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SabieSouth Africa

Nature lovers, artists, bird watchers and thrill seekers alike will love this tranquil forestry town nestled high on the Drakensberg escarpment.

Situated on the banks of the Sabie River and surrounded by a large man-made forest, waterfalls and plantations, the small town of Sabie makes the most of its surroundings. With hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, fly fishing and white water rafting within minutes of the town, there’s plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy, while the attractive countryside makes the town a magnet for artists, couples and families.

Sabie owes its beginnings to the gold rush of the late 19th century. Concerned at the damage the search for gold was doing to the local environment pioneer Joseph Brook Shires planted the area’s first commercial trees. The site grew into one of the world’s largest man-made forests. Today, forestry is Sabie’s main industry.

Get out and explore the scenery. The immediate area surrounding Sabie is renowned for its large cluster of waterfalls. One of the most popular is Lone Creek Falls, situated about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of Sabie. Go to the viewing platform at the bottom of the falls and look up as a single cascade tumbles from a height of 223 feet (68 meters). Embark on a trail through pine and eucalyptus plantations and along mountain streams.

If you are seeking exhilarating outdoor adventures take a white water rafting trip along the river’s rapids, or go abseiling and rock climbing on the cliffs around Sabie. Explore the Sabie River Valley on a quad bike, or rent a mountain bike and tackle the forest’s downhill slalom runs. Many of these activities can be booked through the Sabie Information Office. Visit the town’s website for more details.

Sabie’s beautiful scenery may have put it on the tourist map, but there are also plenty of indoor activities. Learn about the local timber industry in the Sabie Forestry Museum, or hunt down African art and crafts in the town’s galleries and shops. Enjoy local hospitality and international flavors in the towns restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

Sabie is located 220 miles (360 kilometers) east of Johannesburg International Airport. The town is a great base for exploring Kruger National Park which is just an hour’s drive away.

Top Hotels in Sabie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Porcupine Ridge Guest House
Porcupine Ridge Guest House
4 out of 5
5 Vanaxe Estate Hazyview Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$78
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is 11 mi (17.7 km) from Mac Mac Falls and within 25 mi (40 km) of Forest Falls Day Hiking Trail and Graskop Gorge ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
Great place to relax

"John & Janet were very welcoming and helpful, a lovely place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

Porcupine Ridge Guest House
Floreat Riverside Lodge
Floreat Riverside Lodge
3 out of 5
103 Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
Free Cancellation
$65
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Situated in Sabie, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sabie Falls and Komatiland Forestry Museum. Mac Mac Falls and Forest Falls Day Hiking Trail are also ...

3.1/5 (23 reviews)

"The staff where friendly, i was disappointed by the state of the rooms. The room i was given was not clean. The pillows were too hard that i woke up with painful neck. I didn't enjoy my stay at all."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Floreat Riverside Lodge
Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
3 out of 5
Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
$48
per night
Apr 18 - Apr 19

This family-friendly Sabie campground is located on a river, within 2 mi (3 km) of Sabie Falls and Komatiland Forestry Museum. Mac Mac Falls and Forest Falls ...

4.2/5Very Good! (21 reviews)
Good location

"Good lodge, restaurant on site, kids liked the pool too, ideally located to access Kruger and Blyde areas"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park

Popular things to do in Sabie

God's Window
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God's Window

4/5(14 reviews)

Enjoy one of the most picturesque viewpoints in South Africa. Look out across a landscape of canyons and waterfalls, then go hiking and wildlife spotting.

Sudwala Caves
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Sudwala Caves

4.5/5(4 reviews)

One of the oldest cave systems in the world is home to fascinating rock formations and a crystal cave.

Elephant Whispers
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Elephant Whispers

5/5(2 reviews)

Pet and massage a large elephant and then ride on its back through the African bush at this animal sanctuary.

Top activities in Sabie

Open Vehicle Safaris Kruger National Park From Hazeyview
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Open Vehicle Safaris Kruger National Park From Hazeyview

$63
Per adult
From Hazyview and surrounds: Small Group Panorama Route Tour
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From Hazyview and surrounds: Small Group Panorama Route Tour

$133
Per adult
Nelspruit, Hazyview, Skukuza to Johannesburg Shuttle Service
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Nelspruit, Hazyview, Skukuza to Johannesburg Shuttle Service

$47
Per adult
Kruger National Park Full-Day Game Drive
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Kruger National Park Full-Day Game Drive

$91
Per adult
From Hazy View : Full Day Kruger National Park Safari
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From Hazy View : Full Day Kruger National Park Safari

$115
Per adult
Forest Cruise
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Forest Cruise

$21
Per adult