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Lower Sabie Restcamp
Reviewed June 3, 2012

We stayed in Lower Sabie for one night in May 2012. Originally, we had planned to stay for two nights, however, the roads within the park are only open during certain hours. So if you need to leave early to drive back to Jo'Burg like we did then you will need to find accommodations outside of the park. We stayed in a one of the huts and no problems while there. The hut was actually more spacious than expected and the room was fairly comfortable. I would recommend bringing a flashlight was this isn't much lighting around the huts when night falls. Lower Sabie has a restaurant and store on sight which is convenient. The restaurant was certainly not 5-star dining but does provide adequate food in a pinch. The store carries a good selection of food and other camping essentials. While at Lower Sabie we went on a sunset drive and a morning bush walk. The sunset drive was great as we were able to spot a leopard and baby hippo (born earlier that day). The drive to the walk was great as we encountered a male lion and two lionesses, although the walk itself was fairly uneventful and long. Overall, the value was exceptional.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Amazing. Open-aired spiral shaped showers are incredible! I'm modeling my home shower after my stay here. It may be a tent but it's in no way rugged, comfortable for just about any adventure!

Room Tip: Get a tent on stilts. Hyenas are all around the perimeter, very cool! Don't feed though.
Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
1  Thank Erin K
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

The reception staff seem to have a problem with client's requesting certain tent and bungalow numbers, unlike most of the other Kruger camps where a unit request is their pleasure. In addition the restarant and deli must be the filthiest in the park! Coffee is spilt on the floor and left for hours, lunch is displayed in an open-backed cabinet with birds and flies landing on the food, contents from a rubbish bin are left scattered all over the floor in front of the Wooden Banana deli area and so on!
Other than that the camp is one of the best in the Kruger for big cat sightings. We had two leopard, two cheetah and three lion sightings in just a few days!

Room Tip: The river-facing tents are our favorites as we enjoy photographing from our tent by day and night.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank KrugerToKalahari
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

First and foremost, this is a large government run restcamp and not a fancy/expensive dude ranch type facility. Having said that, it was really quite nice and much better than we expected. We stayed in a small separate unit with no kitchen (but outdoor grill). It reminded me of a 1930s style campground--separate housing units in a huge circle surrounding a large common area with lots of trees. It did not seem crowded even though the camp was completely full. The common area was quiet with most people enjoying a nice outdoor barbecue meal and then heading off early to bed.

Housing unit was newly painted and very clean. Nice size refrigerator. Old-style but very clean and newly painted bathroom. Parking was right next to the housing unit.

Downside: the communal kitchen had four burners on the stoves, but only one worked.

The restcamp store was well-equipped with lots of food, if somewhat expensive. Everything you need for a large scale barbecue plus lots of basic camping equipment.

Camp is in the middle of a very populated wildlife area. We saw the big five plus a lot more in two days.

Don't miss the hippos at either end of the camp's entrance roads--best views we had in all of Kruger.

Highly recommended for good, clean, albeit basic accommodations.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank goodhikers
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Lower Sabie was so perfect! Stayed one night in a bungalow with bathroom and the other night in a safari tent. The safari tent was better. The deck where you eat meals? Amazing view! Elephants cooling down, Buffalo relaxing, crocodiles circling... We did four game drives in Kruger- two with Marti. She was really the best--can't say enough good things! We splurged for the Bush Braai and it was 200% worth it! E-mail the camp well in advance if you are interested in this option.

Room Tip: Safari tents are best.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ashley W
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

As wild life photography is my reason for being I obviously spend a lot of time at Kruger Park. I live in Johannesburg, 3 hours away so Kruger is on my doorstep. Many international tourists ask which part of Kruger Park is the most rewarding ? The answer to that varies on the time of year and what interests the visitor most with regards to animal types. If big cats are your thing then I can recommend Lower Sabie restcamp in the south eastern corner of the park. Spent the first week of March in that area and the leopard sightings where phenomenal. In 3 days we spotted 6 different leopards within a distance of 14 kms of the camp. A 14 lion kill on a giraffe was also a highlight. As I motorhome in the park I cannot say much about the bungalows but many tourists I speak to in camp rate it as one of the best camps in Kruger.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

It seems Lower Sabie rest camp is in the process of some renovation, as our bungalow was spotless, roomy and recently renovated, but the communal ablutions were appalling. Definitely need some work there. Sadly we found the Kruger staff rather surly and unfriendly, although quite capable. The restaurant and deck at Lower Sabie are fantastically located (the sunset and game viewing was great) and while the food is very average it is not expensive, and so we felt good about eating there. In fact, based on the accommodation rates at Kruger, I would recommend staying in the smaller, non-self catering bungalows, and just eating at the restaurant rather than paying the US$200+ fee for a 2 bedroom self-catering place. We had a kettle and a fridge and so did not really need anything more.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank HermanFive
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #101 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: $117 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Lower Sabie Restcamp 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond. In this rest camp, the bounty and plenitude of nature are very evident, eloquently symbolised by the most conspicuous of its numerous trees, the mighty sycamore fig, which provides generously for the livelihood of many birds and insects. Not only do these giants produce fruit at least twice a year, but different trees produce fruit at different times, extending the gifts of life over many months. Watching the endless procession of animals coming to drink at the Sabie River establishes a sense of one's own place in the eternal cycle. ... more   less 
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