Leopards in Sabi Sands

3 Day Northern Sabi Sands Lodge Safari in Greater Kruger…

Tour Length3 days
Priced from pps $870 R12365 £663 765 A$1223 C$1163 NZ$1265 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 10 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Safari Lodge
  • Transport Microbus / Open 4x4 Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This affordable 3-day Sabi Sands Lodge Safari includes two nights at a private lodge inside the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands is considered to be one of the best places in the world for a safari but its popularity and exclusivity generally makes it a more expensive destination. There are however a few reasonably priced lodges and on this safari, you can choose from the best value-for-money lodges within Sabi. 

This budget safari offers an African wildlife adventure of a lifetime, guaranteeing budget conscious travellers superb game viewing at an excellent price in one of South Africa's top game parks teeming with wildlife.  As part of the Sabi Sands Safari package, you embark on an exciting morning, afternoon and evening game viewing drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles with trained safari guides inside the private Sabi Sands Reserve. This budget Sabi Sands Safari also includes a guided bush walk, game park entry fees and all meals shown on the tour itinerary.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Johannesburg to Sabi Sand Game Reserve – South Africa

The three-day Sabi Sand Lodge Safari starts off in the bustling city of Johannesburg where you will be collected from OR Tambo Bus Terminal Building around 06h45 and from there we set off for Sabi Sands, one of the top game reserves in South Africa. Upon entering Sabi Sands we head to the safari lodge where we will spend the first two nights on safari. We arrive at the lodge in Sabi Sand Game Reserve between 15h30 and 16h00, enjoying a light snack before we venture into the protected area on our first exciting game drive. The late afternoon game viewing drive lasts for about three to four hours taking us into the evening.

After pre-dinner drinks, dinner is served in the lodge’s boma – a beautiful setting under starry African night skies.

  • Meals included: Dinner

About Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Private Reserve, a 65 000 hectare private reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park, offers a more exclusive, less crowded safari experience than the main Kruger National Park wilderness area. Sabi's management policy is focussed on the conservation of wildlife, its main objective being to monitor the habitat and wildlife densities. The promotion and conservation of wildlife, fauna and flora and the preservation of the area as a sanctuary for every type of indigenous wildlife is an important focus. The hunting of wildlife in Sabi is forbidden.

The Sabi Sands Reserve shares a 50 km unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park allowing wildlife to migrate freely in this vast landscape in search of the best grazing and waterholes. Predators are never far behind and Sabi Sands is particularly well renown for large cats, especially superb sightings of leopard. Not only are the chances of spotting leopards in Sabi Sands almost guaranteed, but safari vehicles also frequently get as close as three to four meters from these amazing predators making for excellent photographic opportunities.

Generally, the accommodation in Sabi is upmarket for the discerning traveller. Our Sabi Sands Lodge Safari is unique in that it offers the budget traveller an affordable tour package with lodge accommodation within the Sabi Sands Reserve and given the number of lodges in African Budget Safari's portfolio we almost always manage to find the right accommodation for our clients in this much sought after private reserve.

Day 2: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – South Africa

We get up early on the second day of the Sabi Sands Safari and have a refreshing coffee before embarking on our early morning game drive.

Mornings are an excellent time of day for spotting wildlife and birds in the bush and morning game drives also avoid driving under the sun in the hottest part of the day. Our ranger finds the best locations for viewing the wildlife, as they begin their day at the waterhole, even going off road to take guests as close as possible to the activity. Upon our return from the rewarding morning game drive in Sabi Sands breakfast will be served. Then there is free time for you to relax at the comfortable lodge, take a swim, spoil yourself at the spa and enjoy other lodge facilities.

There is also the option of taking an exhilarating bush walk with a trained safari guide after breakfast (only for guests 17 years of age and older). It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush, with an armed guide to explain the secrets of the terrain. Learn more about the flora and fauna and the smaller creatures habituated here. And the prospect of coming face to face with one of the larger animals adds an exciting element to the walk. Later in the afternoon, we head back out into the bush on an afternoon game viewing drive returning to the lodge for dinner, under the stars, around the campfire.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Sabi Sands Reserve to Johannesburg – South Africa

Another early morning on day three starts with a quick coffee before we head off into Sabi Sands Game Reserve in search of the abundant wildlife found in the private game reserve.

