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Four reasons why you need to explore the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Vihann Van Wyk

Author: Vihann Van Wyk - 23 December 2016

Last Update: 30 January 2024

Part of the South Africa Trips & South African & African Safari Collection

The 65,000 hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve is situated on the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. The reserve supports approximately over 500 bird species, 147 mammal species, 110 species of reptile as well as a myriad of smaller animals such as bats, small rodents, amphibians and invertebrates such as spiders, scorpions, insects – 45 fish species and 30+ amphibian species. However, the reserve also has approximately over 330 species of trees and many more shrubs and grass species. However, If you’re planning a holiday in the Southern Africa. Travelling to Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Okavango Delta safari – will be the best decision you ever made.

Experience the Sabi Wildlife

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is undoubtedly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa. There are no restricting fences between the Kruger Park and Sabi Sands Reserve. However, the wildlife roams freely between the two game reserves – your wildlife safari cannot be complete without exposure to every facet of life in the bush. All these species are indigenous to the area and because of limited farming practices in the past, the environment is virtual as it was when humans first set foot in the region.

The Big Five

Sabi Sands offers excellent possibilities for viewing Africa’s Big Five. Seeing the Big Five in the wild is one of the most memorable things one can ever experience. In particular, the Kruger National Park area and the neighbouring private game reserves are famous for the incredible possibilities of seeing the Big Five up close.  

Sabi Sands is also famous for incredible Leopard sightings

 

Male Leopard – Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

A photo posted by African Wildlife Photography (@janepearce.africa) on Nov 25, 2016 at 6:16pm PST

Leopards are the main attraction of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and are so accustomed to cars, that they do not take much notice of them. However, the best chance of seeing them is in the trees, which they use as observation platform or as a safe resting place. Sabi Sands proves to be an excellent place to see these magnificent big cats, and possible the best in the world as leopards are spotted on a very regular basis.

Birding At Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands is a bird watcher’s paradise – with approximately over 500 bird species found on the reserve including; Red-Backed shrike, Fork-Tailed drongo, Lilac-Breasted roller, Red-Billed oxpecker, Brown-Hooded kingfisher, Grey Headed kingfisher, Bateleur, Marabou stork, Yellow-billed kite, Martial Eagle, Brown snake eagle, Pearl-spotted owlet, Paradise flycatcher and many more. However, Guides tend to be very knowledgeable about birds and everything else. The combination of walking and driving safaris in the private reserves is also very suitable to birding.


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