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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.
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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.
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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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During the dry season of May to September is the best time to visit Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve. go there.
January to March is the best time to witness the Makgadikgadi zebra migration as well as the wildebeest. go there.
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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.
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