For those who heard of Sabi Sands game reserve, the name has become synonymous with breathtaking wildlife encounters and a reputation for a big five safari experience.
Sabi Sands is a private reserve bordering the world known Kruger National Park and what makes it in high demand with international visitors is the exclusivity of the safari experience. There are many lodges in the Sabi Sands and each lodge offers something unique based on its location, size of land which guests can traverse on and the level of luxury of the accommodation. Another important fact that makes Sabi Sands game reserve special is that no day visitors are allowed and if you are staying at one of the lodges, you are not permitted to do self drive within the reserve. The lodges within the Sabi Sands are owned by land owners who contributed for the exclusive nature and the conservation of the reserve for generations.
There are 3 different gates to enter and exit the Sabi Sands game reserve and depending on which lodge you will be staying at, you are required to use that specific gate in order to maintain a system where guests and wildlife are equally protected. All lodges offer accommodation on full board basis with 2 safari activities included. Safari activities are conducted in an open safari vehicle with a professional ranger and a tracker, although not all lodges use a tracker who is normally an experienced person from the local community that can check animal prints and signs within the African bush to track an animal activity.
Sabi Sands game reserve hosts more than 25 different lodges and camps and they all vary in luxury, price and offerings. Some lodges offer a spa treatment; other lodges don’t allow children under the age of 12 in order to guarantee an exclusive safari experience without the noise which children may create on game drives. If you are visiting the Sabi Sands game reserve, you really need to use the services of an experienced tour operator to guide you in the right direction as most of us don’t have the time to call or e-mail the different lodges in order to check availability and ask if the lodge can accommodate children. There is never a dull moment in the Sabi Sands game reserve if you are a wildlife enthusiast, game drives take place twice daily. The morning game drives start just before sunrise followed by breakfast. After breakfast you have the chance to catch up on your sleep or you can simply join your ranger for a bush walk to work out that hearty breakfast and this is where you can look forward to more breathtaking wildlife encounters. You can really get up close to Africa’s iconic animals including the big five.
Most lodges enjoy a river view or a waterhole view from the main area at the lodge, you can spend a lazy afternoon watching animals coming to drink throughout the day and sometimes you will witness some action if one of the predators decides to hunt in front of the lodge. After lunch, you have an hour or two to relax before embarking on yet another exhilarating game drive. On the sunset drive you have the opportunity to witness a beautiful African sunset where you guide will stop the vehicle in a safe area so you may have a drink, stretch your legs and share your experiences.
Dinner is normally served directly after your sunset game drive and this is where your chef can showcase some of the African tasty dishes and display his/her skills in preparing a feast for guests staying at the lodge.