Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, lowveld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope.Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.
Bordering the bottom third of the famous Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sands are well known for being one of the most exclusive private reserves in South Africa. The nearest airport is Skukuza airport at just under an hour from the southern entrance, however there are many more connections into Kruger Mpumulanga and Hoedspruit airports including up to the mighty Victoria Falls! The larger airports are a bit of a scenic drive away from the entrance to the Sabi Sands, however as part of a Tailormade Africa itinerary, we will help you to book the best flights plus organise for someone to meet you on arrival and transfer you to your lodge so you’ll be well cared for!
Well this is a tough question, that’s for sure! The Sabi Sands are well known for offering the most exclusive lodges, so the best thing to do is let us know what kind of thing is important to you and your loved ones and we can help you decide which lodge is best for you. Some have tented accommodation which can feel much more like a ‘wild’ safari, and some are gorgeous chalets placed up high on a hill with stunning views. Or, you could be placed right by a river. No matter where you go, you’ll have the most amazing safari as the game here is quite simply jaw dropping!
You’re here for safari, so you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll be able to enjoy that until your heart’s content! Morning, afternoon and evening game drives all full guided are a highlight of a stay here, as are the bush walks which are quite frankly one of our favourite activities on offer. It can be so easy to miss the ‘small stuff’ when you’re on a vehicle so having the chance to see it up close and learn about how the whole ecosystem works is amazing. Many of the lodges also have spa facilities, some have swimming pools (either a main one or private plunge pools) and for those with mini humans you can also give them a chance to enjoy a kids safari or two while you adult, wine in hand. The options are endless but the main thing is that you’ll be in the heart of a beautiful African wilderness and can truly enjoy every minute!
You most certainly can. And, if you’re lucky, you can also find the ‘small five’ - the buffalo weaver bird, lion ant, elephant shew, rhino beetle, and leopard tortoise!
Any time of year – and we mean that. During the dry season, the bush is drier and thinned out enough to make spotting the game a lot easier than when the grasses grow long, however in the green season the colours are absolutely breathtaking and make for some incredible photography! It’s well worth remembering that the game never does go away, so ultimately we can guide you on what to expect at all times of the year so you know exactly what to expect, but you’ll definitely have the most remarkable game experience no matter when you visit.
According to some sources, it was in the Sabi Sands where the hunting term ‘big five’ was rekindled as a photographic term. The reserve itself is best known for the incredible amount of wildlife that calls it home, including a list that contains some 145+ mammal species, 500+ bird species, 30+ amphibian species, 110+ reptile species and 45+ fish species. To add to these impressive animal species lists are the 330+ tree species so it truly has a lot to offer in the way of nature! The population of leopard here is also a much-talked about topic as they are so safe and secure, protected by the incredible conservation efforts, that they are growing in numbers each year. The lodges are also some of the most exclusive in the country which is another reason why we love it so much!
The spirit of safari comes alive at the historic &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp. Rolling lawns carve out a niche in a wild and tumbling landscape that host memorable game viewing in one of the most renowned Big Five regions in the world. Spacious sitting, dining and bar areas steeped in the colonial atmosphere of gracious style and luxury contain mementoes of a time long past, while the untamed outside whispers a promise of adventures not to be forgotten... Learn more
Boasting a name that means tranquil, &Beyond Tengile River Lodge features nine delicate floating suites that look out over the river from the dappled shelter of a cool forest. Following the curve of the river bank, each area in the lodge offers magnificent river views. Raised above ground level, the spacious suites offer sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and bathrooms that open out onto the forest, creating private spaces in the open air... Learn more
Nestled in the unspoiled bush of the Sabi Sand lies a stylishly intimate game lodge – Chitwa Chitwa. Originally a private family retreat, Chitwa enjoys a place of pride on the banks of one of the largest lakes in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Allow your senses to be lured into a passionate balance of African chic and environmental harmony... Learn more
Leadwood captivates its guests by taking deep root in their hearts, much like the ancient trees after which the Lodge is named. Leadwood Lodge is the ultimate safari choice for discerning travelers in search of luxurious exclusivity and solitude. The contemporary elegance of the Leadwood suites is complemented by the chic attention of personal butlers... Learn more
Honouring the past, celebrating the present. Founders Camp honours past Guests and staff who have contributed to building Londolozi. It is their efforts which have distilled the legacy of the past 30 years into a common mission. Enchanting, intimate and child friendly, Founder’s Camp is ideally situated to provide an insider’s view of the secrets of river life.... Learn more
A Tribute to Authentic Conservation Safari Pioneer. Boasting a refreshed ‘explorer lounge’, a re-appointed interactive Homestead Kitchen, the beautiful Pioneer lookout deck, breakfast balcony and full-length lap pool surrounded by 6 million acres of wild lands - Pioneer camp has got to be on of the best safari homes out here... Learn more
A private river affair. The Private Granite Suites offer an extraordinary experience for the exclusive use of six Guests. Bold, inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rocks that flank the camp while conveying the raw essence of Africa. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting in each expansive suite... Learn more
The most stylish family run camp in Africa. Tree Camp embodies the very essence of Londolozi’s continuous striving to transcend and redefine the journey to the wilderness. This is a place of connoisseurship, leopards, orchids, lanterns and lead wood trees. Guests spend lazy afternoons on their decks, champagne in hand as they survey the ancient landscape, elephants feeding below in the river... Learn more
The heart and soul of Londolozi. The campfire has burned here for over 86 years making Varty Camp the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi. The décor echoes the same tones of the owners private homes and their continuing love affair with the earth.... Learn more
An exclusive 5 star lodge, Savanna is situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy. Savanna lies in an area where 'Big 5' sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive. Famous for having the best leopard viewing in the world, the Sabi Sand area is known worldwide as 'The Land of the Leopard'... Learn more
Boulders Lodge has a contemporary air of tranquillity that honours Africa in an authentic way. Inspiring the name Boulders was an enormous boulder that sat right in the middle of the place where the wine cellar was to be built. A simple decision was made to build the cellar around the boulder! Guests can enjoy wrap-around views from most parts of the natural stone lodge, and the lookout deck offers the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River... Learn more
Singita Castleton found in the heart of the Sabi Sand offers a new concept of exclusivity and lifestyle safari. Castleton retains the inviting, soulful ambience and elegance of the original camp in a series of revitalised spaces that encourages relaxation, togetherness, and a deep engagement with nature... Learn more
Sumptuous coziness is simply the order of the day - tempting you into relaxation and reflection. Ebony Lodge has a commanding presence and an essence that evokes an intense feeling of familiarity - as if visiting a congenial family home. A colonial feel with Egyptian linen, African throws, antiques and modern luxuries combine to create a homely, lived-in feel... Learn more