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Lower Sabie Restcamp
Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the tents and was initially worried that it was back to boy scout days. This was wrong the tent is more like a house. They have tents directly overlooking the river which are worth reserving. The deck by the restaurant is a great place to see hippos and watching them leave the water at night is a great sight. Can also recommend the Bush walk which involves a 4:15 start but lovely to do. This is a nice clean camp. A little basic on accommodation but not expensive.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We stayed in Oct 2013 a few nights at one of the river view chalets and once again was verhy happy with what we got. Booking and check is was seem less. Room was clean and everything was in good working order and tastefully decorated. Room was cleaned daily. View to die for on the river! Restaurant and bar service on the deck was very poor. not enough waitresses to cover a full area on a Saturday night. Food was average and licquer very expensive.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

This accomodation was our least favourite during our whole trip. The reception and service were disappointing. On arrival, we were given keys to a unit that was already occupied. When we returned to reception to advise them, there was much confusion. A lot of time was lost sorting this out while our groceries were spoiling the in the car and we missed the opportunity to do an afternoon game drive. The staff was unappologetic. We also made arrangements with reception to rent cultlery which never arrived. Our stay was generally uncomfortable,- without the cutlery, we were ill equipped and worst of all, there was a pervasive repulsive odour around most of the camp. It left our family feeling nauseated. The camp is also in various states of disrepair and the pool, which must at one time been very nice, was dirty and unkept. On the plus side, the beds were fairly comfortable and the grounds, with a bit of maintenance, would have a lot of potential. Overall, I would not recommend this restcamp unless staying in one of the more luxurious accomodations.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

This was the second time we have stayed in a safari tent at Lower Sabie, the previous time was in Feb 2011. We stayed in the same tent #15 and what a difference between the two visits. A step leading up to the entrance was so rickety that we nearly fell. A slate in the dining table was loose, the light on the veranda was not working, the bedside light switch had been removed, the wires taped up and to switch it on you had to reach down to a plug on the ground behind the bedside pedestal! The toilet handle had to pushed back up after flushing otherwise the water continued to run. To crown it all the cold water tap had to be turned for ages before any water came out and then the whole tap knob came off!!
Do they not have inspectors to check on these things or maintenance staff? Reception staff were not friendly and certainly not welcoming, they seem to just "be there". On the positive side the shop is well stocked, albeit expensive and the staff helpful and pleasant.

Room Tip: Do not stay in a Safari tent, rather book a bungalow.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

After a fact finding trip last year Lower Sabie was one of the camps that we selected to come back to this year. Upon checking in the staff displayed the same lack of interest and downright rudeness, that we found had improved at Crocodile Bridge. Took forever to check in but finally got keys to lodges, the downside to the camp is that some of the chalets are a long way from restaurant / shop etc, but we were located close to the pool which became a blessing when the temperatures reached 120 degrees later in week. The chalets are pretty much standard all over the Kruger but were clean and well cared for, and have a large patio area. As in the other camps we stayed in it was somewhat lacking in utensils in the kitchen and as there were 8 of us staying we had to route around everyone's cupboard to find enough for us all to eat together. We had booked early to obtain a perimeter fence , and the chance to see elephant coming down to drink and bathe was amazing. Game drives around the area are some of the best on the park, both on tarmac and the dirt tracks Most days we ate breakfast or lunch and one evening meal in the restaurant , which has to be the camps main selling point. Amazing views over the river wher you can watch a hot of animals swimming and bathing, we even saw a fish eagle catch and eat a fish right in front of us. Service is very slow, and the menu is pretty limited it was also a bt disapointing that they were no longer doing the evening braii, so just offered the same menu morning or night. Were a little let down when we had asked to reserve a table on our last night for a celebration and despite showing exactly where we wanted to it and being assured it would be set up nice for us, we arrived in the evening to find nothing , and then had to move tables and chairs around ourselve. Great to have the restaurant with a multitude of birds that want to share your lunch! Has a well stocked shop. Swimming pool was clean and well maintained, but be aware that when you go down the steps, that the last one is not a step but a slope, and many people ended up falling in the pool! The week we were there the place was infested with bugs of all shapes and sizes , it was difficult to cook without getting them in your face or in the food, and remember to wash out your kettle before use ! Especially nasty were the scorpions that were all around, running around whilst we were eating and even one found in a bed. Remember to check your bed and shoes every morning and night and always walk around with a torch. However it was nice to watch the bats flying around the camp, and sleeping under the roof or the chalet during the day. Our main problem was that everytime we switched on the hob, it blew all the electric, but a friendly local gave us a tip to get it all working again. Our main disappointment was the sunset drive, having had an amazing evening drive at Crocodile Bridge we were looking forward to the trip, and all seemed great as the guide Lungi seemed very friendly and knowledgable. It even started well with sighting of spoonbill and black rhino. However as soon as the sun went down so did the drive. He seemed more interested in entertaining the toilet attendant who had come along for the ride, and spent most of the trip talking to her. Unfortunately when he was talking to her he did not keep an eye on his speed, and flew along the tracks making lamping impossible. Even if you did get a glimpse of something , it took him so long to stop and reverse back that the animal had moved on. Such a shame as the area is normally great for evening drives. Would have loved to have given the campa four stars as the facilities are good, but what really lets it down are the staff with their general lack of care and disinterest in guests.

Room Tip: Book early to get a perimeter room
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

The resort itself is ok. The location is the best part about it really. We had R250 stolen from our room while we were on a sunrise drive so make sure you don't leave anything valuable in your room as the maids are thieves.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Great location for animals. Accomodation was basic compared to Satara (and a lot less facilities than Skukuza).

Tip, we found there to be a lot more animals near Lower Sabie and Satara than Skukuza. It's better to drive on the main roads than the dirt roads for animal spotting.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lower Sabie Restcamp

Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #102 of 175 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: £89 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Lower Sabie Restcamp 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond. In this rest camp, the bounty and plenitude of nature are very evident, eloquently symbolised by the most conspicuous of its numerous trees, the mighty sycamore fig, which provides generously for the livelihood of many birds and insects. Not only do these giants produce fruit at least twice a year, but different trees produce fruit at different times, extending the gifts of life over many months. Watching the endless procession of animals coming to drink at the Sabie River establishes a sense of one's own place in the eternal cycle. ... more   less 
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