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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Lower Sabie Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park