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Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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Sabi Sands Game Reserve is situated in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. This private game reserve consists of 65 000 hectares of land and is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands Game Reserve provides those interested in taking part in a safari with various game lodges and tented accommodation.



The history of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is long and many parts of its journey are unknown but the establishment of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve dates back to 1948 when the park was formed by landowners. It is believed that Sabi Sands Game Reserve was first established during the 1930s and the Park still consists of third and fourth generation owners.


The Sabi Sands Game Reserve forms a part of the Greater Kruger Park, which is 2.3 million hectares big. No fences are erected between the two parks, allowing the animals to roam freely and therefore have more space. The border between the parks is 50km in length. Two rivers run through the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and these rivers are the Sabi River and the Sand River which supply the animals with a valuable water source.


There are more than two hundred different species of animals that reside in the Sabi Sands Reserve as well as the Big 5 animals that you are likely to spot in the Sabi Sands which include lion, elephant, white rhino, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus, buffalos, zebras and more.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The flora and fauna are the same as that found in the Kruger National Park and there are thousands of plant varieties in the Sabi Sands Game reserve.


South Africa is lucky to have many hours of sunlight both during summer and winter months. The Sabi Sands experience rain during spring and summer and winter and autumn consist of dry and colder weather than the warmer months.

Get in[edit]

You are able to enter the Sabi Sands Game reserve by plane of car. You canonly enter if you at staying at one of the safari lodges in the reserve, it is not open to day visitors

Car There are three entrances into Sabi Sands – the Shaws Gate, the Newington Gate and the Gowrie Gate. Once you confirm the booking of your game lodge or tented accommodation, be sure to find out which gate you should entire the park from.

Air From Johannesburg, it will take you an estimated one hour to fly to Sabi Sands Game Park. Certain game lodges consist of their own airstrip or an airstrip that is close by. Flights can be organised by your lodge accommodation.


There are certain times as to which the gates into the Sabi Sands Game Reserve are open. Be sure to contact your game lodge accommodation in order to confirm these details. There is also a speed limit of 50km/h on the roads leading into as well as inside Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Get around[edit]

There are two ways in which you can experience the wildlife and landscape of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. If you wish to experience the Sabi Sands Game Reserve by foot, you can walk with a guided tour. If you would like to see South African wildlife up close, then attending a game drive will let you possibly see the big 5 and other wildlife. Both guided walks and game drives are conducted by game rangers.

See[edit][add listing]

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers you the opportunity to see wildlife from South Africa as well as other animal species, birds, flora and fauna as well as the South African environment

Do[edit][add listing]

At Sabi Sands game reserve, you may attend a day wildlife safari[1] or an early morning or night drive. There are also numerous guided hikes and walks that one can join as there are various ways of experiencing South African wildlife.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are areas within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park that provide you with a shop that has the basic necessities for your trip in case you run out of supplies. There are also stores where you can buy souviners and gifts for yourself and others.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Many travellers to South Africa like to try traditional delicacies such as Springbok, Ostrich, Kudu and Warthog meat.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a large selection of accommodation options for travelers to the Sabi Sands Game Park. From 5 star luxurious lodges to more modest guest house style options, there is more than enough to choose from. Another popular option for Sabi Sands accommodation is tented camping accommodation where individuals stay in large tented camps therefore experiencing a safari in a “wilder” way.


Outlook Lodge[2]: Tel: (+27) 11 894 5406 – Outlook lodge is part of Outlook safari tours and offer a relaxing, comfortable accommodation destination in the Sabi Sands

Stay safe[edit]

it is important that you abide by rules given by the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in order to have a pleasurable experience.

Make sure that you stick to the speed limit given as the Sabi Sands is not a speeding area and you will be fined.

Stay in your car or guided truck until stated otherwise there are areas in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve that you are able to exit your car in order to relax and admire the environment but there are also designated areas which allow no car exiting.

There is only park exploration and park driving during the day. Some guided tours offer a night drive but one is not allowed to drive in their own vehicle at night inside the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

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