Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve offers some of the finest Big Five game-viewing in Africa with extraordinary close sightings of the elusive leopard & other predators.


The 65,000ha Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in South Africa offers some of the finest Big Five game-viewing in the whole of Africa and so should always be on your shortlist when considering which game reserve to visit on safari. The Sabi Sands, as the Sabi Sand Reserve is affectionately known, offers some of the world’s finest game lodges, together with many other excellent bush lodges. We have visited virtually every lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve so we can give you 1st hand reviews.

Why is the Sabi Sands such a good area for safaris?

Firstly it has two good rivers, the Sand River and the Sabie River, which supply much needed water to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve resulting in an incredible diversity of wildlife. Secondly due to a long history of sensitive game-viewing over many decades, the animals are mostly relaxed allowing for fantastic game-viewing.

This is especially noticeable with the leopards in the Sabi Sands and Timbavati which, most unusually, have become accustomed to safari vehicles resulting in extraordinary close sightings. This is a unique feature of these game reserves however all of the Big Five (elephant, leopard, lion, rhino and buffalo) are frequently seen on safari here as well as plenty of general game.

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Why you may love it

  • Park of the Greater Kruger and shares open borders with the Kruger National Park allowing the animals to roam freely across boundaries.
  • Animals are very relaxed around safari vehicles, allowing for extraordinary close sightings with the Big Five, especially with the leopards.
  • Some of the world’s finest game lodges are situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve offering memorable safari experiences.
  • Access is relatively easy. You can opt for a private charter flight direct from Johannesburg, where available, or fly in either Kruger Mpumalanga Airport or Skukuza Airport. From the airports you can either opt for a quick charter flight hop, road transfer or if you feel comfortable driving there are rental car options available.
  • The Greater Kruger is also easily combinable with Livingstone in Zambia (for the Victoria Falls) as there are direct flights from the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.

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"It really was the most wonderful experience, we feel truly privileged to have seen so many amazing animals close up in the bush. This was our first trip to South Africa and we had no idea how stunningly beautiful your country is." Laughton Family, UK
Did you know
  • BorderShares a non-fenced eastern boundary with the Kruger National Park
  • NameThe name comes from the Sabie and Sand Rivers flowing through the Reserve