“Wow, nothing’s changed,” I said to Grant, the manager of Selati Lodge, on the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, when we arrived, in Africa, living a #Travelife.
It was mid-afternoon when we finally reached Selati, and most of the guests were already on game drives because we were heading into winter and the days were shorter.
That’s Grant, manager of Selati Lodge
Yes, Selati was exactly as I remembered it.
This is the intimate nostalgia lodge of Sabi Sabi, themed upon “Yesterday,” and it’s done so beautifully in the vintage style.
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A ROOM STRAIGHT OUT OF AFRICA
I stayed in Ivory Lodge, which is the best suite in the lodge, if not in the entire Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, and it’s a room straight “Out of Africa.”
Happily, it was exactly as I remembered it, with its palatial bathroom and its ever so picturesque bedroom with a pool that hippos occasionally visited on one side and a private terrace on the other.
I have so many happy memories of my first stay here over two years ago, so it was nice to be back again.
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SOME THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME
When I got to the lounge area for tea, however, I was nicely surprised to see that Selati did undergo some major renovations of its common areas — and I’m happy to report that everything is for the better.
They’ve opened up their lounge so that it is now twice the former space, and the decor is lighter and sleeker but still very much in keeping with the vintage theme.
A NEW DINING ROOM AT SELATI LODGE
ON THE SABI SABI GAME RESERVE
The boma area, too, now opens up to a new vintage dining room, giving guests a third dining option.
It’s got one long table for all the guests to sit in, as Selati is a very social lodge compared to most safari lodges, and everyone talks to each other, and the walls are lined with copper pans and memorabilia.
Aside from the beautiful Ivory Suite, the other place that didn’t change at all is the terrace where Selati guests have breakfasts and lunches in a very private atmosphere.
This terrace was exactly as I remembered it, and nice memories of my very first lunch here in what seems a lifetime ago, having peri peri chicken upon arrival, full of excitement for Africa, came flooding back.
But that’s a never-ending #Travelife for you.
There’s no such thing as goodbye when you depart a destination you’ve come to love. Just see you later. Or, actually, see you again and again.