Lower Sabie Restcamp

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    Yet another of the nice rest camps in the southern side of the park. Facilities are as good as always, shopping for food and souvenirs and also here needed to reserve and book in advance during the high season.

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    Popular but not Overcrowded Southern End


    First, it is necessary to define the type of accomodation offered here:

    Rest camps in the Kruger National Park are compounds where you may freely walk around at all hours, and spend the night inside the park. The compound is surrounded by heavy fencing that is designed to keep dangerous animals outside the compound.

    These "camps" may include a number of different types of accomodations inside the compound fence.

    Lower Sabie includes (according to the books and guides) a number of "huts", "bungalows", "tents" and "campsites", as well as very few more luxurious accomodations. I have marked "not applicable" to the pricing of the facility, as the price depends a great deal on what type of housing you get.

    I stayed in "rondawel", which includes a refrigerator and sink, but a community shower and toilet facility about 500 feet away, in another building.

    The camp includes soap in the room just as a hotel would, but if you are staying several days in the camp, the soap is not replaced by the staff each day, and getting more soap can be a bit of a project sometimes - as one of our group members found out. So, don't leave your soap in the community shower and expect to get more.

    Unique Quality: The main restaurant and central building at Lower Sabie has a balcony that looks over the Lower Sabie River. My first view, within minutes of arriving at Lower Sabie, was looking out on several elephants bathing in this pond over which the balcony is situated. There is no forgetting that view!

    Areas around Lower Sabie include a lot of wildlife. We saw the "big 5" (lion, cape buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard) in less than 24 hours here. (Your experience may vary, however, since the animals are quite unpredictable).

    The memorabilia store includes a number of interesting items. It is slightly smaller than the one at Skukuza, and some of the articles available for sale are different.

    There are two food facilities: a sit-down restaurant, and a walk-up snack bar from which you take your food to a table, many of which overlook the river. From time to time, the sit-down restaurant may feature some of the wildlife you have come to view. Impala are particularly common in the park, to the point of needing some thinning out once in a while. Sometimes, they wind up as dinner (or even lunch).

    The facility is located inside the national park, and therefore information is available on the South African national parks web site. The web site below is for the general South African National Parks web site, from which you can find information on the various camps.

    Directions: Follow the signs, and remember that the gates close and open on a strict timetable.

  • Lower Sabie Camp


    Lower Sabie is in the Southern reaches of the park and we made it our first night after entering the park through the Paul Kruger Gate. It was one of our favourite camps with a stunning poistion right on the Sabie River. The main reception and restaurant area is on a spectacular viewing deck right on the river banks and it a perfect place to sit in the evenings having a 'sundowner' (evening drink) and recounting your safari adventures.

    Accommodation at Lower Sabie consists of Campsites, Huts (with shared amenities), Safari Tents (fully equipped with amenities and kitchenette) and Bungalows.

    As for the other restcamp facilities, there was a well equipped shop, the restaurant and bar, communal cooking facilities for the campsites and huts and a small swimming pool.

    Unique Quality: We stayed in a safari tent and it was wonderful. The kitchenette had a small electric cooktop and a sink and came with crockery and cutlery and kitchen basics. There was also a braai on the balcony and a small table to eat outside. Off to the other side of the tent is the bathroom with fantastic mud walls with tented flaps - fitted out with shower, toilet and basin it was very functional and still had the sense of being in a tent!

    The best part was being able to lie in bed at night and listen to the sounds of Africa! You could hear the hippos grunting and snorting in the river. I would highly recomment the tents!

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    Kruger Park Camp - South


    This is still one of my favourite camps. Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

    Directions: Take the N4 to Nelspruit, head through Nelspruit to Malelane and on to Komatipoort (about 110 kms). Then turn left onto the R571 just after Komatipoort and head on to the gate. Lower Sabie Main Rest Camp is 34 km away from the gate.

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    Lower Sabie Rest Camp


    I have to say, we had the worst experience at Lower Sabie rest camp, though I'm not sure if our experience is typical of this camp. We arrived quite late, just before the reception desk closed. Since we were starving, we decided to go to dinner (typical South African buffet) before we looked at our hut. Big mistake. When we got to the room, we found a bat in the bath tub. Fine. Cliff fulfilled his duties as husband and got rid of the bat.

    But then we looked a little closer, and we found bat guano on the floor, on the window sills, on the tables. . . Lots of it. We went back to reception to see if anyone was there, but no luck. We did find a broom in a utility closet, so we took that, cleaned up the room, drank a bottle of wine on the porch and went to bed.

    We awoke before sunrise the next morning, we looked around and found nearly the same amount of bat guano in the room as there was when we arrived! Horrified, we washed (thank God we brought our own towels) packed up our belongings, and put them in the car and went off to our morning game walk at 5:30 AM.

