Sabi Sand Reserve

Home to Lion Sands Game Reserve, the Sabi Sand Reserve is the oldest of South Africa’s private reserves, and some say is the origin of wildlife tourism in Southern Africa. It is home to a vast natural animal population including The Big Five and countless other species (some of which are critically endangered).

Flanking the Kruger National Park sharing a 50km (31.25 miles) unfenced border, animals pass unhindered between the unfenced reserves. This extraordinary and unique wilderness area comprises a collection of privately owned game reserves which combine to form a mammoth tract of pristine game land (65 000 hectare/ 153 000 acres).

Known for its extraordinary leopard viewing, safari enthusiasts could not find a better place for close-contact animal sightings that many would insist are the best in the world.

Being privately owned, safaris are not restricted to specific times and routes. Open vehicles are able to traverse off road and into the dense bush, tracking animals in their natural habitat.

The Sand River flows through the reserve for 50km (31 miles) from North West to South East, while the Sabie River flows on the Southern boundary. Because of these continuous water sources, the area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations in Africa, including a vast number of indigenous and migrating bird species.

The Sabi Sand Reserve Animal and Plant Checklist would feature no less than 145 mammal species, 500 bird species, 110 reptile species, 30 amphibian species, 330 tree species and 45 fish species.