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Safari in Sabi Sands

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Safari in Sabi Sands

I would like to do a safari in Sabi Sands private game reserve in February or March 2013 but have no idea what place to choose. My budget would be mid-range. Any suggestions on a place to visit?

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1. Re: Safari in Sabi Sands

Mid range as in mid range South Africa or as in mid range Sabie Sands? That will make a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG difference.

Maybe let the forum know your budget idea to be able to give good advise.

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2. Re: Safari in Sabi Sands

I suggest Lion Sands - check out the superior luxury rooms which face on to the river, then you can also spend one night at Chalkley House. They also have a special offer where you can stay for 2 night free in Cape Town. have a look - its a fantastic offer. If that is out of your budget, look at Umkumbe Lodge, for value for money.

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3. Re: Safari in Sabi Sands

Hi there Catherine!

First of all, I wish you the best for your trip to South Africa - We have such amazing natural areas here, it's great that so many people want to come check it all out.

For what I am used to as a 'mid range' price, I would recommend Elephant Plains as a good starting point. Further to this, Cheetah Plains and Arathusa are also excellent choices.

If you want to look outside of Sabi Sands, nThambo Tree Camp in the Klaserie is one of my personal favorites for their laid back luxury at non-luxury prices.

Out of all the above Sabi Sands locations, Elephant Plains or Arathusa would be my top pick for a mid range budget.

But, as Klaus has stated, please kindly provide a little bit more info regarding exact budget per person per night so that we can help you out further :-).

All the best, and wishing you a WONDERFUL trip,

Jacqui

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i am living in Pretoria but am a little new to South Africa and am unsure how I would travel to any of the Sabi Sands resorts. I have looked into it a little bit in the past and could fly to Neilspruit but the transfer fee for Sabi Sands was extremely expensive ... I do drive but the distance seemed like i might need to do it in perhaps 2 days....Does anyone have a suggestion?

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Hi Catherine!

The drive can easily be done in one day - We often drive from PTA to Hoedspruit, which is a further 2 or so hours away.

The drive will take you +- 5 hours, depending on where you decide to stay in Sabi Sands.

Unfortunately the cost for transfers from Nelspruit (KMIA) airport is super expensive - Are you looking at transferring directly through your lodge? Or through external companies?

All the best,

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I would probably do the cheapest transfer which might be through an external company but I would love to drive it .... it is just that getting through Kruger has seemed a little difficult with some of the roads not marked as well as I would like.

Perhaps you know of a very good map or good transfer company. Anyway plans are not set yet .. I am just doing some preliminary research and seeing what I come up with.

Thank you all for any help you can give.

Catherine

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7. Re: Safari in Sabi Sands

Hi Catherine,

You would not be driving through Kruger - Depending on which lodge you choose, you would be driving either through Shaws, Newington, or Gowrie gate into the Sabi Sands, Before this, you will have traveled through cities and towns, with some countryside too. Shaw and Newington gate are 5.5 hours away from Johannesburg, and Gowrie is a good 7 or so hours away from Joburg. However, check with your lodge or agent before embarking to get the best route - As some of the roads (as you have noted) are not very clearly marked, and at certain gates it would be very tough to get to them if you were not a local.

Otherwise - Have you considered a private charter flight? The prices may be a big higher, but you would not have to pay the lodge transfer fee.

But, to answer your question, there are a few reputable companies that can take you from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands, for example Sable Tours, Funtime Tours, or Trophy Transfers. Eastgate Safaris may also be able to help. Alternatively, Matt from African Safari Guru can also help with transfers.

I do hope this helps :-). How long have you been living in South Africa for? Are you enjoying it?

All the best,

Jacqui

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Why not drive via the Panorama Route, then you can take in the scenic beauty of the area. Stay overnight at Graskop Hotel (very well priced) and then you can to the Gods window, etc.(around 4 - 5 hours depending on how many times you stop for tea.) Then the next day drive from Graskop down to Hazyvew and then on to your safari destination. Alternatively, if you leave nice and early, say at 6am, then you have a nice leisurely drive (Google the route) and arrive in time for lunch at the lodge if you want. The drive is also safe and well marked. You can go via Nelspruit and visit the chimp sanctuary on the way as well.

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9. Re: Safari in Sabi Sands

We have been living in Pretoria for a year now and love the area but most of all I love going on safari every chance I get. All your suggestions are greatly appreciated since I still feel very new to South Africa.

Thanks, Catherine

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10. Re: Safari in Sabi Sands

You sound a lot like me! When I was living in Pretoria I was doing exactly the same thing :-).

Wonderful, well Catherine, if you need any further help, please don't hesitate to ask us here - We are here to help!

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Jacqui

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