Experience ‘real-wilderness’ at Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Sabi Sand is a group of game reserves located adjacent to the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa. The Newington Gate is west of the Kruger Gate and Skukuza camp of Kruger Park. Other entrances are Gowrie Gate in the far north and Shaws Gate in the south.
The park’s name comes from the Sabie River on its southern boundary and the Sand River flowing through it. The area of the reserve is 65,000 hectare and it shares a non-fenced boundary of 50 km with the Kruger National Park to its east. The Tsonga people, who occupied the land before being forcefully removed by the colonial Government during the early 1900s, are currently claiming back Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Some of the animals that roam the reserve are the Transvaal lion, African bush elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. Collectively these animals are also known as the Big Five. Other animals that roam this reserve are the cheetah, hippopotamus, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, and Cape wild dog. It was the home of Tjololo, a famous leopard.
Accommodation is composed of various camps and lodges. Some accommodation areas and facilities are only for private use by landowners and shareholders of the reserve, while others are rented out to the public on a daily rate at steep prices. This pricing structure is not considered to be excessive in the market, taking into account the reserve’s exclusivity and that it is one of only a few ‘real wilderness’ areas left in Southern Africa, but still being close-by to developed infrastructure like cities, shopping centers and tarred roads.
The nearest airport is Skukuza airport east of Sabi Sand, just within the Kruger National Park and regular commercial flights can be boarded from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport outside of Nelspruit.