Expert Reviews – Sabi Sabi GR
Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.
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Impeccable responsible tourism credentials, breathtaking design
Sabi Sabi, in the far southwest of the Sabi Sand Reserve, is classic Big Five safari territory – with excellent trackers and guides and acres of gorgeous, well-watered woodland and bush to explore, memorable sightings are guaranteed.
But no matter how diverting the wildlife action, you may still find yourself itching to get back to base, especially if you’re staying at Earth Lodge. The accommodation at Sabi Sabi – especially the Earth Lodge – is quite simply a work of art. Traditionalists mistrust its hard-edged, uncompromisingly modern architecture and subterranean feel, but it’s breathtakingly original, and I love it. Knowing, presumably, that many guests are creative types, artists’ materials are provided in each room – one of many thoughtful touches. Those who prefer colonial trappings such as vintage trunks and framed prints will feel more at home at Sabi Sabi’s other lodges, Bush Lodge, Little Bush Camp and Selati Camp, which are equally modern but slightly softer on the senses.