Kent’s South Africa Trip Report – Part II

June 19, 2014  By: Rob Howard

AAC KR 2014 Sabi Sabi rhinoIn case you missed the first installment of Kent’s South Africa trip report, click here. You can enjoy an armchair visit with him to Cape Town and Singita Lebombo camp. Today we have part two – his stay at the wonderful Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.

Sabi Sabi

Rhinos in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve are doing quite well, thank you, according to guides here. The famed Sabi Sand is unfenced to Kruger on along its southwestern border and rhinos have benefited from the diligent and sustained efforts of the member reserves, as will as its proximity to Kruger National Park headquarters and anti-poaching forces. Poaching is still an ever-present threat and efforts continue to curb it.AAC KR 2014 KR selfie at Sabi Sabi with rhino

Sabi Sabi is one of the larger, well-established private reserves located here, and here I saw nice groups of rhino along with elephant, buffalo, lions, and much more. Sabi Sabi’s four lodges are grouped by themes of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. I stayed at Selati Lodge (yesterday), set along the old railway line, while Sabi Sabi Bush Camp and Little Bush Camp (today) and uber-modern and luxurious Earth Lodge (tomorrow) are located nearby. For intimacy, look to Little Bush Lodge and Selati, choosing the former if you would enjoy sipping coffee on your verandah enjoying a view, or the latter if your tastes run more to the old fashioned and views are not important. Bigger groups and those enjoying a nice view, could look to Bush Lodge and people celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries or who just enjoy someplace cool and chic could choose Earth Lodge.

AAC KR 2014 Nature Walk at Sabi SabiGame viewing was solid here but the highlight for me was a nature walk with our guide, Jonas, who knows well every tree, flower and shrub and their medicinal and practical uses. Want a whistle to call your friends over? He can make one. Need a bracelet for your girlfriend? He can make one. Need to learn how to spit impala poop really far? He can teach you!

Next we’ll visit Lion Sands – not too far from Sabi Sabi! Stay tuned…