Situated in the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa.
Stretching for over 650 square kilometres, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is an excellent Big Five safari destination — and is also home to over 300 bird species.
If you’re planning a South African safari, here are 10 reasons why you need to visit the Sabi Sands Game Reserve:
White rhinos are quite easy to approach and get close to as they are much more mellow than black rhinos. You can tell this is a white rhino from their lip shape, which is flat and square. They primarily eat grass and their flat lips acts act like a lawnmower and helps them grab onto the short grass. In an effort to help protect them from poachers, some places in Africa are cutting off their horns and some places are even lacing their horns with cyanide to make them worthless to poachers. It is so incredibly sad how rare these amazing creatures are now and their rarity is actually compounding the problem because the rarer they are, the more valuable their horns become. Ounce per ounce, rhino horns are worth more than gold on the black market. Asian countries like China and especially Vietnam still believe that rhino horns have medicinal qualities and with the rise of the uber rich in those countries, rhino horns are more in demand than ever. Science has proven that rhino horns are composed of keratin, the protein that makes up hair and fingernails but that hasn’t stopped their desirability in traditional medicine and their status as the ultimate luxury item due to their rarity. So as the conservation ad campaign goes, lets chew our own hair and nails and save the rhinos.
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