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Sabi Sabi Selati Camp Review
For an Out of Africa experience, you can't beat Selati, an intimate, stylish, colonial-style camp that was formerly the private hunting lodge of a famous South African opera singer. The early-1900s atmosphere is created by the use of genuine train memorabilia—old leather suitcases, antique wooden chairs, nameplates, and signals—that recall the old Selati branch train line, which once crossed the reserve, transporting gold from the interior to the coast of Mozambique in the 1870s. At night the grounds of this small, secluded lodge flicker with the lights of the original shunters' oil lamps. Dinner is held in the boma, whereas brunch is served in the friendly farmhouse kitchen. Members of the glitterati and European royalty have stayed at the spacious Ivory Presidential Suite, with its Persian rugs and antique furniture.
Located in the southwestern Sabi Sand section of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi has been a safari destination since European big game hunters first pitched a tent here in 1830. Today, this private game reserve offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, once in a lifetime wildlife encounters, warm African hospitality, and mouthwatering cuisine. Each of the four lodges are built in a distinctive style to represent the past (Selati Camp), the present (Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp) and the future (Earth Lodge). Our favorite is the Selati Lodge, which captures the Out of Africa romance of the great safari era. Sabi Sabi is also an outstanding example of holistic conservation principles, balancing the ecology with the needs of local people and their communities.
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