Why visit the Sabi Sands Game Reserve?
The ultimate South Africa safari destination.
The Sabi Sands is undoubtably one of the most famous private game reserves in Southern Africa, and nowhere in the greater Kruger National Park area offers as consistently spectacular a big game experience as the Sabi Sands. It’s here you’ll see the much sought after ‘Big 5’ (sometimes all on a single game drive!).
Adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park and home to some of the continent’s leading safari brands such as Singita, Mala Mala, Londolozi and Sabi Sabi, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world, and is particularly well known for its amazing, up-close leopard sightings (a photographer’s dream!). Add to this a fantastic range of luxury lodges suiting all tastes, some of the best guides in the business, and no fences between Kruger and Sabi Sands, and a dream African safari is born.
This 66 000 hectare reserve pioneered the luxury safari concept, and is made up of individual, often family-owned unfenced reserves, each with lodges discreetly tucked away in prime locations and enjoying exclusive traversing rights for no-crowds game viewing. Many have reciprocal arrangements with neighbouring reserves to allow for greater freedom to track big game, and since the Sabi Sands is privately run, guests can expect added extras such as off-road driving (something that is strictly prohibited in the Kruger National Park), and night drives and guided nature walks, all of which greatly enhance the game viewing experience.
Accommodation varies in the Sabi Sands, ranging from lodges that cater for families with children and even include safari activities for young ones, to lodges that specialise in super-romantic honeymoons. All however aim to deliver an unmatched luxury safari complete with gourmet cuisine, personal service and 5-star health and beauty pampering.
Accessible by road and air from Johannesburg and with local Nelspruit Airport served by flights from Cape Town, the best time to visit the Sabi Sands depends on what you want to experience.
When to visit?
The cool and dry winter months between May and October offer the easiest game viewing, while the summer rains between December and April mean beautiful lush vegetation, baby animals and sensational bird watching. Note that temperatures and humidity levels are very high during the October – November build-up to the rainy season.
- Sabi Sands offers some of the best game viewing on the continent and in particular unparalleled leopard sightings.
- No fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roams freely in huge natural environment
- Exhilarating night drives, tracking rare nocturnal animals.