Situated in the unspoiled wilderness of the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is ecologically and geographically integrated with the adjacent Kruger National Park. It is located within one of the oldest and largest proclaimed private reserves in Africa—the world-renowned Sabi Sand Wildtuin (Sabi Sand Reserve), a 250,000-square-mile (65,000-hectare) conservancy. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve has 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) of exclusive conservation land.
Covering more than 7,700 square miles (2 million hectares), this national park shelters a wealth of diverse species—507 bird, 147 mammal, 336 tree, 49 fish, and 34 amphibian—populate the land and fill it with vibrant life. Guests can also view ancient bushman rock paintings, which shed light on the region’s rich cultural history.
Mpumalanga is home to the third largest canyon in the world. Blyde River Canyon is home to lush scenery and a range of diverse plant and animal life.
The Sabi Sand Wildtuin is recognized as a hotspot of biodiversity and since there has not been hunting in the area for decades, most animals are very comfortable with human presence. Visitors typically experience close encounters with wildlife including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos, as well as cheetahs, wild dogs, and other native species in their natural habitats.
The Shangaan people have inhabited this region of South Africa since the early 1800s. Historically traders and fishers, the Shangaan also practice crop cultivation and some raise goats and chickens. Communities are organized into nuclear families as well as larger, tribal relationships. The Shangaan people traditionally pay homage to ancestral spirits who they believe help shape their lives. The culture is also known for its vibrant storytelling, music, and dance.
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