The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with its numerous upmarket and world renowned Five star Lodges, immediately adjoins the Kruger National Park which is to the east.
It is also rightfully considered the best Big 5 game viewing area in South Africa.
The mere mention of the name “Sabi Sands” conjures up visions of being surrounded by a large herd of buffalo, sitting on a safari vehicle and experiencing a leopard on a kill or even just watching a warthog family disappear with their tails in the air.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is 65 000 hectares in extent. To be 100% correct, the correct name for the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is “Sabi Sands Wildtuin”. There are no fences separating the Sabi Sands from the Kruger Park.
The area is best known for the array of exclusive game or safari lodges. Names such as Sabi Sabi, Singita, Londolozi, Djuma, Idube, and Inyati. Other camps that must also be mentioned are Elephant Plants, Notten’s Bush Camp, Dulini and Savannah Tented Camp. A few private owners are also still privileged to own their own farms within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
Access to the Sabi Sands is offered by:
– Driving from Johannesburg/O R Tambo and Sandton and this trip takes about 4 1/2 hours.
– Regular flights arriving at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, situated close to Nelspruit. A quick road transfer from there.
– One can also charter a special flight in to one of the airstrips.
The Sand and Sabie Rivers, automatically attract game – especially in the dry winter months. Apart from the Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant, all the other typically savanna type game is found. Impala, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, cheetah, hippo, crocodiles, waterbuck, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, to name just some of them. The nocturnal animals are seen on evening game drives. These include hyena, porcupine, civets, genets, baby chameleons and one of my personal favourites – bush babies.
I am not specifically listing any properties in the Sabi Sands at the moment. But I do suggest that an enquiry be made. One never knows!
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