One of South Africa's finest safari destinations, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a phenomenal Big Five game reserve bordering the Kruger National Park.
The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a massive 65 000 hectare safari park located in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Situated approximately 450 kilometres (279.6 miles) from Johannesburg via Nelspruit and Hazyview, Sabi Sand shares a 50 kilometre (31.25 miles) unfenced border with the Kruger National Park.
Getting to the Sabi Sands
Visitors staying at one of the private safari lodges can charter a private plane from OR Thambo to one of the reserves private airstrips. Alternatively private road charters can be arranged or one can self-drive into the reserve.
The reserve has three entry gates; Shaws Gate, Gowrie Gate and Newington Gate. Shaws Gate and Newington gate are a 5.5 hour drive from Johannesburg, while the Gowrie gate is further away and will take 7 hours to get to from Gauteng's capital city.
The Sabi and the Sand Rivers
The Sabie River forms the game reserve's southerly border while the Sand River flows through the reserve from north west towards the south east for 50 kilometres (31.25 miles). It is from these two rivers that the reserve takes its name; Sabi Sand.
The life sustaining water from the two rivers ensures that the wilderness park's wildlife prospers, making it the most bio-diverse wildlife area in the whole of Africa. The water also ensures the wildlife populations flourish resulting in the reserve also boasting the highest population numbers in Africa.
The large Sabi Sand Reserve is made up of 23 smaller private unfenced reserves. These privately owned and managed game reserves all belong to an association of freehold landowners, a number of whom are 3rd for 4th generation owners of land, who work together and share a common philosophy surrounding wildlife and land management.
Many of these smaller reserves have gained acclaim and are well-known in their own capacity for example; Londolozi for its Leopard conservation.
These private reserves include; MalaMala, Djuma, Singita, Londolozi, Lion Sands, Ulusaba and many more. These privately owned reserves each have an array of luxury lodges on them for visitors to choose to stay at while enjoying a safari getaway.
Specialising in sheer luxury, opulence and elegance, the lodges in the Sabi Sands Reserve are considered some of the best in the world offering superb gourmet cuisine
, excellent game sightings on game drives
with highly trained game rangers, exceptional service and large comfortable yet sophisticated suites. Each element is then combined to provide the ultimate safari experience.