Overview – Sabi Sabi GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides 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.

An authentic wildlife experience is assured at Sabi Sabi, one of the private luxury reserves located within the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Sabi Sand shares fenceless borders with the world-famous Kruger Park. Wildlife viewing tends to be superb, and the main focus is on the Big Five. The big cats are plentiful. Even the secretive leopard is easily found.

Sabi Sabi was one of the first lodges in Sabi Sands and offers exclusive wildlife viewing while guests enjoy 5-star accommodation as well as excellent food and service. It has four very different lodges to choose from with themes ranging from traditional to colonial and contemporary to avant-garde. Sabi Sabi owns a reasonable chunk of the Sabi Sands area and only offers traversing rights to one small property, which makes it less crowded at wildlife sightings.

Size Sabi Sands*:
650km² / 251mi²
Altitude Sabi Sands*:
272-479m / 892–1,572ft
*Sabi Sabi 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 & Cons

  • Wildlife viewing is fantastic
  • Off-road driving allows close encounters with wildlife
  • Experienced guides offer a variety of wildlife-viewing activities
  • Four luxury safari lodges with different styles
  • Situated in a less crowded part of Sabi Sands
  • Expensive, fully-inclusive safari packages are the only option
  • Emphasis on finding flagship species only

Sabi Sabi GR Safari Reviews

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Wildlife

Easy sightings of the Big Five make wildlife viewing superb. While you’ll almost certainly see some lions resting during the day, you might be lucky to find them hunting on a night drive. Other nocturnal animals you could encounter are porcupine, civet and maybe even a notoriously fierce honey badger. Burchell's zebra and blue wildebeest are often seen grazing together while greater kudu tends to stick to thicker vegetation.

Scenery

Sabi Sabi's landscape is mostly woodland savannah. The foliage can be dense, but this rarely presents a problem when viewing wildlife due to the expert tracking skills of guides and the possibility to drive off-road.

See Sabi Sand Game Reserve for more information

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

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Sabi Sabi GR Safari Reviews

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Most Helpful Expert Review
SabiSabi – natural luxury
4/5

In the 1980s and 90s, several old farms were bought and added to South Africa’s oldest private game reserve, the 65 000 hectare/153 000 acre patchwork of properties known collectively as Sabi Sand. Those farms became Sabi Sabi, now a...

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Alan Bishop Reviewed: Nov 22, 2017
5/5

We saw the big five and even two packs of wild dog. The vehicles are in radio contact so as soon as something interesting is spotted, everyone can make their way there to see. The accommodation was also far more luxurious than in Kruger and...

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