Security is paramount especially for international visitors, who frequently visit SGR as a prime destination on a week-long tour through southern Africa. Combatting poaching and wildlife crime is also critical for a reserve that supports healthy populations of vulnerable species, including black and white rhino, lion, African wild dog, cheetah, hooded vulture, Temminck’s pangolin, white-backed vulture, white-headed vulture, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, secretarybird, saddle-billed stork, black stork, African finfoot and the pepper-bark tree.
SGR has adopted a zero-loss of life policy to the scourge of rhino poaching that has gripped Africa. Our rhinos are a national asset and we intend to look after them as best we can. To this end, SGR boast the highest density of expert armed field rangers in the 20,000 square kilometre Greater Kruger area. These deployments, along with sophisticated ground technology and night-enabled aerial support, means that the probability of meeting our anti-poaching unit when encountering a rhino is uncomfortably high for would-be poachers. But anti-poaching security is not cheap, and without the passionate and loyal support of our many guests, the conservation success story that SGR is would not be possible. In fact, without guests visiting pristine Africa to see rhino and the Big Five, protection and conservation of all the other majestic fauna and flora found on the reserve would not be possible.
Health and safety also impacts the guiding and tracking professionals of our businesses and the guest visitors they serve: These are regulated by CATHSETA, and supported by all of NQF, VDPA, PDP, First Aid competence and ARH qualifications. FGASA represents the prevailing independent industry body overseeing this portion of the industry currently. Sabie Game Reserve member lodges are all fully compliant with these requirements.