Sabi Sands Game Reserve Budget Travel


About Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and shares a 50km-unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park. Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park guarantees exceptional game sightings of the free-roaming wild animals that move between these top game parks. 

The Sabi Sand Reserve offers a more intimate game viewing experience than Kruger Park, typically featuring more exclusive lodge accommodation. Despite the fact that Sabi Sand’s lodges are generally more upmarket there are some comfortable yet affordable lodge options available. Our wildlife safaris cater for the budget conscious traveller by offering visitors the unique opportunity of staying inside the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve at a reasonable price.

The 65 000 hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve is South Africa’s oldest and one of its leading private game reserves. Sabi Sand is renowned for its exceptional leopard sightings, boasting more frequent sightings of this elusive predator than the surrounding reserves. The game reserve is also famous for its close-up wildlife encounters, including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). The open safari vehicles frequently get as close as three to four meters from the wild animals in Sabi Sand, making for superb photographic opportunities.

Sabi Sands Wildlife

In addition to the legendary leopard sightings, Sabi Sand boasts excellent sightings of the other Big Five animals as well as giraffe, zebra, a wide variety of antelope and other wildlife species. The reserve is home to various endangered species including the African Wild Dog, cheetah, Red-billed Oxpeckers, Ground Hornbills, Honey Badgers and bats. An array of bird species can be spotted in Sabi Sands including rare and migratory birds. Bird species include Bateleur, Brown-hooded kingfisher, Golden-tailed woodpecker, Forktailed drongo, Lilac-breasted roller, Red-backed shrike, ostrich and Marabou Stork, to name but a few of the nearly 500 species in Sabi Sands.

Sabi Sands protects an incredible diversity of African wildlife species, including:

  • 145 mammal species
  • 500 bird species
  • 110 reptile species
  • 45 fish species
  • 30 amphibian species
  • 330 tree species

The Sabi Sand Reserve is considered the pioneer of sustainable wildlife tourism in the region of Southern Africa, protecting a spectacular array of wildlife species in their natural habitat. The private lodges in Sabi Sand are actively involved in environmental management programs and studies aimed at protecting Africa’s wildlife.

Sabi Sand Geography

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is situated to the southwest of Kruger National Park, in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.

A rich diversity of plant life grows in this private reserve, with thousands of plant varieties found in the park. Sabi Sand reserve is fed by two perennial rivers, the Sabie River and the Sand River, that sustain its ecosystems year-round. The permanent water supply in this protected area ensures the presence of one of Africa’s most bio-diverse and abundant wildlife populations.

The Sabi Sand reserve consists of several smaller private game reserves - Djuma, Exeter, Lion Sands, Londolozi, Mala Mala, Sabi Sabi, Singita and Ulusaba. This private game reserve forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a joint Peace Park initiative between Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve History

The Sabie Reserve was originally proclaimed in 1898 when it consisted of what are now the protected areas of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the main Kruger National Park. The private Sabi Game Reserve was later formed when private owners were excised from the Sabie Reserve. 

Sabi Sands Game Reserve pioneered the dropping of shared fences and shared environmental management programs, between Kruger National Park and several of the surrounding private game reserves. The 2,7 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park today incorporates Kruger National Park and several private reserves, including Sabi Sand Reserve.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is today largely operated and owned by third and fourth generations of the original founders of this protected area. These families have inherited the vision and task of protecting southern Africa's rich biodiversity from their forefathers.


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5 Day Southern Sabi Sands Lodge Safari

Duration 05 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R29784 $2144 £1668 €1871 A$2973 C$2844 NZ$3141 Full pricing info
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Leopard Experience exclusive Sabi Sands Private Reserve, renown for its teeming wildlife including the Big 5, on 4x4 game drives, designed for the best viewing. Stay in the best value lodges, enjoying the excellent facilities there.

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5 Day Northern Sabi Sands Lodge Safari to Greater Kruger Park

Duration 05 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R21760 $1567 £1219 €1367 A$2172 C$2078 NZ$2295 Full pricing info
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Safari vehicle An exhilarating 5-day budget Sabi Sand Lodge Safari staying inside Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Enjoy superb game viewing in Sabi Sands on thrilling morning, afternoon and evening game drives in open safari vehicles.

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5 Day Kruger Park Bungalow and Sabi Sand Lodge Safari

Duration 05 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R23660 $1703 £1325 €1486 A$2361 C$2259 NZ$2495 Full pricing info
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Kruger giraffes An exciting 5-day Budget Kruger Park Bungalow and Sabi Sand Lodge Safari with superb game viewing, bungalow accommodation inside Kruger Park and affordable lodge accommodation inside Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

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4 Day Southern Sabi Sands Safari

Duration 04 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R23184 $1669 £1298 €1456 A$2314 C$2214 NZ$2445 Full pricing info
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Bush Walk On this 4 Day safari adventure experience southern Sabi Sands, an exclusive private reserve, teeming with wildlife Stay in the best value, comfortable safari lodges on this budget safari.

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4 Day Northern Sabi Sands Lodge Safari in Greater Kruger Park

Duration 04 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R17062 $1228 £956 €1072 A$1703 C$1629 NZ$1799 Full pricing info
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Lilac-breasted-roller An exciting 4-day budget Sabi Sands Lodge Safari staying inside Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Enjoy superb game viewing in the private Sabi Sands game park on thrilling morning, afternoon and evening game drives in open safari vehicles.

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4 Day Kruger Park Bungalow and Sabi Sand Lodge Safari

Duration 04 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R19920 $1434 £1116 €1251 A$1988 C$1902 NZ$2101 Full pricing info
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Rhino grazing A great 4-day Budget Kruger Park Bungalow and Sabi Sand Lodge Safari with world-class game viewing, bungalow accommodation inside Kruger Park and affordable lodge accommodation inside Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

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3 Day Southern Sabi Sands Lodge Safari

Duration 03 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R16446 $1184 £921 €1033 A$1641 C$1570 NZ$1734 Full pricing info
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Sunset in the bush Experience game-rich southern Sabi Sands on open 4x4 game drives, staying in a safari lodge, in an exclusive private wildlife reserve, sharing an unfenced border with Kruger Park.

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3 Day Northern Sabi Sands Lodge Safari in Greater Kruger Park

Duration 03 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R12365 $890 £692 €777 A$1234 C$1181 NZ$1304 Full pricing info
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Leopards in Sabi Sands A great 3-day budget Sabi Sand Safari staying inside Sabi Sands Game Reserve in comfortable lodge accommodation. Enjoy excellent game viewing in Sabi Sand on exciting morning, afternoon and evening game drives in open safari vehicles.

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