Getting to Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Posted on June 13, 2019

Leopard Hills is located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on the unfenced border of Kruger National Park. Depending on your individual travel needs, you can choose a scheduled flight of road transfer to the reserve. Read on for more information on getting to Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Getting to Sabi Sands by Air

There are flights available from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International (KMIA) near Nelspruit. From here you can hop on a transfer vehicle or small private aircraft to Sabi Sands Reserve.

The fastest and most convenient option to get to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is by making use of a scheduled charter flight from O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Federal Air serves almost all lodges in the reserve on a daily basis.

Helicopter flights to the Blyde River Canyon and Gods Window can also be arranged on request.

Getting to Sabi Sands by Road

Guests travelling to Sabi Sand in their own or a rental car will take the N4 national road approximately 450km. Including stops, the drive is approximately 6 hours.

Road Transfers

Seasons in Africa Transfers & Excursions offers transfers and tailor-made day excursions throughout the Kruger, Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the comfort of our air-conditioned vehicles.

All major airports, game lodges and hotels are easily accessible. Our modern vehicles, driven by experienced and knowledgeable guides include transport permits and are covered by comprehensive passenger liability insurance to ensure your comfort and safety.

Private transfers can be arranged to and from all regional airports including KMIA in Nelspruit, Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park Gateway Airport in Phalaborwa and O.R.Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to any destination within the Lowveld/Kruger Region.

The Sabi Sand has three access gates:
Shaw’s Gate: open from 05H00 to 22H00
Newington Gate: open from 05H00 to 22H00
Gowrie Gate: open from 05H00 to 22H00

Each gate serves different lodges. Please make sure you access through the correct gate when travelling to Leopard Hills.

Sabi Sand Gate Fees
Upon entering the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, you are required to pay ZAR 280 per vehicle. Further, an amount of ZAR 120 per person is charged.

These rates are inclusive of VAT and valid until 31 December 2019. From 1 January 2020 these rates will be ZAR 310 per vehicle (vehicle entry fee) and ZAR 140 (per person entry fee). Credit cards are accepted at all Sabi Sands entry gates.

If you’d like to enquire about visiting the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and efficient reservations team via email at or filling in our online enquiry form. We look forward to welcoming you to the one and only Leopard Hills in the near future.

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