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Walks & Hikes
Mountain Biking
4x4 Adventures
Fly Fishing
Bird Watching
Forestry
History

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Phone Trips SA Tourist Reservation Office on:

013 764-1177, or
013 767-1886, or
e-mail them on:
info@sabie.co.za 

 


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The town of Sabie offers much more than just the traditional sport & recreation facilities.  Our indoor and outdoor facilities caters for both the adventure and the sport enthusiast, and promises great fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Webmaster's Note:
We still have a small problem accommodating surfers and whale watchers (sorry about that) - but the rest is on the list !

    

FREE
BOOKING SERVICE
Trips SA Tourist Info Office offers a Free Booking Service for most of the Adventure Activities.
No commission added!
No agent fees!

Give them a call on
013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

Adventure

Sport

Abseiling Archery
Basket-ball
Bird Watching Bowls
Boating & Sailing Cycling
Caving Gaming & Gambling
 Fishing & Fly-fishing Golf
Flying Indoor Cycling & Gym
Gold Panning Karate
Gorge Swinging Marathon Running
Helicopter Flips Putt-putt (Mini Golf)
Hiking and Backpacking Squash
Horse Riding Swimming
Motor Cycling
Mountain Biking
Quad Biking
River Rafting, Canoeing, Tubing
Rock Climbing
Tobogganing

Adventure

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.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

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.  Motorised crafts limited to a maximum of 5kw.  Camping is allowed, but there are no ablution facilities.
Contact:
Forest Sailing Club (Ken Grossmith) on (082) 600-2252 or Des Drake on (083) 225-8359

Klipkoppie Dam (?? 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.
Contact:
Chris Schutte (083) 626-6293.

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.
Contact:
Pine Lake Inn on (013) 751-5036 or
Alex Price on (082) 448-1888

Orighstad Dam (51 km from Sabie)
Take the R532 towards Graskop and then the R533 via Pilgrim's Rest.  The turnoff to the dam is 19.1 km beyond Pilgrim's Rest on the R533 and the dam a further 3.9 km.  Canoeing, rowing and angling from powerboats are permitted on the dam.
  A picnic site with ablution facilities is available.
Contact:
Department of Water Affairs & Forestry on (013) 238-0201

Primkop Dam
Motorised crafts limited to a maximum of 5kw.  A camping site with ablution facilities is available.
Contact:
Francis (caretaker) on (072) 483-2000
laba@laba.co.za

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 motorised 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.
Contact:
Department of Water Affairs & Forestry on (013)
764-2871

Caving
A broad band of Dolomitic rock occurs less than a kilometre west of Sabie. It contains a large number of caves on private land.

One of the largest caves in the area is the Lone Creek cave.  It is not a tourist cave, but it is (unofficially) open to the public.  It is situated just off the main road on the way to Lone Creek Falls - 7 km from Sabie.  There are no facilities and no lights.  Cave disease (Histoplasmosis) may be present.  Some caving experience and adult supervision is advised.  Dress up in old clothing as this is a very muddy cave.  The entrance to an old horizontal mine shaft is located 30 m north-west of the cave entrance.  Do not enter the mine as the old tunnels are extremely unstable and dangerous.

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 (for the brave of heart).
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

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.
For more info see our special Fly Fishing page.

Fishing for trout is also available from a number of small dams at the Horseshoe Trout & About trout farm.  Fishing tackle can be rented and any bait may be used.  The fish caught are charged by the kilogram.

Excellent fishing venues for Bass, Carp, Catfish, & Tilapia include the da Gama, Klipkoppie, Longmere, Orighstad, Primkop and Witklip dams - all of which are but a short drive from Sabie.
Contact:

Lowveld Angling and Boating Association (LABA) on (013) 753-3336

Flying
The Sabie aerodrome is a well maintained grassed runway at an altitude of 1140m (3740 feet).  It is mostly used by private air planes and micro-lights, as well as by "water-bomber" planes when combating forest fires.

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!

Or fly across the 80 metre high gorge on the High Wire slide.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

 

Webmaster's Note:
Figures obtained from the brochure, but the calculations don't add up - perhaps the gravitational force is higher here than anywhere else on our planet.   Even so - there are no miss-calculations on the adrenaline levels - it is a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime for the adventurous and the brave at heart!

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.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

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.

The hiking trails around Sabie range from easy walks of a few hours to grueling hikes over several days.  See our special Walks & Hikes page for more info.

Horse Riding
Experience some pleasant outdoor equestrian moments riding through the forest or along the Sabie river.  From one hour to two day rides.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

Motor Cycling
The good quality, winding tarred roads in the Sabie area offer a challenge to all motorcyclists, no matter what your level of experience.  The ultimate experience is the 22km stretch on the Sabie-Hazyview R536 road - known as "To The Halfway Mark".  Experience the sensational feeling of freedom (no cops) through the bends and curves as you expand and hone your riding capabilities.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

Mountain Biking
Sabie has for the last ten years been at the forefront of mountain bike racing in South Africa, regularly hosted National Championships and pioneered many event design innovations.  The Sabie Classic is an annual event hosted by the Lowveld Chain Gang.  For this prestigious race the more than 3 000 competitors  race through the mountains surrounding Sabie, passing waterfalls and panoramic views over some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Africa. For more information see our special Mountain Biking page.

Contact:
Permits are available from the Merry Pebbles Resort, or the Komatiland Forest Industry Museum in town.

