The small town of Sabie is situated in a deep valley on the escarpment of the Drakensberg mountain range in the heart of the Mpumalanga province, just 360kms east of Johannesburg and 64kms west of the world renowned Kruger National Park.
The main industry in the Sabie area is forestry and the plantations that surround Sabie form some of the world’s largest man-made forests. Sabie was also famous, for many years, for its gold mining but today tourism is its second biggest industry, after forestry. The name Sabie is derived from the Tsonga word "Ulusaba" which means "fearful river" because the river was once teeming with dangerous Nile crocodile. Sabie is known for its scenery, beautiful waterfalls, rivers and view sites and is a popular tourist destination with lots to see and do.
Sabie is situated 55kms from Nelspruit where there is an international airport. Also closely situated to Sabie is Hazyview, some 40km away, where there are a number of top class hotels and lodges. The Sabi River Sun is situated in close proximity to the Kruger National Park with the Phabeni Gate being a mere 10 mins away.
The famed Kruger Park, a highlight in the area, is some 2 million hectares in extent and is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. The park has an impressive number of species in the form of 336 trees, 49 fish and 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals, and is home to the “Big Five”.
Sporting facilities are also available in the many top class resorts, such as The Sabi River Sun and Country Club, with tennis, squash, swimming pools, a full eighteen hole golf course and its famous hippo pond.
It is situated approximately 1,000 metres (3,281 feet) above sea level and is in the summer rainfall area. During the winter period, there is little rainfall, and the area can become intensely dry.
For more details on the Sabi River Hotel and Country Club, contact Quantum Sun for rentals and sales of self contained chalets, fully serviced daily and situated along the lush golf course.