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    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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    Lion Sands ★★★★★

    Lion Sands Game Reserve is a wilderness paradise situated within Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa. From thrilling safaris and African spa treatments to luxury lodgings and crafted cuisine, Lions Sands is the perfect destination for all types of travellers. Home to sweeping landscapes and breathtaking natural surroundings, this iconic safari destination offers guests the opportunity to see scores of animals during game drives. Walking safaris offer a more intimate experience of the bush, where a variety of smaller creatures can be observed. Lion Sands’ exclusive lodges boast beautiful interiors and luxury spaces, perfect for a relaxing retreat.

    Activities at Lion Sands are perfect for thrill-seekers. The game reserve’s superb location makes for spectacular wildlife sightings, and guests can expect to see the Big-5, among many other animals, on exhilarating game drives. Walking safaris allow guests to experience close-up encounters with Africa’s smaller wild creatures. For a magical night under the African night sky, guests can stay in one of the game reserve’s fantastic treehouses, fully-equipped and incredibly luxurious.

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    Ulusaba ★★★★★

    Situated within the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is Sir Richard Branson’s luxury safari destination. The game reserve features 2 award-winning lodges ideal for an incomparable getaway in the wild South African bush. The 13’500-hectare reserve can be explored on exhilarating game drives in open safari vehicles, where guests will be able to track the famous Big-5 and a variety of other animals.

    After a long day of safari activities, guests can relax in one of Ulusaba’s luxury lodges, both of which boast comfortable suites and stunning facilities, including spas, tennis courts, swimming pools, wine cellars and bush observatories.

    Ulusaba was voted the Number 1 Resort in Africa in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards in 2016, and has also been ranked as the third best resort in the world.

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    Sabi Sabi ★★★★★

    Situated in the well-known Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve boasts 65’000 hectares of immaculate wilderness and a plethora of wildlife. The famous African Big-5 roam freely across the game reserve’s plains, as well as a great assortment of other animals including cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, zebra, warthog and various antelope species.

    Sabi Sabi is a spectacular safari destination nestled in the heart of Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, and over 200 species of game and other animals, can be seen roaming freely across the unspoiled plains in an unfenced wilderness area. Luxurious accommodation can be found at Sabi Sabi’s 4 world-class safari lodges, all of which offer comfortable lodgings, stylish furnishings, delicious cuisine, excellent hospitality and an enchanting atmosphere. With plenty of safari activities on offer, guests are truly spoilt for choice. Enjoy exciting game drives in open safari vehicles, embark on a birdwatching excursion and spot over 300 species of exquisite birds, or explore the reserve on foot during a guided bush walks.

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    Singita ★★★★★

    Singita Private Game Reserves offers award-winning safari lodges in Southern Africa that are simply sensational. Guests will find a faultless combination of fantastic hospitality, an unforgettable safari experience and luxurious accommodation. Each lodge offers sublime cuisine, an award-winning wine cellar and exceptional game viewing. Singita (‘place of miracles’) is world-renowned for providing ‘the best safari experience in Africa’ and has notched up virtually every hotel and travel award since its inception in the mid-90’s. As you touch down at the private airstrip in the Sabi Sand or Kruger Reserve, you’ll have a sense of arrival. Not just at one of the world’s most desirable destinations, but to a place that speaks to the soul. Wildest Africa is a place of savage beauty, where discovery extends beyond the senses and directly to oneself.

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    Londolozi ★★★★★

    Situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Londolozi Game Reserve is a magnificent South African private reserve within the Greater Kruger area. The game reserve offers travellers the ultimate safari getaway, with luxury accommodation, fine cuisine and impeccable service and hospitality. Apart from the reserve’s thrilling game drives, guests can capture their safari adventure on photographic safaris, go on bush walks, indulge in spa treatments or enjoy a yoga class in the heart of the bushveld. The word Londolozi means protector of all living things in Zulu, and the game reserves name reflects its desire to protect and conserve the surrounding natural environment. The family-run reserve is committed to protecting the area’s wildlife and wilderness, and Londolozi Game Reserve has been recognised internationally for its community involvement and outstanding land and wildlife management.

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    Mala Mala ★★★★★

    Mala Mala Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest private, Big-5 game reserves – an internationally renowned destination with superb game viewing and bush-side accommodation. A typical day at Mala Mala includes thrilling game drives with professional rangers, serene bush walks, sundowners on safari drives and delicious meals. Situated in the Greater Kruger National Park, the game reserve’s prime location is perfect for photographic safaris in dedicated photographic vehicles, where guests will be able to capture big game on camera, as well as learn plenty new photographic skills. Children are welcome at Mala Mala, and the game reserve offers a superb children’s programme featuring special dining arrangements, babysitting services, a bush breakfast and wildlife movies. Fine dining at the game reserve is a highlight for all guests, and the professional chefs work hard to create delicious treats and meals. While on holiday, guests will enjoy sumptuous breakfasts, buffet lunches and candlelit dinners on a safari deck under the stars.


    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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