Sabi Sands Game reserve

Country: South Africa (Coordinates: -24.927937, 31.524938 )
Size: 65,000 Hectares
Ecoregion: Terrestrial - Temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands
Status: VCA Bronze

Sabi Sand Wildtuin, named after the Sabi and Sand Rivers that flow through the game reserve is located in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.

Situated approximately 450 kilometres (279.6 miles) from Johannesburg via Nelspruit and Hazyview, Sabi Sand shares a 50 kilometre (31.25 miles) unfenced border with the Kruger National Park.

The reserve is well known for its exceptional leopard sightings, and is home to over 300 bird species, 145+ mammal species, 30+ amphibian species, 110+ reptile species and 45+ fish species.To add to these impressive animal species lists, are the 330+ tree species that can be found on the reserve. All these species are indigenous to the area and because of limited farming practices in the past, the environment is nearly pristine.

The reserve is made up of 23 lodges dedicated to wildlife conservation which have taken steps towards promoting sustainable practices and the well-being not only of the wildlife but the land and the communities that live in the area.

The Sabi Sand Reserve has become known as the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in the whole of Southern Africa. This is because the reserve aims and continues to promote and conserve the wildlife, flora and fauna in the area and to provide a wilderness sanctuary that protects and preserves every inhabitant within its borders.

Conservation at Sabi Sands includes the constant application of environmental management such as the removal of alien plant species which threaten indigenous plant life, fire management, road maintenance, waste-water disposal and the creation of an effective water cycle.

A strict 'non-interference' policy is in place when it comes to animals in the wild which are injured or hurt in some way. Occasionally it is deemed necessary to take action when the injury is as a result of human intervention or if the animal concerned is a member of an endangered species.

Sustainable tourism at Sabi Sabi includes the offer of an exceptional safari experience for all guests and the earning of foreign currency. Consistent high standards throughout ensure popularity across the board.

Among other conservation actions, the reserve runs a number of environmental management programs where they tackle problems such as wildlife diseases such as bovine TB and foot and mouth disease, soil erosion, wildlife densities in comparison to habitat availability and the control and prevention of bushveld fires.