Quad Biking
Quad Biking trails are available on the Long Tom Pass (25 km from Sabie), in the Sabie River Valley (40km from Sabie), as well as between Sabie & Graskop (15 km from Sabie).  All of the trails are guide by experienced guides on rented quads, whilst one of the operators also accommodate private quads.  The trails include 1, 2 or 4 hour rides through some of the most scenic landscapes the region has to offer.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

River Rafting, Canoeing, Tubing
The Sabie River is one of the few unpolluted rivers left in South Africa and around the town of Sabie the river is bilharzia free. You can leisurely float down the Sabie river on an inner tube or sign up for a river rafting experience.  Access to the river is free of charge and inner tubes can be rented in town.  A popular run is from Ceylon bridge (where the road to Bridal Veil Falls crosses the Sabie River) down to Castle Rock Caravan Park.

Webmaster's Note:
The Sabie River can be
extremely dangerous when in flood!
Floatation jackets are advised at all times.

Professional, trained tour operators - with a full compliment of safety equipment - also offer adrenalin pumping trips on the Sabie River in rafts or on specially designed tubes.
Contact:

Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

Rock Climbing
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 the Gorge at the Sabie waterfall in town, where close to 40 routes are bolted and well described.
For more info see Climb ZA's wiki web site.

Tobogganing
Toboggan The 1,7 km Long Tom Toboggan track promises exhilarating thrills for all adventure seekers. Starting at an altitude of 1,700 metres, riders can enjoy a thrilling ride down the picturesque, rolling hills of the Long Tom Pass at speeds of up to 45 km/h. Dropping 115 metres from the start to finish, it takes less than 5 minutes to reach the bottom.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on
013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

 

FREE
BOOKING SERVICE
T
he Sabie Info Office offers a Free Booking Service for most of the Adventure Activities.
No commission added!  No agent fees! 
Give them a call on
013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886
 

Download Adventure Brochure

Sport

Archery
Learn to shoot with bow and arrow under the expert guidance of Springbuck FITA archer Dr. Josef Preisser (National Coaches Chairman of the SA National Archery Association - SANAA).  Equipment available, or bring along your own equipment to the Sabie shooting range.
Contact:
Tourist Information Office on 013 764-1177, or 013 767-1886

Basket-ball
Basket-ball matches are played in the Bambanani indoor sports centre.  Recently the practice games for the Lowveld Provincial teams were held in Sabie.

Bowls
There is an excellent bowling green with viewing deck at the Sabie Country Club.  The Sabie Bowls Club play on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.  Visitors are welcome.
Contact:
Adriaan Rouvoet on (013) 764-1607

Cycling
The good tarred roads, undulating topography and clean, fresh mountain air amidst breathtaking scenery, places Sabie and the surrounding area high on the venue selection for both the amateur and professional cyclist.  Professional cycling teams visit the area regularly to train for big cycling events.  The Lowveld Chain Gang club regularly hosts social rides and can provide you with all the necessary information, as well as a companion or guide, should you require one.

For the less energetic, the 9 km level tarred road between Sabie and Lone Creek Falls is popular for a leisurely family cycling outing.
Contact:
Brett Coates - 082 774 5821

Gaming & Gambling (60 km from Sabie)
The Emnotweni Casino is situated in the Riverside Mall, on the outskirts of Nelspruit.

Golf
Sabie Country Club boasts a challenging nine hole course (par 68, 5,457m), considered by many as one of the best 9-hole courses in the area.  Carts and caddies are available from the Pro Shop or from the office.
 

Contact:
Sabie Country Club on (013) 764-2282, or visit their web site.

There are also a number of golf courses within a hour's drive, making Sabie a central base for a memorable golfing holiday.  So why not take a swing at some of the following excellent golf courses:

Kruger Park Lodge (Hazyview): 9-holes
White River Country Club: 18-holes
Pine Lake Inn (White River): 9-holes
Sabie River Sun (Hazyview): 18-holes
TGME Golf Club (Pilgrim's Rest): 9-hole
Nelspruit Golf Club: 18-hole
Lydenburg Golf Club: 9-hole
Skukuza (Kruger National Park): 9-hole

Indoor Cycling ("Spinning") & Gym
Sessions and instructions are available at the Sabie Country Club - Monday to Thursday at 17:30.  Visitors are welcome
Contact:
Juanta - 084 782 2143

Karate
The W.S.K.F. Karate Club meets every Monday & Thursday in the Town Hall for Shotokan Karate.
Contact:
Sempai Thea Herbst on (083) 769-5189

Marathon Running
Sabie's high altitude (between 1 000 and 1 200 metres above sea level), combined with it's healthy clean air, low traffic volumes, low crime rate and scenic surroundings, makes it an ideal training venue for marathon runners.  Every year teams of top Comrades Marathon runners frequent the area as part of their training programme. 

Annual Marathon Events:

York Timbers Long Tom Marathon
The toughest 56km ultra marathon in South Africa is held in March/April in Sabie on the Long Tom Pass. Up to 1 500 runners participating in this grueling event. A standard 21km marathon, in which up to 600 runners participate, is also hosted on the same day.
Contact:
Odette van Staden 083 678 3937 

York Forest Run
Every August/ September is the time for 800 athletes to take to the woods, running past some of the most scenic waterfalls in the area in either the 32 km or the 10 km race. 
Contact:
Odette van Staden 083 678 3937

God's Window Marathon
This half-marathon is run in October in the scenic Graskop area by up to 500 athletes.
Contact:
Salome van Rensburg on  (084) 208-3269

Putt-putt (Mini Golf)
There is a challenging course at the Smokey Restaurant - always popular with children and adults alike.

Squash
There are two squash courts (one with glass back) at the Sabie Country Club.
Contact:
Sabie Country Club on (013) 764-2282

Swimming
There is a half-Olympic sized swimming pool at the Sabie Country Club which is open all day in season.
Contact:
Anton Gruber 0837011207

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