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The Luxury Earth Lodge – Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa


Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, set in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is an award-winning reserve with an impressive location. Celebrating the richness of Africa’s mineral wealth – gold, copper, silver, platinum and bronze – the new interiors at the reserves Earth Lodge have been designed to enhance the raw natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and abundant wildlife, for which Sabi Sabi is famous.

This South Africa game reserve offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service, heavenly spa treatments and delicious cuisine.

The Sabi Sabi philosophy of ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’, stemming from over 100 years of safari experience; is woven into the atmosphere and design of the Game Reserve’s four uniquely individual safari lodges – Selati Camp, Bush Lodge, Little Bush Camp and Earth Lodge.

Upon opening a decade ago, Sabi Sabi’s Earth Lodge garnered international acclaim as a ground-breaking architectural masterpiece, its sweeping lines and dramatic minimalism ushering in a new era of game lodge design. Ten years on, a collaboration between internationally-renowned interior designer Stephen Rich and talented Sabi Sabi owner Jacqui Loon, has resulted in a masterpiece of a different kind.

Sculpted into a slope of the earth, almost entirely concealed from view, Earth Lodge offers a quirky take on the surrounding bushveld. Rich metallic colours reflected in the lodge’s fabrics, rugs, furniture and decorative items, will act as a foil to its organic architectural shapes and natural, textured, rough walls.

Original art sculptures created by local sculptor Geoffrey Armstrong for Sabi Sabi, such as head-boards fashioned from trees which were washed away during the floods of 2000, take pride of place, along with magnificent wooden carvings. Specially designed lamps and tables reflect the reserve’s abundant wildlife, with distinctive details such as a bird perched on the lampshade or a giraffe peeping around the leg of a console table.

Each of the 12 opulent suites glows with warmth. The floors are adorned with Nguni hides, delicately shimmering with touches of gold, copper and silver; intricately handmade twig chandeliers with gilded copper, bronze and silver branches twinkle softly, mirroring the night stars. Hidden away in the bush, the magnificent Amber Presidential Suite is a hidden gem. Decorated in the gleaming colours of its name, a grand amber bead chandelier complements the iconic “Burning Bush” headboard sculpted by Armstrong.

On returning from safari you can cool off at the unique Day Bar, where complimentary high teas and cocktails are served at stone topped tables set inside a shallow pool. Following an exhilarating bush walk, you can take off your shoes and enjoy an ice cold drink while in the pool, or lounge in one of the white muslin-enclosed salas, making this a deliciously cool spot to observe the resident hippos at the adjacent waterhole.

In between safaris, during the heat of the day, you can relax in the lounge with a good book or listen to stories from the rangers. With soft oversized couches, metallic-edged sisal rugs, and large picture windows opening out onto the bushveld, this is an ideal place to sit quietly in the shade and savour a complimentary afternoon high-tea.

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March 27, 2013 | South Africa Travel | View comments

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