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Sabi Sand Game Reserve is in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. This private game reserve consists of 65 000 hectares of land and is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands Game Reserve provides those interested in taking part in a safari with various game lodges and tented accommodation.
The history of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is long and many parts of its journey are unknown but the establishment of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve dates back to 1948 when the park was formed by landowners. It is believed that Sabi Sand Game Reserve was first established during the 1930s and the Park still consists of third and fourth generation owners.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve forms a part of the Kruger National Park, which is 2.3 million hectares. No fences are erected between the two parks, allowing the animals to roam freely and therefore have more space. Two rivers run through the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and these rivers are the Sabi River and the Sand River which supply the animals with a valuable water source.
There are more than two hundred species of animals that reside in the Sabi Sand Reserve as well as the Big 5 animals that you are likely to spot in the Sabi Sand which include lion, elephant, white rhino, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus, buffaloes, zebras and more.
Flora and fauna
The flora and fauna are the same as that found in the Kruger National Park and there are thousands of plant varieties in the Sabi Sand Game reserve.
South Africa is lucky to have many hours of sunlight during summer and winter months. The Sabi Sand experience rain during spring and summer and winter and autumn consist of dry and colder weather than the warmer months.
You are able to enter the Sabi Sand Game reserve by plane or car.
Car There are three entrances to Sabi Sand – the Shaws Gate, the Newington Gate and the Gowrie Gate. Once you confirm the booking of your game lodge or tented accommodation, be sure to find out which gate you should entire the park from.
Air From Johannesburg, it will take you an estimated one hour to fly to Sabi Sand Game Park. Certain game lodges consist of their own airstrip or an airstrip that is close by. Flights can be organised by your lodge accommodation.
Fees and permits
There are certain times as to which the gates into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve are open. Be sure to contact your game lodge accommodation in order to confirm these details. There is a speed limit of 50 km/h on the roads leading into and inside Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
There are two ways in which you can experience the wildlife and landscape of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. If you wish to experience the Sabi Sand Game Reserve by foot, you can walk with a guided tour. If you would like to see South African wildlife up close, then attending a game drive will let you possibly see the big 5 and other wildlife. Both guided walks and game drives are conducted by game rangers.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve offers you the opportunity to see wildlife from South Africa as well as other animal species, birds, flora and fauna as well as the South African environment
At Sabi Sand Game Reserve, you may attend a day wildlife safari [formerly dead link] or an early morning or night drive. There are also numerous guided hikes and walks that one can join as there are various ways of experiencing South African wildlife.
There are areas within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park that provide you with a shop that has the basic necessities for your trip in case you run out of supplies. There are also shops where you can buy souvenirs and gifts for yourself and others.
Many travellers to South Africa like to try traditional delicacies such as Impala, Ostrich, Kudu and Warthog meat.
There are a large selection of accommodation options for travelers to the Sabi Sand Game Park. From 5-star luxurious lodges to more modest guest house style options, there is more than enough to choose from. Another popular option for Sabi Sand accommodation is tented camping accommodation where individuals stay in large tented camps therefore experiencing a safari in a “wilder” way.
Outlook Lodge [formerly dead link]: Tel: +27 11 894 5406 – Outlook lodge is part of Outlook safari tours and offer a relaxing, comfortable accommodation destination in the Sabi Sand.
Abide by rules given by the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in order to have a pleasurable experience.
Make sure that you stick to the speed limit given as the Sabi Sand is not a speeding area and you will be fined.
Stay in your car or guided truck until stated otherwise there are areas in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve that you are able to exit your car in order to relax and admire the environment but there are also designated areas which allow no car exiting.
There is only park exploration and park driving during the day. Some guided tours offer a night drive but you are not allowed to drive in your own vehicle at night inside the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.