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stamp3Why photographers love Inyati

Great big five game viewing in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park. Night drives and off-road driving are permitted, as are guided bush walks.

How we rate Inyati

Wildlife  starstarstar to star
Wilderness  starstarstar to star
Lodge  starstarstar
Dining  starstarstar
Vehicles  starstarstarstar
Guides  starstarstarstar

Inyati at a glance

  • Eleven chalets, each air-conditioned with a lounge and en-suite bathroom
  • Main lodge area overlooking the Sand River with bar, veranda, curio shop, library, pool, gym, wine cellar and traditional Shangaan boma

The concession

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve benefits from its unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. Inyati’s game drives traverses an area of 10,000 hectares within the larger 65,000 hectare reserve. The Greater Kruger National Park region hosts 517 species of  birds and 147 species of mammals. The area is famous for leopards, and you’re likely to see all of the big five.

The seasons

Sabi Sands is a year round destination. The dry season from May to October is best for game viewing. Temperatures are cooler and the vegetation is more open. The wet season, from November to April brings lush vegetation, migrant birds and baby animals.

What Inyati costs

Rates start at R6,000 per person per night. Access is by flight to Nelspruit and short road or charter transfer to the lodge. Alternatively, the drive from Johannesburg takes about 6 hours.

Photographers need to know

Guides are in touch with each other through radio contact to find out about the best sightings. Off-road driving at sightings ensures good views, but strict vehicle limits at sightings are enforced, so your time may be limited.

The good news

All lodges in the Sabi Sand area contribute to conservation in the area through the Sabi Sand Wildtuin Nature Conservation Trust.