The Reserve

Lion Sands Game Reserve is the only private reserve with a foot in two of South Africa’s most renowned reserves; The Kruger National Park and The Sabi Sand Reserve.


The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It covers 18,989km2 (7,332mi2) and extends 350km (217mi) from north to south and 60 km (37mi) from east to west. This nearly 2 million hectare reserve is home to more large mammal species than any other African game reserve, over 450 species of birds, and a vast plethora of reptiles, insects and smaller game, visitors are in for a real treat. All the Big Five game animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of mammals than any other African Game Reserve (at 147 species).

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The Sabi Sand Reserve is the oldest of South Africa’s private reserves. It is home to a vast natural animal population including The Big Five and countless other species (some of which are critically endangered). The Sabi Sand Reserve shares a 50km (31.25 miles) unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, which means animals pass unhindered between the unfenced reserves. 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. 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.

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