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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Spent three nights here with my friend Jill from the 2 March 2017. First time ever staying at a game reserve, so not sure what to expect. Arrived at reception to be met by very friendly, efficient staff and then assisted by Kent with our luggage to go down to the boat to take us to the lodge. This really started the holiday on a high note and was very beautiful. From there transferred to the Lodge going through the reserve and within 5 minutes saw white rhino giraffe zebra magical and Kent telling us all about what we were seeing on the way. Arrived very exhilarated but tired following 30 hour journey. Welcomed by Robin who showed us around this beautiful lodge, the facilities, ie swimming pool, bar, walks and our little thatched room. Everything had been designed with taste and beauty and very comfortable. Not used to not having a TV or WIFI but did not miss it at all and it was great to have the experience and know we did not really need them. The quiet stunning beauty of the place was enough. Met with the rest of the group staying later for our meal and met the rest of the team Megan Hoop and of course Kubos who was our guide. The food was fantastic and it was great fun eating with everyone else and getting to know a variety of nationalities. There is a maximum of 12 people staying which made it like a large family. Went out twice a day on safari which was amazing and saw the lions, zebra, giraffe, hipos, rhinos elephants lynx (very lucky to see) and lots more along with all the different birds. .However, it is not possible to predict what you will see as they are very good at hiding. Kubos is a brilliant driver, entertainer and expert on the different animals, birds and reptiles we saw and passionate about what he does, as were the rest of his team. This made it all such a wonderful experience and one I will never forget. Thank you to all of you. Hope this review will make other people want to go to this fantastic place and long may it thrive and expand.

Room Tip: Some lodge rooms are further to walk to than others. If not able to walk far, ask for room nearer the main lodge, but will drive you.
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2017

Hi Suee75 & Jill - what a lovely Review - thank you - the Bush Lodge Team will be delighted to hear that you had the 'Trip of a Lifetime' - high praise indeed! We do our utmost to give our guests a multi-faceted personalized experience to treasure, so it's very rewarding when we achieve this. We love to share our life-style in a relaxed but informative way - so glad you appreciated our efforts & had such great sightings too. Lisette will be glad to hear that you enjoyed her delicious meals - especially as it's always a challenge pleasing everyone! We hope that one day you'll return to re-live the memories & spread the word 'Sibuya' far & wide! Wishing you happy days - Carol & the Bush Lodge Team.

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

I'm not sure how this place isn't more well known?!

From arrival to departure you are looked after superbly by top notch staff. Our range was Daniel who was extremely knowledgable and did his upmost every day to find what we went looking for.

The food is of a very high standard and they go out of their way to accommodate anyone with specific dietary requirements.

The small numbers available to book made this a very intimate experience, often just one vehicle alone with the animals.

This was our first safari and we are not sure how we could better this experience! We cannot recommend this place enough!

Stayed: March 2017
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2017

Hello! What a great Review Prw83 - thank you for the glowing report! It makes all the hard work so worthwhile when we hear how much our guests have appreciated our personalized approach & efforts at making the Sibuya experience a memory to treasure! Daniel is passionate about his lifestyle so would have enjoyed sharing it all with you.
It's quite a challenging task pleasing everyone with all the dietary requirements nowadays so Lisette will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed her meals! We hope that one day you'll return to re-live the memories once again. Best wishes from Carol, Daniel & the rest of the Sibuya Team.

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

What can you say about Sibuya? A magical experience that starts with your boat ride up river. My wife and two kids stayed at the lovely River camp. The accommodation was luxurious and beautiful, nestled among the trees. We shared the camp with 2 other couples which meant that it felt like a very personal experience where we chatted and exchanged stories, yet there was still plenty of scope for privacy if that is what you wanted. The food was delicious, freshly prepared and not over the top. Dining is in the lovely main lodge were all the guests and our ranger share a table. We all also enjoyed swimming in the river.

Our ranger, Scott was very pleasant and tremendously knowledgeable. We only stayed 1 night but enjoyed 2 drives and saw most animals bar the elephants. The joy of Sibuya is that while large, it is not so large that you spend hours looking for animals, here you are assured of seeing a great deal of wildlife. If you can stay at least 2 days you should.

I cannot recombined Sibuya highly enough. Our two weeks in SA were filled with amazing sights and experiences, I have visited Addo and Shamwari, but Sibuya will always be remembered as something very, very special. Thanks you guys for an amazing visit.

Room Tip: Room 2 at the River Lodge was superb
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2017

Greetings IrishDonamici - what a wonderfully rewarding Review - thank you! It's always great to hear that our guests have shared our magical multi-faceted world with such enthusiasm! 'Highlight of our SA adventure' is quite an accolade. Scott is passionate about his life-style so would really have enjoyed sharing his knowkedge with you. It''s a great pity you didn't get to see those elusive grey giants - it's incredible that on some days they just seem to 'disappear' & leave us guessing as to where they're feeding! The luck of the day! We hope that your memories will last a life-time & that sometime we'll be welcoming you back to re-live them! Wishing you happy days & exciting adventures. Carol & the River Camp Team.

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

We have had a marvelous day. We did the boat, game drive, lunch and boat tour and enjoyed every minute of it. Our guid Chris gave very good explanations on everything and he could find the animals during the gamedrive. The beautifull nature and diversity of animals (birds, lions, rhino's, giraffes and many more) we saw was overwelming. Also the lunch provided was good. We enjoyed our stay and will certainly come back some day. I can recommend everybody to make a visit to Sibuya Game Reserve.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

Hi Paul S -Thank you for the lovely Review - we're always happy to hear that guests have had a 'marvellous day' & hopefully have made memories to treasure for a lifetime. Chris is passionate about his life-style & loves to share his knowledge so will very delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with him. We hope that next time you'll return to experience the true ambience of our little piece of paradise by spoiling yourselves with a couple of nights in one of our Camps or Bush Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back! Best wishes from Carol, Chris & the rest of the Sibuya Team.

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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Sibuya is an excellent area to look for lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and many many more animals. And to find them! Thanks to our passionated and sympathic senior-ranger Kobus we 've had an once-in-a-lifetime experience .
The accommodation (bungalows) are luxious; the atmosphere in the restaurant and pool is nice. "Een baie mooie ondervinding".

Stayed: February 2017
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carol f, Owner at Sibuya Game Reserve: 4 -Star Luxury Tented Camps and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Greetings Koen-Maria
It's great to hear that you enjoyed your 'Sibuya Experience' at our lovely Bush Lodge with Kobus. Saying That he provided you with a 'once in a life-time experience' is wonderful praise - he'll be delighted at your kind words. Thank you! The refreshing pool has been extremely popular lately as it's been so very hot - 41 degrees in the shade yesterday! We hope one day you'll return - we look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes from Carol & the Bush Lodge Team.

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