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Sabi Sand Game Reserve Safari

Our second destination was Idube in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a private game reserve in South Africa made up of various land-owners bordering the Kruger National Park. This is one of the leading private game reserves in South Africa, operating under a ‘conservancy’ type principal where the land owners have dropped their internal fences to create a large protected area, which in this case is open to the immense Kruger National Park, meaning that animals can move across a huge area, some 20 000 square km to be precise. Now, if you’ve seen photos of Leopards posing perfectly for the camera, almost too good to be true, then the chances are that those photos were taken here in the Sabi Sands. The big cat viewing can be unbelievable, to say the least, though even this reserve has its ups and downs in the game viewing cycle, and we definitely hit it on a peak, that’s how good it was. We were staying at Idube, and from there the clients moved on to Idube’ s sister lodge, Lukimbi, on the Lwakahle Concession in the southern Kruger National Park. These concessions are large blocks of land far away from any tourist infrastructure that are leased to private lodge operators, in a way blending the Kruger National Park with the private game reserve lodge experience. We didn’t have any guides staying with the clients at Lukimbi, hence the lack of photos from that portion of the tour. From Lukimbi there we moved on to the quaint and charming world of Mkhaya Game Reserve in Swaziland, and then ended off at Tembe Elephant Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

All in all it was another excellent safari with the ‘Aussie’ contingent, and we look forward to their return in April 2017 (for something a bit different…)

Leon Marais
Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris 
Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris are South Africa’s original birding outfit, offering top class set-departure, memorable custom wildlife safaris and birding tours in South Africa.

Originally Published: 28 Jul 2016

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