About Sábiè Game Park, Moçambique
“The Forgotten Wilderness”
Our piece of Africa, made famous by the ivory hunters memoirs from over a century ago and a true story written in 1905 by an ox-wagon transport-rider, Sir Percy FitzPatrick, about his dog entitled “Jock of the Bushveld”.
Those that dared to travel these regions spoke about the abundance of wildlife encountered throughout their expeditions. The Kruger National Park we know today, was once an area devoid of wildlife that was repopulated from the Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique), an area rich in game and paradoxically the converse has applied with the traditional East West migration embedded in the DNA of the game herds guiding them to the lush plains of Sabie Game Park.
Unfortunately, this all changed during Mozambique’s 16 year civil war when the vast herds of game were used to feed the fighting factions. Due to the substantial conservation commitments made by those involved, this land has now been transformed to its former glory.
Sabie Game Park, a 30,000 hectare pristine wilderness area bordering the Lower Sabie section of the Kruger Park, falls within the Greater Lebombo Conservancy, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This is currently the most critical piece of land on the planet for rhino conservation. This area is all that stands between the world’s highest concentrations of rhino and the world’s highest concentration of rhino poaching syndicates.
Named after the Sabie River, a name originating from the Tsonga word “Ulusaba” meaning “fearful river”, due to the river once teeming with dangerous crocodiles. The river forms the reserve’s southernmost boundary, ecologically recognised as one of the most biologically diverse rivers in Southern Africa.
The shoreline of the 7,100 hectare Corumana Dam offers spectacular game viewing, bird watching and magnificent African sunsets.
Since this land was acquired in 2004 by Øyvind Christensen and his strategic partners, he has created a strong symbiotic relationship between his home country of Norway and Mozambique investing in the long term vision of conservation that has its focus on the sustainable use of natural resources and upliftment of local communities.
The area has been transformed from a wildlife holocaust into a flagship of “Conservation Purpose” with the dam being increased to 12,400 hectares. In addition to this the area boasts enormous concentrations of plains game, “Big 5” and is currently the only reserve in Mozambique with both black and white rhino.