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Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge
Ranked #1 of 11 Kenton-on-Sea B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 April 2015

We have just returned from South Africa and definitely one of the highlights for us was our trip to Sibuya. From the moment we boarded the boat to the minute we left it was truly an excellent experience.

We have three young children - 12, 7 and 6 - and they were entertained for the two days we were there. The staff could not have been more facilitating and when it was time to go we felt we were saying goodbye to close friends. Our children have not stopped talking about their time in Sibuya!

Our guide, Daniel, was wonderful - truly passionate and knowledgeable about the animals and really ensured that everyone in the family enjoyed each excursion. It was wonderful to tap into his world for a short time. Our youngest child is 6 and has a fascination for lizards and frogs. Daniel gave him so much time....he will never forget it.

Our hosts were Norma Jean and Cherri....again two people who have such a passion for Sibuya and also wonderful local knowledge, The children loved them! They took them kayaking and fishing.....back to basics which was magical. Our children are not hugely into technology so this was just what they were after.

The food was excellent and the chat in the evenings around the fire was relaxed and fun. We got to meet so many of the people who make Sibuya what it is.....a little piece of paradise!

We would highly recommend a trip to this game reserve....we would definitely love to go there again! Continued success to all involved in Sibuya!

Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2015

Greetings to you Mel & the rest of the family! What a great Review...so rewarding for us to hear that we're creating the relaxed ambience & dream holiday we're striving so passionately to achieve for our guests... thank you for your kind & encouraging words! Dan, Norma Jean & Cherri try to ensure that all are having a many-faceted adventure & are making happy memories to treasure always, so will be really delighted to hear that the family had such a good time! 'Sibuya' means 'We will return'...so hopefully we look forward to welcoming you back! Best wishes from us all.

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Reviewed 21 March 2015

We have never been on Safari before and arrived at Sibuya with great expectations.

We were greeted by friendly faces at the reception upon arrival and were told we were the 'first' people to try out the new Bush Lodge. I have to admit my heart sunk at this point imagining a half finished shack in the bush. However, this was my only negative thought during the entire remainder of the trip and the Bush Lodge was anything but a shack!!

We spent three nights in the Bush Lodge and had our safari lead Chris to show us the ropes. We saw an immense amount of wildlife from the obvious lions, elephants, buffalo to the beautiful birds and plants in the park as well as the odd snake and creepy crawly! Chris was a very knowledgeable guide with a good sense of humour and was willing to go and find the animals we wanted to see rather than having his own agenda.

The food and drink was free flowing and of very good quality, we felt embarrassed at times having to send food back but we were fit to burst after many meals! The snacks and drinks on the game drives were also a great idea and Chris would often find us an amazing view to enjoy these from.

Our hosts at the Bush lodge were very accommodating and the lodge itself was modern with a nice homely feel to it with open fires, polished concrete floors and modern decor.

Overall this was an excellent experience and we look forward to coming back to Sibuya at some point, I have recommended it to family and friends so keep up the good work!

Room Tip: Bush Lodge is the luxury option
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  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2015

Greetings Kathy H...we're delighted that you had such a wonderful time enjoying the luxury of Bush Lodge & Chris' boundless knowledge, humour & passion while out on the Reserve. Fulfilling your dreams & creating memories to treasure is what we intend, so it's always great to hear that we did achieve this & that you appreciated our efforts! Please spread the good news, as we believe that enthusiastic word of mouth is the best form advertising! We appreciate your support, wish you happy days & look forward to welcoming you back!

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Reviewed 8 March 2015

My wife and I stayed at Sibuya Forest Camp for 3 nights as part of our South African trip to celebrate my wife's big birthday. On arrival we met our guide for the stay (Pierre) and our hostess (Paula) who stayed with us for the duration of our stay and could not have been more accommodating. This was our first visit to a game reserve so the format and experience was entirely novel and I have to say exceeded all our expectations. Pierre was very adept at finding animals for us to photograph and very knowledgable. Our accommodation (tent number 8) was very well equipped and contained a lovely en suite complete with large bath that 2 could share !!
Meals were served in the main complex and comprised of a good range of meat, vegetable and fruit options accompanied with free drinks from the well stocked bar. Paula made sure we didn't want for anything and the dining format where we took all our meals with our guide meant we had the opportunity to swap stories with fellow guests and interrogate Pierres' knowledge. I'm sure that there are other reserves that are able to offer a larger range and more numerous animals but as a first time experience Sibuya ticked all our boxes. There is little cell phone service on site and no Internet access but this was not a problem for us (if you needed to catch up on e-mails etc then the reception area at Kenton On Sea is only a 25 Minute boat ride away). Overall I would recommend this Reserve to others as a first time experience and over the course of a 2 night stay with 4 x 3 hour game drives you would be guaranteed to see a good range of animals within some stunning locations.

Room Tip: The recently refurbished tents at Forest Camp offer more room and upgraded facilities - tent number...
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2015

Greetings to you Cruzzo & your wife! Many thanks for your wonderful review...it's great when we exceed expectations...most rewarding when our passion is shared & appreciated...thank you! I'll pass on your kind words to all at Forest Camp. Maybe you'll return to celebrate the next milestone Birthday? We look forward to welcoming you back...'Sibuya'...means 'We have returned!'

