If you’re looking for the ultimate South African safari destination, Sabi Sands is the perfect place for you. Incredible Big Five encounters are almost assured due to the extensive population of local wildlife. Sabi Sands is also home to some of the finest luxury safari lodges to be found anywhere in Africa.
Sabi Sands shares a 50km unfenced border with Kruger National Park and provides some of the best wildlife viewings in South Africa. The reserve is located in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa and takes its name from the two rivers that flow through the wilderness area; the Sabi River and the Sand River. The area is split into individual private game reserves, all offering the ultimate Big Five experience.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is one of the oldest safari parks in South Africa. Sabi Private Game Reserve was officially opened in 1934 which later changed its name to the Sabi Sands Private Reserve in 1948. Today at least 6 of the original families still own large tracts of the land, with third or fourth generation owners still in possession of the land.
In 1961 fences were placed between the two game reserves; the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Reserve to try and eliminate the threat of foot and mouth disease and the continued threat from hunters. The eastern border fences remained in place until 1993, when they were finally removed. The animals soon migrated across the border and now roam freely between the two reserves.
The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve covers 65 000 hectares (650 km²) of land, bordering the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands has possibly the highest variety of wildlife area in South Africa, as well as the most bio-diversity in the country. Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park means that the wildlife in the area can roam freely throughout the vast landscape. The reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife including the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and a variety of other species such as Reedbuck, Kudu, Zebra, Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena – but these are just a few of the 200 different species found at Sabi Sands. Sabi Sands has also become famous for their Leopard conservation project.
Accommodation and Safari
Accommodation in the game reserve is made up of privately managed game lodges, many of which are owned by the ancestors of the original pioneers. Today the private game reserve is considered to be the birthplace of the luxury African Safari and with so many years in the industry it is no wonder that it is renowned as one of the top locations for guests looking for top quality 5-star luxury and service.
Sabi Sands award-winning accommodation boasts the highest quality in furnishings and fittings, large beautifully designed suites will become your home away from home during your stay in the safari park. The hosts at the Sabi Sands lodges provide nothing but the best service and hospitality to ensure your every need is taken care of during your stay. Some lodges even provide personalised butlers to cater to your every whim. Renowned for their incredible cuisine on safari, the Sabi Sands chefs conjure decadent delights to tempt your taste buds, producing perfectly cooked and delicious dishes throughout the day.
Guests staying at one of the luxury game lodges in the reserve can enjoy organised game drives guided by passionate and highly skilled game rangers and a skilled game trackers, ensuring incredible game sightings. The guides and trackers will also accompany you on game drives ensuring the best game viewing opportunities are available and they can answer any questions you may have about the wildlife and their habitats.
Is Sabi Sands Game Reserve For Me?
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve would make the perfect trip for everyone including, families, friends, honeymooners and photographers and it is the ultimate in African bush luxury experience. The perfect option for guests who are looking for incredible wildlife viewings, luxury accommodation and gourmet cuisine in one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful destinations in South Africa.
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