Sabie River

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Sabie River
Sabie River east of Skukuza 1.jpg
Sabie River east of Skukuza
The Sabie River in the Komati catchment (center)
EtymologyFrom the word for 'sand' in the Tsonga language[1]
CountrySouth Africa, Mozambique
Physical characteristics
 • locationMount Anderson, Lydenburg, South Africa
 • elevation1,100 m (3,600 ft)
MouthKomati River
 • location
Maputo Province
 • coordinates
25°19′52″S 32°17′50″E / 25.33111°S 32.29722°E / -25.33111; 32.29722Coordinates: 25°19′52″S 32°17′50″E / 25.33111°S 32.29722°E / -25.33111; 32.29722
 • average0 m3/s (0 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River systemKomati River
 • leftSand River
 • rightMac Mac
Marite River

The Sabie River[2][3] is a river in South Africa that forms part of the Komati River System.[4] The catchment area of the Sabie-Sand system is 6,320 km2 in extent.[5] The Sabie is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa, with generally good water quality.[6]


It rises in the Drakensberg escarpment of Mpumalanga province, flowing eastwards into the lowveld.[7] It crosses the breadth of the Kruger National Park before cutting through the Lebombo range into Mozambique.[8] Some 40 km from Moamba it enters the large Corumana Dam[9] before finally joining the Komati. Settlements on its banks include Sabie, Hazyview, Skukuza and Lower Sabie.


Tributaries of the Sabie include:[10]