Hardly in need of any introduction, Sabi Sand Game Reserve is often lauded as the oldest and most prestigious private game reserve in South Africa. With unfenced borders running for 50 kilometres along the Kruger National Park's boundaries and the Sabi and Sand rivers flowing through it, this reserve has certainly earned its place on any safari bucket list.
With the only migratory species in the reserve being the birdlife (which even out of season is impressive), Sabi Sand is undoubtedly a year-round destination. Home to an incredibly bio-diverse wildlife population within its 65,000-hectare reach, game-viewing and nature walks yield impressive sights. Widely acknowledged as one of the last true wildernesses in the country, Sabi Sand guarantees awe-inspiring experiences accompanied by a symphony of wildlife calls and the glittering night sky.
With over a dozen lodges in the reserve, Sabi Sand caters for everyone from families and honeymooners to shutterbugs and nature-lovers alike. Spaced and designed to ensure maximum privacy and an intimate safari experience, safari-goers will be hard-pressed to find another experience to top a stay in Sabi Sand.
Popular safari destinations in the Sabi Sand
The Londolozi Game Reserve’s name is derived from the Zulu phrase ‘protector of all living things’. This reserve more than embraces its namesake’s philosophy as one of South Africa’s pioneers in long-term nature conservation. Nelson Mandela, the reserve’s most distinguished guest, once said: ‘I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country.' Home to the Big 5 and renowned as a predator’s paradise, Londolozi allows guests to observe its magnificent creatures on bush walks and game drives.
Carefully nurtured and passed down in the Bailes family since 1924, Singita Game Reserve first opened its gates to the public in 1994 - eager to share their natural treasures with the rest of the world. Stretched across 18,000ha of bushveld neighbouring the Kruger National Park, Singita offers visitors a lavish and personalised safari experience that is unhindered by the crowds that traverse Kruger.
With a beady eye fixed on conservation efforts and anti-poaching measures, Singita has become a sanctuary for its inhabitants - among them the Big 5. The vast savannah is dotted with looming acacia trees and teeming with wildlife. Guests are likely to spot lion prides, herds of elephant, giraffe and buffalo, clusters of rhino, and a host of other species. If you’re lucky you may even witness an elusive leopard sighting.
Lion Sands stands tall as a family-run establishment that has been passed down through generations. Decades of time spent getting well-acquainted with the areas landscapes and wildlife have provided the More family with intimate knowledge and understanding of this African wilderness, ensuring guests an exceptional safari experience.
Lion Sands has coveted access to the game abundant Sabie River separating it from Kruger. Visitors have the chance to observe large numbers of the reserve’s inhabitants as they amble along its banks and find respite from the unrelenting heat of the day. The iconic Big 5 are found here in large numbers while an array of endangered wildlife finds solace in the protective boundaries of the reserve.
Sprawled across 13,500 hectares, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve offers luxury in its unique lodges. The Ulusaba Rock Lodge is perched on a hillside offering panoramic views of the bushveld below while the Ulusaba Safari Lodge is snugly disguised by the thriving woodland at its base. The lodge’s owner, Sir Richard Branson, has ensured that no expense has been spared in creating this African safari wonderland.
Once home to the Shangaan tribe, Ulusaba’s plains are densely populated with wildlife moving freely between Ulusaba and neighbouring Kruger National Park. The Big 5 roam in large numbers along with an array of other wildlife who often congregate around the banks of the waterhole near the lodges. Twice-daily game drives and safari walks will provide guests with ample opportunities to get acquainted with the reserve’s animal population.
Dulini Game Reserve offers a safari experience that caters to all visitors - whether it is the family in search of fun for the whole clan, honeymooners in search of romance, or the discerning traveller in search of the ultimate in safari luxury.
Guided safari walks and twice-daily game drives will no doubt treat guests to sightings of the Big 5, endangered wild dog, cheetah, and numerous herds of plains game such as the loping giraffe and obstinate wildebeest. Night drives will see visitor’s off-roading in pursuit of predators on the prowl. Dulini ensures unhindered and unrushed game-viewing potential with a limited number of vehicles venturing out at a time.
Whether you’re a family of five looking to escape the daily grind or a loved-up pair in search of a romantic retreat, a safari at Sabi Sabi Game Reserve is just what you need. Offering an authentic safari experience with added luxury, visitors will find peace and relaxation in the heart of the bushveld in this 65,000ha reserve. Sabi Sabi is teeming with wildlife and untainted by the crowds that flock to the neighbouring Kruger National Park.
Start the day by greeting the bush on foot with a guided walk and keep your eyes peeled while on twice-daily Game Drives. The reserve’s wildlife population include the Big 5, endangered wild dog, rhino, cheetah, and a multitude of birds. Amateur and experienced photographers will be thrilled to experience Sabi Sabi’s personalised photographic safari complete with custom vehicles and knowledgeable guides.