The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, sometimes referred to as part of the “Greater Kruger”, is separated into a number of traversing sections so that the game rangers and trackers of specific safari lodges can take guests onto adjoining properties for game drives.
Open 4×4 vehicles with hop-on seats situated on the front left of the bonnet are used for game drives so that the tracker can scan the bush and dirt roads for signs and “spoor” (tracks) of animals. The tracker is constantly communicating with the ranger who is driving the vehicle and together they lead guests to large and small game.
Rangers who are in the different traversing areas keep in constant radio contact with each other so they can be aware of animal sightings all over the reserve. This allows them to be able to show visitors a vast selection of game as they always know where there is animal activity.
Aside from showing guests the “Big Five”, the knowledgeable rangers also inform guests about the animals’ behaviour, interesting birds and plants and even the night skies.
The wild leopard is an extremely elusive animal and people can often only speak about getting glimpses of this majestic creature. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is one of the best places in Africa to see leopard, as the cats have become accustomed to the safari vehicles, going about their regular activities allowing guests to observe them for far longer.
What Guests Can Expect
On one of South Africa’s exclusive safaris in the Sabi Sands, the day usually begins with an early wake up just before sunrise when guests can either enjoy a hot cup of coffee in their room (or on their private deck), or enjoy fresh, warm croissants, muffins and rusks with other guests on the central deck after which guests depart for the game drive.
The morning game drive usually lasts around three hours. Afterwards guests are taken back to the lodge in time for a leisurely breakfast. Typically, guests then have the choice to go on a guided walk or simply relax until lunchtime.
Guests meet up for tea and cake at around 4pm before leaving for the afternoon game drive. The ranger chooses a scenic or unique location for “sun downer” drinks and some snacks. The game drive carries on after sunset with the use of spotlights so that guests have the opportunity to see nocturnal creatures.
Once back at the lodge guests can enjoy a bath or shower, a hearty dinner and possibly indulge in a nightcap, before going back to their luxury suite to dream about what the next day in the bush might offer.
The lodges at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve do differ in respect to their location, localised game, number of guests accommodated in total, layout and style.
Notten’s Bush Camp is situated in the heart of the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve in and offers luxury Mpumalanga safari travel. Notten’s Bush Camp provides guests with a wealth of activities to enjoy. The most exhilarating activities would have to be going on game drives and discovering the African bush on foot with a professional ranger. The lodge is also perfect for bird enthusiasts.
Guests can relish the scrumptious cuisine served at Notten’s Bush Camp during their safari holiday at Sabi Sands as there is a wide mix of international and traditional South African cuisine served either in the Boma (outdoor enclosure) under the beautiful African sky or summer house. There is a large menu providing options for vegetarians as well.
Guests can unwind at the Notten’s Nature Spa with a relaxing beauty treatment and be pampered with a range of treatment options including a number of massages and sports therapies. Massages are also available to guests in their own room or viewing deck. Golf trips to Skukuza Golf Course can also be arranged. The course is only 45 minutes away.
A trip to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve will leave guests with a lifetime of memories, making them want to return to relish more of the magic of the African bush.