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SOUTH AFRICA


THE LODGES


Sabi Sabi is made up of four sets of Lodges each representing a particular point in time of 100 years of safari history. I stayed at the luxurious Earth Lodge, which is designed to be almost invisible. It is sculpted into the slope of the earth, managing to completely blend into its surroundings. South Africa is well known for being a mineral-rich country, and the inside of the lodge has been designed using these minerals to create metallic furnishings that contrast with the rough, natural


textured walls. And the views are mesmerising. With 360-degree views of the bush from the suites, and a waterhole next to the dining area, it’s not uncommon to see animals regularly wandering close by. Keep well out of the way of the baboons though – you don’t want to get on the wrong side of these mischievous monkeys. The lodge is home to 12 large suites, each with a private plunge pool, a huge bath and floor length glass-fronted doors. If I hadn’t been so keen to get on the safari each day I would have been perfectly happy


EVE WOOD-HILL SAFARI GUIDE


TOP TIPS FOR FIRST TIME SAFARI GOERS


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HIRE AN EXCLUSIVE VEHICLE It’s an extra cost, but gives you that added flexibility as you aren’t held back by other customers if there are certain animals that you want to see.


LEFT: Looking out across the wildlife reserve


BELOW: Luxury suite, Earth Lodge


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TAKE A TWIN-CENTRE HOLIDAY Think about whether you want to pair your safari with anything else. South Africa has the advantage of offering both beach and bush holidays, so many include Cape Town in their itinerary. The garden route is also a popular choice.


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THINK ABOUT WHEN TO VISIT If you are a bird-lover then the summer is best, as they are migrating back to South Africa for the warmer weather and mothers have also had their babies. If the hot temperature isn’t for you, then winter is just as good a time to come. The animals will tend to congregate around the waterholes more, and you have a much higher chance of seeing predator action.


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