Flanked by the Sabi and Sand rivers, the Sabi Sands is a 65 000 hectare private conservancy home to several world-famous luxury lodges. The reserve offers unparalleled Big 5 game-viewing, and is arguably the best place in Africa to view leopards in their natural habitat. The gentle sloping savannah woodland supports high densities of general game and great birding. Expertly guided safaris in open game vehicles and optional walks provide visitors with a great all-round safari experience. Lodges and camps in the Sabi Sands are in the luxury to super-luxury category, and so you will pay top dollar to visit the reserve. That said, it’s a once in a lifetime experience and well worth paying a premium for the exceptional game-viewing you will enjoy. The high density of lodges and safari vehicles is well-managed and sightings are generally limited to three or four vehicles.

Why we like it

Leopards, leopards and more leopards; Up close and personal Big 5 game-viewing; Award-winning super luxury lodges

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 65 000 Hectares
Reserve Type: Conservancy
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Leopard
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hazyview

Accommodation in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Arathusa Safari Lodge, Sabi Sands

Set within the world renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve, Arathusa Safari Lodge is an enchanting safari retreat. Guests to Arathusa are treated to an exceptional wildlife experience, including some of the best game viewing of the prized "Big Five" (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo). Arathusa's waterhole is its signature feature and there is never a lack of activity at…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Chitwa Chitwa, Sabi Sands

Chitwa Chitwa is a magnificent lodge overlooking one of the largest dams in the Sabi Sands reserve, which attracts a large variety of wildlife – both aquatic and terrestrial. Every suite has its own unique design complemented with creative furnishings. The lodge is a work of art in the midst of stunning natural surroundings. The creatively designed interiors will appeal…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Dulini Leadwood Lodge, Sabi Sands

Dulini Leadwood Lodge is the ideal choice for small groups of friends or families sharing an African safari. Nestled in the fork of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers, the initimate Leadwood Lodge offers a cosy and serene getaway that is completely at peace with the bush that surrounds it. With only four suites carefully distanced from each other, Leadwood Lodge…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Aspect V: Iconic Aspects of Southern Africa

Visit the most iconic destinations of Southern Africa on this incredible 9-night safari holiday. First, experience an unparalleled safari experience in the famous Sabi Sands. Then, visit the mighty Victoria Falls, an unforgettable experience. End off by taking in the sights and sounds of Cape Town, an iconic and beautiful city. You will be met at OR Tambo International Airport…

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Duration: 9 nights
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Best of Both: Kruger and Sabi Sands

This five-day packaged safari provides guests with a comprehensive South African Kruger and Lowveld experience. You visit the Hazyview area of the Kruger National Park for two nights, and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve for two nights. Accommodation in Hazyview is provided at at the popular Hippo Hollow Lodge or similar, on a half-board basis. The package includes transportation and…

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Duration: 5 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.
Species list Map

Lookout for

White Rhino
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog

Key Species

White Rhino

African Fish Eagle
Bateleur Eagle
Saddlebill Stork
Ground Hornbill
Giant Eagle Owl

Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
Giant Plated Lizard

Jackal Berry

Open Plains
Savanna Woodland
Rocky Outcrops

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9.5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7.5
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