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Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest Camp
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing visit”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

we had very high expectations of this place considering the prices. The trip up by boat was a very nice start and the first impression of the lodge was great. However, the 'tents' weren't really 4* standard. The meals were cooked off site and brought into camp so we had to eat as soon as they arrived which was annoying as we always felt we were being rushed. The game was predictably at the same place each day and the poor lions are kept in a separate enclosure - very sad.
Rather go to Addo and experience something a bit less contrived and value for money.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest Camp, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Shaktisha,
Thank you for taking the time to review Forest Camp ... I am very sorry though to hear that you found your experience disappointing.
Ideally we would like to be able to satisfy all our visitors expectations 100%, but realistically we have to accept that this is impossible as no two guests expectations are the same. And I certainly do not wish to disagree with yours in any way, suffice to mention one or two important factors about Forest Camp and Sibuya.
Firstly both Forest Camp and River Camp (our other child-friendly camp) were nominated in the 4 star category for the SA Tourism Lilizela awards and Forest Camp was the eventual winner in this category in the Eastern Cape. At the national finals in September this year, Forest Camp was in the top 3 in the South Africa.
Secondly,It is true that our main kitchen is not in either camp.. this is a result of the very strict restrictions placed on us by the Department of Environment when the camps were first built as both camps are within a pristine and critically endangered coastal forest. However, although all preparation is done in the main kitchen, all the final cooking is done in camp so the afore-mentioned has no bearing on when the meal is served... I apologise if you felt rushed.
Finally, wild animals, apart from the very big herbivores such as elephants and predators such as lion, are almost all territorial in some way so it is not unusual that certain animals will be in a similar place on consecutive days.
Thanks again for your input
Kind regards
Nick and the Sibuya team.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Only accessible via river at Kenton On Sea, it is the perfect start to your stay. Arrival at camp was very welcome and we were looked after impeccably. The food was excellent and plenty of it and the accommodation 5* in my opinion.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest Camp, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Hi travelbug,
Luv the name and know how you feel about travelling - we are so blessed in SA with so much to see and do !!
Thank you for your wonderful comments and kind words about Sibuya. Remember Sibuya means ... "we will return" .. so we look forward to hosting you here again sometime soon.
All the best in your travels
Nick and the Sibuya Team
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Property: Sibuya Game Reserve-Forest Camp
Address: Reception: 39 Eastbourne Road | Kenton-On-Sea, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Kenton-on-Sea
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Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Kenton-on-Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 8
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