Safari Lodges in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The Chitwa Chitwa Lodge is on the banks of one of the largest lakes of the private 64 000 hectare Sabi Sands Private Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. South Afr...
ADDRESS: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, Kruger Park
Dulini Private Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
Situated in one of South Africa's finest game viewing destinations, the Dulini Private Game Reserve offers a great safari experience. The Dulini Safari Lodge nestles along the bank...
ADDRESS: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Elephant Plains Game Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The 4-star lodge in the Sabi Sands, it's all about individual service. A total of 26 guests are settled in their choice of lodging, each meal is a lavish affair, the Big Five are j...
ADDRESS: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
Inyati Game Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
The Inyati Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands Reserve is a private game reserve situated on the western border of the Kruger National Park and is an exclusive safari retreat lo...
ADDRESS: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Central Kruger Park, Kruger Park
Londolozi Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
8 Reviews
Londolozi private game reserve is located in the heart of the animal rich Sabi Sands Reserve adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park of South Africa. Londolozi is a world-famou...
ADDRESS: Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, Kruger Park, 1350
US $1,180
Mala Mala Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
7 Reviews
The MalaMala reserve is a regular contestant in the world’s top tourism and travel awards. These include both Travel and Leisure as Top Hotel Africa. Although this Reserve is...
ADDRESS: MalaMala Game Reserve, Central Kruger Park
Nkorho Bush Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The four-star Nkorho Bush Lodge lies in the wildlife-rich Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, which is situated adjacent to the famous Kruger. This intimate and private safari lodg...
ADDRESS: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Notten's Bush Camp
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
Notten's Bush Camp for an incredible traditional safari experience, where service, facilities and activities merge to create treasured memories, visit Notten’s Bush Camp is i...
ADDRESS: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, 1242
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
Rhino Post Safari Lodge Located on the banks of the Mutlu riverbed, the Lodge is the “base” lodge from where guests have the opportunity to travel to the Plains Camp fo...
ADDRESS: Kruger National Park
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The family welcoming Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge lies in the wildlife-rich Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park of South Africa offering travellers an unforgettable wildlif...
ADDRESS: Sabi Sand Reserve, Central Kruger National Park

Sabi Sands covers 660 km and a special place as it has a lot of running water in two rivers which is a rarity in most parts of Africa. The Sabi and Sand River traverse the game reserve is named after the rivers. The Kruger Park and reserve merge seamlessly along a 55km border. The reserve lies 550 km east of Johannesburg & 220 km west of the capital city of Mozambique, Maputo.

  • The reserve is adjacent Kruger
  • The Reserve has the highest concentration of big cats in the world
  • Reserve is one of South Africa's oldest game reserves
  • The reserve lies 520 km from Johannesburg
  • Reserve is home to the Big-Five': lion, leopard, Black & White Rhino, Cape Buffalo and African Elephant
  • The reserve has over  66 000 hectares
  • More than 355 species of birds

Sabi Sand is home to the Big Five in over  66 000 hectares wild African bush.  This paradise on earth as there are large amounts of plains game such as Impala and with coming large number of predators making for the biggest concentration of big cats in the world. Not only does the park have large number predators but some very rare ones to like King Cheetahs and White Lions.

The Sabi Sands Bush is so rich and diverse that this is probably your place in the world to spot in the to view free-roaming lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. You may also get an opportunity to spot cheetah, wild dog and more than 200 other animal species which are indigenous to this area.

Game drives in Sabi Sands are done very early in the morning and late in the afternoon and into the early evening. The reason for this is that it is too hot in the mid-day sun and animals seek refuge from the heat. Game ranchers and their highly skilled tracker will help you get the best picture possible to take home with you. Please don't forget to ask you ranger about hundreds of birds and reptiles such as tortoises which live in the park.


The Sabi Sands reserve is located in the Lowveld on the flat plain which runs from the base of the Drakensberg all the way through to the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. It is warm all year round with the area experiencing hot and humid summers with long dry Winters. Winter is the best month to visit as the grass is lower making for better visibility and animals tend to stay close to a water source making them easier to track.


The Sabi Sand shares an eastern boundary with Kruger National Park and animals are free to roam unhindered. The conservancy has a variety of habitat types ranging from river thickets to open savannah. The Sabi Sand Reserve is an association of landowners who manage commercially active safari lodges. They all believe in a common sharing of the environmental management program. The reserve is administered by a warden who in turn reports to an executive committee. The association of the reserve was started in 1948 and many of those families now three generations on land still maintain the love of the land.

Items to take on Safari

The following articles are very useful to have when going on Safari and can be used as a general checklist:

  • Sun hats ( the bigger, the better :-)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras
  • Video cameras
  • Spare batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen & lip sun protection
  • Insect spray
  • Light cotton clothing for the daytime
  • Warm insulated jacket, scarves & gloves for the winter night drives

Anti-malarial prophylactics are essential all year around. We kindly advise you to consult your doctor in regards to the malaria prophylactics.

Travelling by road

There are three entrance gates into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Access to the four various camps and game lodges is as follows:

Shaws Gate:

  • Lion Sands Game Lodge
  • Sabi-Sabi Game Lodge
  • MalaMala Game Lodge
  • Exeter Kirkman’s Camp
  • Notten's
  • Londolozi Game Lodge

Newington Gate:

  • Exeter Game Lodge
  • Idube Game Lodge
  • Inyati Game Lodge
  • Leopard Hills Game Lodge
  • Savannah Game Reserve
  • Singita Game Lodge
  • Ulusaba Game Lodge

Gowrie Gate:

  • Arathusa Game Lodge
  • Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
  • Djuma Game Lodge
  • Elephant Plains Game Lodge
  • Nkorho Game Lodge
  • Simbambili Game Lodge

Shaws Gate: 5 and a half hours drive from Johannesburg

Newington Gate:  5 and a half hours drive from Johannesburg

Gowrie Gate: 7 hours drive from Johannesburg.

An entrance fee per vehicle into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is applicable. The Gates open at 5 am and close at 10 pm times are subject to change.

Driving regulations:

  • Travel directly to your destination.
  • Do not leave the roads.
  • Do not leave your vehicle.
  • Keep your distance from wild animals.
  • Remember that all wild animals are dangerous.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit of 40 km.
  • Do not feed the animals.
  • Retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination.
  • Do not litter.

Travelling by Air

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is an approximately 1-hour flight from Johannesburg. Most of the game lodges in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve have their airstrips or use the facilities offered by an adjacent property. Daily scheduled flights operate to the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport KMIA/MQP and the Hoedspruit Airport HDS utilising the services of South African Airlink / Express and Nationwide Airlines. Direct flights to the KMIA Airport are available from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Transfers by private charter or by road directly into the reserve you have chosen in the Sabi Sand are available.