User Reviews – Sabi Sands
Email Terry | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
For all of the same reasons I listed above, people are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, the animals are right there, the accommodations are lovely, and the food and wine are delicious. I will return if I can make the opportunity arise.
Email Regina Hart | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Leopards, leopards, leopards!
Email Elizabeth Brockman | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We saw so many animals, it was amazing.
Email Frank Hynek | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Very beautiful. Nice that it was allowed to drive off road. It made the game drive more authentic.
Email Luanne Lewis | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
You could drive right up to the animals and we saw a lot of them!!
Email rudyerasmus | 65+ years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Same as above , same area. Same facilities
Email Herve | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
A beautiful reserve with an amazing wildlife
We really enjoyed our safari at Sabi Sands. First of all, in only two days, we managed to see the Big Five, plus a variety of other animals (antelopes, giraffes, hyenas, zebras, hippopotamus). The weather was nice, dry, a bit cold in the morning and night as it is supposed to be at this period of the year (winter). We stayed at Umkumbe Lodge, a human sized, owner run lodge, which really makes you feel at ease. Guides and staff were helpful and friendly, dinners around the camp fire were excellent and the sundowners in the middle of nowhere are a must. The situation along the Sand river allows you to watch the wildlife coming to the river just from your room.
Raveged by drought
I booked a Sabi Camp for my photography tour I was leading, as I had heard Sabi Sands was the best place in the Kruger area. I bet it is when not ravaged by drought. There was very little to eat for the grazing animals so many had left, the predators were doing well off animals dying from drought. Our camp was only permitted in a small portion of Sabi Sands and I'm guessing there were better areas in the reserve. Although we had some great sightings my photo tour guests and I, chose to spend extra time in Kruger where the Sabi River was still flowing. I will return to Sabi Sands and hopefully next time it will live up to it's great reputation.
Email Katia | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
The best experience ever. We were lucky enough to see a lot and found our rangers and tracker very competent
Email Kathryn | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
We saw just about everything that could be seen by daylight: lions and leopards (almost daily), Africa wild dogs, spotted hyenas and their young, elephant herds, giraffes, rhinos, Cape buffalo, tortoises, hippos, giant land snails, dung beetles, baboons, vervet monkeys, half a dozen kinds of antelope, and birds galore. Only one crocodile because the river was dry. No cheetahs, which are less common there and difficult to spot because of the tree density.
Our &Beyond guides from Kirkman's Kamp were incredibly knowledgeable. They knew the mammals, birds, insects, plants. When they found out we were more interested in insects, plants and soil/geology than the average safari-goer, they made sure to point out more of these features and give us opportunities to discover.
It rained one of six game drives. The safari vehicles are open, so raincoats and ponchos were a must. Some people in our group opted not to go out, but we went and didn't regret it. The rains brought African wild dogs, and the rain was not cold so it wasn't too uncomfortable.
The other days were hot and dry (we went in March, late summer, in a drought year). That meant few mosquitos. We forgot about the heat when we were watching animals, and when the vehicles were moving we had a breeze.
In the private reserves, it's permitted to be out on game drives after dark. We did not do any specifically night drives, but drove back at dusk/nightfall on our afternoon safaris. We saw nightjars, the Southern constellations and a few other things.
Staying in a private reserve afforded us the opportunity to go off-road in appropriate conditions and meant few encounters with other safari vehicles. Because of this, we got closer/better viewing of lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos than we might have otherwise.