Welcome to Africa’s most luxurious safari destination traditionally known for the high-end top notch private and luxury safari lodges with game viewing in a classical Big 5 Park, Sabi Sand Game Reserve remains a top Big 5 territory to go to for Leopard sightseeing and the proud part of the famous Kruger National Park.
Sabi Sands is a private game reserve that borders the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld of the Mpumalanga province in South Africa. This magnificent reserve was pioneered by local landowners in the 1950s, covering an area of over 60,000 hectares of land.
The reserve shares a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, Allowing its wildlife to roam freely to and from the reserve. Some of the wildlife this region houses includes the African Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo collectively forming the Big 5. The reserve is known for its prolific sightings of the elusive Leopard, an animal that hunts primarily in the evenings. The biodiversity is impressive with over 45 fish species, 500 bird species, 110 reptile species, and 145 animal species including the Sabi sands and rivers that run across the reserve.
As a former farmland, this reserve was home to cattle farms. Cattle farms needed lots of water, so many boreholes were drilled to provide a steady supply of water. As local landowners transformed the land into a reserve the many boreholes that were drilled were kept intact providing fresh water to all its inhabitants to this day.
Creating wild experiences doesn't get better than spending time in the wilderness in a luxurious lodge and spotting amazing wildlife. At Sabi Sands, you get to spot big Game in their natural environment while living on their turf. The reserve is private therefore no civilians are allowed on the property unless they are guests, this allows you to enjoy the experience in a safe environment.
You can expect a variety of activities from game drives to game walks and more. On a typical day, you'll get up in the early morning and enjoy a delightful breakfast before being accompanied by a ranger/guide on a game drive. The ranger is armed for protection and has comprehensive knowledge of all flora and fauna found in the Sabi Sands, so you can expect a safe and knowledgeable experience. After the game drive, you'll get to enjoy various activities offered by the reserve, including an optional game walk accompanied by a ranger where you'll get a thrilling experience without the company of a vehicle. During this time you'll also get to enjoy a delightful lunch, in most lodges in the reserve all the meals are included in the price. In the evening you'll get to experience a second game drive, where you'll enjoy the sight of spectacular nocturnal animals.
The best time to visit the Sabi Sands reserve is during the dry season, around the winter time, which lasts from May to October. It's the best time to visit because of the low vegetation making it easier to spot animals. Also, due to the low levels of foliage, most animals gather around rivers and waterholes making for an exhilarating experience as you get to see the most spectacular animals in a localized region. September is a great month to visit because it's the least cold of the winter months.
Getting to the Sabi Sands from within South Africa is relatively simple. From Johannesburg, the driving distance is approximately 450 km. Most of the trip is along the N4 national road, making for a simple and comfortable ride with multiple stops for refreshments along the way, the total time is about 6 - 7 hours. At Sabi Sands, there are a plethora of lodges to check out such as Chitwa Chitwa, Ulusaba Rock, Sab Sabi lodge, and many more.
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