Overview – Inyati GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Inyati is one of the private reserves located inside the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve and has open borders with Kruger National Park, offering an authentic wilderness experience. The wonderful wildlife viewing is focused on seeing the Big Five with all big cats easily spotted. Even the rarely seen leopard is plentiful here.

The small lodge overlooks the Sand River and has 11 chalets. Inyati is one among seven smaller properties located in the west of Sabi Sands. The shared traversing rights of these properties make it possible to travel between several properties freely. This sometimes causes congestion and time pressure at wildlife sightings though, since only three vehicles are allowed at the same time, and guests have to make room for each other.

Size Sabi Sands*:
650km² / 251mi²
Altitude Sabi Sands*:
272-479m / 892–1,572ft
*Inyati is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Best Time to Go May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (It can get a bit busy)

Pros and Cons

  • Great wildlife viewing with all of the Big Five animals easily spotted
  • Up-close animal encounters are common as off-road driving is permitted
  • Excellent guides make walking safaris possible, as well as day and nighttime drives
  • Only expensive, fully-inclusive safari packages available
  • Situated in a more crowded part of Sabi Sands
  • Primary focus on flagship species only

Inyati Safari Reviews

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Wildlife

There is amazing wildlife viewing at Inyati. All high profile safari animals, including the Big Five and cheetah, are present and spotted quite easily. Although difficult to see elsewhere, leopard are highly habituated within Sabi Sands, and sightings are common. A variety of antelope can also be found, but they are sometimes passed over in favor of sighting flagship species.

Scenery

Woodland savannah dominates Inyati’s landscape. The foliage is thick but this is rarely an obstacle due to the wonderful tracking skills of the guides and trackers and the ability to drive off-road.

See Sabi Sand Game Reserve for more info

Inyati is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve. See the links below for more info about Sabi Sands.

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Inyati Safari Reviews

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Most Helpful Expert Review
Modest, unpretentious Big Five reserve
4/5

Though sandwiched between two decidedly upmarket private reserves, Ulusaba and Exeter, Inyati is an unusually down-to-earth spot with a comfortable but simple and modestly priced lodge. It has everything you’d expect from a Sabi Sands...

Latest User Review
5/5

Many animals roam the area as it is next to a river.