We had a great afternoon with the pups of the Toulon Pack yesterday, while others were following the adults out on the hunt.
The orange-eyed Fourways male was mating with one of the young girls from the Southern Pride.
A large male giraffe came up close to the vehicle, stood next to us and let us enjoy a good view of his beautiful dark body.
After watching a very nervous waterbuck running over an open plain, we scanned the area and saw the two young Sparta males lying well-fed next to a watering hole.
Seen on safari:
A male cheetah was moving around the reserve yesterday afternoon taking every opportunity to jump up onto fallen trees and on top of termite mounds.
What an incredible morning safari we had, as we watched the Kelenge female kill a big male impala right in front of us!
We encountered a male hippo grazing as he was making his way back to the Sabie River.
One of the adults from the Toulon Pack posed beautifully for us next to our safari vehicle, while some of the youngsters played nearby.
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Over a span of 30 years, Sabi Sabi has evolved, protected and respected the wilderness in its care, and emerged to become the award winning icon it is today – a wildlife oasis in the heart of the African bushveld offering unparalleled luxury at each of its four, 5-star lodges.
Situated in Sabi Sand Wildtuin, a recognised hotspot of biodiversity within the greater Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi is blessed with an astonishing variety of habitat and wildlife. Guests have an excellent chance of close encounters with the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – as well as cheetah, wild dog and all species indigenous to the area. Here one will experience Africa’s ever-changing landscapes and rhythms; from the clear light of dawn and the pastel haze of late afternoon, to the fiery sunsets and sudden onset of night. Against this backdrop, the abundant animals and extraordinary variety of birds exist in their unfenced natural environment, as they have done for centuries. Exciting morning and evening open Land Rover safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and trackers.
Within this untamed setting, Sabi Sabi has created its luxurious lodges in the styles and atmospheres of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
A tribute to the pioneers of the grand steam train era of the late 1800’s, the historically themed Selati Camp is the Sabi Sabi of Yesterday. Selati’s 8 beautifully appointed suites, including the Ivory Presidential Suite, are filled with authentic antiques, vintage décor and railway memorabilia - offering intimacy and romance with a dash of nostalgic opulence.
The Today experience is found at Bush Lodge, rebuilt and revamped, it’s traditional safari style made new and exciting with a vibrant and eclectic mix of furnishings and décor garnered from all corners of the African continent. Accommodating only 25 couples, the lodge has earned a reputation of warmth, service excellence and personalized attention. Little Bush Camp continues the Today experience of consummate African hospitality. The lodge is intimate – just 6 suites, making it an ideal retreat for small groups seeking an idyllic hideaway.
Earth Lodge, the Sabi Sabi of Tomorrow, is a celebration of ecological responsibility, which belies its 5-Star rating and standing as one of the world’s top 10 destinations. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, the lodge merges so well into the surrounding bushveld that it is virtually invisible. Earth Lodge has been transformed to reflect Africa’s mineral wealth in tones of platinum, bronze, silver, gold and copper. Magnificent chandeliers and natural fabrics all enhance Earth Lodge’s perfect proportions and gracefully curved walls in textures and hues borrowed from nature. Designed to instill a sense of peace, the new-look lodge is the ultimate luxury escape. Each of the 13 suites, including the famous Amber Presidential Suite, is individually decorated and gloriously luxurious. Earth Lodge continuously meets and exceeds the highest international standards of architectural design, innovative décor and superb facilities. While maintaining a deep respect and bond with the wilderness, Sabi Sabi continues to be voted one of world’s premier safari destinations.
While maintaining a deep respect and bond with the wilderness, Sabi Sabi continues to be voted one of the world’s premier safari destinations.