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Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands (South Africa)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
20min from Hazyview by car
When to go
In winter
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Sabi Sands

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

This is one of the private reserves absorbed into Kruger National Park, among the most expensive in the world, exclusive to guests staying in the luxury lodges (no non-park vehicles allowed).

My suggestion:
Visit during the dry season when the grass is short: you can see the animals far better as they move to the watering points, which are few and far between.
My review

How could I not love the Sabi Sand private reserve, at the heart of Kruger's "Golden Triangle": the best hideout for spotting the very timid leopards. And actually I saw three leopards in this reserve, when I had never seen any before on multiple safaris! According to the guides, they've been comfortable around humans for many years and are well protected here, so they are less afraid than most other places in the country where they are very difficult to see.

One of them was a female who had just eaten an entire antelope! The guide told us that leopards can eat up to 15kg of food - that's almost half their weight - in order to store it up and feed their young. She had eaten so much she could not move; we could get very, very close.

The rangers are excellent and on every safari there is a tracker on the bonnet of the pickup truck. These are Shangaan people, who lived in the area originally before the parks were created and know the animals inside out.

A hunting leopard
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