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City Sabie

Sabie is a forested village located in the Mpumalanga province on the banks of the Sabie River. The Sabie River was quite a dangerous river and was packed with Nile crocodiles in earlier days. The river also regularly burst its banks. The Shangaan of Tsjonga tribe called the river Ulusaba: the river of fear. The village's name is derived from this.

The friendly town was founded in 1871, after someone had fired a bullet during a hunt flying towards a piece of a rock and creating a rich gold vein which was exposed.

Sabie is located 360 km east of Johannesburg and 64 km west of the world-famous, very beautiful Kruger National Park. Since the village is about 1000 meters high, you can expect beautiful views and waterfalls. Just outside the village, on the Panorama Route you will find a number of waterfalls, including Bridal Veil, Horseshoe Fall and the Long Creek Falls, which are accessible from a fabulous forest on the south side of the Sabie River.

The former Voortrekkers put up their base camps in this area, to hunt in the low pitch. The black leopard lives here, but unfortunately it is observed very little. In the lowlands is also the Kruger Park and from God's Window you really look downfield onto it! The plantations around Sabie are the largest man-made forests in the world.

In the village itself there are some nice shops like the Wild Fig Tree and the Woodsman (opposite Wild Fig Tree). On the corner of Main Street and Main Road is a gallery with several shops. From Sabie you can take nice trips to the Kruger National Park.

Sabie is the perfect place for a vacation for the whole family and everyone will find something to his or her liking. 4x4 trips, swimming, fishing, abseiling, archery to hot air balloon rides over valleys, bird watching, boating and sailing name it and it's there. Helicopter rides, white water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, and we might have forgotten something, so much more. There are more than 20 restaurants, pubs, supermarkets and coffee shops also featuring biltong and burgers to pancakes.

Holidays in Sabie often means exploring the area to visit the Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama Route. Gustav Klingebiel Nature reserve is a reserve of 2200 hectares where valleys and mountains, thorn and Bushveld, meadows and hills with protea's are for scenic pictures. Kruger is a must if you do not come across it on the rest of your trip... Fans more of Cold Blooded can go to Perry's Bridge Reptile Park to meet anacondas, pythons and other poisonous snakes.

Golfers can choose the Sabie River Golf Course in Hazyview between Nelspruit and White River and go play 18 holes here walking in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, where the ponds are inhabited by wildlife.

Summer is the rainy season and between October and April with peaks in January and February there are often quiet rains but thunderstorms and occasionally maybe a hailstorm. The average temperature ranges from 2 to 32 degrees with the hottest days (26 °) in December and the coldest in June (3 °). The summer months the valleys are often misty and have a fairy-tale atmosphere, a beautiful picture...

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