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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

Floreat Riverside Lodge
Floreat Riverside Lodge
3 out of 5
103 Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
The price is £48 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb

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 (24 reviews)
Just Okay

"This location has seen better days, however you can tell that it used to be Ideal back in it’s prime. Rooms are either dilapidated or newly renovated. However no sound proofing, neighbors were up until early hours of the morning and they sounded like they were in the same room. Overall, the Sabie ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Floreat Riverside Lodge
Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
3 out of 5
Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
The price is £50 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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

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 10 Sep 2018

Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
Porcupine Ridge Guest House
Porcupine Ridge Guest House
4 out of 5
5 Vanaxe Estate Hazyview Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
The price is £81 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb

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 17 Dec 2019

Porcupine Ridge Guest House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Sabie

Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
3 out of 5
Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
The price is £50 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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

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 10 Sep 2018

Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park
Sabie Self-Catering Apartments
Sabie Self-Catering Apartments
3 out of 5
23, 6th Avenue (Sesde Laan), Sabie, Mpumalanga
The price is £36 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Located in the heart of Sabie, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Sabie Falls, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mac Mac Falls and Forest Falls Day Hiking ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Needs modernising

"Staff involved in booking and greeting us were fantastic. Property clean and tidy, however it’s very much in need of a face lift, which extends to the soft furnishings."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2018

Sabie Self-Catering Apartments
Dublin Guest Lodge
Dublin Guest Lodge
3 out of 5
52 Ford Street, Sabie, Mpumalanga
The price is £41 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan

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

4.2/5Excellent! (14 reviews)
DIsappointed

"The cleaning at this property is done superficially. They need to do a deep clean as there is dirt in the corners, smell from the sheets and blanket, dust on applicances and slime in the kettle. There was a service door to the bathroom which isn't itself a problem, but I could smell cigarette smoke ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Dublin Guest Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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