    Back from the game walk, we went to reception to check out and complained about the bat situation. Unfortunately, the manager didn't quite understand that we didn't want them to kill the bats ("We can't kill any animals here"), but that we thought that they shouldn't rent out the room until the bats were removed and any entryways blocked. It was clear that they were well aware that there was a problem with the room because the manager said that they had notified a "team of scientists" to come to take them away. But she didn't quite grasp that it was unhealthy for people to stay in the room. Exasperated, we left with no satisfaction.

    Unique Quality: Our guano-covered room cost us R460, plus R120 daily park admission for a total of R700 or $104 USD. The most expensive room we had at Kruger.

    Directions: Lower Sabie rest camp is in the southern part of Kruger Park.

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    Cute Huts at the campground


    This cute hut was small, but good for the price. The restrooms and showers were just a few feet from the hut. They were not spotless, but definitely adequate for the price and they were not crowded. Also, be sure you know when the gate will be locked and are inside. They lock the campground gates pretty early to ensure that animals don't enter the camp while it's dark.

  • Lower Sabie


    A beautifull place, on the banks of the Sabie river. Chalets (rondawels) are semi-attached in units of two, with some with a great view of the river. A classic Kruger spot.

    Unique Quality: Last time I was there (Aug 2002), some renovations were taking place that should be finished by mid-2003.

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    Lower Sadie


    In the southern end of the park is Lower Sadie campsite. it is right by a river and a lake with hippos. It has all the usual facilities with a bar and restaurant!

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by TheWanderingCamel about Lower Sabie bungalow

The little bungalows we stayed in at Lower Sabie Rest Camp are older and considerably more basic that the one the night before in Berg-en-dal. However, the setting was lovely, overlooking a sweep of lawn down to the river, the air-conditioning was bliss after a long, hot day and it was clean and quite comfortable. There were no cooking facilities in the bungalow itself so we opted for the restaurant buffet - which was very, very ordinary - but the deck where we ate is high over the river and we had sat there earlier watching a family of hippos playing in the water as a big herd of buffalo came down to drink, which more than compensated.

There is a wide variety of accommodation available at Lower Sabie, from basic tent and caravan sites through a range of huts, safari tents, bungalows and cottages to a large guest house. The little bungalows are very simple, with accommodation for just 2 people and very basic amenities of bed and bath. Check the website for other accommodation options.


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Lower Sabie Camp, Kruger National Park

by Raunchy_Poet

Hi - I'm going to be staying in a "luxury tent" for 3 days, arriving 31 Dec. It's half tent, half brick. Hmm ...

Any inside info on (a) such tents and (b) what it's like at Lower Sabie Camp?


Re: Lower Sabie Camp, Kruger National Park

by cleocat

Haven't been to the Kruger Park in a while. It used to be my father's favourite holiday place so I had a bit of an overdose. What I can tell you is that he believed in Lower Sabie. He always booked there and believed you see the most animals in that region.

We always used to see nearly everything so everybody believed him.

I haven't stayed in the tents in Lower Sabie but we stayed in the ones at Skukuza and they were fine.

They didn't have a private bathroom but the shared ones are very clean and nice.

Re: Re: Lower Sabie Camp, Kruger National Park

by Raunchy_Poet

Thanks, Annette. I'm travelling with a Durbanite (ot whatever they call themselves!) who's been many times to the Kruger, so I'm guaranteed to be parked on the correct side of the waterhole for seeing game.

Our tent has its own bathroom, unlike the shared-facility one you stayed in, so now I'm thinking it's "super luxury"! Amazingly, that's all that was left in Lower Sabie, her preferred camp, when we booked 6 months ago. Xmas / New Year is clearly a busy time.

Thanks for your reply. We're off in one week, and I'm looking forward to a great (first) time in SA.


Re: Re: Lower Sabie Camp, Kruger National Park

by cleocat

You will love it SA is stunning. Just remember the KNP is hot!!! this time of the year. We just came back from Mozambique and it was incredibly hot.


Re: Lower Sabie Camp, Kruger National Park

by raphaellecrevet

Stayed in different camps in Kruger, and Lower sabie and Olifants were my favorite, you will see lots of birds, but if i were you i would also spend a night in Olifants, overlooking the river where the elephants come in the evening, stunning!

Re: Re: Lower Sabie Camp, Kruger National Park

by Raunchy_Poet

Just got back home after our month in SA.

Elephants by the river? Guess what? Our Lower Sabie tent was by the river - accommodation nothing to write home about, but the hippos playing by day, and groaning by night, were wonderful. And one day, a herd of elephants with babies came down to the opposite bank to drink and wash. A great sight!

We saw masses of game and birds in our 3 days. Almost all the game had babies, so that was a special treat.

Thanks all.



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