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Sabi Sand Game Reserve safaris, tours & holiday packages

World-class guided game viewing bordering the Kruger

A western extension of the wildlife-rich southern Kruger, the cluster of private reserves known collectively as Sabi Sand are renowned for their stylish lodges and peerless game viewing. 

Comprising around 20 small but contiguous private reserves, the Sabi Sand area is arguably the most exclusive Big Five game-viewing location in Africa. The area is renowned for the frequency and quality of its leopard sightings, but it is also superb when it comes to close-up encounters with lions, cheetahs, white rhinos, elephants and most other large ungulates common in Kruger.

A feature of the reserves is the superb night drives, which often yield sightings of nocturnal oddities such as bushbabies, genets, civets and (occasionally) the bizarre aardvark.  Off-road driving is also permitted, selectively. 

Popular Sabi Sands Game Reserve safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Sabi Sands and Okavango Delta Big Five Tour (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Sabi Sands and Okavango Delta Big Five Tour (8 days)

Explore the famous reserve that offers exceptional game viewing and sight the elusive Sitatunga antelope in the Okavango

$ 4,375

£ 3,202

R 65,450


per person

8 days

Best of Botswana and South Africa (11 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Botswana and South Africa (11 days)

Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems

$ 6,314

£ 4,621

R 94,455


per person

11 days

Romantic view

Deluxe Honeymoon Safari in Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls (10 days)

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever

$ 6,815

£ 4,988

R 101,945


per person

10 days

The Ultimate Big Five South African Safari (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

The Ultimate Big Five South African Safari (7 days)

Get the best possible chance to see the Big Five wildlife in the iconic Kruger National Park and Manyeleti Game Reserve

$ 6,089

£ 4,457

R 91,095


per person

7 days

Exterior view of Ngala Tented Camp

Delightful Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari (12 days)

Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari

$ 8,631

£ 6,317

R 129,120


per person

12 days

Kruger’s Sabi Sands and Timbavati Discovery Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Kruger's Sabi Sands Discovery Safari (5 days)

Enjoy an authentic African safari. Game viewing possibilities are unparalleled and include the Big Five in the Sabi Sands and white lions in the Timbavati Nature Reserve.

$ 5,624

£ 4,116

R 84,130


per person

5 days

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe Safari (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari (8 days)

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls

$ 3,945

£ 2,887

R 59,015


per person

8 days

Sabi Sand Game Reserve Safari (5 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Sabi Sand Game Reserve Safari (5 days)

You'll trek Africa's Big Five members in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve

$ 3,651

£ 2,672

R 54,625


per person

5 days

Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe  (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Forray into the Wilderness of Sabi Sands and Madikwe (7 days)

Our selection of South Africa's top safari lodges and game reserves are guaranteed to suit every taste and budget

$ 7,002

£ 5,125

R 104,755


per person

7 days

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation.

$ 5,658

£ 4,141

R 84,645


per person

12 days

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Philip Briggs says

The wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities in Sabi Sand are difficult to beat, but with one big proviso – that you stay at one of the larger reserves that maintain exclusive traversing rights, in other words, MalaMala (my personal favourite), Londolozi, Singita or Sabi Sabi. Most other lodges share traversing rights with up to half-a-dozen neighbours, making for a contrived and sometimes quite irritating experience.

More on Sabi Sands Game Reserve holidays

Sabi Sand Game Reserve was created in 1948 as a jointly managed conservation area abutting the south-western Kruger Par. It dropped fences with its larger neighbour in the 1990s, allowing for unrestricted wildlife movement between the reserves. Extending across some 650 square kilometres, it is bounded by the Sabie River to the south and bisected by the south-east-flowing Sand River.

The three largest properties in the original association – MalaMala, Londolozi, Singita – have all gone their own way in terms of game management since the millennium; the other properties still form part of Sabi Sand and the region is still generally referred to by that name. Though the two border each other, Sabi Sand offers a very different experience to Kruger.

Most reserves in the Sabi Sand area offer an all-inclusive package that incorporates guided game drives in an open 4x4, optional guided bush walks, accommodation in lodges that range from attractively upmarket to super-stylish, as well as all meals and, in some cases, drinks. Guiding standards are exceptional, as is the food and service ethic. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Do I need any vaccinations when entering Botswana?

If you’re travelling to Botswana, you will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, polio as well as medications for travellers diarrhea. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended when you're travelling to the northern part of… go there.

When is the best time to visit Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve?

During the dry season of May to September is the best time to visit Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve. go there.

When is the best time to see the Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration?

January to March is the best time to witness the Makgadikgadi zebra migration as well as the wildebeest. go there.

Botswana Currency

Botswana currency's official money is the Botswana Pula (BWP). Botswana money, the Pula is divided into 100 thebe. Botswana Pula is represented by the letter P. Botswana Pula is regarded as one of Africa's most powerful currencies. The… go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

When is the best time to visit the Sabi Sands Game Reserve?

The dry season / winter months of May to September is the best time to visit the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The vegetation will thin out, making it easier to spot wildlife congregating around water sources. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Sabi Sands Game Reserve safaris

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…


from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…


from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

Suzanne McKeen

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