Sabi Sands Reserve
About Sabi Sands Reserve
The Sabi Sand Reserve is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa. It was formed in 1934, and became a formal association in 1948. Nowhere in South Africa will one find a wildlife experience quite like the one experienced within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Sharing a 50km unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, this immense (65 000 hectare) reserve is home to The Big Five.
Two rivers supply the game reserve with a valuable water source. The Sand River flows through the reserve for 50km (31 miles) from north west to south east whilst the Sabie River flows on the southern boundary. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Such is the environment that the wildlife, save for the migratory birds, remain in their territories all year round.
The Sabi Sand Reserve is an association of freehold landowners and within Sabi Sands is the private Sabi Sabi game reserve.
The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species.
Sabi Sands Reserve Hotels
If you are planning a Sabi Sands Reserve holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Arathusa Safari Lodge Sabi Sands Reserve
The Arathusa is a small, elegant lodge in Sabi Sands Reserve flanked by a massive waterhole, a hive of animal activity that ensures interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp. The standard rooms have both an indoor and outdoor shower with a classic design and natural fabrics. Guests can unwind on the verandah while enjoying the tranquillity of the surroundings. Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair, and guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce and daily baked confectionery from our kitchen. The lodge also features a comprehensive spa and wellness centre.
Djuma - Vuyatela Lodge Sabi Sands Reserve
Vuyatela is a luxurious lodge with opulent, traditional style suites. The suites all have a private lounge, open deck with plunge pool and views over the savannah. There is a suspended bird watching tower and a bar that overlooks a large water hole, perfect for sitting back with your sundowners and watching the wildlife.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Sabi Sands Reserve Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Sabi Sands Reserve.