South African Lodges

Sabi Sands Game Reserve Lodges

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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andBeyond Kirkmans Kamp

The Kirkman Kamp offers travellers a location where time seems to slow down and stand still. Visitors get lost in the breathtaking views and all around charm which this historic homestead has to offer. The traditional South African style lodge provides a ...

  Sabi Sands Reserve, Kruger National Park

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

The Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park of South Africa, features three exclusive-use, luxurious bushveld houses. The villas at Cheetah Plains consist of the main house and private guest suites accommodating guests i...

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  Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

The Londolozi Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the animal rich Sabi Sands Reserve adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park of South Africa. Londolozi is a world-famous collection of lodges that have belonged to the Varty children for ove...

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  Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, Kruger Park, 1350
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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

The Ulusaba lodge is indisputably one of South Africa's most elite reserves on 13,605 ha in the prestigious Sabi Sands, which, adjacent to the Kruger Park. At the end of a day filled with exciting wildlife encounters at Ulusaba in Sabi Sands, guests retur...

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  Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, Kruger Park
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andBeyond Tengile River Lodge

AndBeyond Tengile River Lodge is located in South Africa's wildlife-rich Sabi Sands Game Reserve where ultimate luxury and unforgettable safaris await discerning travellers. The lodge enjoys a magnificent bushveld location within Sabi Sands with an unfen...

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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

The Chitwa Chitwa Lodge is on the banks of one of the largest lakes of the private 64 000 hectare Sabi Sands Private Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. South Africa's lodge nestles in the beautiful Sabi Sands on the bank of one of the l...

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  Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, Kruger Park

Djuma Galago Lodge

Djuma Galago Camp private wilderness lodge is suitable for families and smaller groups of friends travelling together. Travellers enjoy having their ranger and vehicle at their disposal to explore the magnificent bushveld of Sabi Sands and greater Kruger ...

  Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park

Djuma Vuyatela Lodge

Home to the "Big Five" and situated in one of South Africa's best wildlife viewing destinations, the Djuma Game Reserve is home to two lodges, namely the Vuyatela Lodge and the Galago Camp. Beautifully set within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, ...

  Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
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Dulini Leadwood Lodge

The area surrounding the exclusive Dulini Leadwood lodge offers a great diversity of beautiful African wildlife making it the perfect place for the traveller in search of spectacular wildlife viewing safari experience. With its four spacious and well-appo...

  Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
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Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge is in one of South Africa's finest wildlife viewing destinations. The Lodge lies along the banks of the Mabrak River within the Sabi Sand Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa's Mpumalanga province. Dulini Guests wil...

  Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
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Dulini River Lodge

The five-star Dulini River Lodge provides luxury safari accommodation right on the banks of the scenic Sand River in the spectacular Sabi Sands Game Reserve of South Africa's Mpumalanga province. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve lies adjacent to the well known...

  Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

The 4-star lodge in the Sabi Sands, it's all about individual service. A total of 26 guests are settled in their choice of lodging, each meal is a lavish affair, the Big Five are just a safari drive away. Elephant Plains has seven glass-fronted extravagan...

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  Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve

The Idube Safari Lodge nestles in the wildlife-rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the heart of South Africa's most famous wildlife conservation area, the Kruger National Park. The lodge is surrounded by beautiful jackal berry trees that offer guests a tranqui...

  Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Central Kruger Park, Kruger Park

Inyati Game Lodge

The Inyati Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands Reserve is a private game reserve situated on the western border of the Kruger National Park and is an exclusive safari retreat located in the heart of South Africa's prime big game country offering a magi...

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  Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Central Kruger Park, Kruger Park

Sabi Sand covers 660 km and a special place as it has a lot of running water in two rivers which is a rarity in most parts of Africa. The Sabi and Sand River traverse the game reserve is named after the rivers. The Kruger Park and reserve merge seamlessly along a 55km border. The reserve lies 550 km east of Johannesburg & 220 km west of the capital city of Mozambique, Maputo.

