A favourite spot for leopards and other Big 5 members adjacent to Kruger National Park

A place of stunning biodiversity with both the Sabi and Sands Rivers running through the area, this 65.000 ha private reserve has a legacy of successful conservation. Besides having a 50 km unfenced boundary with the renowned Kruger National Park, it is also a hotspot for large herds of animals. Visitors can spot over 300 bird species in addition to the Big 5, with remarkable sightings of the elusive leopard. Establishing their exclusivity, one can only enter the grounds with a booking at one of the private lodges, but as intended, this also allows the reserve to limit the impact they have on the environment.


Have an adventurous off-road 4x4 game drive with a safari guide.
Relish plenty of photo ops to capture remarkable wildlife and stunning landscapes.
Go on night drives to spot nocturnal wildlife in a vehicle fitted with a spotlight.
Admire the beautiful surroundings whilst taking part in horse riding.
Have a safari in the sky in a hot air balloon to see abundant wildlife below.
Join a ranger and tracker team to track some elusive wildlife.

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Best time to go to Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

At Sabi Sands, the winter season is best for wildlife viewing, although you can still look forward to lots of sunny days during this time. This is because the animals congregate around the waterholes and rivers during the dry season from May to October, making them easier to spot. Contrastingly, summer rains, taking place from November to March, result in flowing rivers and lush landscapes swarming with birdlife. During this time, there are plenty of newborn animals and prey and predator interaction to observe. Note that the summer period also holds the highest malaria risk.

Featured Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve stays

Umkumbe Safari Lodge

A Big 5 safari lodge on the Sand River banks in Greater Kruger
From$255 /ppn

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