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“Kruger is fantastic, and Lower Sabie Rest Camp is a great choice to settle for a few nights (4/5)” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lower Sabie Restcamp
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Caumont-sur-Durance
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214 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Kruger is fantastic, and Lower Sabie Rest Camp is a great choice to settle for a few nights (4/5)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

In Lower Sabie Rest Camp, we had a welcome and service, all was very clean and equipment was in good orderl. Menu in the restaurant was classic, but food was prepared and served with attention. The terrace of the restaurant has a gorgeous view on the Sabie River. It is such a pleasure during the meal, or for a drink, to watch buffalos, hippos, herons, …

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Knysna, South Africa
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185 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

I come here for years, invited friends to join us and found hell.
We traveld for 6 days Kruger and wanted to do the last two nights in Lower Sabie, a camp know for it beautiful views...
We received the keys for tent 16 and 17, terrible maintained , cupboard broken and the rest unclean....the answer form staff: the camp is fully booked!
The swimming pool looked the same.....what a terrible expieriance - we are Wild Card holder, deeply shocked ...the worth camp in the Kruger!!! ,,

Room Tip: Coles the camp and give it a total revamp!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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bunbury
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40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

As family of four, we stayed in a family bungalow on the perimeter of the camp, looking onto the Sabie river. We saw numerous animals from our bungalow. The grass between our unit and the fence was overgrown (although they ended up cutting it on our last day).
We were adjacent to Keartland guest house and it seemed that staff had a party there on our last night: noise, music, kids running in the road behind our unit. This spoiled our experience here.
Unit itself was great and close to pool that our kids enjoyed very much.
Sightings around camp were great as always.
We ate breakfast in the restaurant and it was okay.
Shop was well stocked.
We did a sunset drive - lovely blonde lady as guide, Marina. She was very informative. We did not see as many nocturnal animals, however did see one lion and a white tailed mongoose amongst other animals.
There was construction taking place in the camp - needed as it looks quite run down in places. This did not have a significant impact on us.
This camp is not the best, but we will visit again.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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West Midlands
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39 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

I'm a regular here, as my sister lives in Nelspruit. Although Lower Sabie boasts one of the most spectacular surroundings in the world, and is second to none when it comes to feeling like you're truly "in Africa", the chalets and tents are all poorly maintained and the whole place feels "unloved". Staff are obviously paid to clean and tidy up, but no-one seems in charge or cares about actually checking that the standards are being upheld. Curtains are old, dusty and faded, walls and doors smeared with dirt, cooking plates often don't work. Both chalets and tents are self-catered (don't bother with the restaurant, a 12-year-old can make better toasted sandwiches than they do) so bring your own food and braai. Pool area is lovely, but pool often dirty with sand at the bottom.
Such a shame.
I still love coming here (especially in the perimeter tents) to smell, hear and feel the bushveld, but wish someone at SANPARKS would take control and clean things up to an acceptable (European?) standard. I don't want the expensive and artificial feel of the luxury private lodges, just a neat, clean, well maintained chalet or tent.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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vancouver, canada
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68 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

We spent 2 nights here on a recent KNP trip. Accommodations were basic, but clean and spacious. We had a great unit overlooking the gardens which lead down to the river. The shady porch is a great escape from the heat.

The only issue was the bat droppings on the bathroom counter. They next in the thatch, and no matter how often you wipe the counter .. there's still bat poop when you come back again. But hey - you're in the bush after all.

The food was pretty bad at the restaurant/cafe - I'd definitely use the self-catering facilities more the next time - instead of buying food like we did. We could easily have cooked meals in our unit.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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427 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

We stayed in a safari tent overlooking the river. Peace, quiet and what a view! The evening started with drinks on the deck at the restaurant. The waiters were very attentive and it was a lovely way to watch the sun go down. We had a braai (bbq) for supper listening to the hippo's in the river. The safari tents are quite basic but so worth it for the view. When we arrived a family of warthog's were right on the other side of the fence to greet us. I didn't eat at the restaurant but the food is more or less the same at all the camps as it has now been outsourced to one company which is a same. The pool was fine and we has a quick swim after a long day in the car.

Room Tip: Choose a perimeter safari tent with a view of the river.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town
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96 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

I am a long term supporter of SANPARKS. I splashed out on one of the more expensive chalets this time, on the southern perimeter. The great location was rather spoiled by the continual thumping of loud music from the compound behind the chalet. It was reported to reception but continued through to 11pm. For those that know the camp, a great part of the experience is in listening to the night noises. The thud of distant bass marred this terribly (over both days). So the camp is being renovated and perhaps this is a consequence of continual disruption.
Ah, but what a classic place - hope they sort it out. I will stay in the tents next time.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Lower Sabie Restcamp
Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #87 of 169 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lower Sabie Restcamp 2.5*
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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Lower Sabie Restcamp Hotel Kruger National Park

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