The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the most prestigious and oldest game reserve in South Africa. It is a private game reserve with unfenced borders which run for up to 50 kilometres. The borders run alongside the Kruger National Park, Sabi river and Sand river from which it gets its name.
There are over a dozen lodges present in the reserve and so the Sabi Sand game reserve is always occupied with people ranging from families with children to honeymooners. The reserve is designed to help the lodgers to maintain privacy and an intimate safari experience. Sabi Sands offers a perfect bed to everyone, and for every budget. Some of the lodges include:
Chitwa Chitwa Lodge;
Ulusaba Rock Lodge;
Notten’s Bush Camp;
Lion Sands Game Reserve;
Singita Sabi Sand lodges.
The 65000ha reserve boasts of a bio diverse wildlife like lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, migratory species of birdlife.
There is also a nearby Skukuza airport which connects the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
History of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Sabi Sand Game reserve was originally surveyed by WH Gilfillan who gave the farm European names. These farms were then sold to other owners who used the land for ranching and shooting game.
These farmers used the ranch as a winter getaway and eventually passed the lands down to the younger generations. Today, many of these families who are now third and fourth generation land owners, have successfully conserved the reserve making it one of the highest density of big game in South Africa.