Main Street, Sabie
Main Street, Sabie
Sabie is located in Mpumalanga
Sabie is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 25°05′52″S 30°46′45″E / 25.09778°S 30.77917°E / -25.09778; 30.77917
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityThaba Chweu
 • Total55.03 km2 (21.25 sq mi)
 • Total9,148
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African60.8%
 • Coloured8.0%
 • Indian/Asian0.5%
 • White30.1%
 • Other0.6%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans33.4%
 • Swazi23.9%
 • Sotho14.5%
 • English10.4%
 • Other17.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code013

Sabie is a forestry town situated on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The name Sabie is derived from the siSwati word "Ulusaba" which means "fearful river" because the river was once teeming with dangerous Nile crocodile. The word Ulusaba was modernized by the Afrikaner settlers who changed it from Ulusaba (siSwati) into the Afrikaans "Sabie"[citation needed] .

The town was started after H.T. Glynn and J.C. Ingle found gold there and formed the Glynns-Lydenburg Gold Mining Company.

Sabie is located 360 kilometres east of Johannesburg and 64 kilometres west of the popular Kruger National Park. It is known for its scenery and beautiful waterfalls, and is a popular tourist destination.

Its main industry is forestry. The plantations surrounding Sabie form one of the world's largest man-made forests.

It is situated approximately 1,066 metres (3,497 feet) above sea level and is in the summer rainfall area. During the winter period, there is little rainfall, and the area can become intensely dry. Forest fires are prevalent during this time, therefore precautions are taken beforehand to create fire breaks, as well as to incorporate block burning

Sabie is also a tourism based town and relies on the steady flow of tourists year round to keep the community economy going. There are many attractions in and around the town itself. Of these the most popular is the Lone Creek Falls about 10 km (6 mi) outside of town. There are many other waterfalls in the area, such as the Bridal Veil, Maria Shire, Horseshoe, Forest Falls, and the Sabie River falls situated within the town itself.


A large portion of the tourism is taken up by the adventurous mountain bikers that make their way to the downhill slaloms in the pine forests. One of these is the Noon to Moon which is a 10-hour endurance relay race for teams of 3. Teams complete as many laps as possible around a 7.5 km (5 mi) course of single track. The start is at 12 noon from the Castle Rock Camp site in Sabie and includes 3 hours of night riding. There are many kilometres of flowing single tracks which make this town a must to visit for mountain bikers.

There is also trout fly fishing in the Sabie River which is regularly stocked. Permits are required to fish.

Sabie has its own brewery located on 45 Main road.


In February 2016, tourists and the residents of Sabie were prevented from leaving the town near Kruger Park when protesters barricaded all exit roads. Sabie police spokesman Constable Mandy Mculu said the protesters began barricading the roads early in the morning.

"They were protesting because electricity had been cut to an illegal settlement the day before," she explained. About 500 people were involved in the protest.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Sabie". Census 2011.