ABOUT SIBUYA GAME RESERVE
Malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve is an Eco destination which is positioned on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape, approximately 130 kms from Port Elizabeth or East London. Guests are welcomed at Sibuya’s Reception which is situated near the Kariega River mouth in the small seaside town of Kenton-on-Sea, where safe parking is provided. The adventure starts with a gentle meandering 11km boat transfer from the River mouth and Kenton’s idyllic Blue Flag beaches, up the stunning Kariega River Estuary to the Reserve, setting the tone for the unique experience to follow – from the Ocean to the Bush.
Guests are either based at one of the two solar-powered, secluded luxury tented Camps tucked away in the forest on the banks of the Kariega River or at stunning Bush Lodge situated in a pristine, densely forested valley.
Sibuya Game Reserve incorporates the unique East Cape Valley Bushveld, Grasslands and Coastal Forests. Antelope abound, including the rare Bontebok and Oribi. Elephants, Giraffe and Zebra silhouetted against an Indian Ocean backdrop complete a truly memorable picture.
The ancient floodplains and pristine coastal forest host an abundance of wildlife: nearly 400 bird species and 45 species of wildlife including the “Big Five”. The lush vegetation ensures a high density of animals and one of the best game-viewing experiences in the country is guaranteed.
The following three Accommodation options are available – each one with its own unique unforgettable ambience: River Camp, Forest Camp and Bush Lodge
FOREST CAMP – ECO-DESTINATION
Forest camp is not suitable for children under 12 years.
Another short boat trip further up-river brings you to Forest Camp, carefully tucked into the thick indigenous forest. This unique luxury tented accommodation connected by meandering wooden walkways will leave you marvelling at the originality of design. In this tranquil setting the beautiful Nyala antelope wander through as if it is their own piece of paradise!
Only eight luxurious 60 m2, en-suite tents are hidden in the thick forest so guests are ensured of privacy. Each tent has its own fireplace for those chillier evenings and passionate professional staff are on hand to ensure your comfort at all times.
Four tents are equipped with sleeper couches for older children sharing. Forest camp is not suitable for children under 12 years.
- Four Star Graded by TGCSA
- Graded Superior AA Travel
- SA TOURISM LILIZELA AWARD for SERVICE EXCELLENCE WINNER
RIVER CAMP – ECO-DESTINATION
The Camp recommended for families with children visiting Sibuya.
A fascinating 11km boat-ride up the Estuary from the seaside village of Kenton-on-Sea brings you to the jetty at River Camp. Only four spacious luxury en-suite tents skilfully hidden in the riverine forest maximize privacy for each tent and ensure an exclusive and personalised experience. Every tent has its own cosy fireplace to ensure a snuggly warm environment on chillier nights. Professional and passionate staff ensure a time to be spoilt and make memories to treasure. These enormous 75 m2 tents with sleeper couches that convert to two single beds for children sharing, ensure plenty of space for the whole family.
River Camp is suitable for children of all ages. For guests with children under three years a baby sitter is highly recommended to allow parents time off to enjoy the game drives.
As an Eco Friendly destination, the electricity in this location is sourced from solar power, supplemented by gas when needed. Consequently, there are certain limitations in place to ensure sustainability. These include the absence of air-conditioners, fans, hair dryers, TVs, and limited cell-phone coverage. However, guests are encouraged to embrace this opportunity to fully unwind and relax without relying on these modern conveniences.
- Four Star Graded by TGCSA
- Highly Recommended by AA Travel
- Multi - Award winner of the SA TOURISM LILIZELA AWARD for SERVICE EXCELLENCE
- Multiple TripAdvisor Awards for Service Excellence
Settle into your own wilderness wonderland at Sibuya Bush Lodge
Sibuya Game Reserve is brilliantly diverse, boasting one of the highest densities of wildlife in South Africa, including the Big 5. Sibuya Bush Lodge is found only minutes form the main reserve and offers isolated luxury with the same wilderness benefits.
Sibuya Bush Lodge can be found in Kenton-on-Sea, minutes from the reserve itself. The reserve covers over 3,000ha of terrain made up of riverine plains, thicket, grassland and fynbos. This diverse landscape is naturally home to a diverse array of inhabitants from lion, elephant and leopard to over 400 different bird species.
Guests at Sibuya Bush Lodge are accommodated in four thatched luxury suites that offer privacy, indoor and outdoor showers and personal viewing decks. Other amenities include air-conditioning for those hot summer nights, king/queen-size beds, percale linen, minibars and tea/coffee-making facilities. The lodge is hidden in an indigenous forested valley and boasts a sparkling swimming pool. Activities at Sibuya include river cruises and game drives.
Sibuya Bush Lodge Highlights
- Sibuya Game Reserve is home to one of the highest densities of wildlife in South Africa
- Almost 400 different bird species live here, along with the Big 5
- The lodge has a swimming pool overlooking an indigenous forested valley
- Daily game drives by a professional guide into Sibuya Game Reserve to see the Big 5
- Four luxury suites, all thatched with private viewing decks, air conditioning, as well as indoor and outdoor showers