The Sand River

Sabi Sand | April 2020

It is one of those sayings or phrases that everyone has heard a million times, but it is paramount for the next few months at Singita Sabi Sand. “Water is life!” It is slowly creeping to that time of year where the days are getting shorter and cooler, we have had our last decent rain of the season and with it the vegetation is really starting to thin out. Pretty much all game viewing really starts to revolve around fresh and clean water, and where to find it. In saying all this we are extremely fortunate to have such an impressive stretch of the Sand River that runs directly in front of both Ebony and Boulders lodges, frequently providing some incredible sightings, often even in between game drives, viewed from the decks during meals or even from your suites!

The source of the Sand River is located to the west of us in the most northern parts of the Drakensberg Mountains some 60 kilometres away. Interestingly from us is continues to flow all the way to the Indian Ocean. After our area it next enters the Kruger National Park where is flows into the Sabi River, which continues eastwards into Corumana Dam in Mozambique before joining the Komati River, which in turn runs into the Indian Ocean at southern Mozambique at Maputo Bay.

These rivers and the abundance of life that come with them was seen as so significant to the reserve that the naming Sabi Sand Wildtuin in 1948 (of which Singita is a part) revolves around the two rivers. The reserve has always been known for its phenomenal game viewing and it is in no small part due to these rivers and the abundance of wildlife and beauty they sustain, especially in the dry season.

Adding to that the fact that we have an open system with the Kruger National Park, meaning no unnatural barriers like fences, means we often have an influx of animals from the Park during these times. In general, we notice an increase in number of large buffalo herds and elephants which tend to be more water dependent species and not territorial. The combination of predator density on the reserve and the large number of species filtering down towards the water is always an exciting prospect.

I find these parts of the property along the river some of the most beautiful. It nourishes and quenches not just the big game but a magnificent array of flora that grows parallel to the river. This really is the lifeblood of our property!