may reflect back from a nearby tree. Or you may be lucky enough to spot another smaller predator, a genet, African civet or African wild cat. One can come across scenes at night that become etched in memory: elephants moving heavily but silently in the moonlight; the incredible flying leaps of bush babies from treetop to treetop, and the red shine from a lion’s eyes as it looks up from its kill. A Sabi Sabi evening safari will never be forgotten.

Daily Safari Programme

Summer

(November – March)

Autumn / Spring

(April – May / September – October)

Winter

(June – August)

05h30

·       Wake up and morning tea

06h00 

·       Morning safari departs

09h00

·       Return for breakfast

05h30

·       Wake up and morning tea

06h00

·       Morning safari departs

09h00

·       Return for breakfast

06h00

·       Wake up and morning tea

06h30

·       Morning safari departs

09h00 – 09h30

·       Return for breakfast

Walking safari – discuss time with RangerWalking safari – discuss time with RangerWalking safari – discuss time with Ranger
13h30

·       Lunch

16h00

·       Afternoon tea

16h30

·       Afternoon safari departs

19h30

·       Return from safari

20h00

·       Dinner

13h00

·       Lunch

15h30

·       Afternoon tea

16h00

·       Afternoon safari departs

19h00

·       Return from safari

19h30

·       Dinner

13h00

·       Lunch

15h15

·       Afternoon tea

15h30

·       Afternoon safari departs

18h45

·       Return from safari

19h30

·       Dinner

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