Little Bush Camp takes its rightful place amongst the four iconic lodges of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve’s “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” This intimate and secluded camp seamlessly bridges the space between the contemporary ‘Today’ and avant-garde ‘Tomorrow’.
Hidden under ancient riverine trees, on the banks of the Msuthlu Riverbed, Little Bush Camp’s six private suites have been fully refurbished and re-designed. The inspiration of these ultra-luxurious suites came from the continent where the aesthetics of our diverse African culture were infused into the décor, creating an ambience of ‘African Adornment’ – a sophisticated and chic result.
Flowing from the luxurious interior is an inviting private wooden deck with the signature spa bath – an inviting space to unwind in the cool water and enjoy a bush cocktail. A comfortable day bed with soft cushions and other outdoor easy chairs are just perfect for taking a nap, catching up on some reading, or just lounging, watching and listening to the surrounding animal and birdlife.
The dramatic architecture of the central reception, lounge and dining areas, with its sweeping high thatched roof with huge wooden beams that cover the entire structure, is now a wonderful frame through which to view the bushveld beyond.
There are unexpected and wondrous design elements which begin right at the reception desk – a concrete block topped with a massive slab of solid Matumi wood, and a bolt of light made from resin which is lit diagonally across the desk. Behind this amazing piece of furniture hangs a handmade wood, metal and glass “curtain”, and on the high walls, floor to ceiling hand-painted chevrons depicting the African art of basket weaving.
The gently glittering quartz floors, in earthy metallic tones, draw one’s eye from reception to the next delight, the beautiful lounge with its intimate seating areas. Here, specially designed armchairs, sofas and ottomans upholstered with natural fabrics and leather accents, invite one to sit, relax and ponder on the uniqueness of the fireplace. This signature conversation piece is a floor to ceiling shimmering mantel, totally clad in individual copper 5 cent coins.
The bar area is now a sociable wrap-around area with drop-down canvas and leather awnings in case of inclement weather. Exquisite new furniture in keeping with the edgy new style is just perfect for the delicious cuisine and cushioned hanging chairs suspended on the outdoor deck are a fabulous spot to gently sway while listening to the sounds of birdsong.
Huge wire chandeliers inspired by African jewellery and traditional wire toy craftsmen hang from the high wooden roof beams. Copper glass lamps illuminate the bar area, shining down onto a roughly hewn bar table surrounded by high wooden stools. Hessian and hand-carved wooden shades adorn tall standing lamps.
Ideal for exclusive use by small groups and friends, the camp lends itself to being at one with nature. Meals are a culinary experience, with dinners being served in secluded spaces around the camp. The pool deck area is just out of sight across the riverbed and is a space to cool off in the heat of the day.
Once the little brother of the Sabi Sabi group of lodges, Little Bush Camp has become a joyous celebration of African adornment and character, an intimate luxurious camp with a style all of its own.
"While each lodge is unique in style, they all offer the warmth and true African hospitality - qualities that are synonymous with Sabi Sabi."