Getting to Sabi Sand

Find out the best way of getting to the Sabi Sand with Safari Online, your Sabi Safari experts.

Set next to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand lies about 500 kilometres (300 miles) east of Johannesburg. Although it is possible to self-drive there from Johannesburg, it is not recommended as the easiest, quickest or even cheapest option. On the other hand, two local airports and a host of private airstrips means that getting to Sabi Sand by air is fast, safe and simple.

Safari Online advises you to either fly directly from Johannesburg to your Sabi Sand accommodation or go via one of the two airports in the area – Hoedspruit or Nelspruit’s Kruger International Airport. Each airport is about an hour’s flight from Johannesburg after which you then enjoy a short air or road transfer to your lodge; everything is arranged by us.

It is also possible to get to the Sabi Sand from Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Mozambique and Durban.

Getting to Sabi Sand from Johannesburg

The quickest and most direct way to get to the Sabi Sand is from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Twice daily shuttle flights connect with most airstrips in the reserve; you can leave your Johannesburg hotel after breakfast and sit down to lunch in the Sabi Sand a couple of hours later.

You can also fly to Hoedspruit or Nelspruit Airports from Johannesburg and switch to an overland or charter plane transfer to your chosen Sabi accommodation – we’ll advise you on the best one for your itinerary and budget.

Getting to Sabi Sand from Cape Town, Durban & Mozambique

A daily flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit combines Africa’s favourite city with the best Big 5 game viewing on the continent. You can also add an Indian Ocean beach holiday onto your Sabi safari thanks to regular flights between Nelspruit and Durban, not to mention Vilanculous in Mozambique – gateway to the magnificent Bazaruto Archipelago.

Getting to Sabi Sand from Victoria Falls

A regular regional flight between Zambia’s Livingstone International Airport and Nelspruit means you can marvel at mighty Victoria Falls before or after your Sabi Sand safari, either as a stand-alone experience or as part of a big game safari in Botswana or Zambia.

Please note that Safari Online does not book international flights but we do organise all your regional and domestic flights. These flights are usually included in our pre-packaged tours; if you want to create your own itinerary, then we will be happy to make the necessary flight and transfer bookings for you.

 

Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • Visit our destinations regularly
  • Exceptionally knowledgeable team
  • Expect unrivaled customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • ATTA Membership (204387)
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • 24/7 Travel Support

Reviews

Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

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!

Chris (USA)
We had a wonderful holiday with no hitches, perfectly planned for us and so professional.

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.

Mary (AU)
Absolutely Perfect

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.

Bernard (DE)
Best experience ever!!

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!!

Salvatore (IT)
Outstanding experience!

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.

Silvio (CH)
Trip of a lifetime: Five countries, six camps, Vic Falls, Big Five plus more game

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.

Michael (USA)
Experience of a lifetime and wonderful service!!

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.

Oisin (AU)
Faultless service, attention to detail and quality of accomodations.

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

Carolyn (AU)
The trip was sensational and tailored to our needs. Simply fantastic!

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.

Ulrike (DE)
Exceptional service ensuring a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended

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.

Cyndi and Dave (AU)