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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 Sand Game Reserve safaris

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

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday

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.

$ 5,269

£ 4,045

R 75,577

4,591

per person

12 days

Sabi Sand Game Reserve safari

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

$ 2,400

£ 1,842

R 34,420

2,091

per person

4 days

Cape Town, Kruger and Vic Falls Deluxe Honeymoon

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

$ 5,682

£ 4,362

R 81,490

4,950

per person

11 days

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Okavango Delta Safari

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

$ 3,922

£ 3,011

R 56,255

3,417

per person

8 days

Sabi Sands & Madikwe Combo

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

$ 5,397

£ 4,143

R 77,400

4,701

per person

7 days

South Africa and Botswana safari

Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems

$ 5,092

£ 3,908

R 73,025

4,436

per person

11 days

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

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

$ 3,831

£ 2,941

R 54,945

3,337

per person

8 days

Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari

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

$ 6,509

£ 4,996

R 93,350

5,670

per person

11 days

Blissful 4-day Kruger Safari

Experience luxury in the Kruger Park

$ 4,353

£ 3,341

R 62,430

3,792

per person

4 days

Big Five South African safari

Get the best possible chance to see the Big Five wildlife in the iconic Kruger National Park

$ 3,597

£ 2,761

R 51,590

3,134

per person

7 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 Sand 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 Sand 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.

What currency do I use when visiting Botswana?

The currency used in Botswana is Pula (P), which is made up of 100 Thebe. Botswana Banks accepts US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euro and South African Rands in cash. Credit and debit cards, including International Visa and MasterCard are… 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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