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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1. Go on a Game Drive

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.

2. Walk the Wild Side

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.

3. Look for Leopards

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’.

4. Explore the Night

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.

5. Watch the Waterhole

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.

6. Bring the Kids

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

7. Be Treated like Royalty!

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.

8. TRACK THE BIG 5

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.

9. Get Romantic

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!

10. BE PAMPERED

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.

11. SEARCH FOR WILD DOGS

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’.

12. Get Involved

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.

Our Incredible Lodges

A selection of hand-picked luxury

Arathusa Safari Lodge

Intimate & romantic Arathusa Safari Lodge has a well-earned reputation for delivering value-for-money Big 5 safaris in the legendary Sabi Sands Reserve.

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Dulini Lodge

Tucked away in a private Sabi Sands concession, 6-suite Dulini Lodge is packed with luxuries & offers the perfect honeymoon hideaway.

Singita Boulders Lodge

Super-deluxe Singita Boulders offers decadent suites & sensational Big 5 game viewing – it doesn’t get much better.

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