The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is privately owned by various owners and shares an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. There are more than 50 different camps and lodges available, and the rates vary greatly from lodge to lodge. The list of lodges below is not exhaustive, but these are some of our favourite game lodges in different price ranges, based on our personal experiences at each lodge.
The Sabi Sand is broadly divided into two sections, the northern sector and the southern sector. It is not wise to visit a lodge in the north and another lodge in the south on the same trip, as you will not be able to transfer directly between these sectors. You would have to exit the game reserve and drive around, which takes about 2 to 3 hours. Generally speaking, the more affordable lodges are situated in the northern section of the Sabi Sand.
Lodge prices range from below $500 USD pp per night to over $2000 USD pp per night. We add no booking fees and our best price guarantee means you'll always pay the lowest rate when booking via Wild Wings.
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Arathusa Safari Lodge is a reasonably affordable game lodge situated in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. The lodge looks out over the open plains and African bush.
Chitwa Chitwa is one of the top safari lodges in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the famous Greater Kruger National Park. It overlooks a large watering hole where there is usually some wildlife activity to look at. This recently upgraded, luxury safari lodge accommodates guests in gracious, modern African style suites, most of which have a stunning view overlooking the waterhole.
Leadwood Lodge is the perfect choice when you're looking for something more special, more private, more luxurious. It has only three suites, well spaced apart for privacy and is the ultimate honeymoon or small group, exclusive-use destination. Set on a confluence, it offers terrific views out over the Sand River.
Dulini is an exclusive and intimate private game lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, sharing unfenced borders with the Greater Kruger Park. The area offers some of the most superb game viewings and is renowned for its common sightings of the Big 5. A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated in six luxurious stone and thatch cottages, each with a view over the seasonal Mabrak River.
Totally modern with every luxury, comfort and convenience, Dulini River Lodge offers you old-fashioned luxury, indulgence and personalised service. Its six luxurious suites are elevated to look over the perennial Sand River and its bushveld surrounds.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated on the banks of the dry Manyeleti river overlooking a permanent waterhole in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. This affordable 4-star lodge is an excellent safari destination offering prime game viewing and perfect photographic opportunities.
Inyati Private Game Lodge is situated in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, one of the largest and most prestigious conservancies of Greater Kruger National Park. Its superb river frontage attracts a great diversity of wildlife. Guests are accommodated in 11 luxury thatched chalets with spectacular views of the surrounding, unspoilt bush.
Kirkman's Kamp is a colonial-style, 5-star lodge reminiscent of the 1920s era, with its origins as a traditional South African homestead. It is situated in the Sabi Sand Reserve, famous for its excellent Big 5 game viewing. Kirkman's occupies one of the most elevated sites in the Sabi Sands Reserve, ensuring endless views of pristine wilderness and the Sand River, which flows most of the year round. The area is reputed to have the greatest diversification of animal species on the African Continent.
Leopard Hills is situated within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. This luxury 5-star lodge is built on a hill that overlooks a natural waterhole and boasts eight glass-fronted suites with spectacular views.
The magnificent award-winning Ivory Lodge is situated in the south-eastern corner of the Sabi Sand Reserve. This luxury lodge overlooks the Kruger National Park and the Sabie River which flows all year round. Ivory Lodge offers stylish, sophisticated accommodation in six private and secluded villas.
Luxurious Narina Lodge, Lion Sands Reserve, has a prime location in the Kruger National Park, with access to both the Sabie and Sand Rivers, which makes for an abundance and diversity of game viewing guaranteed to give you a superb safari experience. Various activities include off-road, open vehicle safaris and guided bush walks.
Lion Sands River lodge is a stylish, comfortable 5-star safari destination. The lodge overlooks the Sabie River and Kruger National Park beyond, and offers some of the best game viewing in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge has 18 luxury thatched suites, private wooden viewing decks, conference facilities, a health spa and gym.