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Along the western border of Kruger are found a number of privately owned wildlife reserves. Associations of ranchers have fenced the western boundary of their reserves but have not placed fences between their individual properties, allowing game to roam throughout the reserves and Kruger National Park. The private reserves, in general, have exceptionally high standards of accommodation, food and service. A very important advantage private reserves have over national parks is that private reserves use open vehicles, which give not only a better view but also a much better feel of the bush.
At most reserves, a game tracker sits on the hood or the back of each vehicle. Drivers are in radio contact with each other, greatly increasing the chances of finding those species that guests want to see most. Vehicles may leave the road to pursue game through the bush. Night drives, which are only allowed in national park vehicles in Kruger, provide an opportunity to spot nocturnal animals rarely seen during the day. Walking safaris with an armed tracker are available. Sabi-Sand Private Game Reserve is situated about a five-hour drive or one hour by scheduled air service from Johannesburg. There is also scheduled air service from nearby Kruger Mpumalanga, Skukuza and Hoedspruit airports located within a few hours of driving from the reserve. All the lodges have airstrips for private air charters.
Lodges in the reserve include Singita (Boulders and Ebony camps), MalaMala (MalaMala Main Camp, Rattray’s and Sable camps), Londolozi (Granite, Tree, Pioneer, Founders and Varty), Ulusaba (Rock and Safari Lodge) and Cheetah Plains, Lion Sands (River and Ivory Lodges), Sabi Sabi (Earth, Bush, Selati and Little Bush Camp), Simbambili, Exeter, Inyati and Idube reserves. All of the camps offer day and night game drives, and most offer walks.
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