If prestige is your criteria for game reserves in South Africa, you will find the most prestigious being the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It's located in the south western corner of the most famous game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is renowned for its incredible leopard sightings and encounters. It really doesn't get any wilder than this. 65 000 hectares of African bush and no fences between the Kruger Park means a vast amount of wildlife traverse these parts. Of course, a chance to see the Big Five is almost guaranteed. Luxury safaris come standard with all the bells and whistles and these are our top 5 accommodation choices when going on safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve:
Ulusaba Safari Lodge offers beautiful tree-house style accommodation with a celebrated wellness spa. These wooden 'Robinson Crusoe' themed rooms are all connected by rope swing bridges and are situated high on a mountain top. Spectacular scenery is a given and with only 11 air conditioned, well equipped rooms, intimacy is a distinct advantage when staying at Ulusaba Safari Lodge. Some of the rooms come with a small private plunge pool for those hot African days and delicious gourmet cuisine is expertly prepared and presented.
Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is the ideal riverside safari experience. It's intimate and exclusive with only 6 beautifully appointed thatched suites. Each secluded suite has a private viewing deck and heated spa bath that looks directly onto the nearby riverbed. As you well know, where's there is water, there is life in the African bush. This accommodation is the perfect setting for honeymoons or romantic getaways.
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is dedicated to the eco-friendly safari experience. They are dedicated to ecologically sustainable tourism and have implemented many procedures and features while still maintain their high standard of luxury and sophistication. The Amani Spa offers wellness treatments to sooth away stress and private plunge pools offer a welcome dip after thrilling game drives.
This colonial style safari destination is a great choice for child friendly luxury accommodation. On the banks of the Sand River, it offers a range of activities specifically designed around families and children. 7 chalets overlook the river and are shaded by a canopy of Ebony and Matumi trees. The Cubs Club is a favourite with the kids and teach them about the intricacies of the African bush. While the kids are occupied, parents can spend time enjoying a massage or fishing.
This is a sublime accommodation option when going on safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Romance is present with candlelit dinners in the middle of the African bush, while sleeping in 6 secluded cottages, all beautifully decorated and furnished. This is the safari lodge that has an 'out of Africa' feel and each cottage is hidden from another, ensuring a private setting. Private decks and plunge pools are designed to relax and rejuvenate after game drives.