Sabie is a wooded village in the province of Mpumalanga on the banks of the Sabie River. The Sabie River was a rather dangerous river in the old days and was bursting with Nile crocodiles. The river also regularly broke its banks. The Shangaan of the Tshonga tribe called the river UluSaba, or: the river of fear. The name of the village is derived from this.
The friendly town was founded in 1871, after someone had fired a bullet during a hunting party, leaving a piece of rock flying and exposing a rich gold vein.
Sabie is located 360 km east of Johannesburg and is 64 km west of the world famous, very beautiful Kruger National Park. Since the village is at an altitude of around 1000 meters, you can enjoy beautiful views and waterfalls. Just outside the village, on the Panorama route, a number of waterfalls can be found including the Bridal Veil, the Horse Shoe fall and the Long Creek Falls. These waterfalls are accessible from a fabulous forest on the south side of the Sabie river.
The former Voortrekkers stored their base camps in this area to go hunting in the ‘low field’ from here. In the lowlands is also the Kruger Park and from God’s Window you really look into that low field!
The plantations around Sabie form the largest man-made forests in the world. In the village itself there are a number of nice shops such as Wild Fig Tree and The Woodsman (opposite Wild Fig tree). On the corner of Main Street and Main Road is a gallery with various shops. From Sabie you can make nice excursions to the Kruger Park.
Sabie is the perfect place for a vacation for the whole family and everyone will find something to suit him or her. From 4×4 trips, swimming, fishing, abseiling, archery, hot air balloon tours, bird watching, rafting to rock climbing, you name it or it’s there. More than 20 restaurants, pubs, supermarkets and coffee shops will provide the inner man with biltong and hamburgers to pancakes.
Holidays in Sabie often also means exploring the area so visit the Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama route. The Gustav Klingbiel Nature reserve is a reserve of no less than 2200 hectares where valleys, mountains, forest fields, grasslands and hills provide picturesque pictures.
Golfers opt for the Sabie River Golf course in Hazyview, between Nelspruit and White River, and will run 18 holes here in the Lowvelds of Mpumalanga where the water features are populated by wildlife!
Summer is the rainy season between October and April, with peaks in January and February, often it is quiet rain showers but thunderstorms and occasional hail showers can occur. The average temperature varies from 2 to 32 degrees with the hottest days in December and the coldest in June. The summer months there is often fog which makes the valleys fairytale-like, a beautiful photo moment.