South African Lodges

Sibuya Game Reserve

Address
39 Eastbourne Road
Kenton-on-Sea
Eastern Cape
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
R6070.00SINGLE RATE
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The vast reserve in the Eastern Cape is home to a more traversable estuary than any other nature reserve in Southern Africa. Therefore, it is an excellent birding destination with nearly 403 distinct species. The Sibuya Game Reserve sanctuary, is a breathtakingly beautiful game reserve, is home to an abundance of African wildlife ranging from elephants to otters including the Big Five being a lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. The reserve offers accommodation in two luxury tented game lodges which are called the Forest & River Camp. 

The reception area is in the holiday village of Kenton-on-Sea in the, which lies about 142 km away from Port Elizabeth and East London. The unforgettable safari experience starts with a half-hour boat transfer up the Kariega estuary to the River Camp or Forest Camp. As guests leaving the beach, turtles, dolphins and whales might be seen near the river mouth. Both camps are located in the riverine forest and have been constructed in an environmentally conscious manner.

Shibuya River Camp features four tents in total. This exclusive accommodation is ideal for families with children, or for sole-use specialist groups. The luxury tents measure 25 square meters are adjoined by an en-suite bathroom and accommodate two adults sharing with king or twin beds. The private decks of each luxury tent offer views of the scenic river or forest. Cot or camp beds are available for children sharing with adults.

Sibuya Forest Camp is beautifully located on the banks of the Kariega River, tucked away into the lush vegetation, the Forest Camp offers a unique and beautiful accommodation experience. The tents are built on raised wooden decks and feature long wooden walkways through the pristine thicket. The Forest Camp offers luxury tented accommodation with each tent measuring 40 square meters. A large en-suite bathroom adjoins These luxury tents, accommodating two adults sharing with king or twin beds under an all-weather roof. The wide decks at the Forest Camp offer lovely views of the river or forest. Cot or camp beds are available for children sharing with adults.

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Horseback riding
  • Massages
  • visit nearby activities and attractions
  • Day Trips

Arrivals and Departures

  • Please note that the check-in time is by 11h30
  • Scheduled boat transfers leave from the reception in Kenton-on-Sea, once daily, at 12h00 (noon)
  • Guests are requested to check in at reception (39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea) at least half an hour before the boat departure time (travel times: Port Elizabeth Airport about 80 -100 minutes; East London Airport allow 120 minutes)
  • For departing guests, scheduled boat transfers return to the reception at 11h00 daily to allow for check out and departure by 11h30
  • Boat transfers at alternative times may be arranged in advance at an additional charge

Below detailed information about the Sibuya Game Reserve is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Safe

Restaurants

Dining at the Sibuya Tented Camps: River Camp and Forest Camp

The creative chefs at the Camps take great pride in the preparation and presentation of their delicious cuisine.  The dining experience at the Sibuya Game Reserve is unforgettable and beautiful South African wines complement the mouth-watering meals.

Game viewing

The exciting game drives, as well as bush walks, are the main attraction for guests staying at the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Fishing

Guests staying at the Sibuya Tented Camps in the Eastern Camp have the opportunity to try their hand at fishing from the camp jetties.

Bird watching

For the avid birder, a stay at the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is a paradise. Coastal, riverine, forest, savannah and many migrant birds add to the colorful and varied list of about 400 bird species. Guests have the opportunity to take a boat or canoe through the magnificent estuary in search for some of the six varieties of a local kingfisher.  Heading downstream to the beach, one can observe the multitude of waders, terns and gulls.

A leisurely walk in the pristine thicket forest of the Sibuya Game Reserve is the best way to encounter the shy Narina Trogon while game drives reveal a host of raptors from the common buzzards to the more rare Bateleur, Crowned or Fish Eagles.   During adventurous night game drives, guests may be lucky enough to see the different varieties of owls and nightjars caught in the spotlight.

Canoeing

Canoes at the Sibuya Tented Camps are available for guests, enthusiastic paddlers and novices alike.

Horse back riding

Both bird watching and game viewing on horseback are a wonderful way to experience nature up close and personal.

Day Trips

The Tented Camps also offers guests the option to participate in daily trips through the Sibuya Game Reserve accompanied by a professional guide. A leisurely cruise up the Kariega River is followed by a three-hour game drive and a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the river. A slow journey back to Kenton-on-Sea during sunset is an excellent end to an unforgettable stay.

Massages

The beautiful bird songs combined with the most scenic setting at the Sibuya Game Reserve provides the perfect location for enjoying a relaxing massage on the deck of one of the luxurious tents.

Nearby activities and attractions

Interesting excursions in close proximity to the Sibuya Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, can also be arranged for including activities such as golf, horse-riding on the beach, deep-sea fishing or historical tours of the area.

  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Conference venue
  • Hiking trails
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Gym
  • Open Air Boma
  • Parking
  • Private guest library/ lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 11:30
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
Malaria Status and Animals
  • As the Eastern Cape of South Africa is malaria-free, prophylactics are not necessary.

