Activities and things to do:
4×4 Trips – There are literally thousands of kilometers of plantation roads in the Sabie area, most of which are closed to the general public. A number of 4×4 tour operators offer unforgettable self-drive trips to breathtaking scenery not often seen by tourists. For more information see our special 4×4 Adventures page.
Abseiling – The sheer vertical cliffs around Sabie lends itself to exhilarating rock climbing and abseiling for those with the right equipment, courage and know-how. A popular venue is at the Sabie waterfall in town. Equipment and instructors are available.
Ballooning (45 km from Sabie) – Trips with a view – go where the wind takes you. Hot-air Balloon trips depart from Hazyview, piloted by experienced hot-air balloon pilots.
Bird Watching – The Sabie area is truly a birders paradise. Not only is there a huge variety of the more common bird species, but a number of globally and nationally threatened species also occur in the area. See our special Bird Watchers page for more information.
Boating & Sailing – A number of dams (all less than a hour’s drive from Sabie) is a haven for power-boat and sailing enthusiasts. For more information contact the Lowveld Angling and Boating Association (LABA) on (013) 753-3336.
Da Gama Dam (42 km from Sabie) – Home of the Forest Sailing Club. Motorized crafts limited to a maximum of 5kw. Camping is allowed, but there are no ablution facilities.
Klipkoppie Dam (40 km from Sabie) – The turnoff to the dam is 34.4 km from Sabie on the R537 road towards White River. No restriction on size of motorized crafts. A camping site with ablution facilities is available.
Kruger National Park (75k km from Sabie) – one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape.
Longmere Dam (52 km from Sabie) – Access to this small dam is restricted to LABA club members, owners of the time-share units and hotel guests. Only pedal-boats and canoes are allowed.
Witklip Dam – The turnoff to the dam is 31.7 km from Sabie on the R537 road towards White River. This 188ha dam is mainly a fishing dam. No motorized crafts (other than electric bass fishing boats) are permitted. Only small, slow moving rowing and sailing boats are allowed, due to the danger of submersed debris.
Caving – A broad band of Dolomitic rock occurs less than a kilometer west of Sabie. It contains a large number of caves on private land.
The Echo Caves is 130 km from Sabie on the R36 road, north of Ohrigstad. The Sudwala Caves is located 45 km from Sabie (turn left on the R37 road to Nelspruit at Rosehaugh and follow directions on the R539). This is a large and spectacular cave system that is well worth a visit. Guided tours are conducted daily. Also enquire about their special Crystal Chamber tour.
Fishing & Fly Fishing – The Sabie river, and all its tributaries above the Sabie waterfall, is declared trout waters. The Sabie Trout Angling Club stock 7 km of the river with rainbow and brown trout to supplement the natural breeding population of trout in the river. This section of the Sabie river is arguably the best river fly-fishing venue for trout on public waters in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. Non club members need to purchase daily rod permits, obtainable from a number of businesses and accommodation establishments in town. Fly-fishers also have to be in possession of a provincial trout angling license. Strictly fly-fishing tackle and artificial flies only.
Gold Panning (38 km from Sabie) – “There are still gold in them hills …..” So why not try your hand at panning for gold – just like the old-timers did. Visit Pilgrim’s Rest to try it first hand.
Gorge Swinging & High Wire (32km from Sabie) – Experience the adrenaline rush of the world’s highest cable gorge swing with a 68 metre (18 storey building) freefall.
0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds!
Helicopter Flips (35 km from Sabie) – Hover over breathtaking views of waterfalls, Blyde Canyon, God’s Window, and Sabie River Valley. Various options – 15min, 45min, 1hour and 2hours.
Hiking and Backpacking – The concept of National Hiking Trails was invented in Sabie with the launch of the Fanie Botha trail in 1973. Hiking trails around Sabie cater for everyone – whether you are a bird watcher, a fauna and flora enthusiast, or merely want to experience the delight of relaxing within sight of sparkling waterfalls or meandering streams and much more!