Sabella Private Retreat

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The Sabella Private Retreat is about 230 kilometres northeast of Johannesburg in the Marble Hall region of South Africa's Limpopo Province.

Featuring only six suites all of which are beautifully decorated and self-contained, guests are ensured a tranquil and private getaway during their stay in this beautiful reserve.

The farm dam styled 15m lap swimming pool, the challenging mountain bike - and running/walking trails as well as the golf course offer for great outdoor activities. On an elevated edge of a natural basin, the country lodge affords magnificent views of the Springbok Flats while providing unforgettable sunsets and amazing African landscape scenes.

This malaria-free reserve is home not only to a great variety of birds and non-predatory game but also to many other fascinating creatures, which include nyalas, sables, gemsbok and more.

This luxurious country retreat features six well-appointed, self-contained Private Suites. Being able to accommodate a maximum of 14 guests ensures privacy in the most beautiful natural setting. The suites provide a glass front, allowing for the outside to come into the rooms. Each suite provides a private patio and offers nice views of the African bushveld.

The outdoor, lap swimming pool offers not only refreshment in the warm afternoon sunshine but also provides a good way to keep up the exercise routine. The delicious dinners at the lodge are enjoyed with fine wines from the exclusive South African wine collection. A unique experience is provided by the waterfalls showers in the private suites making for an unforgettable stay.

Guests enjoy the most delicious meals during a stay at Sabella. The lodge often invites special food experts to ensure unique and mouth-watering dishes are served. A lot of emphases is placed on seasonal produced by local farmers.

Meals are prepared on open fires and gas barbeques which make for a great experience. Visitors are provided with the opportunity to participate and debone a leg of lamb or chicken as well as to smoke own cuts of meat while enjoying paired, delicious wines in the back garden.

For an unforgettable, traditional dining experience, guests may participate in an outdoor Boma Dinner. Upon return from the exciting safari drive in the evening, guests may dine in a candle and fire lit "dining room" under the bright, African skies where a feast of delightful cuisine awaits.

During the safari drives, participants have the opportunity to encounter a leopard on the hunt, wildebeest and Zebra together on the open planes of the reserve, giraffes and their babies, or Kudu chewing on leaves. The walking safaris allow guests to discover the smaller, fascinating creatures of the bushveld. One can come across the beautifully marked Leopard Tortoise, watch the Rhino Beetle and admire the beautiful Lilac Breasted Roller.

The challenging mountain bike trail features ups and downs, rocks and sand to give mountain bikes an extreme challenge to look forward to. Three mountain bike trails cover both double track and single track over an area which is ideal for biking and trail running.

Being home to more than 350 species of African birds, which include rare sightings of the uncommon yellow Crimson-breasted Shrike, this reserve is a paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. While on safari drives as well as bush walks, Sabella's guides will point these out.

Suite features:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Private decks
  • Comfortable beds
  • En-suite bathrooms.


  • Six beautifully decorated suites with private decks
  • 15-meter long outdoor lap swimming pool
  • South African wine collection
  • Well stocked self-service bar
  • Unique waterfall showers
  • Private lounge and dining room
  • Gourmet kitchen (personal chef team to set own meal times)
  • Private game vehicle (with a ranger to establish the pace of your safari)
  • Individual host
  • Satellite TV & DVD and music collection
  • Small library
  • Wi-Fi.


  • Safari drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Mountain biking and trail running
  • Boma dinners
  • Golf on the Sabella Golf Course (36-par / 9-hole)
  • Wildlife photography
  • Birding Safaris.


  • Double bed
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Terrace
  • Viewing Deck

Facilities Available at Sabella Private Retreat

  • Boma
  • Garden
  • Golf course
  • Hiking trails
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Private guest library/ lounge
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

More Information on Sabella Private Retreat

FAQs about Sabella Private Retreat
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Sabella Private Retreat are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is Sabella Private Retreat located?
Sabella Private Retreat is located at the following location / address: Bosveldparadys, District Marble Hall.