• Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba, meaning“Place of Little Fear” strikes the perfect balance between nature and nurture - as well as being an excellent place to observe the “Big Five”, it is also an ideal place to kick back and unwind. Ulusaba re-defines the rules of a safari lodge and has taken a step away from the traditional colonial style by offering swimming pools, gymnasiums, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spas with panoramic views, a Bush Observatory perfect for star gazing and tennis courts. With all of these facilities, you really need to plan your days so you can enjoy safari walks, moon-lit bush dinners and of course, the twice daily game drives.

Guests can share their time between the two lodges - Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge which offer two unique experiences, encouraging many guests to split their time between the two. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability


Details - per person per night 1 Jan 2019 to 21 Dec 2019
Rock Lodge
Rock Cliff Room (x4) PPPN R11 520
Rock Cliff Room (x4) Single R16 225
Rock Suite (2 bedroom) (x1) PPPN R14 976
Rock Suite (2 bedroom) (x1) Single R20 545
Rock Suite (triple) R11 330
Master Suite with plunge pool (x1) PPPN R14 975
Master Suite with plunge pool (x1) Single R20 545
Makwela Suite with plunge pool (x2) PPPN R18 335
Makwela Suite with plunge pool (x2) Single R26 975
Cliff Lodge 1* (x1) PPPN R24 865
Cliff Lodge 1* (x1) Single R36 960
Cliff Lodge 1* (as triple) R23 040
Cliff Lodge 2* (x1) PPPN R21 310
Cliff Lodge 2* (x1) Single R31 585
Cliff Lodge exclusive use (x1) R100 225
Rock Lodge Exclusive Use R297 310
Safari Lodge
Elephant Room PPPN R11 520
Elephant Room R16 225
River Room PPPN R13 250
River Room Single R19 390
River Room with plunge pool PPPN R14 975
River Room with plunge pool Single R20 545
Treehouse Suite PPPN R18 335
Treehouse Suite Single R26 975
Safari Room (x1) PPPN R10 175
Safari Room (x1) Single R14 210
Safari Suite (x1) PPPN R18 335
Safari Suite (x1) Single R26 975
Safari Suite Exclusive Use (x1) R69 310
Safari Lodge Exclusive Use R252 190

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Get active
Although game drives are the main attraction, there are plenty of other activities at Ulusaba to keep you entertained. Work out in the gym or even go for a spot of tennis on one of our two courts.

Safari walks
Take a safari walk with your Ranger and Tracker and you’ll get an opportunity to see smaller creatures that are often missed when you’re on the game vehicles.

Tennis anyone?
If you fancy a hit of tennis, there are two tennis courts. We have balls and racquets you can borrow. The courts are floodlit so you can also play at night, but we will organise a security escort just to make sure the animals don’t gate crash your game!

Hit the gym and work up an appetite. It’s equipped with a running machine, bike, multifunctional weight station and free weights

Guests can share their time between the two lodges - Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge which offer two unique experiences, encouraging many guests to split their time between the two. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by.

When not occupied on a walking safari or twice daily game drive, take a dip in the swimming pools or indulge in a spa treatment. For the more active, there are tennis courts and gyms available. Try a few South African wines from the wine cellar and after dinner enjoy a spot of stargazing at the bush observatory.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Stunning views with a luxury room

Of all lodges located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Ulusaba Rock Lodge is probably one of the lodges offering the most amazing views over the South African bushveld. Ulusaba Rock Lodge is situated on a hilltop offering uninterrupted panorama views. With just ten rooms in total you can be sure to enjoy an intimate experience. The rooms are spacious and offer everything you need: air-conditioning for hot African afternoons, a big bathroom and a well stocked mini bar. All rooms are individually decorated and inspired on both modern and traditional African art. The 'Master Suite' and two 'Makwela Suites' have their own private plunge pools. Wildlife roams freely in the Sabi Sands so you may get lucky and watch the 'Big Five' from the privacy of your own room.

As you can expect from a stay at Ulusaba, the food experience is truly excellent. The staff is always at your service, you don’t need to worry about anything. Ulusaba Rock Lodge will provide you with that once-in-a-lifetime and unforgettable Africa safari experience.

Safari Lodge is located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed. Guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross rope bridges between tree house style rooms, with local wildlife passing by. The eleven rooms include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam and are split into Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some of which have private plunge pools. The Treehouse Suite is located a 15 minute walk along a raised walkway from the main lodge.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge

A sense of adventure under a canopy of trees

Guests of Ulusaba Safari Lodge will sense the ultimate feeling of adventure. With tree houses, rope swing bridges and the big five passing by, this lodge will contribute to an unforgettable time in South Africa. Ulusaba Safari Lodge consists of eleven luxurious suites. All rooms have stunning view over the African bushveld. Honeymoon suites and wedding packages are also available. With all available facilities you may need to plan your time at Ulusaba Safari Lodge so that you can enjoy your safari experience to the fullest. Besides going on safari, you can enjoy guided bush walks, moon-lit dinners and gazing at the stars in the bush observatory.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge is located on the edge of a dry river and under a canopy of ancient trees. The food, which is offered, is a gastronomic delight every day. The staff will let you feel at home and is extremely knowledgeable and hospitable. This lodge will give you the experience of your life. Dine under the breath-taking starry sky of Africa, or watch the local wild animals drink at the waterhole next to your room while sitting on your private deck. Ulusaba Safari Lodge has it all to experience Africa at its best. The tree house is perfect for guests who are seeking for more privacy.

Staying in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is about making safaris and exploring South Africa's wild nature. It allows you to spot big game in a natural enviornment, the dream of so many travellers. But what is it that you can expect when staying in one of the private game reserves? What is a game drive? And should you bring special gear with you? Here is some more information to help you on your way when going for a South Africa safari.

Many of the activities when staying in a lodge in a private game reserve, such as the Sabi Sands, are included in the rates. Normally there are possibilities to go out on a gamedrive or gamewalk. Gamedrives are interpretive drives in the bush specially adapted four wheel drive vehicles, with the purpose of finding wildlife in a natural habitat. On a gamedrive you will be accompanied by ranger / guide (sometimes armed) with a comprehensive knowledge of all flora and fauna found in Sabi Sands. Besides the ranger normally a "tracker" joins the ranger, who is being seated on the front of the car in a smaal seat and scans the environment for (big) game. These are all very passionate people, who have a special ability to teach you about nature. As you are residing in a natural environment you might get a bit unlucky and only see small numbers of game, the rangers will then pay more attention smaller things in the bush (such as plants and insects). Just as with a gamedrive you will go out with a ranger / guide on a gamewalk. On foot you get a completely different experience: it is sometimes even possible to approach wildlife to a very short distance. It indeed is a very thrilling experience observing wildlife without the protection of a car. We do encourage participating in a gamewalk as it really is a very different experience. The minimum age for participating in a gamedrive is usually eight years, for a gamewalk this is fourteen.

Gamedrives normally take place twice a day: starting just after sunrise until 10 o'clock and from half past 3 until sunset. The Sabi Sands access gates maintains regular opening hours, normally from sunrise to sunset. This will be strictly adhered to for safety reasons. Please call ahead when you are delayed en route to your lodge: they will provide an escort from the gate to the lodge whenever possible.

05.30 hours: wake up call, 06.30 hours: after coffee / tea and morning snack start of morning activity, 09.30 hours: breakfast, 10.00 hours-15.00 hours: leisure time and lunch; 15.00 hours: second game activity, 19.00 hours: back in the lodge and dinner; 21.00 hours: coffee and drinks, leisure time; 22.00 hours: end of your day in the African bush.

In most lodges situated in private game reserves (such as Sabi Sands) all meals, as well as coffee and tea in included in the price. In some places breakfast and lunch are sometimes combined into brunch, depending on the kind of activity in the morning. Dinners usually take place at different locations in and around the main lodge building. So it can happen that one evening you are enjoying dinner in the traditional "boma", the next evening at the poolside, and maybe the last night outside the lodge in the African bush. Are you a vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements? Please inform your lodge accordingly, so that they can make sure to meet your requirements (they will be happy to so do). Arriving late? Please call the lodge ahead so they can arrange for you to have dinner at a later time.

You do not need to outfit yourself in special safari cloting in order to enjoy a South Africa safari. Some advice however: wear tranquil colours like green, khaki, brown and black so that you do not scare game away. Also take a warm sweater, scarf and hat with you. This is not a luxury whatsoever: mornings and evenings in an open safari vehicle get very cold (especially in South African winter). It is best to wear several layers. Also make sure to wear cloting with long sleeves and that cover your legs, this against mosquitos and plants when making a safari on foot. We always find it extremely handy to bring our own binoculars. To help you understand what animals you are seeing it is recommendable to bring a good field guide with you. An excellent book is "Watching wildlife: Southern Africa". A long established field guide for bird watchers is "Newman's Birds of Southern Africa".

South Africa is paradise for nature photographers. The best results are achieved by using a (digital) SLR camera with one or more lenses. For photography of wild animals a lens with a minimum range of 200mm is crucial, preferably a 300mm lens. For landscape photography, a wide angle lens (18 mm or less) is recommended. Beautiful portraits can be taken with lenses with a fixed focal length (usually a 50 mm lens provides good results) and large aperture. Don't feel like carrying big bags of photo equipment on your South Africa safari? A 18-200 mm telezoom lens produces beautiful pictures, and pretty much all subjects are within range. Important during your South Africa safari is protecting your valuable equipment: because you will probably also drive on untarred roads, dust easily gets into your car and may damage your camera. Make sure your camera is always protected by a quality dustfree bag.

In private game reserves and national parks with big game it is prohibited to get out of your car, unless accompanied by armed rangers/guides. Each and every year there are reports from South Africa of travellers ignoring this simple rule, with all its consequences. In the Sabi Sands you will drive yourself to and from the lodge of choice. What to do when you encounter wild animals on the road? Drive slowly and reverse the car when necessary. Do not make any loud noises. When staying in the lodge: listen carefully to the briefing provided by your ranger or accommodation staff. They always know what game is currently staying in the vicinity of the lodge. Many lodges are not fenced in, wildlife can freely enter the premises and will do so. For this reason it is not allowed to walk unaccompanied around the lodge after sunset. Would you like to go the main building, restaurant or bar, just call the reception and they will send someone to pick you up from your room.

Rate conditions:

  •  These rates are quoted per person, per night and are priced in South African Rand. They include accommodation as detailed, all food and drinks throughout the stay, 15% VAT and a South African Tourism Bed Levy.
  •  Rates are subject to change at any time. Minimum stays may apply subject to availability.
  •  Safari Suite & Safari Room can be booked individually within 4 months prior to guest arrival
  •  Cliff Lodge 1 and 2 can be booked individually within 4 months prior to guest arrival
  •  Guests under 16 years old are not permitted on bush walks
  •  Private Vehicle hire is available at an extra cost (2018) R12 100 (2019) R12 700 per day and must be pre-booked and is subject to availability


  • All drinks including a top quality wine list, fine champagne and premium branded spirits
  •  Twice daily game drives and a daily walking safari (the walking safari is subject to favourable weather conditions
  •  A fully equipped gymnasium situated at Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge. Cliff Lodge also features a small gym
  •  Tennis courts with viewing pavilion – racquets and balls supplied
  •  An observatory, perfect for stargazing
  •  Laundry Service (no dry cleaning available)
  •  Complimentary WiFi at each of the lodges and in your room
  •  Information talks on flora, fauna and conservation that can be organised on request for both adults and children
  •  Lounges at each lodge equipped with DVD’s, CD’s and a small library
  •  A Wine Lounge at rock Lodge and Wine Cellar at Safari Lodge with an adjacent outdoor dining area
  •  Really nice staff


  •  Flights between Johannesburg and Ulusaba’s private airstrip
  •  Road- and air transfers between other airports and lodges
  •  Aroma Boma beauty treatments at Rock- and Safari Lodge
  •  Wedding- and Honeymoon Packages – refer to a separate rate sheet
  •  Tours to the local community
  •  Photocopying, telephone, fax, email facilities and gift shop purchases
  •  Private Game Drives (subject to availability)
  •  Scenic helicopter flights over the bush to view spectacular sights such as God’s Window and the Blyde River Canyon – the world’s 3rd deepest canyon
  •  A Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution fee (GCC) of (2018) ZAR115 (2019) ZAR138 per person per night (including VAT) will be added to the booking invoice. This charge is compulsory


Festive Season Special rates as well as booking terms and conditions apply over our Festive Season for arrivals from 22nd December 2018 - 2nd
January 2019 There is a 3-night minimum stay applicable and specific arrival dates may apply. A 30% deposit is required upon
confirmation, with final payment (70%) payable 60 days prior to arrival for all bookings over this period. Deposits and final
payments are non-refundable. Rates for Christmas and New Year 2019/2020 will be confirmed in early 2019.
Group Bookings & Exclusive
The exclusive use rates below are quoted per lodge, per night and priced in South African Rand and are based on our published
rates. Please note, this  contract is for individual bookings only (less than 5 rooms), please direct Group and Exclusive Use
booking enquiries to our Reservation team to check the appropriate commission level and booking Terms & Conditions. Hiring
one or both lodges exclusively is ideal for weddings, birthdays or any type of gathering where you might like the place all to
yourselves! You’ll have full use of the lodge for the number of guests stated and your own game vehicles.
Children at Ulusaba Children of all ages are very welcome at Ulusaba's Rock Lodge and can join their parents on game drive once they are 6 years
old. Ulusaba Cubs Club provides complimentary babysitting throughout the stay and a range of complimentary activities
especially tailored to each family. At Safari Lodge all guests must be 12 years or older.
Children are charged as follows:
An infant is a guest under the age of 6: Free of Charge
A child is a guest between the ages of 6 and 11.99: R2700 per child per night. Our Kids go free offer applies for selected dates
when sharing with at least 1 adult. Please see separate offer details for full terms and conditions
Special Packages & Offers Romance & Wedding Packages; Wildlife & Winelands combination with Mont Rochelle; Kids go Free
Guide/Pilot rooms Please note, we do not have guide rooms, please check with our Reservations team regarding special rates and availability
Check-in/Check out 14.00hrs / 11.00hrs
Smoking Policy All rooms are non-smoking. Designated smoking areas are available
Official Hotel Rating 5*

General Information -
Children of all ages are in great hands at Ulusaba and very welcome to stay at Rock Lodge. Unfortunately, we can’t allow infants or children at Safari Lodge for safety reasons. As infants are unable to go on game drives they are very welcome to join our kids programme at Rock Lodge called Cub’s Club. Each infant is entertained with treasure hunts, games, books, DVDs and lots more. Baby-sitting is also available free of charge. Children can go on game drives with their parents or a guardian but are unable to participate in safari walks. Special food and beverages or simple snacks and light meals, such as sandwiches, can be prepared.

Just what is...?
An infant? A guest under the age of 6
A child? A guest between the ages of 6 and 12
An adult? A guest aged 12 years and over

In some rooms we can accommodate children on rollaway or fold-out beds. In these cases where adults are paying double or triple rates, extra children will be accommodated at the rates detailed below. Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed on the Sabi Sand Reserve, we may not be able to accommodate extra children in rooms – please contact us for details, availability and rates for your requirements. Typically children would be charged as follows, however due to our 'Kids go Free' offer, the below rates for additional rollaway beds do not apply.

Children are charged as follows: (only when the ‘Kids go Free’ offer doesn’t apply)

  •  Infants stay free of charge provided they share with at least one adult
  •  1 child sharing with 1 adult will be charge (2018) ZAR2,550 (2019) ZAR2,700 per night on top of the adult single occupancy rate
  •  1 child sharing with 2 adults, will be charged (2018) ZAR2,550 (2019) ZAR2,700 per night on top of the double occupancy rate
  •  1 child in her/her own room is charged at the adult single occupancy rate
  •  2 or more children in their own room are charged (2018) ZAR2,550 (2019) ZAR2,700 per night on top of the adult single occupancy rate

Payment and Confirmation
Full payment of accommodation charges (and all charges for additional arrangements made by the Company including sums due to external tour, transport or transfer operators) is due from the Client not later than 42 days prior to the Guest’s proposed arrival date at Ulusaba. Please note that if a payment is not received on time or in the correct amount we reserve the right to release the booking, regardless of any payment(s) already received.

Cancellation by the Client

We strongly recommend that all Guests purchase adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances and the Client shall advise all Guests of this recommendation. You must send us all cancellations clearly and in writing. This should be done by letter, fax or email  

  • Cancellations received more than 42 days prior to the Guest’s proposed arrival date will not incur a cancellation penalty. 
  • Cancellations received between 42 and 31 days prior to a Guest’s proposed arrival date, will incur a 50% penalty. 
  • Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to the Guest’s proposed arrival date will incur a 100% penalty. 
  • The Client is also liable for any payments outstanding on the date upon which the cancellation is received by the Company. 
  • Please note that there may also be cancellation fees levied by third parties such as transfer operators. The Company will advise the Client of these once it becomes aware of them and, if requested, the Client will reimburse the Company in respect of such charges forthwith.

Note on Exclusive Use and Group Bookings
Exclusive Use Bookings’ mean bookings of 7 rooms or more at either Rock- or Safari Lodge using exclusive use rates, and ‘Group Bookings’ shall mean bookings for 5 or more rooms to be utilised by one party of individuals using individual rates.

Conservation Fees
Please note, any self-driving guests entering Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve will be charged conservation fees (charges apply to passengers and vehicle).
These rates are not included within our accommodation rates.  

When you’re at Ulusaba…

Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on the twice daily game drives traversing an area of 13,500 hectares, accompanied by a fully trained and experienced ranger and tracker Nose and swirl around a few South African reds and whites in the wine cellar at Safari Lodge Experience traditional music in the great outdoors while you dine by firelight and starlight Unwind with a soothing Aroma Boma beauty treatment (at an additional cost)

A Tipical Day
We thought we would give you a little taster as to what you can expect on a typical day at Ulusaba! You can do as little or as much as you like, it’s completely up to you!
5 AM Rise and shine! The early morning game drive sets off at 5.30AM, but before you depart we have early morning teas, coffees and refreshments served on the main terrace.
5.30 AM Off we go! We will depart on the morning game drive in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, stopping for refreshments in the heart of the South African bush.
9AM Breakfast time! Retreat back to the lodge for breakfast with your Ranger.
10AM It wouldn’t be a holiday if you didn’t have a bit of R&R! We recommend any of our spa treatments in the Aroma Boma spa (available at an additional charge). For those seeking more adventure you can get up close and personal with the animals during our walking safari (don’t worry an armed Ranger and Tracker will be with you at all times!)
1.30PM It’s lunch time! Lunch is served often on one of the sundecks.
4PM Before heading off on the evening game drive we will tempt you with our afternoon tea served on the patio.
4.30 PM Game on! It’s time to depart for the evening game drive. Search for those elusive nocturnal animals after sundowner drinks served in the bush. Next it’s onto our Bush observatory where our game ranger will give you the chance for some stargazing in the South African bush.
8PM Dinner is served! We serve dinner at the Lodge or in the heart of the bush, under the African skies around a blazing log fire. Enjoy the tribal dancers and singers for a truly authentic African experience.
Timings are based on stays during the Summer. Winter times are up to 30 minutes later than time shown above

How many people can stay at the lodges? - Safari Lodge can accommodate 22 guests sharing 11 rooms and Rock Lodge can accommodate between 20 and 25 guests sharing 10 rooms and suites. Cliff Lodge, located at Rock Lodge, is ideal for smaller groups and families of up to 5 adults and 4 children.
Additional guests may be accommodated in some rooms.
It is possible to accommodate extra adults and children in some of our double rooms and suites; in these cases the charge will be ZAR 2,000 per person, per night with extra guests being accommodated on fold-out or rollaway beds. Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed in the Sabi Sand Reserve, we may not be able to accommodate extra guests in rooms - please contact us for details.

Can I get married at Ulusaba?
Of course! Elope to the Bush or plan a big event with all your family and friends. We’ve thought of everything to make it the most magical wedding
possible – what better place to tie the knot?! Please ask about one of our packages, or our team can happily create a custom-made wedding for you. If you can’t get married here, include Ulusaba in your celebration and visit us on your Honeymoon!

Can I hire Ulusaba exclusively?
Absolutely! Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, wedding or just a great opportunity to experience a safari with family, friends or colleagues, the Ulusaba team are on hand to cater for all requests. You have the choice of hiring one of the lodges separately or both the lodges together. Please ask us for more details.

What’s included at Cliff Lodge?
Cliff Lodge has two suites which are perfect for smaller groups and families. Located just a short stroll away from the Main House at Rock Lodge, Cliff Lodge 1 is a spacious two bedroom suite with one large bedroom and 2 small pull-out beds, as well as a second smaller bedroom which can accommodate one adult and two small children. The suite features a private swimming pool, gym and mini Aroma Boma Spa. Cliff Lodge 2 is a spacious one bedroom suite with a large lounge area and outdoor viewing deck with Jacuzzi. When you hire both suites for exclusive use you will have your own chef and private vehicle for game drives. Cliff Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 5 adults and 4 children when booked exclusively.

What clothing and footwear will I need?
For game drives, you should wear pale or neutral colours. In summer (October to April), these should be lightweight, but take a windbreaker or light jacket for evenings. In winter (May to September) take a jumper/sweater, fleece or warm jacket too. Trainers/sneakers are fine for safari walks, and it’s a good idea to bring a hat and sunglasses – for all seasons. You can wear whatever you like around the lodges and dining rooms. Formal wear isn’t always practical, but of course it’s up to you. Make sure you don’t forget your swimsuit.

Do you cater for special diets?
Our African inspired menu is one of the highlights of your stay. But we understand that some people have special requirements and personal favourites too. Let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have exactly what you need.

Do I need to take precautions against malaria?
The Mpumalanga province, including the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, is in a malaria endemic area so it is very important to seek advice on appropriate precautions before you travel. During your stay it is still important to cover up with insect repellent. We provide an excellent one in your room, but bring your
own stick or roll-on repellent to take out on game drives and for when you first arrive in Mpumalanga. All rooms have mosquito nets too.

What can I do during the day?
Well of course there are the twice daily game drives. One starts early in the morning around 5am and the other leaves in the afternoon at about 4pm. Each drive lasts for approximately 31⁄2 hours. The more adventurous may opt for a walking safari after breakfast to learn about the local plants and wildlife and for some more in-depth knowledge on how to track animals. If you want to take it easy, soak up the sun by the pools, read a book, or relax with a Spa treatment. Energetic types can have a hit of tennis or work out in the gym where the views will take your mind off all that hard work. Others may prefer
to go on one of our cultural, wildlife or scenic tours including helicopter trips or a tour of the local community. Volunteer safari You can now incorporate a volunteering experience into your stay at Ulusaba. Our team will create bespoke itineraries to participate in hands-on projects within the local communities,
based around your own skills and interests. Just ask our reservations team for more details.

Arrival and departure details
Check-in is officially 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier we’ll make every effort to have a room ready for you, but if not we’ll look after your bags so you can start enjoying yourself. Check-out is officially 11am however we are flexible. Just ask us the night before you leave.

Medical information
We have first aid equipment at both lodges along with staff trained in administering first aid. 24-hour Emergency Trauma Paramedics and 4 x 4 ambulances are available in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Doctors provide telephone or personal consultations to guests with minor aches and injuries, but this will be charged, so make sure you have appropriate travel insurance.

Staying in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is about making safaris and exploring South Africa's wild nature. It allows you to spot big game in a natural enviornment, the dream of so many travellers. But what is it that you can expect when staying in one of the private game reserves? What is a game drive? And should you bring special gear with you? Here is some more information to help you on your way when going for a South Africa safari.

Sabi Sands is the best place in the world to see the Big Five

Seeing the "Big Five" in the wild is one of the most memorable things one can ever experience. The African continent is the only place in the world where big game still roams freely in great numbers. In particular the Kruger National Park area and the neighboring private game reserves are famous for the incredible possibilities seeing the Big Five up close. The term "Big Five" is reminiscent of the old safari hunting days. The name is not derived from the size of the animals as many people believe. Rather, these five animals proved to be the five animals that were the most difficult to hunt. Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers excellent possibilities for viewing Africa's Big Five.


The most elusive of the Big Five. The African leopard occurs mostly throughout the whole of Southern Africa. The best chance of seeing them is in trees, which they use as observation platform or as a safe resting place. Leopards are real masters of disguise: if they don't want to be seen you can be sure not to see them. Sabi Sands proves to be an excellent place to see these magnificent big cats, an possible the best in the world as leopards are spotted on a very regular basis.


Masters of the African savannah and probably the most exciting animals that can be seen when on a African safari. Lions usually live in prides that consists of a few females, their cubs and a couple of young males. It is most likely that you will see lion when asleep as they rest up to twenty hours per day. They are most active early morning and at sunset. The Sabi Sands is privileged to have some very healthy lion prides in the area. Some of these are so famous that they have their own Facebook community.


Although this animal is sometimes referred to as a bush cow, do not underestimate its capabilities. It has been recorded that an African buffalo can run faster than an astounding 55 kilometres per hour. It is a rather common species that can be found throughout Southern Africa. Male buffalos can weigh up to 700 kilograms. Buffalos can be notoriously bad tempered, especially when cornered or wounded they can become very aggressive.


This grey giant is the largest living land mammal. Also elephants are widepread throughout Southern Africa and live in a variety of different habitats. They can survive in desert environments, but are most commonly found in woodlands, forests and savannahs. Elephants are among the most social animals living in groups up to a hundred individuals. There is nothing more impressive that being amidst a large herd.


Two species of rhino can be found in South Africa, the square-lipped (white) rhino and hooked-lipped (black) rhino. These are not names that refer to the colour of the rhino, they both are pretty much grey. The white rhino's name comes from the Dutch word "wijd", meaning wide and refers to the wide muzzle of this particular specie. Black rhinos are much less often spotted, also in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. A group of rhinos is referred to as a "crash".


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