The 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Reserve contains one of the finest collections of private game viewing lodges and properties in the world. With the fences removed between Kruger National Park and the reserve, animals are free to move into the prime terrain within its boundaries. Big Five game viewing seems to dominate in the reserve and the quantity and viewing quality of African mammals, birds and reptiles is excellent in many of the properties we have visited. Because it is managed as a private reserve, it is possible for guests, in many of the smaller reserves within the Sabi Sand Reserve, to experience night drives and go off-road to view the Big Five mammals up close.
An association of freehold landowners, the reserve includes many commercial safari lodges. What they share is a common environmental management program administered by a warden who reports to an elected executive committee. The reserve is named for the Sabie River on its southern border and the Sand River which crosses through 50 kilometers of the reserve.