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By May 26, 2021June 21st, 2023No Comments

South Africa’s Most Loved Safari Destination

The Greater Kruger Area encompasses the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the private concessions within the park as well as the private reserves bordering the Park. Sabi Sands is one such private reserve that shares unfenced borders with the Kruger. Known for its consistent game viewing and luxury lodges, Sabi Sands is without a doubt the jewel in the Greater Kruger’s crown.

The lifeblood of any reserve is water and with two main rivers and their tributaries flowing through, the Sabi Sands Reserve has now become synonymous with Big 5 sightings and is arguably one of the most sought-after destinations in South Africa. Home to over 500 bird species and 150 mammal species, the Sabi Sands offers unrivaled leopard sightings as well as the opportunity to indulge in the pure luxury that private lodges and camps offer.

With year-round sightings and a mild climate, there is no bad time of the year to visit. You are always ensured of an exciting experience no matter the weather.

Sabi Sands is one of the richest wildlife areas in Southern Africa and this all but guarantees that you will happen upon most if not all of the Big 5 during your stay. Leopard and lion are tracked daily in the Sabi Sands reserve, which allows the big cats to feel more relaxed around safari vehicles.

This in turn allows for exceptional up-close encounters with these majestic animals. Off-road encounters that are conducted in a conservation-sensitive manner, will enable you to get that once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunity.

"Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations."

William Burchell

What sets Sabi Sands Reserve apart is its world-class, highly trained, and knowledgeable rangers. All of the luxury lodges within the reserve offer game viewing activities that are always accompanied by professional guides. What shines through is their passion for the bush and the conservation of each and every species. Each day is a new exciting adventure and with the tracking skills of each individual, your list of must-see animals will soon be checked off.

All the rangers at each lodge keep in contact with each other via radio, and learning their lingo will soon heighten your expectation of what you are about to encounter.

Learning the lingo: 

Ingwe – Leopard
Ngala – Lion
Indlovu – Elephant
Inyathi – Buffalo
Mangwa – Zebra
Mahlolwa – Wild Dog

A typical day at any of the lodges in the Reserve starts off bright and early before the sun rises with a morning game drive. As you witness the bush awaken, your senses are on high alert to spot the Big 5 as well as the lesser-known Little 5. A morning refreshment stops in the bush once the sun is up to refresh the palate before your game drive continues.

Image courtesy of Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

Returning to camp in time for a heart-warming breakfast. After breakfast, you are invited to relax and enjoy all the amenities that your lodge offers or you may be tempted to head off into the bush on foot to experience game viewing from another perspective.

In Camp, lunch is served and the opportunity to relax on the deck overlooking the river or waterhole to witness who may come calling. Later in the afternoon, after high tea, you once again set off in the company of your ranger on your evening game drive. After a sundowner drinks stop in the bush you head back to the lodge for dinner. The lodge bar is often the place to congregate and swap stories of your encounters in the bush.

As the afternoon sun loses its heat, the animals become more active and you are able to discover what else the bush has to offer.

The feeling of excitement and adventure is palpable when you visit the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.

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