Sabi Sabi Little Bush

distinctive Camp | Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Smallest and most secluded of Sabi Sabi’s 5-star camps, Little Bush Camp has all the ingredients for a perfect safari adventure: an exquisite setting, prolific wildlife and bountiful cuisine. Just six private suites overlook the Msuthlu River, where you may view animals on display from your private deck and heated outdoor spa bath. Contemporary in style, though traditional in hospitality, Little Bush Camp offers an intimate safari to remember.

Photo of Lauren Deeley

Our Expert Says

A luxurious camp with just six suites, Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is the epitome of a secluded camp set in the Sabi Sands Reserve. Whether you enjoy this camp with friends, family, or on your own, you will experience incredible wildlife viewing focused on the Big Five and revel in all the small touches which make this camp an exceptional choice when looking for an intimate safari adventure!

– Lauren Deeley

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
Number of Tents: 6

Nestled beneath shady trees along the banks of the Msuthlu River is Little Bush Camp, the youngest of the Sabi Sabi collection of 5-star safari lodges. This exceptional camp exudes the same warmth and effortless hospitality that characterizes its sister property, Bush Lodge, providing unparalleled intimacy, seclusion and luxury accommodations for a small number of discerning travelers. Each of the six thatched, air-conditioned suites has its own private viewing deck and heated spa bath overlooking the river. Contemporary African art, designer beds, natural woods and splashes of rich color and texture set the interior scene. En suite bathrooms have egg-shaped tubs, indoor and outdoor showers, with views of the bush beyond. Elegant dinners are often served under the stars in the open-air boma, with the sounds of the African night close at hand. For the ultimate in an exclusive getaway, few places hold a candle to Little Bush Camp.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private Jacuzzi
  • Central plunge pool
  • Spa (extra cost)
  • Fitness center
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry service (extra cost)
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Because there are no fences between the private Sabi Sabi Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, great concentrations of wildlife move freely through this unspoiled sector of African wilderness. The diverse habitat is home to an impressive range of species including the Big Five -- lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant -- as well as cheetah, wild dog and some 200 other animals indigenous to the area. With more than 300 bird species, the reserve is also a birdwatcher's delight. Since there has been no hunting here for over half a century, the animals have become habituated to safari vehicles and are relaxed in our presence, allowing for exhilarating close-up photography. Safaris take place each morning and evening in open Land Rovers, which travel through a wide variety of habitats to maximize wildlife encounters. After breakfast, guests can venture out with a camp ranger on the reserve’s walking trails to experience the natural environment on foot.

The Sabi Sand is known for great leopard viewing, healthy rhino populations and the rest of the Big Five, making it a great wildlife destination for all levels of safari experience. The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced here. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Greater Kudu
Sable Antelope
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Sabi Sand Reserve

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 84° F 68° F 3.86 in
28° C 20° C 98 mm
February 88° F 70° F 6.54 in
31° C 21° C 166 mm
March 88° F 68° F 5.24 in
31° C 20° C 133 mm
April 84° F 61° F 1.85 in
28° C 16° C 47 mm
May 81° F 50° F 0.43 in
27° C 10° C 11 mm
June 81° F 43° F 0.12 in
27° C 6° C 3 mm
July 77° F 43° F 0.16 in
25° C 6° C 4 mm
August 82° F 48° F 0.16 in
27° C 8° C 4 mm
September 82° F 57° F 0.55 in
27° C 13° C 14 mm
October 81° F 61° F 1.77 in
27° C 16° C 45 mm
November 84° F 66° F 6.61 in
28° C 18° C 168 mm
December 84° F 63° F 9.41 in
28° C 17° C 239 mm

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Photo: Conservation


Little Bush Camp lies within the private Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, which has created and implemented an extensive Habitat Management Plan that covers a wide range of complex sustainability issues, including wastewater management, alien species eradication and sustainable fire management. Because of the success of its wetlands management program, Sabi Sabi received the Imvelo Award for the Best Practice in Conservation. Sabi Sabi is also deeply committed to integrating conservation and community development, engaging in a participatory relationship with local communities. Sabi Sabi employs 200 local community members who are promoted from within based upon merit and accomplishment and who have the opportunity to participate in internal skills training programs. Sabi Sabi is also a major contributor to the Teach the Teachers and Reach and Teach Education Programs, which include workshops for rural teachers on the relationship between ecotourism, conservation and communities. Sabi Sabi is also proud to sponsor the community-run Lillydale Environmental Education Center.

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