The luxury thatched Sibuya Bush Lodge lies in a pristine valley just a short drive outside the main Sibuya Game Reserve - a malaria free 3,000 hectare Big 5 reserve about 130 km from Port Elizabeth. Game viewing is consistently good, with frequent sightings of the Big 5, as well as zebra and giraffe at close quarters. Antelope range from the mighty eland to the diminutive blue duiker, with a huge variety in between, including the rare oribi and bontebok. Jackals are seen regularly, and there have been occasional sightings of caracals and aardvark.
After being welcomed at Sibuya Game Reserve's Reception in the seaside village of Kenton-on-Sea, guests embark on a relaxing boat cruise up the stunning Estuary to arrive at the lodge. The boat departs at midday, but alternative times can be arranged should this not suit your plans (at an additional cost).
Guests then enjoy a short transfer with their guide from the river to the lodge in a game drive vehicle where a delicious lunch awaits, either served in the main dining area or on one of the expansive decks. Complimentary fine award winning South African wine is on offer and there is an additional wine list for the more discerning palate. All meals are served buffet-style and are fresh, unpretentious and tasty with an African twist.
Overlooking the indigenous wooded valley below, spacious viewing decks surround the main lodge and provide a paradise for nature and bird-enthusiasts. A sparkling swimming pool is an inviting alternative to the Kariega River Estuary and is an ideal place to relax and refresh between game drives or other activities.
As Bush Lodge has only 5 suites, guests are spoilt by the professional and friendly staff who will ensure a memorable stay. The stunningly appointed units are private, spacious and have a fully en-suite bathroom with outside and inside showers and a private deck. Each suite has a double bed, a tea/coffee station and for hot summer nights, air-conditioning. A wood-burning fireplace adds a cosy touch for the cooler winter evenings.
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Directions For Drivers
From Port Elizabeth: Travel on the N2 towards Grahamstown. Take the R72 - following signs to Sunshine Coast, Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred.
After approximately 70 km, turn right into Kenton-on-Sea. This is Kariega Road. Follow this road to the bottom of the hill. Turn left into the last road before the river which is Eastbourne Road. The reception and secure parking for Sibuya is located at 39 Eastbourne Road.
Access to the lodge is via a boat transfer followed by a short drive. Scheduled boat transfers leave from the Reception once a day at 12:00 (noon). Guests are requested to check-in by 11:30 at the very latest (travel times - from PE Airport allow 80-100 minutes).
For departing guests, the scheduled boat transfer returns to the reception at 11:00 daily.
Boat transfers at alternative times can be arranged IN ADVANCE at an additional cost (on request). Alternatively, late arrivals may, if they wish, check in at Reception and drive to the lodge in their own vehicle.
General Information For Guests
Bush Lodge suites have outside and inside showers and private sun/viewing decks. Each room has a tea/coffee station, air conditioning and a wood burning fireplace.
Standard activities included in your rate include twice daily game and bird-watching drives in an open 4x4 vehicle, daily boat cruises, and use of the swimming pool. Optional activities that may attract a nominal charge and which are bookable when in camp include bush walks (in non dangerous game areas), massages, deep sea fishing, horse riding on the nearby beaches, seaside picnics and other beach excursions.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
The lodge is reached by a boat transfer followed by a short drive. The first transfer leaves from Sibuya's reception in Kenton-on-Sea once a day at 12:00 (noon). Guests are requested to check-in at reception (39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton-on-Sea) at least half an hour before the boat departure times (travel times - from PE Airport allow 80-100 minutes). For late arrivals, there is a second boat transfer that departs at 15:30 (check in at reception at 15:00) but this MUST BE arranged in advance - upon arrival at the lodge you will depart immediately on the game drive, or you can settle into your room at a more leisurely pace and relax before dinner, but this will mean you miss the first game drive. The missed game drive can be replaced with a night drive after dinner on the first or second night - please discuss with the manager on arrival.
For departing guests, the boat transfer returns to the reception at 11:00 daily after your morning game drive. For earlier departures, there is a transfer that departs at 08:00 but you will miss your morning drive if you take this one - again, this needs to be requested and arranged IN ADVANCE.
Boat transfers at alternative times can be arranged IN ADVANCE at an additional cost (on request).
Guests will be required to sign an Indemnity Form - this tends to be standard procedure throughout the safari industry and will take a few minutes only to complete.
The lodge has electricity, but there is no Wi-Fi or connection to the internet or television. There is intermittent mobile signal at the lodge and on the reserve.
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. Guests are welcome to bring their own premium wines, imported champagnes or premium spirits. Additionally, a select range of premium wines is available at an additional cost. All guests are issued with a re-usable Sibuya bottle and are asked that they support the lodge in their quest to reduce pollution and their carbon footprint, by refilling these bottles with purified spring water which is readily available at the lodge.
Sibuya's Reservations office must be informed via your Travel Butlers consultant in advance of any special dietary requirements. This is essential, as most catering is done in the main kitchen which is not situated at the lodge.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted.
Your rate includes a Rhino Conservation Levy which goes towards anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve.