The Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Renowned for its Big Five game viewing, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve – within which Cheetah Plains Private Game reserve is located – lies adjacent to the south-west corner of The Kruger National Park, where it shares a 50km border. There are no fences between the two reserves, allowing game to move freely between the two areas and as a result, the reserve offers some of the most exceptional wildlife in Southern Africa. Of particular interest are the leaps of leopards that traverse the areas – beautiful, large, majestic cats.

Two rivers cross Sabi Sand – the Sabi River on its boundary in the south and the Sand River that flows from North-West to South-East. This has resulted in an abundance of leopard, lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hyena and a wide variety of antelope and other species.

To date 330 tree, 45 fish, 30 amphibian, 110 reptile, 500 bird and 145 mammal species have been noted in Sabi Sand! A number of endangered species have also made the reserve their home, and visitors to the area are often given a rare glimpse of bats, honey badgers, ground hornbills and wild dogs.

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve was formed in 1934, and was the forerunner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which was established in 1948. As such it became the oldest private game reserve in South Africa and the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa.

A formal association of landowners, many operating commercial safaris, Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s goal is to promote and conserve the fauna and flora in the area, and preserve the area as a wildlife sanctuary. All lodges in the greater Sabi Sand area are involved in environmental management such as alien plant control, combating erosion, monitoring wildlife, anti-poaching and fire control.