Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve for Luxury African Safari Lodges

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The history of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is intimately woven with that of the Kruger National Park, which was originally called the Sabie Reserve. The Kruger was proclaimed in 1898 and included the current day Sabi Sand area but it was later cut off and fenced out of the Kruger due to extensive hunting.

The private owners of the current Sabi Sand Game Reserve also fenced in their properties, but hunting continued in these areas. When hunting was finally curbed, the fences between the now Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve were removed to enable the animals to again use their traditional seasonal trekking routes.

During 1948 the private owners of Sabi Sand formally formed an association what is now the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. They proceeded to build private safari lodge accommodation with an emphasis on exclusivity that differentiates them from their massive neighbour, the Kruger National Park.

Sabi Sands shares a 50km unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. Two rivers supply the Sabi Sands with a valuable water source. The Sand River flowing through the reserve for 50km from north west to south east and the Sabie River flowing on its southern boundary. These two rivers ensure that this area enjoys one of the highest and most diverse wildlife populations in Africa.

Over two hundred different species live here in abundance. The wildlife in this area (with the exception of the migratory birds) remain in their territories all year round. It could be a challenge to find a wildlife experience quite like this anywhere else in South Africa.

The Sabi Sand Reserve offers a selection of superb African safari lodges that excel in hospitality. Beautiful accommodation, wonderful landscapes, fine cuisine, skilled guides and rangers and friendly capable staff are a few of the aspects that visitors enjoy. Each lodge has a unique atmosphere and ambiance.

Spring and summer in Sabi Sand are rainy seasons and the bush is green, lush and thick, resulting in more difficult sightings of animals. Days and evenings are warm. Autumn and winter are dry, the bush is less dense with a lack of water. Animals frequent waterholes and rivers more often and it is easier to see them. Days are usually quite warm, but early morning and evening are very chilly.

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Photo of a buffalo in the Greater Kruger
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