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One of the most luxurious and secluded spots in Africa

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

South Africa

The destination

Sabi Sands is known for not only its exemplary wildlife but also, its luxury accommodation. There are no certainties with wildlife, but this is as close as you will get to guaranteeing the Big 5. Located on the south western border of Kruger National Park this fantastic region shares all the game but without the crowds. With beautiful scenery, great foliage and the Sand and Sabie Rivers running through the reserve you are assured of amazing game viewing year-round. 

Perhaps its biggest attraction is its significant leopard sightings. Regarded as one of the most difficult animals to spot in Africa, this impressive cat is seen almost on a daily basis in the Sabi region. This is partially due to them being accustom to the game vehicles and the environment is perfectly suited to them.



Sabi Sands has a variety of lodges to choose from, with a selection of our favourites listed below. However, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899 430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 


The Reserve is inhabited with an abundance of wildlife, from magnificent bird life to over 140 different mammal species you'll easily be able to witness the Big 5.  Located just to the west of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands is perfectly situated to enjoy all that Kruger has to offer without the crowds. For those looking to see a leopard up close there is perhaps no greater place to witness them than in this specific reserve, 


Sabi Sands is an incredibly special place to experience some of the best wildlife Africa has to offer. This is perfect for families, couples and groups, just bear in mind with younger children they may only be accepted in certain properties as a safety precaution. 


South Africa has very distinct climatic zones meaning that weather can be very different at certain times of the year. For Sabi Sands any time of year is good dependent of what you are after, however, for a better understanding please see descriptions below:

December - February (Summer): The bush is green, thick and vibrant at this time of year with an average temperature of 30°C - The reserve tends to be filled with many new-born animals at this time of year. 

March - May (Autumn): This brings around the dry season with temperatures around 25°C. This results in the bush being less dense and the waterholes being more frequently visited, therefore this is a perfect time for wildlife viewing. 

June - Aug (Winter): Similar to Autumn, wildlife is easier to spot due to the dry season and the wilting vegetation. Temperatures do drop to lows of 12°C so pack warm. 

September - November (Spring): As with Summer the bush is thicker and lusher due to the wetter weather, however temperatures are around 25°C on average and can also be a very good time to see newborns. 


A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days. 


Top tips

  • Make sure to have your camera ready to capture a shot of an elusive Leopard 
  • Head out on foot with your expert guide and take in the wildlife closer than ever before
  • Depending on your camp try a night safari and combine wildlife spotting with some of the best star gazing in the world



  • Local currency: South African Rand
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa and MasterCard (most places)
  • Timezone: GMT +2 hrs

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