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Lower Sabie Restcamp
Reviewed July 13, 2013

There are not many places in the world you can sit down to a Full English / South African and clearly watch Elephant, Hippos and Crocs without Binoculars. Lower Sabie Restcamp is one of these places. The view from the restaurant is exceptional.

Lower Sabie is not as busy as Skukuza, so more a haven for serious animal watchers. There is great viewing throughout KNP, but for all round river watching, I believe Lower Sabie is the best camp year round.

Organised Game Drives - Night and Morning - are very cheap and well run by knowledgeable drivers. Passengers are left to hold the searchlights so make sure the light is with an energetic passenger as they will be responsible for that light for 2-3hours.

Accommodation is clean and functional, the catering at the camp is great, the shop is almost as well stocked as that at Skukuza and you are in the heart of hippo country.

Access is easy from the N4 via Crocodile Bridge and I would recommend this as the starting point on a trip heading north through Kruger National Park.

When going out to watch maximise your viewing leaving at first light when the gates open. Return as late as possible. Best viewing is always in the first and last hour.

Room Tip: Don't expect the Ritz. But then you don't get this experience at the Ritz.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stayed here for one night only and took whatever accommodation could be supplied. We had no idea we had the plum. Keartland Guest House is at the other end of the camp on the river (opposite end to the restaurant) and you even have your own garden overlooking the river. The animals are RIGHT THERE! Just over the fence line below you. Amazing. We watched elephant, hippos, buffalo, water buck all in front of us. The guest house itself is just beautiful and has three large bedrooms all with en suites. There is a large kitchen (two fridges), lounge - dining room, laundry and outside there is a table and chairs also. We could have settled in for a week. We really recommend booking this spot but do stay for a few days to do it justice. We just wishes we could have stayed on and that the world may have forgotten about us. Watching animals so close, with camera and a glass of wine in hand is far too good not to enjoy at leisure.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Loved our stay at Lower Sabie! The tent cabin was a fun experience, and very cosy, even though we were there in winter and expected to be cold. Right next to the perimeter fence, the night was busy with sounds of animals (especially the hippos) making the trip to and from the river. Had a wonderful dinner in the restaurant overlooking the river, even saw a foraging hyena below us, and made a point to go for an early breakfast the next day as it's so beautiful. The store is filled with fun gifts and mementos, spent far more there than I'd planned! The service in the restaurant was super, the whole experience was fabulous.

Room Tip: ask for a perimeter cabin (and tent cabins are far more fun than regular bungalows!)
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

This camp is in a fantastic location, and the room is clean and had shower, but unfortunately the hot plate knobs were missing abd hard to switch on. The location is beautiful but the bungalow needs revamping but nearby ones were being renovated so hopefully they all may be soon. It is wonderful location with great wildlife in the vicinity for driving yourself.The sunset dam is amazing to watch the sunset then get in the gate before it closes.

Room Tip: A perimeter room is goos as open aspect
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

One of the most scenic camps in Kruger Park overlooking the Sabie River
The huts are basic but clean, have all facilities for self catering including kettle, stove and fridge. Unfortunately, the 2 plate stove has no dial markings so one has to guess the settings low to high. Suggest reception hand out a fault completion form similar to what is issued on arrival in Letaba. This should help improve the overall maintenance.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The kruger is a fantastic place to visit. Nowhere better to see the bush.
The entry fees are low, making it a cheap holiday location.
The lower sabie restcamp is well located.
However the service and food quality were poor.

A good coat of paint, Some basic hospitality training and some better cooking could easily rectify this.
The park has the staff, just needs the staff training and service focus to make it a great place to visit.
Well worth visiting the park but the camps disapoint with the small important easily rectifiable things.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Great rest camp! GREAT LOCATION, i.e. junction of multiple drives! I mean, GREAT!!! You can do your own safaris in your vehicle! My rec to you - skip their organized tours in the morning and afternoon. But do the sunset tour as it is not allowed for you to go out and about by yourself. Please remember that the temperature DROPS so wear several layers and bring a blanket (don't worry if this looks ridiculous)! And enjoy! As for the rest camp, here are perks: cleaning kitchen, cleaning bbq pits, sites on the river, good beds, car park, etc.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Lower Sabie Restcamp

Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #103 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: $117 - $119 (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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