A home for some of Africa’s largest densities of big game, Sabi Sand Game Reserve lies in South Africa’s Greater Kruger region. Sharing a 30 mile unfenced border with the world’s best known national park, the reserve comprises a series of privately-owned and run concessions and conservancies.
Together, they offer visitors keen to explore Kruger’s extraordinary array of iconic species a much more exclusive safari experience. With the ability to head off-road (something which isn’t permitted within the national park), in many instances visitors don’t encounter another vehicle all day, while encountering an almost endless number of species.
Some 240 square miles in area, the reserve’s mix of savannah grassland and native woodland makes it a prime destination for anyone keen to spot leopard, alongside the other species which make up the Big Five.
The Sabi (or Sabie) and Sand rivers, after which the reserve is named, provide year-round water sources for the region’s hippo and elephant, with boreholes from the time Sabi Sand was prime farmland acting as a backup.
Packages at Sabi Sand Game Reserve generally include accommodation, meals, and a range of activities, including regular game drives and walking safaris. They are usually based around one of the reserve’s subdivisions (also confusing called reserves), such as Sabi Sabi, Lion Sands, or Mala Mala. Two center vacations are a great way to explore the region further.