Inyati Private Game Reserve

Inyati open safari vehicle leaving the lodge for a game drive

Inyati Private Game Lodge  

Situated in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin which is a private game reserve sharing a common unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park

The Sabi Sands Reserve is reputed to be one of the best reserves and shares a common unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. An hour's flight or scenic drive from Johannesburg puts this special part of the Greater Kruger National Park on your doorstep.

Inyati Game Lodge is situated in the western sector of the Sabi Sands Wildtuin which is a private game reserve sharing a common unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. It spans 50 000 hectares and is renowned for providing some of the best game viewing in Africa. The reserve is not open to the general public with each private lodge having exclusive traversing rights over their area.

Inyati Game Lodge offers the ultimate safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to our comfortable chalets, hearty home style cuisine and highly experienced ranger, every guest departs with unforgettable memories and the imprint of Africa in their soul.

Set on the lush banks of the Sand River, Inyati Game Lodge offers the ultimate safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to our comfortable chalets, hearty home style cuisine and highly experienced guides.

Inyati’s rangers drive specially designed safari vehicles which are allowed off-road, ensuring you get exclusive and intimate game viewing opportunities.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

The Sabi Sands Reserve has a dense concentration of wildlife and is home to the Big 5 – elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and a vast variety of antelope and other species may also be closely observed, free roaming within their own territories. Inyati is one of the best places in the world to get up close and personal with the elusive leopard.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare reserve, pioneered by local landowners in the 1950s, and shares a border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the much sought after 'Big 5'. Add a fantastic range of luxury lodges suiting all tastes and a African dream safari is born.


11 luxury chalets with uninterrupted views of the African bush overlooking the Sand River.

Inyati Game Lodge Family Room
Inyati Game Reserve

Inyati can accommodate a maximum of 25 guests maintaining the family ambience it’s become renowned for. The lodge consists of three luxury family chalets and eight luxury standard chalets.The 3 larger chalets offer an extra length king-sized bed, a double bed and a single bed making it the perfect choice for families sharing. There are 4 standard luxury chalets with extra length king-sized beds and the remaining 4 standard luxury rooms all have comfortable twin beds. All beds are protected with high quality mosquito nets.

Each air-conditioned chalet features en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins, separate bath, shower and toilet. Other facilities in each room include: a personal mini bar (filled upon request), tea/coffee making station, hairdryers, in-room safe, laundry (at an extra cost) and a telephone.

We pride ourselves on a personalised approach, and do our utmost to accommodate our guests’ particular interests or requirements – so if there’s something particular you’d like to do please just let us know.


The Boma will be ready for dinner on your retun from the game drive

Lodge Facilities

Gym The lodge has a fully air-conditioned gym available for guest use. Facilities include an electronic bicycle and step machine as well as free weights. Water and gym towels are available in the gym for your convenience.

Curio shop A range of local and other African curios and crafts are available for purchase in our curio shop. Where possible, we source products locally to help support and develop our communities.

River deck Please feel free to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the deck overlooking the river.

Swimming pool The swimming pool is situated adjacent to the bar / dining area. Sun loungers and swimming towels have been placed at the poolside for your convenience.

Enjoying the lodge

Inyati is quite unique...

  • Intimate lodge with only 11 luxury chalets
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable game rangers and trackers
  • Big Five game viewing with unrivalled sightings of the usually elusive leopard
  • Perfectly positioned overlooking the lush Sand River
  • Easy access by road and air
  • Best value proposition in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park.

Inyati GameLodge

Safari activities

Inyati offers a truly authentic safari experience.

  • Game Drives Inyati has been recognised by the Lilizela Tourism Awards for the best “Visitor’s Experience Award for the Best Wildlife Encounters”. Open game vehicles, which seat up to 10 guests, are driven by experienced rangers and insightful trackers. With over 9,000 hectares of traversing wilderness, no two game drives are ever the same.
  • Private Safari Vehicles Exclusive use of a safari vehicle can be arranged upon request, but is subject to availability. Only a limited number of exclusive safari vehicles can be guaranteed at any one time. Prices available on request.
  • Bush Walks Guests can enjoy informative bush walks for guests over the age of 16 years. Professionally trained guides cater to guests’ preferences and fitness levels pointing out animal tracks, dung, hiding spots, rare birds and sharing details about the rich cultural history of the area.
  • FishingInyati offers fishing as an extra activity between game drive times. All fishing equipment is supplied by the lodge and is done in the Sand River which is home to over 37 species of fish. Safety is paramount so guests are always accompanied by a ranger or tracker.
  • Photography Inyati is a photographer’s paradise. The ever-changing skies at dawn and dusk, the fast moving lightning storms in the afternoon and the myriad of fascinating animals, birds and insects keep aspiring and professional photographers alike permanently captivated.
  • Kids on Safari Parents travelling with young kids can book them on our fun and educational Young Rangers Programme. Children will be taught how to use their full range of senses to fully appreciate the wonder of nature. At the end of their stay, children will be issued with an Inyati Young Rangers certificate

A day at Inyati Game Lodge

Game drives are planned for mornings and evenings as this is the time when the animals are most active. The game drives last for about three hours and include a coffee stop for the morning drive and a sun-downer stop in the evening.Inyati Game Lodge generally adjusts safari times accordingly to the seasons in order to maximise game-viewing opportunities and ensure that guests enjoy a comfortable experience.

  • Summer / Winter
  • 05h00 / 05h30 – Wakeup call
  • 05h30 / 06h00 – Refreshments and snacks on the patio
  • 06h00 / 06h30 – Depart for morning game drive
  • 10h00 / 10h00 – Brunch
  • 11h00 / 11h00 – Departing guests to kindly vacate chalets
  • 14h00 / 14h00 – Lunch is available for arriving guests
  • 16h00 / 15h00 – High tea is served on the patio
  • 16h30 / 15h30 – Depart for afternoon game drive
  • 19h45 / 19h15 – Pre-dinner drinks
  • 20h00 / 19h30 – Dinner

We suggest that guests arrive in time for lunch on their day of arrival not to miss out on any game drives during their stay.

Inyati Private Game Reserve

Making a difference

Through a voluntary Guest Conservation Contribution, every visitor has the opportunity to protect the reserve’s endangered rhino population. Contributions will be collected from the Inyati guests on departure and are distributed through prescribed channels to the Sabi Sand Nature Conservation Trust. All transactions are independently audited by KPMG, and a section 18A certificate is available on request. The Sabi Sand Nature Conservation Trust is a Non Profit, Public Benefit Organisation established to engage in conservation, rehabilitation and protection of the natural environment. Funds raised through Inyati will be allocated directly to the rhino related expenses of the anti-poaching and response teams both in the air and on the ground. Please help us to ensure that future generations do not look at ours and say that a species vanished from the earth on our watch.

Community: The majority of Inyati’s employees are from the impoverished Bushbuckridge communities. Inyati recognises the socio-economic issues of the area and we make every effort to address them in a progressive and mutually beneficial way. Our commitment to transformation extends beyond our employees through our community programmes. We assist local schools and are a major partner in establishing a digital learning centre with Good Work Foundation (GWF) in the Dumphries community on the border of Inyati. GWF provides learning opportunities to school children, adult learning programmes and connects young rural South Africans to the huge opportunities in the growing economy of wildlife. We are able to organise cultural tours of local villages or a tour to the GWF digital learning centre in Dumphries.


Relax in the Inyati Game Lodge lounge area

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