Sabi Sand (South Africa)
Game reserves in South Africa are key highlights that should be on every bucket list, and as the oldest private reserve in the country, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve delivers on unbeatable game viewing and exclusive safari lodges. Sabi Sand spans 65 000 hectares of African bushveld and shares a border with the iconic
Kruger National Park, giving Sabi the excellent combination of lower tourist numbers and exclusivity associated with small private reserves, with the wildlife concentrations and diversity of much larger national parks.
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Dating back to the 1920s, the game reserve’s ecosystem is one hundred percent sustainable in its wildlife conservation. Consequently, endangered species such as the Wild Dog, Rhino, Honey Badgers, Oxpeckers, Ground Horbills and rare species of bat can be found roaming the wilderness freely and providing ample opportunity for amazing game photography. The Sabi Sand lodges are also affiliated with various programs that aim to keep the reserve one of the most pristine wildlife areas on the continent. These programs include efforts to stop poaching, the control of plants that are alien to the natural habitat and the combating of erosion and pests. The reserve is particularly famous for its easy viewing of the Big 5. A rare treat would be spotting a leopard, for they are known to be the stealthiest and most
elusive members of the big cat family, and therefore not easy to spot. Because of the unfenced borders between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Game Reserve, animals are able to traverse the plains and move without restriction, thus opportunities to view the wildlife are unpredictable and often adventurous and exciting.stealthiest and most elusive members of the big cat family, and therefore not easy to spot. Because of the unfenced borders between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Game Reserve, animals are able to traverse the plains and move without restriction, thus opportunities to view the wildlife are unpredictable and often adventurous and exciting.
In the Sabi Sand Game Reserve you will find some of the most romantic and exclusive safari lodges in South Africa.
When to visit the Sabi Sands
The cool and dry winter months falling between May and October form the perfect time to visit the Sabi Sand. During this time game viewing is ideal as most of the foliage dies, succumbing to the cold of winter, exposing the animals more. Water is more scarce during these months, causing the animals to congregate around watering holes and riverbeds. Although the afternoon temperatures are quite mild, the evenings and early mornings can get cold, so make sure you pack something warm. This tends to be the more popular time for tourists to visit, so be warned of an influx of cars and people – in case exploring alone is more your thing. Most of
the animals birth from December to April as the summer rains allow for the vegetation to grow and become denser. This is a prime time to observe animals with their young, and to enjoy bird watching. The rains mostly come in the form of afternoon thunder storms, and it rarely rains all day. As the bush is lush and green at this time of year, these thunder storms bring about very distinct bushveld smells and sounds.
"The Sabi Sands is my favourite safari destination, the game viewing is amazing and you will find some of my absolute favourite safari lodges in this reserve. "
Owner & Founder - Alexandra von Knorring
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