Sibuya Game Reserve is a Malaria Free, Big Five reserve conveniently situated near Kenton on Sea along South Africa`s Sunshine Coast, just 130 kms from Port Elizabeth and 150 kms from East London.
Uniquely, guests journey by boat from Sibuya`s reception in Kenton on Sea, up the stunningly beautiful Kariega River Estuary, to our tented camps situated at the water’s edge.
Boat trips to the river mouth, Kenton’s idyllic beaches and a host of other river and game reserve activities guarantee that any length of stay will be too short, and will leave you saying "Sibuya" - we will return.
Bontebok and Oribi, two of the rarest antelope species in South Africa, and a host of other animals including Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, and Zebra are just a few of the 45 African mammals you are likely to see.
For the bird lover more than 400 bird species, including the exceptionally rare Narina Trogan, will deliver hours of pleasure. Otters and crabs frequent the river banks while seals and turtles make occasional forays upriver to the tented camps.
Professional Guides will host you for the duration of your stay while the camp staff prepare Fine Fireside Fare under a starlit sky.
The rustically luxurious River Camp (4 tented en-suite rooms) is situated on the banks of the Kariega River and Forest camp has been designed and built to fit into the natural openings in the Forest.
All our tents, fixed on raised wooden decks, accommodate two adults sharing in one king size or two twin beds. Additional camp beds are available for young children sharing with parents.
En-suite bathrooms (with hot and cold water) and mosquito netting on all doors and windows ensure that a night at Sibuya River Camp is comfortable and safe. Sibuya is Malaria Free.
A new addtion is the Forest Camp with 8 large luxury ensuite tents. All tents are twins or doubles and have luxury en-suite bathrooms with bath, separate shower and hot and cold water.
The small intimate camps ensures that you are able to share the countless years of experience of our Professional Guides.
A stay at a Sibuya River Camp includes a host of different activities:
Game Drives - in the early morning, late afternoon and after dinner, but guests are able to arrange times to suit their requirements.
Boat Cruises - boat trips are incorporated into many of our daily activities. Most game drives will begin or end with a boat trip to a distant part of the Reserve.
Guided Walks - see Africa’s animals on foot in the company of our Professional Guides.
Fishing - river and fly fishing are all available, however guests must be in possession of a valid fishing permit (available at any Post Office).
Swimming - in the river or sea is a must on a hot summer`s day.
Canoeing - 2-seater canoes are available
Beach walks - take a boat trip to Kenton’s idyllic beaches.
Additional activities offered by arrangement and at very reasonable rates include:
Horse riding and Massages.
Due to boat transfers, check-in and check-out times are fixed. Check-in 11h30 & check-out 11h00. Transfers at different times can be arranged, but do include an extra fee.
River Camp - 4 Luxury tented rooms
A favourite amongst friends, families and sole-use groups, this small and intimate camp has four beautifully appointed tented rooms, all en suite.
Discretely tucked into a small forest on the river bank, each tented room has been designed with its own unique layout in order to avoid felling trees and to protect as much of the site as possible.
A light and airy design lets nature’s sights and sounds flood into the generously proportioned guest areas, creating a sense of oneness with the wilderness all around.
Ground level pathways and large fold-out sofa beds make River Camp particularly well-suited to those with children, and there’s even a playroom tent.
Located on an ancient floodplain where an oxbow, or billabong, will one day form, the camp affords spectacular views of the river from its sweeping verandas.
Forest Camp - 8 luxury tented rooms
Perfectly situated on the banks of the Kariega River, but tucked unobtrusively into the indigenous bush, Forest Camp offers a blend of essential comforts and warm, charming style.
Richly colored local textiles, in shades of rust and burnt orange, are used throughout in support of the region’s weaving community.
The camp, with its long wooden walkways through pristine thicket, has eight en suite tents, complete with luxury furnishings. Designed with a light footprint to protect the surrounding riverine environment, the camp affords views of game on both banks of the river and makes an ideal venue for weddings and small functions.
Sibuya Game Reserve Activities:
The most popular activities at Sibuya are game drives and guided walks, but many guests are drawn to dip in the nearby Indian Ocean or to indulge in romantic strolls along the pristine beaches.
The more adventurous might try their hand at fishing while canoes are a favorite of guests, keen paddlers and novices alike.
Birding and game viewing on horseback is a wonderful way to experience nature at close quarters. Birdsong is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing massage on the private deck of one of the luxurious tents.
Sibuya Game Reserve Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Since the weather can change fast, it is recommended taking the following items with at every time of the year:
- (Waterproof) sunblock
- Long trousers
- Bathing costume (swimming in Indian Ocean or Kariega River)
Sibuya Game Reserve Guest Review
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 1 review.
A little paradise in the bush. You feel like royalty, everything is taken care of. There is no electricity which makes it extra special. We spend two nights at Sibuya, and we didn't want to leave.
Rating: Reviewed by Joan Alons over a year ago
Other Accommodation near Sibuya Game Reserve:
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