South Africa Sabi Sands

South Africa


South Africa Sabi Sands

Sabi Sand, South Africa, is a group of game reserves on the southwestern corner of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Located on South Africa’s northwest corner, in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga region, the park offers extraordinary close encounters with wildlife. These include seeing the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). The Reserve is also home to a host of other animals!

The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve offers a luxury South African safari experience, combining unrivalled Big Five game viewing and the best safari lodges in South Africa. There are no restricting fences between the Kruger Park and Sabi Sands Reserve and the wildlife roams freely between the two game reserves. This private tour features charming luxury lodges and intimate hotels with the best locations for exploring, the best design and style, the best atmosphere, the best food and wine, and the most friendly, welcoming and unobtrusive service.

And, experience Cape Peninsula and Stellenbosch winelands. 

What We Love
  • In Cape Peninsula near Cape Town, visit the Boulders Penguin Colony
  • Enjoy personalised wine tastings at some of South Africa's premier vineyards
  • Stay at a private game reserve renowned for its wildlife, including the Big Five.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes
Need to Know
  • This trip may require walking and 4x4 drive on rough surfaces.
  • We carefully select the world's best safari operators in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We can arrange other preferred luxury safari properties of your choice.
  • We can arrange private air charters to lodges throughout South Africa. 

South Africa Sabi Sands Safari

Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Sabi Sands Game Reserve
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive South Africa
Cape Town Arrive Cape Town and transfer to your hotel for check-in and evening at leisure.
Le Vendome

Day 02 – Tour
Cape Peninsula Full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard, to Hout Bay. From Hout Bay, travel to Noordhoek and through Ou Kaapse Weg. Proceed to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where you are able to ride the Funicular to the viewpoint where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. On leaving the Nature Reserve, proceed to Simonstown, for a short stop at Boulders Beach. Nestled in historic Simon's Town in South Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony is part of the Cape Peninsula National Park. Almost 3000 African (jackass) penguins, so called because their call resembles the bray of a donkey, reign supreme amidst rounded rocks and fish-filled False Bay. Return to Cape Town later this afternoon.
Hotel Le Vendome (B)

Day 03 – Tour
Cape Town Morning “Walk to Freedom Tour”. Begin with a tour of the vibrant Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) where the breezes carry the scent of spicy curries, and then on to the District Six Museum, which dramatically documents the tragic disintegration of this once-vibrant community by the apartheid government. From there, tour Langa, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Western Cape townships and visit the Tsoga Environmental Gardens. Continue to Guguletu gaining invaluable insights into the cultures and history of each township. Then sample a slice of township life with a visit to an informal spaza shop, a shebeen (pub) and hostels. This afternoon, board a ferryboat to Robben Island. Your tour to the island includes the ferry trip there and back, an island tour and a tour of the prison with a former political prisoner as your guide. The trip is 3 ½ hours which includes the 1/2-hour ferry trip each way.
Hotel Le Vendome (B)

Day 04 – Winelands
Stellenbosch Fulll day tour of the Cape Winelands. A 45-minute drive from Cape Town brings you to this area where splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history. Taste the fruit of the vintner's labour in the magnificent surrounds that are so characteristic of the Winelands, or join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the precious harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover's delight. Later this afternoon, transfer to Stellenbosch, and your hotel for check-in.
Batavia Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 05 – Winelands
Stellenbosch Today you have the opportunity to relax and explore your surrounds. Other than wine tasting, the Winelands have a number of activities to offer the active visitor including; fly-fishing, hiking trails, museums, art galleries and craft centres.
Batavia Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 06 – Transfer
Sabi Sands Game Reserve Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. On arrival you are met by lodge staff and transferred to Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, where you will spend 3 nights. After checking in, you will have the opportunity to freshen up before lunch. Spend some time relaxing, before departing on a game drive late this afternoon. Return to the lodge after dark, for dinner.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 07 & 08 – Safari
Sabi Sands Game Reserve Enjoy two full days of game viewing activities in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the Southern portion of the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve (southern Kruger National Park region), an area well known for its spectacular game viewing. Lion Sands has exclusive access to the Sabie River. From its source high up in the Drakensberg mountain range where it passes through the famous Mac Mac falls, the river through Lion Sands teems with wildlife.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 09 – Transfer
Departure After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you are transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga In Airport in time to connect with your return flight* to Johannesburg. (B)

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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Recommended Price: 5-star: GBP 400 - £700 per person per day, excl. flights
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility & quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Johannesburg with its O.R. Tambo International Airport is the air transport hub of Southern Africa and is linked to the rest of the world by major airlines. Other international airports are located in Cape Town and Durban, but few flights from Europe or America fly directly to either destination. There is a good network of internal flights.

Travelling around South Africa is mostly by car and a good range of car rental companies are available. The road system is amongst the best in Africa. However, travelling off the beaten track to the national parks is virtually impossible by public transport. This is mostly organised by local tour operators.

When to go The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks in South Africa is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. The climate of South Africa is generally mild throughout the country with warm, sunny days and cool nights. There's really not a bad time to visit, but winter is a good time (especially October) if you are going for a safari – grass is short, and the animals tend to gather around watering holes.

In winter, due to altitude, temperatures drop to the freezing point, and in places even lower. Snow is a possibility June-August in the mountain areas. It generally rains in the afternoon during the summer (November-February) everywhere in the country except in the Cape Province, where it rains during the winter.