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Sibuya Game Reserve Bush Lodge

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- Located just outside Sibuya Game Reserve
- On site electricity, swimming pool
- Game drives, river swimming, bush walks
- Canoeing, fishing, historic town visits

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Sibuya is a highly regarded game reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. It’s known for its several hundred bird species, along with its abundance of land animals and unique series of waterways – indeed, the reserve has more navigable rivers than any other in the country. There are three accommodation options in the reserve, all of which are accessed from the main reception building in the coastal town of Kenton-on-Sea. From here, guests enjoy a scenic boat ride up the Kariega River before embarking on a game drive transfer to their choice of lodge.

Sibuya Bush Lodge actually lies just outside the main reserve area and is significantly different from its more simple sister properties Sibuya River Camp and Sibuya Forest Camp, because it’s on the electricity grid, and thus offers modern conveniences such as air conditioning, fans and hairdryers. The Bush Lodge comprises four luxury thatched units, all offering pretty good levels of privacy and plenty of interior space. Each unit comes with both an indoor and outdoor shower, a private viewing deck and tea and coffee making facilities.

The Bush Lodge is ideally located for exploring the reserve. Some of the most popular activities include Big 5 game drives and birdwatching walks with literally hundreds of species to spot. More energetic physical activities such as swimming and canoeing are available, as are more leisurely pursuits such as fishing, beach walks and river cruises. All nature-based activities are led by professional, expert guides. A good number of the activities are free of additional charge, though some, such as deep-sea fishing, tours of historic towns and spa treatments, are available at an extra cost. Back at base, there’s an enticing crystal-clear swimming pool, safe river swimming, and plenty of opportunity to unwind. All meals are served buffet-style and in the evenings - weather permitting – guests dine out in the open by the fire.

Children of 13 years and up are welcome at the lodge, and extra divans can be brought into parents’ rooms to accommodate them. While it’s rare for animals to approach humans or accommodation, parents are reminded to make sure their children are supervised by adults all the time.

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based on 497 reviews


  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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