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Introduction To Sabi Sand Reserve

Nowhere in South Africa will one find a wildlife experience quite like the one experienced within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Sharing a 50km (31.25 miles) unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, this immense (65 000 hectare/ 153 000 acre) and diverse tract of land is home to The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), and much much more. The Sabi Sand Reserve is an association of freehold landowners, many of whom manage commercially active safari operations. Sharing a common environmental management program, this association is administered by a warden reporting to an elected executive committee.

Sabi Sand Reserve Ecological Experience

This wilderness area is also in the process of being further enlarged within the Peace Park concept with an expected integration and amalgamation with protected areas in Mozambique, and eventually Zimbabwe. Two rivers supply the game reserve with a valuable water source. The Sand River flows through the reserve for 50km (31 miles) from north west to south east whilst the Sabie River flows on the southern boundary. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Such is the environment that the wildlife, save for the migratory birds, remain in their territories all year round. Wildlife viewing is second to none. The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. In fact, a checklist of the reserve would yield no fewer than 330+ tree species, 45+ fish species, 30+ amphibian species, 110+ reptile species, 500+ bird species and 145+ mammal species! And all occurring in their own natural environment, which has been preserved in its original splendor.

Sabi Sand Reserve Conservation Efforts

The main objective of the Sabi Sand game management policy is to monitor the habitat and wildlife densities. Maintaining a balance between food resource and the optimal biomass has not been easy. The reserve has had to cope with threats such as foot and mouth disease, bovine TB, uncontrolled fires, bush encroachment and overgrazing. The reintroduction of certain species such as rhino, tssessebee, nyala, sable, wildebeest and reedbuck have supported this objective to some degree, whilst the ever burgeoning elephant population remains a challenge to the future of the natural habitat. The Sabi Sand focuses on conservation and the environment only. To this end it was conceived and remains as an association whose aims are the promotion and conservation of wildlife, fauna and flora and to the preservation of the area as a sanctuary for every type of indigenous wildlife. The protection of the rights and interests of the reserve with respect to the Sand River (the lifeblood of the Sabi Sand) are also promoted and the hunting of wildlife is forbidden. In order to prevent the area from deteriorating into a series of small holdings, Lodges in the Sabi Sand may no longer be subdivided into portions of less than 857 hectares.

Sabi Sand Reserve Community Commitment

Sabi Sand Reserve members are dedicated to the upliftm ent of local neighbors living in the area. Many of these communities have been defined by poverty, and a lack of opportunity to improve their standard of living.

Sabi Sand Reserve members have embarked on initiatives such as:

  • The establishment of infrastructures to educate children, enabling them to seek a brighter future.
  • The creation of homes for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.
  • The establishment of education programs to equip younger and older adults alike about how the pandemic of AIDS in Africa can be avoided.
  • Employment and development opportunities.
  • Provision of basic needs such as access to food, electricity, water and health services.
  • Skills development projects such as beading, candle making, sewing, hat making, baking and shoe making.
  • Sports training (including soccer, netball, cricket and hockey) at primary school level to help youngsters cultivate their innate physical talents.

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