Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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|Sabi Sand Game Reserve|
Lions on the bank of the Sand River
|Location||Mpumalanga, South Africa|
|Area||650 km2 (250 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Sabi Sand Wildtuin (SSW)|
Sabi Sand Game Reserve is located adjacent to the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa. Officially named Sabi Sand Wildtuin, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve consists of a group of private game reserves. The Newington Gate is at and west of the Kruger Gate and Skukuza camp of Kruger Park. Other entrances are Gowrie Gate in the far north and Shaws Gate in the south.
The park's name comes from the Sabie River on its southern boundary and the Sand River flowing through it. The area of the reserve is 65,000 hectares (650 km2) and it shares a non-fenced boundary of 50.0 km (31.1 mi) with the Kruger National Park to its east. The Tsonga people, who occupied the land before being forcefully removed by the colonial Government during the early 1900s, are currently claiming back Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Some of the species roaming the reserve are the lion, African bush elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. Collectively these animals are also known as the "Big Five". Other animals that roam this reserve are the cheetah, hippopotamus, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, and Cape wild dog. It was the home of Tjololo, a famous leopard. The reseve shares thousands of different plant varieties and all animal species with the famous Kruger National Park. It is home to 45 fish species, 500 bird species, 145 animal species, and 110 reptile species.