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Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The 65,000 hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers possibly the best game viewing opportunities to be found anywhere on the African continent.

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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Inyati Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

unrivalled big 5 Game viewing

Sabi Sands Game Reserve is the definitive place for a classic South African safari. Sometimes known as the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, it is the most famous of the private reserves adjoining Kruger National Park, and for good reason. Covering over 65,000 hectares of wild bushland, it’s one of the top game-viewing spots in not just South Africa, but on the whole continent. It’s exclusive and exciting, so if you’re after a truly world class safari, Sabi Sands will tick every box.

There are no fences dividing Sabi Sands from Kruger, meaning that the animals are free to roam between the two areas. This makes the reserve excellent for Big Five sightings, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo all wandering peacefully through its huge natural wilderness. Sabi Sands is also particularly famous for its leopard sightings and has one of the highest concentrations of leopard in the whole world. As leopard are notoriously elusive and tricky to spot, it’s a perfect pick for anyone dotty about Big Cats.

Two rivers flow through Sabi Sands, providing valuable refreshment for thousands of animals. There’s an abundance of waterholes in the reserve, which are popular drinking haunts amongst ambling giraffes, gazelles and elephant - to name just a few! Cheetah, wild dog and another 200 animal species have all made their homes in the reserve, as well as over 350 species of birds. In fact, almost 5% of the world's bird species have been recorded in this region of South Africa!

Unlike Kruger next door, Sabi Sands has no public roads for self-drive safaris and no day visitors are allowed. This gives the reserve a really exclusive atmosphere. The rangers are not restricted to the roads and tracks, so you can follow leopard, lion and elephant deep into the bush on your own off-road safari adventure. This adds a huge adrenaline rush to each game drive and provides some incredible wildlife sightings as well as jaw-dropping photo opportunities.

When you stay in Sabi Sands, you’ll be treated to two heart-thumping game drives per day. Every dawn and dusk you’ll set off into the bush in an open-topped vehicle to search for the Big Five in the African bush, stopping for sunrise coffee and sundown tipples. The game drives are led by expert guides and trackers, who will use their years of knowledge to give you close encounters with some of the planet’s most incredible animals. Nothing quite compares to racing across bushveld and through thickets to find a pride of lions lazing under thorn trees or a herd of elephant crossing a river.

Sabi Sands is just as exclusive as it is exciting. There are only a handful of luxury lodges sprinkled over the 65,000 hectares of Sabi Sands, ensuring that you’ll feel totally tucked away from the world. All of the lodges are beautifully styled and hugely atmospheric, providing an elegant contrast to the rugged bushveld, and many are brilliant value for money. Lounging in your own private plunge pool overlooking a waterhole or gazing out across the treetops from your balcony, you’ll get a real sense of the romance of Africa.

Nowhere else in South Africa will you experience a safari quite like the one you will have in Sabi Sands. We can’t recommend it highly enough.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve


Elephant Plains Game Lodge
Travel Butlers Award Winner

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 27 ratings

The lodge offers the choice of 6 luxury air-conditioned suites, which all have large wooden decks overlooking the bush, a spacious en-suite bathroom with double basins, and a private outside shower which is perfect for cooling off after a hot game drive. The glass fronted Honeymoon Suite offers romantic elegance, total privacy and a stunning view, as well as a private splash pool.



Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 10 ratings

The lodge sleeps a maximum of 14 guests in 7 chalets/rooms.  The chalets have a small verandah with a sitting area, offering views over the African bush.



Arathusa Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 11 ratings

The standard thatched suites have a verandah for optimum enjoyment of the surrounding bush. The luxury suites have a private plunge pool.



Cheetah Plains

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

Cheetah Plains strives to embrace a contemporary ethnic design, with 8 elegantly decorated chalets nestled into the indigenous gardens of the camp. The traditionally thatched accommodation blends seamlessly into the African bush, creating a harmonious flow between pampered relaxation and the raw South African bushveld.



Nkorho Bush Lodge
Travel Butlers Award Winner

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 11 ratings

The lodge can accommodate a maximum of 12 people in 6 stylish yet homely en-suite thatched chalets that offer comfortability with a difference. All the bathrooms are individually decorated and are very spacious.



Idube Private Game Reserve

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

The 8 individually decorated chalets are all equipped with air-conditioning, overhead fans and mosquito screens for that touch of safari romance. Outside showers offer the perfect solution to a hot day.



Notten's Bush Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

With no electricity, candles and lanterns cast an ambient light to the elegantly styled private chalets after sunset. Each chalet has its own private veranda, and en-suite bathroom, some with outside showers.



Kirkman's Kamp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

Kirkman's Kamp, with its spectacular views of the unspoilt wilderness and the Sabi Sand River, is regarded as one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. All 18 of the guest cottages have private verandahs and en-suite bathrooms.



Simbambili Game Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

Nestled inconspicuously among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees lie 7 individually hand crafted suites sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy.  Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over the dry riverbed from the unique en-suite bathrooms and private viewing decks.



Inyati Private Game Reserve
Travel Butlers Award Winner

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 31 ratings

Each of the immaculately furnished en-suite thatched chalets and executive suites all have glorious river views. Each is equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito nets, telephone, and beautifully appointed bathrooms.



Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

The 10 luxurious rooms are built 'tree house' style to give a true feeling of being at the heart of life in the bush. All rooms and suites have air-conditioning and fans.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3
Valid:   1 March 2015  -  30 June 2015.


Exeter River Private Game Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

The lodge is intimate, with only 8 suites, and this ensures a truly personal service from the outstanding and friendly staff. The suites are amongst the most luxurious in the Sabi Sand reserve, and each boasts a private sun-deck overlook the game-rich area surrounding the lodge.



Savanna Private Game Reserve

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

Savanna has 4 luxury tented suites and 3 spacious executive tented suites. Rustic reed blinds, coir carpets, a draped canvas ceiling and built in lounge area all combine to create the most luxurious tents in Africa.

Savanna Private Game Reserve Honeymoon Package
Valid:   1 January 2014  -  31 December 2015.


Lion Sands River Lodge
Travel Butlers Award Winner

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 9 ratings

Lion Sands River Lodge has 20 luxurious thatched chalets, each with an en-suite bathroom with outdoor and inside showers, and a private wooden viewing deck with a view of the river. The bedroom area is air-conditioned with an over-head fan.

Book 3 nights on Safari and get 2 nights free in Cape Town
Valid:   12 January 2015  -  17 December 2015.


Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

The 25 luxurious air-conditioned thatched suites feature ethnic decor in keeping with the bushveld environment. All suites have a fully stocked mini bar and a telephone, and a spacious en-suite bathroom with an outside shower, ideal for cooling off after a hot game drive.



Sabi Sabi Selati

Safari Lodge

This intimate camp has just 8 luxury thatched suites, each with a full bathroom en-suite and private alfresco shower. The camp's premier accommodation is the sumptuous and spacious Ivory Presidential Suite, which offers colonial grandeur and a private pool and safaris.



Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

Safari Lodge

Home to 6 luxurious suites, all overlooking the riverbed, Little Bush Camp boasts all the features of an exceptional bush lodge - beautiful setting, excellent cuisine and abundant wildlife. All suites are fully equipped and feature contemporary African design.



Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
Travel Butlers Award Winner

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 14 ratings

Imagine a seamless blend of authentic African design with eclectic European elegance, and you will conjure up the unique style and character of Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge. Hidden among the lush gardens, 6 individually, artistically styled suites each have a private plunge pool, and exude an air of bygone romance combined with unfaltering luxury.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3
Valid:   15 January 2015  -  15 December 2015.


Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie (rocky hill). Here you will find spectacular panoramic views over miles of bush, all set against a backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountain range far in the distance.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3
Valid:   1 March 2015  -  30 June 2015.


Londolozi Varty Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

This elegant safari camp reflects Londolozi's rich history, ensuring a unique safari experience. With magnificent river views, private plunge pools and leisure decks, Varty Camp's 8 chalets and 4 suites offer the height of relaxation in tranquil surroundings.


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Sabi Sands AT A GLANCE

  • 65,000 Hectares
  • Big 5 Safari Reserve
  • Famous for Lions and Leopards
  • Unfenced Border with Kruger NP
  • Game Drives in Open Vehicles
  • Bush Walks at Some Lodges
  • Malaria Area
  • Air Shuttle from Johannesburg
  • Scheduled Flights to Local Airports

Special Offers

Selected Special offers for Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Lion Sands River Lodge: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2

Valid:   26 November 2015  -  17 December 2015.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2

Valid:   26 November 2015  -  17 December 2015.



It's great to have choice, however sometimes it can all be a litte confusing when you are planning your first trip to an unfamiliar area.

If you'd like to talk to one of our friendly experts, then please give us a call on +44(0) 1932 428380 or alternativley you can enquire via the website.

Arriving By Air

There is an Air Shuttle service from Johannesburg  that will fly you into a number of airstrips in the reserve - let us know if you are interested in this.

In addition to the shuttle service, there are two major airports that serve the Greater Kruger Area with scheduled flights: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) at Nelspruit and Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) near Hoedspruit.

Generally speaking you should try and fly into MQP, however for lodges that are accessed through the Gowrie Gate (numbered 1-6 on the map), you should fly into HDS.

MQP has direct flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Victoria Falls.

HDS has direct flights from Johannesburg only.

Top Tip: If you book with Travel Butlers, we will ensure you have the most appropriate transport arrangements for your safari.

Arriving By Road

If you have a hire car you can drive to any of the lodges in the reserve, however you will need to make sure you enter the park through the correct gate. 

Note that you must enter the reserve through the Gowerie Gate to get to the lodges in the northern part of the reserve (numbered 1-6 on the map).

There is a small cash entrance fee payable of R40 per person (R50 per person from 1 September 2013) to enter the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, and self-drive visitors must ALSO pay a R160 per vehicle (R190 per vehicle from 1 September 2013) entrance fee. 

These fees are payable in cash at the gate on and are arrival subject to change. Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your lodge when you are leaving, as this acts as your Exit Permit. 

Malaria Risk

The Sabi Sands Reserve is located in a malaria area, so we strongly advise that you check with your doctor to find out what malaria tablets you will need, and when you should commence the course.

If you do not want to have to take malaria tablets then have a look at our guide to safaris in  malaria-free areas.

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