Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the Reserve?

By Air-

Typically guests are inclined to take regularly scheduled shuttle flights from O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Flights are the fastest and the most convenient option to the Sabi Sands. Depending on the lodge, guests can arrive into Skukuza, Hoedspuit, and Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA). Please consult your travel consultant to find out the best airline, and airport to fly into to begin your adventure.

By Road –

While most people do fly into the Sabi Sands area, guests are also welcome to come by road, utilizing rental vehicles or private ground transfers. It is 450km from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sands reserve. Each gate entrance services specific lodges. Clients are welcome to ask their travel consultant about which gate is closest to their lodge.

Do I need to take Malaria tablets?

The Sabi Sands is not a Malaria free region.  Chemoprophylaxis are the medications used to prevent the chances of contracting malaria.  The illness is more prevalent in the wet summer season from October to April. It is always best to consult your local medical practitioner about taking anti-malarial tablets, and the best decision that can be made with the information he or she can give you.

There are other ways in which to prevent being bitten as a precaution.

  • Wear pants, long socks, and light weight long sleeved shirts to cover your skin.
  • Insect repellent is sold in most curio shops at the lodges.
  • Close windows and doors between evening and morning times.

What is the Sabi Sand entrance fee used for?

When arriving by car or by air there is a fee to enter the reserve. This fee is utilized for the maintenance and conservation of the park itself. It is a once off payment that is paid directly by the guests. Please note that these fees can change without prior notification.

Do you have information on the Game Drive Vehicles?

On game drives, guests are able to get a lot closer to the wildlife. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it will never cause them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 vehicles.

Toyota Land Cruisers or Landrovers. Most lodges’ vehicles can take a maximum of 8 guests. These vehicles may or may not have a canopy cover, so bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

Do lodges accept children, what activities are available to them?

There are a handful of lodges that are happy to accommodate children of all ages. All of the lodges that do allow children will let children starting from 6 years of age and older onto regular game drives at the game ranger’s discretion.

Typically, children under the age of 6 are still able to receive the full adventure experience by joining a ‘bumble drive’ or other interactive activities. The bumble drive will generally take place after the morning game drive’s return and is a bit shorter. Children and parents have breakfast together then embark on their own excursion with a game ranger who is happy to educate, interact, and track wildlife with the children.

Although, not all child-friendly lodges offer this option, there are still many activities that can be arranged for our little safari explorers. Please ask your consultant if you are interested in visiting a specific lodge and the child activities that are offered.

Can guests drive around in the reserve with their own vehicle?

Many guests do not realize how large the Sabi Sands Reserve actually is. Guests that are planning to stay in two different lodges over the course of their holiday are advised to book lodges that are on the same side of the Sand River. Guests are advised this so they don’t have to travel the 3-4 hours to enter the Gowrie Gate, and have to pay entrance fees again.

Guests staying at two lodges on either South or North of the Sand River are able to travel within the reserve to the next lodge guests will be staying. Guests must advise the front desk of departure from the lodge so that the receiving lodge can be made aware.

Driving Rules and reminders:

  • Travel directly the destination lodge, deviating from the route is seen as suspicious to rangers protecting at risk animals
  • Do not exceed the speedlimit of 40km/hour
  • Remain a respectable distance from willd animals
  • Do not litter or feed wild animals
  • Remain in your vehicle at all times