When visiting South Africa one thing for sure you don’t want to miss is the opportunity to go on a safari. If you never had the chance to see animals in their natural habitats, going on a safari can be a magical and unforgettable experience. South Africa offers some unique experiences in terms of safaris, with some of the most renowned national parks of the country and incredibly rich wildlife as well as great facilities. What you might not know is that your safari experience is not limited to National Parks, in fact, there are some wonderful game reserves that will surprise you in terms of scenery and most importantly for their population of wildlife. Among them, consider visiting Sabi Sands Game Reserve: it is one of the most prestigious game reserve, famous for unique leopard and lion sightings.
Are you still not convinced? Here’ s a short but complete guide on everything you need to know about this amazing game reserve and why you should visit it.
What is Sabi Sands Game Reserve?
Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a private game reserve that offers its visitors the incredible opportunity of seeing the Big Five (Lions, African Leopards, rhinos, African elephant, and African buffalo). With the richest game population in the country, your chances to spot all of them will be very high.
Located at the South Western tip of the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, low-veld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope. Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.
Why Visit Sabi Sands Game Reserves?
This game reserve offers you excellent opportunities to enjoy unique encounters with the local wildlife and an impressive diversity of species. The best way to see the animals is by getting on one of the many games drives offered: you’ll be able to have several once-in-a-lifetime moments and create incredible memories. But it doesn’t stop here: at Sabi Sands you also have the opportunity to join night game drives, allowing you to see the savanna in a different picturesque scenario.
The Sabi Sands is also known for being one of the best places in the country for luxury safari and the best reserve to spot leopards.
When is the Best Time to Go to Sabi Sands Game Reserve?
Sabi Sands Game Reserve offer amazing game-viewing experiences year-round. However, the best periods to go on a safari are between July and October. During those months, you’ll be able to better spot animals because of the lower vegetation. The weather will be cooler and drier than during the rest of the year. However, if you are a bird-watching fan you should consider going during the wet season. In any case, South Africa has better infrastructure than other African countries when it comes to safari, meaning that rain won’t affect the comfort with which you can expect having your safari.
Things to Do in Sabi Sands Game Reserve?
Of course, the best way to enjoy the wildlife is by joining a guided game drive. The guides are experienced and knowledgeable and will take you to the best spots to see animals while providing you with interesting information about the local wildlife.
However, a safari is not the only thing you can do in this Game Reserve. Another spectacular and unique way to experience the reserve is by flying over it on the helicopter: the view is simply breathtaking and it allows you to have a different perspective on the area.
Additionally, if you are into fishing, you might want to consider fishing the Sand River, where you can find more than 37 species of fish.
It goes without saying that going on a game drive will be the highlight of your stay at Sabi Sands Game Reserve. With such a varied and rich wildlife. you’ll be guaranteed to see if not all at least some of the Big Fives. And with a bit of luck, you might be fortunate enough to have a close encounter with the majestic leopard.
What are you waiting for? If you are planning to go to South Africa make sure to include a visit to this amazing game reserve: you’ll be more than satisfied!