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“Idube...simply the best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Idube Game Reserve

Idube Game Reserve
Kruger National Park, South Africa
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edinburgh
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“Idube...simply the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I have never written a review before but this holiday was so good that I wanted everyone to know about it. Idube was the best. The best for viewing game....we saw everything even the most rare of animals - cheetah, leopard, rhino, lions,buffalo,elephants, zebra,giraffe,wild dogs with cubs, wildebeest, monkeys, hyena, honey badger, mongoose,waterbok, kudu,eagles, vultures impala, warthogs, birds galore, and loads of babies including a one week old baby elephant. The list goes on. The hotel suite was immaculate and beautiful and from our sun loungers on our veranda we saw elephants walking by, giraffe, and loads of other animals. The food was fab. 15 of us outside sat around a huge wood fire eating and drinking. The staff were all lovely and ear to help. And a huge special THANK YOU to Promise and Ron our guide and tracker. They were exceptional. And they got us up close and personal with all of the animals. We will be going back and would not go anywhere else on safari. Simply the best.

Visited September 2013
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“Awesome Game viewing and great guides”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

we spent 2 days at Idube. It is very nice place with a cozy feel. Staff are friendly. We were stunned by the game viewing..had not idea we would see wild animals so up close and personal (was awesome). We got to see all the Big Five (Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Lion and Leopard) and more. We also got to see the rare to see wild dogs...our ranger (Francios) was fantastic and we really enjoyed his enthusiasm, knowledge and friendliness. Out tracker (lonnet) was also very good at spotting animals and we enjoyed out time with the two of them. Food is OK at Idube, though the ambience of eating dinner around a bonfire and as a group was nice. Being a private reserve landrovers are allowed to leave the trails and follow animals, os higher odds of seeing the big five here than at kruger (though i would recommend both for first time visiters as you get a different feel at kruger and sabi)

Visited August 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Idube”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I'm not much in to game resort adventures, yet being at Idube will make 1 reconsider. It's the nicest game Reserve I've been to yet.

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“Supper Idube!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

we liked it in every way--warmth generated by the host--Andrew and Laura. the bonfire and barbeque they organized every evening was great!

Visited April 2013
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“Great game viewing, great accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We booked four nights at the Idube Game Reserve on the advice of Amy at Talk Travel in Claremont, Cape Town.
The lodge is in the Sabi Sands private game park, adjacent to Kruger National Park. Being a private park, the Land Rovers are allowed to leave the reserve roads and follow game into the bush.
We were met at reception where it was explained to us that this was an "open" camp - ie not protected by fences - and all game is allowed to wander into the grounds. The exception being that there is an electric wire at elephant height to stop elephants coming in and destroying the camp's trees. For this reason we were to be very watchful when moving around the camp and were always to be accompanied by one of the guards when out after dark.
Our room, however, was outside the elephant wire so all animals were able to come right up to the room. The room was beautifully, and fully, furnished with a huge bed, indoor and outdoor showers, a large balcony with open views to the bush and a private plunge pool. Indeed, as we were being shown to our room an elephant wandered past less than 50 metres away.
The food - served in the Boma, next to the small bar - was excellent, both in quality and presentation and so plentiful that, in deference to our waistlines, we deliberately missed lunch each day.
But, of course, the main attraction of any safari is the game viewing - and this was absolutely stunning. Idube is a small reserve and so there were no "let's get there first" problems - everybody had their own seat in the Land Rovers - and a side seat with great viewing at that. Indeed, one day there were just the two of us in our 'personal' Land Rover with out 'personal' Ranger and Tracker!
Sabi Sands is known as a good place to see leopard and this was one of our priorities on the twice daily, three-hour game drives. In eight drives we saw leopard on five. Males, females and, twice, a female with her cub who had, we later discovered, sheltered from one night's rain, directly under our hut!
But not just leopard - the park abounds with all the animals that would top most peoples' wish-list. We saw all of "The Big Five" in just one day, for example - unheard of in most parks - and were never disappointed by any scarcity of animals. Driver Andries and Trackers Ronald and Titus all seemed to have eyes like hawks and were both very well-informed about all that we saw and excellent company.
We have been lucky to do a number of safaris and this was certainly one of the best - in terms of game viewing and accommodation.

Visited January 2013
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