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Reviewed 3 February 2015

We stayed with friends at the Sibuya River camp for 2 nights and had a marvellous time. The smooth trip up the river is a special way to start, offering an abundance of birdlife we didn't expect. The river camp is a small very private camp with only 5 tents. The tents are warm and welcoming, nicely tucked away in the lush vegetation offering complete privacy. The beds are big, super king size and comfortable, there is a shower and a bath tube. Just outside the tent is a lovely hammock the perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquility. The stuff went to every effort to make our stay comfortable and spoiled us rotten. Food was excellent, the bar had a wide selection of wine, beer and spirits. Daniel, our ranger was very friendly and on hand to answer any questions we put forward, never rushing us. But beyond that, he managed to infect us with his passion for the wildlife, making each game drive a real adventure, creating memories to be cherished. Wether we had our first coffee of the day whilst saying good morning to the baby zebras or watched the amazing african sunset in the company of the giraffes, he created for us some unique moments. It is our third time in SA and after visiting many different game parks, we found Sibuya to be one of the best.Thank you for a wonderful time Daniel and everyone at Sibuya, it was truly legendary.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with friends
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2015

Greetings John James from Wales! Many thanks for the wonderful review...you've made Dan & the rest of the River Camp team smile & smile! We're delighted that you so enjoyed the 'Truly Legendary' Sibuya experience & hope you pass it on & on! It makes it all so worthwhile when we can impart our passion to others. We look forward to welcoming you back one day.
Wishing you happy days from us all.

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Reviewed 18 January 2015

We have stayed in tents at other game parks before. The tents here are not the same as the photos on the brochure. There was no information that the tent had no 240 volt power or air conditioning. when we arrived we had no hot water. The shower water tricked out of the tap and then stopped then restarted. I complained to the staff about the problems, they said sorry. This is a standard answer as most people only stay 2 nights and their problem, the customers leave. After the second day of no decent shower and the promise of it being fixed, at 5.00pm still not fixed. It appears other people had the same problem in nearby tents. The problem was repaired at 6.30pm on the second day after I asked if we could shower at the managers house as they must be the only people with a descent shower. Game drive OK. Food average. Boat ride predictable. If you want ice for your drinks best to order in advance, they always run out.
The cost of more than $1200 AUS or R12000 for two days is over the top for what you get.
No information was given as to walks or any activities only fishing or canoeing. They are only interested in game drives. Shop around, Namibia has wonderful tented camps for $65 AUS or R650 per night with air conditioning and power. Do your research, we didn't.

Room Tip: Its a hot tent with on air conditioning (its called eco friendly?)
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with friends
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2015

Wow! There is so much negativity in your Review that it’s difficult to know where to begin!
I would however like to start with a sincere apology to you & your friends, in the next tent, for the frustration & inconvenience you suffered with the water situation you unfortunately encountered. It is of great concern to us that you think that we at Sibuya ‘couldn’t care’ & let this sort of glitch just roll on, so that the following guests also experience the same issues. This is unthinkable & unfounded! Because of circumstances beyond our control, as we live in the bush, we do on occasion experience problems & would not deny this. By way of explanation, so that you may possibly understand the logistics of the situation a little clearer, the water is piped over the rugged terrain of the Reserve from a borehole 11 kms away & goes through 7 reservoirs & multiple filters before it gets to Forest Camp. Unfortunately your problem was only reported by you fairly late on your first day & when maintenance was informed, it was too dark to walk the pipeline to check for possible causes. On occasion leaks are caused by the elephants pulling up & damaging the pipe, which could substantially reduce the water pressure. Basically, checking the line took some time & the maintenance crew thought the problem had been rectified. Unfortunately, that was not the case & eventually it was discovered that a filter was partially blocked & had caused the reduced flow. Apparently, as your two tents were at the end of the pipeline, you were sadly the ones to suffer from the lack of pressure! Your Ranger, Fred, was totally unaware of the situation until you asked if you could ‘shower in the manager’s house’...which by the way is also a tent... he thought you were joking, as that was the first he knew of your problem! He adds his sincere apologies.
To briefly address some of your other issues: With regard to your comments re the picture of the tent not being what you got...there are three Camps with totally unique rooms in each Camp...you strongly imply that we do false advertising - you are definitely mistaken & we object to this allegation! Are you sure you were even looking at the relative picture for Forest Camp? We would suggest that you check & verify this on our website before making unfair allegations.
In every tent there is a comprehensive Guest Information File which gives all the details of activities, Solar electricity restraints, water saving, game drive etiquette etc. & also an explanation & motivation as to why we are ‘eco-friendly’...apparently you must have missed this. In addition, every guest booking by email is sent a full fact sheet, detailing in particular, the electrical limitations due to our Solar System.
Because of our attempts to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible, our ice is made elsewhere & transported into Camp on a daily basis. The ice had apparently arrived in Camp but had not yet been unpacked by the Student Volunteer...she apologises for the fact that you were inconvenienced by not receiving it when you needed it.
Generally our guests are truly exhilarated by the experience of a fascinating 11km boat trip up the stunning pristine Estuary to access our Camps...regretfully you found it ‘predictable’ & the game drive with a host of beautiful animals just ‘OK’... We welcome constructive criticism as it helps us to maintain our standards of excellence to our highly valued guests... bearing testimony are our Local & International Awards of Service Excellence...voted entirely by our guests...see TripAdvisor.
Thankfully our lives are full of choices & while we sincerely regret that we did not meet your expectations, it is clearly apparent from you review, that an air-conditioned tent in Namibia, would definitely have been more your style & a better choice for you...

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Address: 39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea 6191, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Kenton-on-Sea
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Kenton-on-Sea
Price Range: R 5 694 - R 8 867 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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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