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  • Luxurious camps tucked away in riverine vegetation in a game reserve
  • Scenic transfer into the Big 5 reserve by boat
  • Unique water-based safari experiences on offer as well as game drives

Sibuya Game Reserve & Tented Camps

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Kenton On Sea

 

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About

The beauty of a stay at Sibuya Game Reserve starts from the exciting moment you step onto the boat at Kenton-on-Sea and embark on a 45 minute cruise along the pristine Kariega River, surrounded by lush riverine forest teeming with birds. Arriving at the reserve, guests are treated to a delicious lunch at the lodge where they will be staying. All three camps are secluded in the forest and built in an environmentally sensitive manner. 

Set along the banks of the river, Forest Camp comprises eight luxury tents built on large wooden decks with views of the languidly flowing water or forest. Decorated with richly-coloured fabrics made by members of the local community, the tents are havens of comfort with King-size beds (or twins) and full en-suite bathrooms. The wooden walkways make the camp wheelchair friendly. Of similar comfort, River Camp is a favourite amongst families, friends and sole-use travellers, offering accommodation in just four tents. Nestled in a small forest on the river bank, the tents each have their own thoughtfully built layout, ensuring that the surrounding bush remains as untouched as possible. Ground-level pathways and fold-out sofa beds make the camp particularly well-suited for guests with children, who can keep themselves busy in the playground tent.

Although both camps are luxuriously appointed with high-quality bedding and comfy armchairs, lighting is provided by solar power, with electricity limited to one plug point for charging cellphones and camera batteries. Cellphone signal is patchy, and guests are encouraged to turn off their phones and simply enjoy the serenity of the wilderness. Each of the camps’ comfortable, spacious guest areas have a light and airy design which creates a seamless blend between indoors and outdoors. Guests who want a little more luxury can choose to stay in the Bush Lodge, which has four spacious thatched suites equipped with air conditioning, bar fridges, tea and coffee stations, full en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers, and a wood-burning fireplace. Guests can admire wonderful views over a forested valley from the comfort of their decks.

The two restaurants both have river views and serve up some top-class cuisine, while outdoor bomas allow for dining under the stars next to a crackling fireplace. 

Days at Sibuya can be spent exploring the exceptionally diverse reserve, encompassing habitats ranging from floodplains, to dense thickets, patches of Fynbos and grassland, with the Kariega River acting as a sparkling jewel in the crown. The reserve has one of the densest populations of wildlife in South Africa, playing host to lions, rhino, buffalo, elephant, cheetah and everything in between. Twice-daily game drives, conducted by enthusiastic rangers with a thorough knowledge of the bush, are included in the rates, as are daily game and bird watching walks. 

Also included are scenic boat cruises along the river, which provide a superb opportunity for bird watching. Anglers can have a crack at catching a variety of fish species, while several canoes are available for use. To spice things up, additional activities can be arranged, including horse riding on either the reserve or one of the nearby beaches, and a variety of day trips can be tailored to meet your needs. Most beverages are complimentary throughout your stay, keeping you energised during whatever adventure you choose to embark on.  

The camps are a perfect setting to kick back and enjoy the ultimate in tranquil relaxation, and those who want to be truly spoilt can arrange a massage on the privacy of the decks.

Rates & Summary


Forest Camp

8 Luxury Tents

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private decks
Solar lighting
Forest and river views
Not suitable for children under 12

River Camp

4 Luxury Tents

Each sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
Cot and sleeper couch can be added for two children
En-suite bath and shower
Solar lighting
Private deck
Forest and river views

Bush Lodge

4 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King or Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Private deck
Views over the valley

Pricing

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Catering

Full board

Kids

Due to their raised decks and proximity to the river, the camps are not recommended for children under 3 years.
Because they are three hours long, standard game drives are not suitable for children under the age of 6. Private drives can be arranged.
Babysitting service available.

Why Stay Here?

Occupying secluded locations in dense forest along the Kariega River, Sibuya’s camps offer luxurious accommodation far away from the trappings of modern life. Guests can immerse themselves in a unique safari experience revolving around boat cruises, game drives and canoeing on one of the most diverse and beautiful game reserves in South Africa. Reached via boat transfers from nearby Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape, Sibuya Game Reserve has three camps unobtrusively tucked away in the riverine vegetation, treating guests to full board accommodation and a variety of exceptional outdoor activities.

Summary

  • Luxurious camps tucked away in riverine vegetation in a game reserve
  • Scenic transfer into the Big 5 reserve by boat
  • Unique water-based safari experiences on offer as well as game drives

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

Guests are transferred to the reserve by boat from the main office in Kenton-on-Sea, which is reached via tar roads. Guests are required to check in at the office half an hour before the midday departure time. Transfers at alternative times can be arranged in advance.

Activities & Attractions

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Boat trips
  • Swimming in the river
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Horse riding
  • Beauty treatments
  • Nearby: beaches, deep sea fishing, golf.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and gas geysers
  • Electricity from solar

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • No television

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape

About

With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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