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Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge
Ranked #1 of 10 Kenton-on-Sea B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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15 reviews
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“A mix of adventure and comfort”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

I had visited the Kruger a few years ago and was very impressed so I was a little suspicious when my partner booked a stay at Sibuya because he did not need to take anti-malaria tablets. I am please to report that I was impressed. The location is unusual in a river bend and two camps a short boat ride away. The game viewing was great, our guide (Mike) was so patient and always ready to answer our questions, we learnt a lot and he was obviously passionate about his job. The food was delicious so I had to be very strongwilled otherwise I would have put on kilos; our tent was spacious and comfortable, the bathroom very well equipped and most interesting! A great experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Hi Madeleine,

Thank you for your very kind words.
We are very blessed in South Africa with wonderful wildlife and our little corner of paradise is especially so.
I will be sure to pass on your compliments to Mike, the camp staff and catering and we hope to welcome you back here sometime soon.

Remember the wonderful meaning of " Sibuya" ... we will return!!

All the very best
From us all at Sibuya
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

After checking in at the town office, drove to camp and parked. Guide and hostess were waiting for us, boat trip a little way upstream. Our tent(luxury) was above expectations, well designed and comfortable with good amenities and secluded from other tents.
On walking 20m to riverside saw rhinos, elephants and antelopes, before going to main area to embark on a game drive. Our guide Brian was informative, motivated and good company.
The meals were very good, breakfast, lunch and dinner, very varied and delicious. Guided walk was good. Would highly recommend this camp to all.

Room Tip: For quiet, ask for a tent away from main area. But generally quiet there except for gen-set during d...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Hi
And thanks for your high praise and recommendation.

Remember the wonderful meaning of " Sibuya" ... we will return!!

We hope to welcome you back here sometime soon.

All the very best
From us all at Sibuya
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Muntelier, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We spent two nights in Sibuya River Camp and this stay is what we liked most during our 3-weeks journey in South Africa (and we liked a lot of places). Sibuya was us a wonderful combination of nature, game drives, food, coziness and luxury together with great staff who did everything to make our stay pleasant and unforgettable.
Our room, a tented house in the river camp was beautifully decorated and luxurious and we felt very comfortable. The Lounge is stylish and decorated in African safari style and it was great to spend time there with the staff and the other guests. We had bad weather the first day so there was an open fire which made it very cozy. The food is delicious and drinks and wine are free which we found very generous and made the stay more familiar. We enjoyed the meals with our ranger and the other guests very much. There were always interesting topics about safaris, South Africa or other common interests we had. The whole staff is very friendly and helpful. We had a really great ranger, Werner, who taught us a lot and really cares about the animals. He took us on four exciting and fun game drives where we saw fascinating wild life. We also had a very interesting walk with Bonga, who also told us many things about animals and plants. It was our first Safari and we are very glad we chose Sibuya. We had a fantastic time at Sibuya, we really loved every moment there and we hope we will soon be able to come back.

Room Tip: Our room/tent was a bit separated from the Lounge and we liked it very much.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Hi Louise,
Thank you for you kind words and high praise which I will be sure to pass on to Werner, Bonga and the camp staff.

Remember the wonderful meaning of " Sibuya" ... we will return!!

All the very best
From us all at Sibuya
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Peacefully tucked away in the Eastern Cape, surrounded by game, bush and river. Sleeping in comfortable private tents with en suite bathrooms gives you the perfect opportunity to get back to nature and escape the craziness of city living. Friendly service, great food, intelligent conversation, comfort and total relaxation. Best 3 night get away I've had.

Room Tip: Tent with river view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Hi
And a big thanks for your kind words.

Remember the wonderful meaning of " Sibuya" ... we will return!!

All the very best
From us all at Sibuya
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

I have travelled extensively over the last 30 years all over Africa & stayed in luxury accommadation and parks in Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and many game parks in South Africa including private lodges in the Kruger, Addo, Shamwari -also done all styles - from wild camping (shoestring!) to top end & have just returned from Sibuya where I stayed for 1 week; It is the best ever, best arrival - by boat (exquisite & exclusive way to arrive), best climate, best food, best game/birds & expertise from rangers; No malarial prophylaxis! Also one of the most dedicated staff team in terms of 'eco preservation' & Save the Rhino project done completely 'off their on bat' up to now! - after more than 20 different seperate safaris this is the best one ever by far; Rangers: Justin, Verner, Chris - top notch!

Room Tip: both camps equally fabulous - safe, walkways well lit
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear James,
Thanks so much for your wonderful praise. I will be sure to pass onto all the rangers and staff in camp with the warning that the bar has been now been set so high that the really will have to keep on their toes to maintain it.

I have to say, from an owner of a hospitality establishment's perspective, so much of what our guests get out of the experience is dependant on what they put into it . Those, like you, with a clear love of the bush and the outdoors really manage to bring out the best in our staff and I can only thank you for it - Sibuya is a better place for having had you and you family to visit.

We are only an 8 hour flight from Wales so we look forward to having you back to visit sometime very soon!!

Remember the wonderful meaning of " Sibuya" ... we will return!!

All the very best
From us all at Sibuya
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

What a fantastic find! who knew such luxury and beauty existed such a short drive from PE. Secluded, private and beautiful. The luxury of a tented lodge, somewhat casual and relaxed environment, yet with attentive, friendly staff members who are always availble for your needs. We stayed at Forest Camp - beautful tented camps. Communual area with bar and dining facilities where one could relax on lazy couches and soak up the atmosphere. Absolutely beautiful scenery and a unique boat trip from your car to the lodge. Having both a self-catering and catred for option is also unique - we did a bit of both which was great. Food provided is great - generous portion sizes! The staff really helped make this trip extra special - knowledgeable on the wildlife and surrounds and only to happy to chat. Extra special mention to Bryan our ranger - entertaining host with a wealth of knowledge.

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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Berry,

Thank you so very much for your kind words - I will make sure that they are passed on to Bryan and all in Forest Camp.
I know that they loved having you here to share our wonderful little corner of paradise so we really hope to see you back here sometime soon.

Remember the wonderful meaning of " Sibuya" ... we will return!!

All the very best
From us all at Sibuya
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East London, South Africa
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Sibuya, very different experience viewing the game from a riverboat as well as from a vehicle. Game are healthy and our guide passed on so much extra information regarding the animals. Tented camp was luxurious and relaxing. Staff are friendly, hands on and put themselves out to assist visitors.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellielover, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Greetings to East London,
We are so happy to hear you had a wonderful stay and really hope to see you back here sometime soon.
Remember the wonderful meaning of " Sibuya" ... we will return!!

All the very best
From us all at Sibuya
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Property: Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge
Address: 39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Kenton-on-Sea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Kenton-on-Sea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Big 5 Sibuya has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. The unique experience starts immediately with a 45 minute boat transfer from the village of Kenton-on-Sea to River or Forest Camp - luxury en-suite tented accommodation nestled in riverine forest and constructed in an environmentally conscious manner. Luxurious Bush Lodge, situated just outside the main Reserve in a pristine indigenous forested valley, is accessed the same way and then guests are transferred by game drive vehicle to the Lodge. All buffet-stlye meals & beverages are included - as are canoeing, fishing, swimming, birding etc. Add-on activities at a nominal extra rate include massages, horse riding on the beach and golf. An abundance of wildlife from Elephants to Otters and prolific bird life await you. Guests are hosted and guided by a team of experienced knowledgeable professionals who ensure a memorable personalised stay which will leave you saying 'Sibuya!' - 'We will return!' ... more   less 
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