Travellers seeking the ultimate in safari accommodation need look no further than the Sabi Sand Reserve. Several of its lodges are among the most luxurious and sophisticated in Africa, featuring palatial suites and spa-boutique amenities. The natural intimacy of the reserve’s smaller lodges makes them perfect for honeymooners and privacy-seeking couples. On the other hand, several accommodations specialise in families with children, offering tailored activities, kids’ menus and child-minders.
And for travellers with more of a budget in mind, the Sabi Sand is home to several affordable lodges. You’ll still enjoy sensational Big 5 game viewing in complete comfort but without the added layers of luxury offered by the reserve’s top lodges.
The Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – are resident in many African game parks but it’s in the Sabi Sand that you have the best chance of seeing all of them with something approaching certainty. This private reserve is home to large populations of each animal – and its rhinos and leopards are among the easiest to see on the continent. Sabi’s highly experienced guides share information to ensure the best sightings, night drives are permitted, as is off-road driving. The result is that anyone staying for two or more nights in the reserve is more or less guaranteed excellent, close-up views of the Big 5.
Modern travel infrastructure exists throughout our recommended African destinations. Accommodation ranges from thatched safari lodges and tented bush camps to chic urban boutiques and world-class hotels. Getting between accommodations, whether by vehicle or light plane, are usually included or easy to arrange. You can even hire a car and travel around several destinations yourself.
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Led by your professional guide & eagle-eyed tracker, morning & afternoon game drives are the highlights of a Sabi Sands safari. Off-road driving is permitted for extra close-up sightings.
A guided nature walk gives you the chance to see the smaller details & enjoy some excellent bird watching. For the truly adventurous, multi-day guided hikes are available in the Kruger Park.
Everybody wants to see one; go on a Sabi Sands safari & you’re more or less guaranteed. It’s Africa’s best destination for up-close sightings of leopards. Ask us about the best ‘leopard lodges’.
A spot-lit night drive gives you the chance to spot Africa’s seldom-seen nocturnal animals such as bush babies, giant eagle-owls, porcupines & serval cats. You’ll be back in time for dinner.
With accommodation set overlooking water, the best game viewing is often enjoyed from an armchair on a shaded terrace. Sit back with a drink & watch the action unfold in front of you.
Dedicated staff, family safari programmes, kids menus & baby sitters – there’s no excuse for leaving the children at home! Ask us about the best family camps in Kruger & Sabi Sands
Many lodges have well-earned reputations for world-class cuisine & service, offering sophisticated spa treatments, private dining & beauty pampering – perfect for honeymooners & discerning safari travellers.
Lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & buffalo are Africa’s most sought-after sightings; all are resident in the Sabi Sand Reserve, making it one of the best places to see the Big 5 in Southern Africa.
Sabi Sand is a memorable honeymoon destination. Couples are spoilt for choice on a Sabi Sand safari: idyllic settings, private suites & all the candle-lit details. Ask us about the best honeymoon hideaways!
Looking for a little downtime as well as a safari? Soothing spa treatments, invigorating massages & sophisticated beauty treatments are almost as famous at Sabi Sand Reserve as its wildlife.
One of the world’s rarest large carnivores, the African wild dog is a Sabi Sand highlight. Three packs roam the reserve, giving you one of the best chances of seeing these fascinating ‘painted dogs’.
You’ll also have the chance to see another side to your Sabi Sand safari. Learn about conservation programmes, visit local communities & contribute to development initiatives.
I was already last year in South Africa and Zambia organized by Safari Online. It was a absolutely gorgeous trip. Everything was perfect. This was the reason I booked this year in May and June an new trip to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. I got everything I expected. It was a dream again. I know I´m coming back.
They provide us the most taylored and customized honeymoon possible! everything was much better than we expected. We loved the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere and everyone made us feeling so incredibly special and gave us a unique insight. Over our game drives we managed to see all the big five plus some!!
Our extended family (16 travellers, including 8 children under ten years of age!) went on a wonderful safari adventure curated and organised by Walter Kohrs of Safari Online. It could not have been any better than we experienced. From our time in Cape Town, to visiting Victoria Falls, all the way through Zimbabwe and finally wrapping up at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge, all the locations chosen by Walter were amazing.
His attention to detail, willingness to fine-tune and excellent responsiveness (over a period of several months!) could not have been better. He took time to visit us personally upon our arrival in South Africa, with lovely gift-packs and shared a wealth of advice, recommendations and tips. I cannot recommend Safari Online (and Walter Kohrs in particular) any higher. Absolutely amazing.
Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!
Though we live in Australia, Safari online made planning for our family holiday so easy. Walter understood our requirements and nothing was too much trouble. The holiday was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Every camp was ideally suited for our family and we loved each day, every early morning and evening game drive. Thank you to Walter for his attention to detail and his friendly, professional and caring manner. It was a trip of a lifetime and one that we will talk about forever.
The communications and service from Walter was excellent, and we were continuously fully informed. The information package and book received on arrival were excellent. We felt that we had been allocated carefully selected lodges at each camp and every detail met or exceeded our expectations.
The safari tour was wonderful, and a particular feature was the variety offered at each location which combined perfectly
Attention to detail & service provided was first class, from our very first email to the last day of our trip. Walter went above and beyond to ensure that we were notified of any changes, even up to our last day with a change to our flight time, at short notice. The safari was so much more than expected, from the rustic to the exceptional, every camp was different in it’s own way and our highlights are hard to single out just one as each camp was great.
We have booked at the Elephant Plains Lodge. We stayed there for a few nights and went on safaris. The lodge, the guide, the food and all the animals we have seen were fantastic. Really an outstanding experience. We can recommend Elephant Plains to everybody. Maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, becaucse we have seen the Big 5! But however you will not forget your stay at Elephant Plains.
In June/July 2016 we undertook a trip to Southern Africa to fulfill a lifelong intention. We stayed at six camps, safari style, and had a great time. All of our expectations were met or even exceeded. For example, we never expected to see honey badgers or sitatunga, given the secretive nature of those species, but we did! All travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly, which is astonishing since we had several dozen transfers and meeting points; all of the connecting personnel were prompt, professional, and welcoming.
The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
I would book a trip anytime again at Safari Online.