Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Reserve borders the southwestern part of the Kruger National Park and is arguably South Africa’s most exclusive private reserve. There are no restricting fences between this 65,000-hectare reserve and the Kruger National Park, allowing the game to roam freely between the two.

Known for its extraordinary leopard sightings, the reserve is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora including Africa’s Big Five, sustained by two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand.

The Sabi Sand Reserve features some of the most exclusive private game lodges in South Africa. These lodges offer sumptuous accommodation and superior cuisine together with outstanding experiences. Game viewing is a pleasure from open safari vehicles or on foot accompanied by highly experienced rangers.

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Highlights in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

  • Go on thrilling walking safari with your ranger
  • Sleep under the stars (offered at some lodges)
  • Visit the local community
  • Enjoy game drives to see the Big Five
  • Spot some leopards in the wild
  • Join an experienced ranger on a walking safari

Featured Accommodation

Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Rock Lodge has 10 individually designed rooms and suites perched high on a “koppie” (rocky hill) with the best views in the Sabi Sands! Add to that the thrilling game viewing, wining and dining, and star gazing at the Bush Observatory – and you have a…

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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Step into an architectural wonder with Lion Sands’ Ivory Lodge. A timeless design incorporates steel, wood, thatch and glass, the lodge comprises of 8 single villas and 2 double villas. Each unit has a private deck, lounge with fireplace, private pool, covered patio and a master bedroom with ensuite. Lacking…

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Singita Boulders Lodge

Singita Boulders Lodge

Located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Singita Boulders Lodge is found on the boulders-strewn banks of the Sand River. The lodge provides a continuous connection with the prolific wildlife and birdlife for which Sabi Sand is so well known. Boulders offer an intimate safari experience and can accommodate…

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Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge has a peaceful riverine setting in a game-rich private reserve in the Sabi Sands. This small luxury lodge has six exquisite stone cottages each with plenty of indoor space, and French doors leading onto a private deck with your own heated plunge pool. The main lodge has a…

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Londolozi Tree Camp

Londolozi Tree Camp

The first game reserve to be given Relais & Châteaux status, Londolozi continues to lead the way in luxury African safaris. Tree Camp’s six private suites are raised on stilts on the tree-lined bank of the Sand River, in the Sabi Sands. Game viewing is exceptional with Londolozi being famous…

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Bush & Beach in South Africa and Mozambique

Bush & Beach in South Africa and Mozambique

Get the best of both worlds: top game viewing in South Africa and an island getaway in Mozambique. This 11-day itinerary starts at Sabi Sands, South Africa’s premier private game viewing destination, famous for its leopard viewing. You’ll then hop over to the Bazaruto Archipelago that consists of five idyllic…

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