Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve shares a border with the renowned Kruger National Park, where travellers can see a great variety of magnificent animals, including the sought-after Big Five.

The game reserve is one of the best destinations to see leopards, where these elusive creatures can often be spotted on safari drives. Guests will find that Sabi Sands offers a fantastic range of thrilling safari activities, including exhilarating game drives and bush walks – the ultimate way to experience Africa’s most amazing wildlife. Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve’s brilliant wildlife experience is complemented by outstanding accommodation, as the game reserve boasts a number of wonderful lodges from three- to five-star grading.

The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is a renowned and expansive reserve that shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and has one of the highest densities of game animals in South Africa. The reserve is also known for its luxury 5-star safari accommodation that provides guests with the ultimate lavish escape in the wild African bush.

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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought-after by visitors because of its prime location adjacent to the Kruger National Park.

Cheetah Plains Lodge

Offering guests unrivaled game viewing opportunities, Cheetah Plains Lodge promises exceptional safari luxury of the highest standard.

Dulini Leadwood

At peace with its verdant setting, Dulini Leadwood is the ultimate safari choice for the discerning traveler in search of exclusive solitude.

Dulini Moya

Beneath the shade of ancient Leadwood trees, the tranquil haven of Dulini Moya is enigmatically embraced by its rich riverine setting.

Dulini River

Embraced in the riverine grandeur of the languid Sand River, Dulini River offers inspirational views and an awe- inspiring atmosphere.

Idube Game Lodge

Idube Game Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, home to the big 5 animals, as well as a large variety of other animals.

Inyati Game Lodge

Inyati Game Lodge is a safari lodge situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand reserve, offering its guests excellent accommodation and service.

Kirkman’s Kamp

Located in the famous Sabi Sand reserve, Kirkman's Kamp is a lodge with a rich history and a safari experience like no other in the world.

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

A luxury Sabi Sand lodge, Leopard Hills is located to the west of the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering the famous Kruger National Park.
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What is included in the rate?

The rate includes your accommodation, two game drives a day, bush walks with an experienced game ranger, three meals a day, and tea and coffee.

What does a typical safari day at a lodge entail?

Daily safari activities include twice daily game drives, with morning game drives taking place after sunrise and evening game drives taking place from late afternoon until sunset. There are various game activities available throughout the day, including game walks.

What is the dress code and what clothing should I pack?

The dress code at Sabi Sands is informal, and it is acceptable to wear causal clothing on safari and to dinner. It is best to pack clothes that you can layer, and comfortable shoes or trainers, and a waterproof jacket should be essential items on your packing list.

Is tipping/gratuities expected?

Tipping is recommended, and you should tip staff members what you feel is appropriate. It is preferable to give the staff at your lodge South African Rands as it can be a hassle for the staff to exchange other currencies into Rands, and the ROE (rate of exchange) is generally high. Try to find an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) and take out South African Rands.

How long should you stay?

If the sole purpose for your visit is to see wildlife, a 6 to 8-night holiday is ideal, as you’ll have plenty of time to relax in the bush, see as many animals as possible and capture the best photographs. A shorter 3 or 4-night stay is recommended if you have a limited time-frame and budget.

Other than safaris, what activities are there?

Guests can enjoy birdwatching, as the area is home to a variety of birds, as well as photographic safaris and a bush dinner under the stars.

Is the reserve a malaria area?

Sabi Sands is situated in a low-risk malaria area. However, guests should talk to their doctor about taking malaria medication before their trip to the game reserve. The Sabi Sands’ suites are equipped with mosquito repellant and it is also advisable to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts in the evenings.

What is the climate?

The weather at Sabi Sands is typically hot and sunny. During the dry season – between April and September – the days are warm and dry and the evenings are cold. This season affords the best game viewing. The weather from October to March is hot and rainy, and during this season the park is lush and green.

How big is the reserve?

Sabi Sands is a 65 000 hectare-reserve. The game reserve is adjacent to the Kruger National Park.

What wildlife can you see?

The game reserve is home to the famous Big 5, as well as giraffe, hyena, hippo, wild dog, kudu and wildebeest. More than 500 species of bird can be spotted on safari at Sabi Sands, making it a brilliant destination for birdwatchers.

Is there a range of accommodation?

There are a number of lodges at Sabi Sands, with luxurious and opulent accommodation, as well as more affordable options available. Lodges include Notten’s Bush Camp, Arathusa Safari Lodge, Idube Game Lodge and Cheetah Plains Lodge.

How do I get to the reserve?

Guests can arrive at Sabi Sands via a scheduled charter flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or by road – a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg to the reserve. Guests who choose to drive to Sabi Sands will need to do so in their own rental car.

When is the best time to visit?

Winter – also known as the dry season (May to September) – is the best time to visit the reserve, as wildlife viewing is best during this season as the foliage is scarce and animals gather around large bodies of water like waterholes and rivers.

Are the lodges child friendly?

A number of Sabi Sands’ safari lodges offer child-friendly accommodation as well as children’s programmes and activities tailored to suit children. Child-friendly lodges include Londolozi Founders Camp, Londolozi Varty Camp, Elephant Plains Lodge, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve and Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge.

Do the lodges cater for honeymoons, weddings and conferences?

Some of the lodges offer wedding packages and honeymoon suites. Ulusaba Game Reserve offers wedding packages and honeymoon suites, and Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Simbambili Game Lodge, Umkumbe Safari Lodge and Lion Sands Game Reserve all have luxury honeymoon suites. Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge has a conference venue that can accommodate 100 delegates.

Can you drive yourself around the reserve?

A: While guests will drive themselves to and from their lodge, game drives take place in designated safari vehicles. All game drives are facilitated by game rangers or guides.

Should you include a stay at Kruger as well?

If you’re planning a holiday at Sabi Sands, a stay at Kruger National Park should be included. While Sabi Sands’ game drives are conducted by rangers and guides, at Kruger you can explore the reserve in your own vehicle. This is ideal for travellers who prefer self-drive safaris. Kruger is a larger game reserve and your chances of seeing a greater variety of animals, habitats, fauna and flora will be increased.

Which lodge within the reserve is best for animal viewing?

While all of the lodges boast amazing wildlife views, both Arathusa Safari Lodge and Chitwa Chitwa Lodge are situated on the edge of a waterhole, affording brilliant views of the wildlife that come to the water to drink.

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