This is your last opportunity for spotting and photographing Sabi Sand’s diverse wildlife.

Our air-conditioned minibus departs early at about 09h00, so, due to time constraints, you may be given a packed breakfast to take with you on your transfer. It is advisable to ensure your bags are packed and left at reception for a quick getaway after the game drive. We head back to Hoedspruit arriving around 11:00 and head back to JHB getting there with a drop off at the airport between 17:00 and 18:00. Alternatively, you may prefer to extend your stay in Johannesburg and make use of our post tour accommodation.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

About Lodge A

Lodge A is located in the northern sector of Sabi Sands, bordering on the Kruger National Park. The unfenced border with Kruger means that the area teems with wildlife which wanders freely in this vast bush landscape. The lodge is built around a waterhole which draws the wildlife and so offers excellent viewing. Twice daily open-vehicle game safaris are led by knowledgeable and experienced rangers.

The lodge can accommodate only 26 guests in thirteen suites, which have en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower and private deck. For guests' comfort, there is air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a sparkling pool where you can relax and cool off. Guests may also gather in the lounge area, enjoy breakfast and lunch in the dining room and dinner around the campfire in the outdoor, traditional African boma dining under starry African skies. There is an African spa where guests can relax and try some of the treatments offered and if you need some retail therapy, there's a curio shop where you may find some mementoes of this safari adventure.

About Lodge B

Lodge B accommodation is in traditional rondavels set in a beautiful, landscaped garden, in the northern sector of Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The comfortable lodge accommodates a maximum of 24 guests, which ensures personal service and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Each rondavel has en-suite facilities, with air-conditioning, as well as an overhead fan and a sun deck. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining room, but dinner is taken in the boma around the campfire, under the stars for a traditional African experience. Pre-dinner drinks may be taken in the bar and dinner is accompanied with wine from the lodge's well-stocked wine cellar. There is a swimming pool, adjacent to a wooden viewing deck overlooking the waterhole, where the wildlife congregates.

An experienced game ranger and local Shangaan tracker are keen to share with you their extensive knowledge and love of the African bush - the highlight of your visit is the thrill of discovering wildlife from the safety of open vehicles. The 4-wheel drive vehicles enable the rangers to drive off-road and provide guests with up-close game viewing and great photographic opportunities.

All in all a comfortable lodge in an exclusive reserve, an ideal place to create lasting memories.

About Lodge C

This intimate lodge in the northern sector of Sabi Sands accommodates a maximum of 12 guests in stylish, but homely thatched chalets with en-suite facilities and a private deck. Each chalet has its own unique decorating style. The thatched dining room overlooks an open plain, where wildlife roams, and dinner is served around the campfire in the boma under African skies. There is both an infinity pool and a rock pool for cooling off and a well-stocked bar off the pool deck. Wine from the wine cellar is available to enjoy with dinner and mementoes may be purchased at the lodge curio shop.

Wildlife viewing drives take place twice a day with an experienced ranger, with breaks for tea or coffee on the morning drive and sundowners, as the sun sets, on the evening drives. The professional rangers also take guests out on a thrilling walk in the bush.

Pre and Post Tour Lodge Rates:

Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after your Sabi Sand Lodge Safari, which can be added to your tour booking upon request. The 4-star lodge accommodation is located 10-15 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. For more information on rates please follow the link.

Please Note:

This 3-day Northern Sabi Sands Lodge Safari is also available in longer versions:

We also offer similar lodge safaris to Southern Sabi Sands:

For more information please contact African Budget Safaris

Child Policy

This tour does take children.

Please note that only young adults aged 17 and over are allowed to participate on bush walks.

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  • Professional safari guides
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • All day/night drives in the Sabi Sand Reserve
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