Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Overview

Part of the earth

Blending invisibly into the landscape, Earth Lodge has been described as one of the most environmentally sensitive lodges in Africa. The Lodge exists in true harmony with nature and its organic décor takes inspiration from the African wilderness surrounding it.

Earth Lodge is a sanctuary symbolizing a new era in luxury South African safari lodges. Home to 13 ultra-luxurious suites, all with private plunge pools and outdoor showers, and beautifully decorated. Nature is really at the core of everything in Earth Lodge and you will immediately feel a sense of calm even before you escape to the lodge’s Armani Spa and Meditation Garden.

Uninterrupted bush stretches out in front of Earth Lodge and gives you a taste of Africa infamous ‘Big 5’ when you head out on safari drives. However, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of the lodge to hear the grunting of wildlife at the bustling waterhole just outside your home. Earth Lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. It’s a unique and marvelous place that will draw you back time and again.

Facts

At a glance

  • Private plunge pool

  • Wine cellar

  • Spa

  • Meditation garden

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge SA wildlife

Activities and Experiences

  • Sabi Sbai safari

    Safari Drives

    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 knowledgeable Game Ranger and Shangaan Tracker. This is a thrilling encounter with Africa’s beautiful wild creatures.


  • Sabi Sabi boma

    Boma nights

    Warm up around the fire within the boma 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.

  • Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge SA spa

    Spa days

    Indulge in holistic body, skin and beauty rituals, treatments and massages. Or use the gym facilities that still capture the beautiful views out towards the bush.

Conservation

Sabi Sabi is situated within a recognised hotspot of biodiversity in South Africa. The reserve supports over 300 species of birds, 47 large mammal species, 57 species of reptile as well as a myriad of smaller animals such as bats, small rodents, amphibians and invertebrates such as spiders, scorpions and insects. It has over 90 species of trees and many more shrubs and grass species. Key to protecting this all is active habitat management, which includes controlled burns, waterhole rotation, erosion management, alien plant control and employing a dedicated anti-poaching unit. A portion of your stay here is a levy that directly funds supports conservation, security and anti-poaching initiatives in the reserve.

Community & Culture

It is one of Sabi Sabi’s core philosophies that in order for conservation to be successful in Africa, there needs to be an integral and participatory relationship between tourism operations and the neighbouring communities which border the reserve. Sabi Sabi has long recognised that its greatest asset is its staff, the majority of whom hail from local communities and many of whom have been part of the Sabi Sabi story since the very beginning. Today, there are second generation employees based across the four Sabi Sabi lodges, in the hospitality and safari sphere.

With this in mind, Sabi Sabi has always endeavoured to focus its community involvement on projects that benefit and involve staff, their families and respective communities, including supporting a digital learning centre, healthcare facilities, teacher training, sports programmes and local businesses.

Footprint

When constructing the building all the furniture and décor used in and around the lodge are from local materials and sources. Environmentally friendly construction materials are used in the building and upgrade of the lodge. Even to the smallest detail, like using toothpicks that are wrapped with paper and not plastic, is an indication of their commitment to the little things, that really make a difference on a bigger scale.

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Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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