Children Policy
  • The Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa welcomes children of all ages. Families with young children can find suitable accommodation in the Sibuya River Camp.

    • Special meals for children
    • The camps are not recommended for children under three.
    • Children from 3 years up to 12 years of age may share with adults at 50 % of the adult rate at the Sibuya River Camp
    • For guests comfort, we recommended no more than two children per tent
    • Children from 12 years and older will be charged the full adult rate whether sharing with parents or staying in a separate tent
    • Babysitting facilities are offered at a nominal extra charge
    • Standard game drives are not suitable for children under six years, due to the 3-hour duration; guests wishing to take young children on a game drive may book a private vehicle at a nominal extra charge
       

Available Rooms

River Camp: tented room

# Rooms:
4

The intimate River Camp at the magnificent Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, features four tents. This accommodation found here is ideal for families with children, or for sole-use specialist groups.

An en-suite bathroom adjoins the luxury tents at the Sibuya River Camp measure 25 square meters (300 square feet) and accommodate two adults sharing with king or twin beds.  The private decks of each luxury tent at the Sibuya River Camp offer views of the scenic river or forest. Cot or camp beds are available for children sharing with adults.

Single Room R6070
Double Room R8200

Forest Camp: tented room

# Rooms:
8

Beautifully situated on the banks of the Kariega River, tucked unobtrusively away into the vegetation, the Sibuya Forest Camp offers a unique and beautiful experience.

The Sibuya Forest Camp's accommodation is on raised wooden decks and features long wooden walkways through the pristine thicket. The Sibuya Forest Camp offers luxury tented accommodation with each tent measuring 40 square meters (450 square feet).

A large en-suite bathroom adjoins These luxury tents, accommodating two adults sharing with king or twin beds under an all-weather roof.  The wide decks at the Sibuya Forest Camp offer lovely views of the river or forest.  Cot or camp beds are available for children sharing with adults.

Single Room R6070
Double Room R8200

Bush Lodge

The luxury tents are adjoined by an en-suite bathroom and accommodate two adults sharing in king or twin beds. The private decks of each luxury tent at the Sibuya Bush Lodge offer views of the scenic river or forest. Cot or camp beds are available for children sharing with adults.

Single Room R6790
Double Room R9160

Sibuya Game Reserve Specials

There are currently no specials for the Sibuya Game Reserve.
Please check again soon.

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2018-08-20

I had a good time st Sibuya, I enjoyed the scenic views as well as experiencing the thrill of a close-up view of these wonderful predators.

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2018-07-15

We had a great stay at Sibuya, I really enjoyed the leisurely river cruise, I also enjoyed the horse-riding on the beach.

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -33.678296

Longitude: 26.677010

Directions

Arrivals and Departures at the Sibuya Game Lodge, Eastern Cape:

PLEASE ENSURE CHECK IN BY 11H30 - late arrivals will incur the cost of a private transfer**
Scheduled boat transfers leave from Sibuya�s reception in Kenton-on-Sea, once daily, at 12h00 (noon).
Guests are requested to check in at reception (39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea) at least half an hour before the boat departure time (travel times: Port Elizabeth Airport about 80 -100 minutes; East London Airport allow 120 minutes)
For departing guests, scheduled boat transfers return to reception at 11h00 daily to allow for check out and departure by 11h30.
Boat transfers at different times may be arranged in advance at an additional charge. Afternoon or morning game drives may be missed at the below boat transfer time and can be replaced with a night drive.
On arrival: Arrival time at reception 15h00, boat departs from reception to camp at 15h30
On departure: Boat transfers will reach reception at 08h30

Directions from Port Elizabeth (135km) to the Sibuya Game Reserve:

Travel on the N2 towards Grahamstown
Take the R72 to Port Alfred
Pass Boesmanriversmond / Bushmans River and then turn right into Kenton-on-Sea
This is Kariega Road
Follow this road to the bottom of the hill
At the second stop street, just before the river, turn left into Eastbourne Road
The reception and secure parking are located at 39 Eastbourne Road

Directions from East London (165km) to the Sibuya Game Reserve:

Travel on the R72 passes through Port Alfred to Kenton-on-Sea
Turn left into Kenton-on-Sea
This is Kariega Road
Follow this road to the bottom of the hill
At the second stop street, just before the river, turn left into Eastbourne Road
The reception and secure parking are at 39 Eastbourne Road

Directions from Grahamstown (60km) to the Sibuya Game Reserve:

Travel on the N2 towards Port Elizabeth
Just outside Grahamstown turn left onto the R343 to Kenton-on-Sea
At the stop street in Salem, turn left
Travel for 37km to Kenton-on-Sea
At the crossroads continue straight
This is Kariega Road
Follow this road to the bottom of the hill
At the second stop street, just before the river, turn left into Eastbourne Road
The reception and secure parking are located at 39 Eastbourne Road

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

Memberships

  • AA Quality Assured Associate
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