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2024 availability


22 - 29 May, 2024

3 spaces available


Regarded as one of the best safari destinations and premier private game reserve in South Africa, Sabi Sand Game Reserve should be on every wildlife and nature enthusiast’s African safari bucket-list. Boasting 65,000 hectares of vast untamed wilderness, the notorious Sabi Sand Game Reserve shares a 50km/30mi unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park (South Africa’s flagship national park), allowing animals to roam freely between the reserves. This ensures an unforgettable and unmatched African safari and wildlife experience.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is praised for its remarkable and longstanding conservation efforts. In fact, Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s conservation initiatives has led to the successful conservation of the highest density of big game in South Africa. The re-purposing of boreholes, previously used for private farms, into countless waterholes for animals means that the Sabi Sands is able to offer a year-round water source for wildlife and birdlife which is not affected by seasonal changes. This means you’re never far away from spotting the Big Five and the hundreds of other species that make up the greater Kruger population at any time of the year.

Even though the reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, wildlife in the Sabi Sands Reserve is well habituated, resulting in extraordinary up-close wildlife encounters and prolific sightings.

Game drives are conducted throughout the year at optimum viewing times when game activity is generally at its peak i.e early mornings and late afternoon into evening. The morning safari departs around sunrise and the evening drive leaves late enough in the afternoon for guests to enjoy a sundowner in the bush and return to the lodge as it is getting dark.

Game drives last approximately 3hrs and the focus will be on finding and spending time with as many animals as possible - giving priority to predators, lesser seen species and agreed upon subjects. Vehicles normally accommodate up to 10 people, so there's ample space to spread out and store bags and camera gear - however we do insist that you look after your equipment as drives can get bumpy.

The Sabi Sands is in particular well known for its amazing leopard sightings. The most elusive animal of the Big 5 is frequently spotted when going on a game drive in the reserve. As such, Sabi Sands offers the ultimate photographic safari one can think of. You can be certain to return home with some absolutely stunning pictures and memories. Besides the Big 5, other game species occur in great numbers, among which are over 300 bird species. Sabi Sands possibly makes the best South African safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers alike.

Why this photo safari is for you

  • Premium location for excellent encounters with the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) and much much more!

  • Renowned for a high density of leopards, often resulting in common sightings of this elusive big cat.

  • Set during the winter period; where animals are more active and easier to spot.

  • Remote bush lodge, set deep in the southern section of the reserve.​

  • Potential for off-road driving and night drives, to ensure best game viewing.

  • Private vehicle and field guide for entire duration.

  • Small and intimate group size for maximum comfort and space.

  • Photographic guidance and tuition throughout from your private photographic host.



Trip breakdown

  • Duration:
    8 day / 7 night duration


  • Safari Destination:
    Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa


  • Meetup location:
    Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), Nelspruit


  • Price:
    GBP £3,500 per per sharing
    GBP £4,200 single supplement


  • Price includes:
    + KMIA pick up and drop off
    + One night bed & breakfast accommodation in Nelspruit
    + Ground transfers to and from Sabi Sands
    + Six nights in Sabi Sands
    + All meals, tea and coffee in Sabi Sands
    + All game drives
    + All conservation levies and gate fees
    + Photographic tuition and guidance throughout


  • Price excludes:
    Any accommodation or travel outside of itinerary
    - Drinks and additional meals in Nelspruit (breakfast included)
    - Drinks in Sabi Sands (available as extra purchase at bar)
    - Laundry
    - Items of a personal nature
    - Tips for local guides and lodge staff
    - Travel insurance

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