The ultimate African safari and bush lodge experience.
Sibuya, one of South Africa’s most unique Safari destinations, has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. Consequently as a birding destination it is hard to beat: there are nearly 400 different species. This breathtakingly beautiful game reserve is sanctuary to an abundance of diverse wildlife from elephants to otters, and almost everything in between, including the Big Five. Sibuya offers accommodation in two private and exclusive luxury tented game lodges and prides itself on superb cuisine.
Sibuya's reception is in the holiday village of Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape Province, about 140 kms (80 miles) equidistant from Port Elizabeth and East London. A natural extension to any trip, from Cape Town up the Garden Route, and easily accessible from Port Elizabeth which is a short flip from the major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Charter flights to Port Alfred are less than a 20min transfer to the game park.
The unique experience starts immediately with a half-hour boat transfer up the Kariega estuary to River Camp or Forest Camp. Leaving the beach, turtles, dolphins and whales might be seen near the river mouth. Both camps nestle in riverine forest and have been constructed in an environmentally conscious manner. Guests are hosted and guided by a team of experienced professionals.
Sibuya Game Reserve Overview
Thought by some to be one of South Africa's most beautiful private game reserves, Sibuya covers more than 3000 hectares of varied terrain and vegetation. From the moderately open river plains, through the pristine Lower Albany Thicket, there are also patches of Cape Fynbos and a windswept, grassy plateau favoured by many of the larger grazing animals. Sibuya supports one of the highest densities of wildlife in South Africa ensuring an intensive and varied game-viewing experience in spectacular surroundings.
River Camp is our family camp, it has 4 large tents.
Children share with their parents, maximum 2 parents and 2 children per tent
Children's meals are catered for in this camp
Forest Camp is an adults only camp, it has 8 tents.
4 tents sleeping 2 adults, 3 tents sleeping 3 adults - open planned, 3rd adult at the sharing rate
1 tent - an additional room has been added to this tent with an en-suite bathroom, this tents sleeps 4, the 2nd rooming is smaller, ideal for teenagers or a 3rd person
3rd person at our sharing rate
Bush Lodge is an adults only lodge, it has 4 chalets (Bush Lodge will be closed for maintenance for our winter months, May – August 2017)
4 chalets - 2 chalets sleeping 2 adults (only doubles) and 2 chalets sleeping 3 (double and sleeper couch) 3rd person at our sharing rate
Our rate is inclusive of accommodation, all meals, local beverages, scheduled boat transfers, boat cruises, afternoon and morning game drives, fishing, bush walks, canoeing and VAT
Rhino Conservation levy
Per Adult per night: Oct 2017 to Sep 2019 R150 - Oct 2019 to Dec 2019 R175
Per Child per night 3-12 yrs : Oct 2017 to Sep 2019 R75 - Oct 2019 to Dec 2019 R87
Arrival and departure times - River, Forest and Bush Lodge
Arrival time at reception in Kenton on Sea is 11h30 and the once daily boat transfer to camp departs from reception at 12h00 (scheduled). On departure the boat transfer from camp will reach reception at 11h00 (scheduled). These scheduled boat transfers are included in your rate.
Requests for late boat transfers on arrival and early boat transfers on departure need to be made in advance and will incur a cost
Unscheduled boat transfer to and from camp: - Oct 2018 to Sep 2019 R1485 - Oct 2019 to Dec 2019 R1856
Whilst Sibuya will do everything in its power to adhere to these rates, they may be subject to change in the event of major financial changes beyond our control; for example (but not limited to), VAT or the exchange rate
River Cruise & Lunch, 3 - 4 hour day & Boat, Lunch & Game Drive, 5 - 6 hour day
River Cruise and Lunch - per adult rate:
Oct-Apr 2019 R840, May-Sep R750, Oct-Dec 2019 R910
Child 3 -12:
Oct-Apr 2019 R415, May-Sep R375, Oct-Dec 2019 R455
Boat, Game Drive and Lunch - per adult rate
Oct-Apr 2019 R1375, May-Sep R1205, Oct-Dec 2019 R1495
Child 3 -12:
Oct-Apr 2019 R685, May-Sep R600, Oct-Dec 2019 R745
Rates include - River, Forest and Bush Lodge:
Accommodation, all meals, local beverages (juices, minerals, spirits, beers and fine house wines), scheduled boat transfers to and from camp,afternoon and morning game drives, fishing, canoeing and VAT at 14%
Rates may be subject to change in the event of major changes to the Rand, VAT, or any other major input cost.
Rates are quoted per person per day sharing (or single where indicated) on a fully-inclusive basis and include accommodation, boat transfers and cruises, game drives,camp activities and all meals and local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Game drives are conducted in open game viewing vehicles with experienced Field Guides.
Children from 3 years up to 12 years of age may share with adults at 50 % of the adult rate, in River Camp.
Children from 12 years and older, will be charged the full adult rate whether sharing ith parents or staying in a separate tent
Baby-sitting facilities are offered in River Camp at a nominal extra charge. We strongly recommend that parents with young children make use of this service to allow them time off to enjoy game drives
Standard game drives are not suitable for children under 6 years, due to the 3 hour duration; guests wishing to take young children on a game drive may book a private vehicle at a nominal extra charge
Cancellations: 0 to 14 days prior forfeit 100% of fee.
Cancellations: 14 to 28 days prior forfeit 50% of fee.
Cancellations: 28 to 42 days prior forfeit 50% of deposit
Cancellations: 42 to 56 days prior forfeit 25% of deposit
Cancellations in excess of 56 days prior may incur a maximum 5% administration fee to cover banking and handling charges.
