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13. Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi, South Africa

Ranked #13 in our countdown of the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World.

On the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park, the wildlife is spectacular, the veldt is pristine, rangers highly trained, and trackers totally in-the-know.

And then there is your base, Earth Lodge, literally sculpted into a slope of the earth – completely in tune with the land.

While the entrance is discreet, the interiors are an audacious mix of designer-driftwood furniture, tribal motifs and chandeliers.

There are safaris by Land Rover, but also by foot ‘to feel the beat of the earth’.

There’s an Amani spa, remarkable Afro-Asian cuisine and an underground 6000-plus bottle wine cellar. 

Size 13 suites 

Did you know The name Sabi Sabi comes from the local Tsonga word ‘tsave’ and means danger, referring to the hippos and crocodiles in the river.

 

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