Septembre est considéré comme le meilleur moment pour visiter la réserve de gibier de Sabi Sands, mais l'observation des animaux pique pendant les mois d'hiver secs, entre mai et septembre. Parce que les animaux se rassemblent autour des points d'eau, il est préférable d'éviter les visites de novembre à mars, lorsque de fortes pluies et un accès facile à l'eau rendent les animaux plus difficiles à repérer.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Sabi Sands attracts visitors looking for luxury and wildlife—think spa treatments overlooking the African bush.
- Bring warm clothes for the chilly open-air game drives.
- All Sabi Sands game drives and walks are guided and you can not explore on your own.
- There are multiple entrances to the park so use the gate that accesses your lodge of choice (a map can be found on the reserve’s website).
How to Get There
There are multiple small airports located in the Sabi Sands region, making it easy to reach the park from Johannesburg or Cape Town with a combination of a flight and a shuttle. You can also fly into the reserve itself on a small plane—most of the lodges have their own airport. If you are traveling by car you can take the N4 from Johannesburg.
When to Get There
It is best to visit Sabi Sands in the dry season/winter, from May through September. The lack of foliage makes it easier to spot wildlife through the bush. The dry season also means animals are likely to congregate around watering holes, making viewing easier. Additionally, winter is South Africa’s low season so the park will not be as crowded.
Spotting Leopards in Sabi Sands Sabi Sands is known as one of the best places in the world for spotting leopards—frequently the most difficult animal to tick off the “big five” checklist. This can be attributed to the private reserve’s conservation management techniques coupled with the area’s animals being habituated to human activity. Guided game drives also increase the likelihood of spotting leopards because guides know where to look and are trained at picking them out despite their camouflage.