Operators should advise guests to insure against cancellation due to flight, airport delays, sickness or any other unforeseen circumstances. Under no circumstances can Sibuya refund or transfer unused bed-nights caused by such incidences.
Scheduled Boat transfers leave from the Kariega mouth at 12.00pm daily. Guests are requested to check in at reception at 39 Eastbourne Rd. Kenton-on-Sea at least 20 mins before departure time.
Boat transfers return to the Kariega mouth at 11.00am daily.
Please ensure that guests are informed of departure times, unless a special transfer has been arranged.
Special collection and delivery transfers may be arranged with reservations and will be charged for at the applicable rate
Reservations must be informed in advance of any special dietary requirements. This is essential to avoid unhappy guests, as all catering is pre-prepared in our kitchens and brought into the camps daily.
No special baby meals are provided.
Sibuya makes every effort to accommodate families with children. However, in the interests of other guests, we reserve the right to place families with young children in River Camp, which is far better suited to accommodate children than Forest Camp.
Camps are not recommended for children under 3 years, due to the raised decks and proximity to the river. However, should parents wish to bring children below 3 years they may do so solely at their own risk, at no charge, and subject to the supply of their own food
Special meals for children over 3 years are offered, on request, in River Camp only
Boat, Game Drive and Lunch
Arrival time at reception in Kenton on Sea 08h30
Leisurely boat cruise departs from reception at 09h00
3 Hour game drive
A delicious lunch served in camp
Boat transfer back to reception
5 - 6 hour day
Local beverages included
River Cruise and Lunch
Arrival time at reception in Kenton on Sea is 11h30
Leisurely boat cruise departs from reception at 12h00
A delicious lunch served in camp
Boat transfer back to reception
3 - 4 hour day
Local beverages included
IMPORTANT FACT SHEET FOR SIBUYA BUSH LODGE
INCLUDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Thank you for choosing Sibuya Game Reserve [“Sibuya”]. The following information package is intended to give you the necessary information to maximise your Sibuya experience and we earnestly request that you take the time to read it through.
Sibuya offers a number of activities and services
Standard activities included in the daily tariff consist of a scheduled boat transfer from Reception and return vehicle transfer; twice daily game and bird-watching drives in an open 4x4 vehicle; daily boat cruises and the use of the Lodge swimming pool
Optional activities that may attract a nominal charge include massages, deep-sea fishing, horse-riding on the nearby beach, sea-side picnics and other excursions to the each. The unpredictability of coastal weathermeans that some of these activities cannot be booked in advance, but need to be arranged by Sibuya’s Rangers once in the Lodge
Airport transfers can be arranged with Reservations and are handled by accredited transporters
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES NB: PLEASE ENSURE CHECK IN BY 11H30
Scheduled boat transfers leave from Sibuya’s Reception in Kenton-on-Sea, once daily, at 12h00 (noon). Guests are requested to check in at Reception (39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea. PH: 046-6481040) at least half an hour before the boat departure time (Travel times: PE airport allow 80-100 mins : EL airport allow 120mins)
For departing guests, scheduled boat transfers return to Reception at 11h15 daily to allow for check- out and departure by 11h30
Boat transfers at alternative times may be arranged in advance, at an additional charge
Alternately late arrivals may, if they wish, check in at Reception and drive to the Lodge in their own vehicle.
Sibuya supplies most drinks on a complimentary basis. This includes spring water, non-alcoholic beverages, beers, basic spirits and a limited choice of fine South African house wines.
At Sibuya we actively attempt to limit our carbon footprint. As plastic bottles from bottled water constitute one of the largest sources of pollutants in the world today, we actively discourage their use whilst resident with us. All guests are issued with a re-usable “Sibuya” bottle and we ask that you support us in our quest to reduce pollution and our carbon footprint, by refilling these bottles with purified spring water, rather than using the small disposable commercial bottles of water
Guests are welcome to bring their own premium wines, imported champagnes or premium spirits; alternately guests may order in advance and Catering will arrange on their behalf
Additionally, a select range of premium wines is available in the Lodge at nominal prices
Boat transfers leave from the Reception Office, once daily, at 12h00 (noon). Guests are requested to check in at reception at 39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea, 30 minutes before the boat departure time (11h30). For departing guests, boat transfers return to the Reception Office at 11h00
Requests for late boat transfers on arrival and early boat transfers on departure need to be made in advance and will incur a cost – rates
Available on our rate sheet attached)
Road transfers can be arranged on request.
Road transfer rates Port Elizabeth airport to Sibuya reception in Kenton on Sea:
Rates January 2018 – December 2018
1-2 pax R1634 each way
3-7 pax R2035 each way
8 - 14 pax R4070 each way
Larger groups can be quoted on, on request
All beds in the suites are King or Queen size.
There is intermittent Cell phone signal in the Lodge and on the Reserve. We recommend that guests switch off and enjoy the tranquillity!
Bush Lodge only accommodates children over 12 years of age who are charged the full adult rate
Sibuya’s Reservations office must be informed in advance of any special dietary requirements. This is essential, as most catering is done in our main kitchen which is not situated at the Lodge
The Lodge has 220v electricity
EMAIL, INTERNET AND TELEVISION
The Lodge has no Wi-Fi or connection to the internet
There is no television in the Lodge. Although we prefer it that way, guests have the option of visiting a nearby pub or restaurant to watch major sporting events
Daily tariffs exclude discretionary gratuities (see in-room folder for advice if unsure), non-scheduled boat and vehicle transfers, airport transfers, basic laundry, premium beverages, and any other items not listed as inclusive
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