Expert Reviews – Sabi Sabi GR
Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.
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Stark sophistication in the bush
The largest property within Sabi Sands, this runs as little mini-reserve in its own right, boasting half a dozen camps, each with its own character. Its upmarket showpiece Earth Lodge gets mixed reviews, and tends to appeal more to the chic European market than to people seeking the classic safari experience offered by other lodges on the property. Game viewing is reliably superb, guiding is not quite up to the standard of some other lodges, and although it denies traversing rights to any of its neighbors, the bed density for property size is gar higher than in MalaMala or Singita, so it feels less exclusive. Very good, but in a market dominated by exceptional properties, it wouldn’t be my first choice.