Widely regarded as Africa’s premier game reserve, Sabi Sands is world renowned for the abundance of game (particularly leopard), and is the best place to see all of the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa.

This is one of the best places in Africa to get up close and personal with Africa’s most famous predators. Sabi Sand’s private reserve of over 60,000 hectares shares an unfenced boundary with the enormous Kruger Park, allowing an authentic game-rich experience where animals roam free.

The landscape is Savanna Bushveld, the iconic safari landscape of scrub, small trees and grass land, punctuated by the Sabi and Sand Rivers. The oldest of all the private reserves, the game here has become very accustomed to the vehicles, allowing for fantastic, up close viewings. One can even track leopard or wild-dog as they hunt, a thrilling and unique experience.

What to do

  • Game drives
  • Night-time safaris
  • Walking safari

When to go

June through to September are the drier winter months, when the vegetation is much more sparse and game tends to congregate around the watering holes, making this generally the best time to spot game. The warmer months from October through to April have more rains, turning the landscape a beautiful green and bringing abundant birdlife.


The Sabi Sands, being a collection of unfenced private concessions offers some of the best and most famous wildlife sighting ever to come out of South Africa. Bordering Kruger National Park, with animals traversing freely over the area, all truly wild sightings can be enjoyed in an exclusive way. It’s also where you’ll find some of the most luxurious safari lodges in Africa – the perfect balance of luxury and raw wilderness.

Jonny Humphreys
Travel Designer
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