The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is situated in the southwestern corner of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and consists of 65 000 hectares (160 620 acres). It is the most prestigious game reserve in South Africa and is famous for incredible leopard sightings. With such a concentration of wildlife, your incredible Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino) encounter is almost assured.
But it is not only the Big Five that can be seen in the Sabi Sands – just a glance at the species lists show the incredible diversity of wildlife in the reserve. The lists contain 145+ mammal species, 500+ bird species, 30+ amphibian species, 110+ reptile species and 45+ fish species.
Sabi Sands also hosts some of the finest luxury safari lodges to be found anywhere in Africa, so prepare to be impressed.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is the ideal destination for guests who desire an affordable safari in the heart of the Kruger’s most premier private reserve – the Sabi Sand. With views of the Sand River, Umkumbe is never short of sightings and boasts a high concentration of leopard.
Umkumbe is informal, relaxed and ideal for guests wanting an authentic safari in a premier private reserve.
Nestled amidst the lush vegetation in the South-Western corner of the majestic beauty that is the Kruger National Park. Jock Safari Lodge emerges at the pinnacle where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one – a space for breath-taking wildlife sightings. The lodge with 6, 000 hectares of natural landscape offers guests one of the best Big 5 game viewing experiences in South Africa with its exclusive riverbed traversing rights. The Relaxation Retreat with steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy bath will ensure guests truly unwind. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the history of Jock and the area with the cultural heritage of the legend of Jock of the Bushveld.
The Thornybush Collection of Lodge offerings consist of twelve Lodges, eleven of which are located in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve and one in the Northern part of the Sabi Sand.
Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest bush experiences. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality.
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Each of the five camps offers travellers a different experience. Three of five camps are part of the Relais & Chateaux group of elite properties, with the Private Granite Suites the pinnacle of the Londolozi portfolio.
Tree Camp and the Private Granite Suites don’t allow children under the age of 16 unless they are taken for exclusive use, whereas Pioneer Camp can be used for both families and couples. Varty Camp and Founders Camp are slightly larger and perfect for families and small groups. They accept children of six years and older.
River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands and has been built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. Facing due east, the lodge catches the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. Hosted by a family of staff that make it feel like home away from home, the lodge is about spirit, warmth and nature. Here you are invited to relax and experience African hospitality at its finest.
At Lion Sands, you have the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife whilst preserving the balance of “bushveld”, and the privilege of being in the company of people with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the people who visit.