  • The reserve is adjacent Kruger
  • The Reserve has the highest concentration of big cats in the world
  • Reserve is one of South Africa's oldest game reserves
  • The reserve lies 520 km from Johannesburg
  • Reserve is home to the Big-Five': lion, leopard, Black & White Rhino, Cape Buffalo and African Elephant
  • The reserve has over  66 000 hectares
  • More than 355 species of birds

Sabi Sand is home to the Big Five in over  66 000 hectares wild African bush.  This paradise on earth as there are large amounts of plains game such as Impala and with coming large number of predators making for the biggest concentration of big cats in the world. Not only does the park have large number predators but some very rare ones to like King Cheetahs and White Lions.

The Sabi Sands Bush is so rich and diverse that this is probably your place in the world to spot in the to view free-roaming lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. You may also get an opportunity to spot cheetah, wild dog and more than 200 other animal species which are indigenous to this area.

Game drives in Sabi Sands are done very early in the morning and late in the afternoon and into the early evening. The reason for this is that it is too hot in the mid-day sun and animals seek refuge from the heat. Game ranchers and their highly skilled tracker will help you get the best picture possible to take home with you. Please don't forget to ask you ranger about hundreds of birds and reptiles such as tortoises which live in the park.

Climate

The Sabi Sands reserve is located in the Lowveld on the flat plain which runs from the base of the Drakensberg all the way through to the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. It is warm all year round with the area experiencing hot and humid summers with long dry Winters. Winter is the best month to visit as the grass is lower making for better visibility and animals tend to stay close to a water source making them easier to track.

History

The Sabi Sand shares an eastern boundary with Kruger National Park and animals are free to roam unhindered. The conservancy has a variety of habitat types ranging from river thickets to open savannah. The Sabi Sand Reserve is an association of landowners who manage commercially active safari lodges. They all believe in a common sharing of the environmental management program. The reserve is administered by a warden who in turn reports to an executive committee. The association of the reserve was started in 1948 and many of those families now three generations on land still maintain the love of the land.

Items to take on Safari

The following articles are very useful to have when going on Safari and can be used as a general checklist:

  • Sun hats ( the bigger, the better :-)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras
  • Video cameras
  • Spare batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen & lip sun protection
  • Insect spray
  • Light cotton clothing for the daytime
  • Warm insulated jacket, scarves & gloves for the winter night drives

Anti-malarial prophylactics are essential all year around. We kindly advise you to consult your doctor in regards to the malaria prophylactics.

Travelling by road

There are three entrance gates into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Access to the four various camps and game lodges is as follows:

Shaws Gate:

  • Lion Sands Game Lodge
  • Sabi-Sabi Game Lodge
  • MalaMala Game Lodge
  • Exeter Kirkman’s Camp
  • Notten's
  • Londolozi Game Lodge

Newington Gate:

  • Exeter Game Lodge
  • Idube Game Lodge
  • Inyati Game Lodge
  • Leopard Hills Game Lodge
  • Savannah Game Reserve
  • Singita Game Lodge
  • Ulusaba Game Lodge

Gowrie Gate:

  • Arathusa Game Lodge
  • Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
  • Djuma Game Lodge
  • Elephant Plains Game Lodge
  • Nkorho Game Lodge
  • Simbambili Game Lodge

Shaws Gate: 5 and a half hours drive from Johannesburg

Newington Gate:  5 and a half hours drive from Johannesburg

Gowrie Gate: 7 hours drive from Johannesburg.

An entrance fee per vehicle into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is applicable. The Gates open at 5 am and close at 10 pm times are subject to change.

Driving regulations:

  • Travel directly to your destination.
  • Do not leave the roads.
  • Do not leave your vehicle.
  • Keep your distance from wild animals.
  • Remember that all wild animals are dangerous.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit of 40 km.
  • Do not feed the animals.
  • Retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination.
  • Do not litter.

Travelling by Air

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is an approximate 1-hour flight from Johannesburg. Most of the game lodges in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve have their airstrips or use the facilities offered by an adjacent property. Daily scheduled flights operate to the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport KMIA/MQP and the Hoedspruit Airport HDS utilising the services of South African Airlink / Express and Nationwide Airlines. Direct flights to the KMIA Airport are available from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Transfers by private charter or by road directly into the reserve you have chosen in the Sabi Sand are available.