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Kruger National Park 0001 South Africa
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jackbran123 wrote a review Oct 2022
Brighton, United Kingdom59 contributions31 helpful votes
Stayed here on a trip down from Pafuri to the Timbavati. Was skeptical at first but was actually one of the highlights. Wonderful waking up to the birds and the dam. Only downside were the toilets which were pretty rancid.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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jimiti wrote a review Sept 2021
Cape Town49 contributions38 helpful votes
You can't get better than sleeping in the bush with the place to yourself apart from a few hippos, elephants, fish eagles and various others coming for a drink. The sound of the bush at night is unforgettable. As an experience, my wife and I enjoyed it as much as staying in a private reserve a few days later. At about 5% of the cost. Most of the other reviews will give you an idea of what to expect. There are a few other pointers which were not mentioned; There is no crockery or utensils so you either need to take them or keep things simple. We just did boerewors rolls on the braai. You need to return the bedding back to Phalarborwa before 9 the next morning. It's 10 kilometres from the hide but that's a bit of a pain if you are heading deeper into the park. 20k's in Kruger can take some time. Not far from the hide is the Masorini picnic site. You can hire a skottel braai for R35 and cook some breakfast. The site is bit tatty but the location is good. Long drop toilet is not an issue. Looks like a normal lav. Just don't look down. We went in September so was chilly at night but your bedding includes a thick blanket which will keep you warm. I'm not sure what it would be like to sleep there in the heat of summer with no aircon. I can't believe someone complained due to lack of animals. They should rather go to a zoo. This is Kruger. It's real. You may see something. You may see nothing. Some of the animals may be far away. Some may be closer than you'd like. Just do it.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: There are 9 beds in an open area. Best go with family and good friends.
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Henry H wrote a review Nov 2019
Hoedspruit7 contributions1 helpful vote
Great experience sightings of elephant early evening was good. Ablutions were however terrible, dirty and had not been cleaned.Some beds were broken and needed repair.Some general maintenance needed inside the hide.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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JonCrook wrote a review Nov 2019
Preston, United Kingdom2 contributions
Amazing! Little reviews made me sceptical of staying here but went for it and stayed one night alone with partner. Nearest person 25min drive away. Loads of fun, plenty of elephant bathing, even a hippo came for a bathe. Giraffes lingered in background, saw no cats tho :( Huge Elephant male blocked our entrance feeding on the bushes and got a little aggressive towards other elephants and anything that approached. It became a little scary and had to keep an eye on it for a while but was a real awakening to our isolation & vulnerability and got the heart racing but 100% worth it! Parkgate provided mosquito nets for beds, bedding and powerful torch. We BBQ’d/Braai’d under the stars outside. At night and complete darkness, with my partner being spooked by the elephant earlier we later chose to just listen to the animals just outside our door entering and bathing in the water around us around 12-3am in bed as oppose to get them curious and disturb them with the torches but it was just as, if not more magical. The only downside is you need to be out and back at the park gate for 5am as the hide opens up to the public, and don’t expect to sleep too much with the noisy birds. Car is left parked outside the hide but can park right upto the entrance door. I would recommend this to anyone whose looking for a bit of excitement & adventure.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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YoHo_photo wrote a review Jun 2018
Oakham, United Kingdom35 contributions13 helpful votes
As this is Kruger Park, and not a zoo, we knew that we may or may not see anything during our stay at Sable Hide. It was just two of us, and it was lovely to have a quiet evening away from everything else. We had a huge herd of Elephants come to drink and swim late afternoon, and some great bird sightings too. The beds were comfy, and the bedding given to us was clean. It was little bit scary, especially after day visitors at the hide told us they had previously seen a black mamba there, but the gate staff informed us the mamba was moved. You do need to book well in advance, but definitely worth it!
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Joy F wrote a review Nov 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa241 contributions42 helpful votes
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We have just returned from 3 weeks in Kruger - which is of course a magical place. We stayed at many of the camps but decided to "rough it" for one night and stay in this hide. Being 65 and not so fit and not a 'camper', I was a bit scared of bugs, snakes etc but it was quite fine. There are very comfortable pull down beds and clean bedding was provided. Four of us booked the place for ourselves and we felt secure. We had a braai in a central closed off part. Unfortunately, although we had seen lion close by in the afternoon and could hear them during the night, they did not come down to the dam to drink - at least not whilst we were watching. So on the game side it was quiet, and I was disappointed not to see some of the night time animals, but that is the luck of it in Kruger. The overnight stay was still a fun and memorable experience which I recommend to anyone who wants to experience the bush at night.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: This is NOT a hotel. There is no service other than from the staff at the Phalabora gate who...
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pieterkonkrete wrote a review Oct 2017
Centurion, South Africa106 contributions13 helpful votes
Fantastic experience. Pull out beds with mozzie nets! Beautiful bird life. Saw a whole herd of elephants grazing on the banks of the dam. The elevated platform gave us a good vantage point. Bedding was clean and we got extra blankets for the ladies. Definitely go again. Loved the resident ground squirrels.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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JEBSTL wrote a review Aug 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri2 contributions
We live in the United States and have been to South Africa many times - for work and for pleasure. We always visit Kruger. In August 2015 we fulfilled our long-time wish to stay in Sable Hide. It was a terrible experience. We did not see one bird, one impala, one warthog, one anything. We saw nothing!!! When we returned our bedding to the office we expressed our disappointment and one of the employees said something to the effect of, "Oh that pan is dead. No animals or birds go there." Why did no one tell us that beforehand??? Years before we had seen lots of animal activity there when we would just stop by during a drive. We feel we were deceived.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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faunadoc wrote a review Feb 2017
Puget Sound, WA69 contributions64 helpful votes
This game hide has 9 Murphy beds built into the walls of an arc shaped building overlooking Sable Dam. It's constructed to the standards of a kid's tree house with gaps between the boards of the walls so you can't be too squeamish about insects. There's a none too sturdy fence around the hide, a BBQ area and a pit toilet. It appears to be intended for Boy Scout camps or something similar. Still, it's your only chance inside Kruger to sleep without an electric fence between you and the animals. Lots of Egyptian geese and other birds, an elephant, but nothing scary!
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Date of stay: February 2017
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KarenRoos wrote a review Jan 2015
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia74 contributions42 helpful votes
Right in the middle of nowhere is this "Hide" game viewing platform (by day) and rustic sleepover cabin (by night). A great but frightening experience of hearing lions roaring right outside this wooden cabin. There is no running water, only a tap container to wash your hands and a long-drop toilet. The beds drop-down off the back wall and you get the bedding from Phalaborwa gate which is old but clean. You can make a fire and braai outside, so make sure you take absolutely everything you will need to cook and eat. The walls to this hide are not very high and a bit rickety, so it was horribly scary when we heard lions outside! Not much sleep but it was a thrilling experience! A big tick off our list (but won't rush back, too scary! haha). Downside is that the Hide's windows need new flyscreen netting and the fences could do with some fixing.
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Date of stay: January 2015
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Room Tip: Scary but great! Bring everything you will need out here.
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