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Lower Sabie rest camp,
place of breathtaking wildlife panoramas

From its game viewing deck at the restaurant, the Lower Sabie rest camp in the Kruger National Park of South Africa provides a breathtaking panorama across the Sabie river.


The Sabie river is one of the few perennial rivers that flow through the Kruger National Park. The diversity of wildlife that is attracted by the fresh water of the river is hard to equal anywhere in the Park.

While enjoying your food or a drink you can watch the large variety of animals coming to drink at the river, a diversity of wildlife that is hard to equal anywhere in the park.

Newly built after it was destroyed by fire, it is one of the most modern camps in the Kruger National Park, situated on the banks of the Sabie river, in the south-east of the Park.


Learn more about this stunning rest camp and its great game viewing opportunities.




Panorama from the deck of the restaurant and lounge bar at the camp - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Panorama from the deck of the restaurant and lounge bar at the camp
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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General info,...

Because of its fabulous game viewing, it is one of the most popular rest camps between the local South Africans and with its large lawns and huge shade trees, it is particularly popular as a family destination.

The area is rich in Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Hippo, Rhino, Buffalo and a very high density of Warthogs. The fauna at the camp is of a riverine nature. Of the many large trees in the camp, the Sycamore Fig, the Yellow Fever tree and the Round-leafed Teak, are the most prominent. Other trees include the Leadwood and Sausage trees. Lower Sabie is situated amidst Knobthorn / Marula bushveld on basalt soil.

The deck around the restaurant and lounge bar area at the camp on a rainy day - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
The deck around the restaurant and lounge bar area at the camp on a rainy day
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

In the camp itself birding enthusiasts will find plenty of the more common species, such as Starlings, Sunbirds, Weavers, Woodpeckers and Hornbills. At night, before slumbering into sleep, they can listen the Square-tailed ( Mozambique ) and Fiery-necked Nightjars and the grunt of Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle owl. The nearby Sunset Dam, about 1km from the entrance of Lower Sabie camp, is one of the finest venues in the Kruger National Park to observe aquatic species at close quarters.

Maraboe conversation - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Maraboe conversation
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Here birders will find Cormorants, Herons, Kingfishers and Storks in abundance, while the Marabou, Saddle-billed, Woolly-necked, Yellow-billed and Black Stork can at times be seen simultaneously. White-crowned Lapwing (Plover) appears to be resident on the river side of the tar road in the area of Sunset dam. In the Lower Sabie area Mlondozi dam is a good spot to view waterfowl including some of the rarer species in the park.

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Map,...

Entrance gate to the camp - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Entrance gate to the camp
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Go to SANParks.org to view a map of the Kruger National park showing the location of the camp, then click on the map to enlarge.

Go to SANParks.org to view a map of the Lower Sabie rest camp showing the lay out of the camp itself, then click on the map to enlarge.

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Facilities,...

The shop at the camp - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
The shop at the camp
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Imagine yourself at the end of an exciting safari day, sitting on the deck at the lounge bar, relaxing with an ice-cold drink, looking across the Sabie River while the sun is setting. After which you enjoy a sumptuous "African dining experience" together with an outstanding South African wine in the unique Lower Sabie restaurant, while watching a procession of animals coming to the river for a drink. Other facilities such as a swimming pool and evening film shows on wildlife and conservation are also very popular.

Relaxing after dinner on the deck at the camp,s restaurant - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Relaxing after dinner on the deck at the camp's restaurant
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

The information desk at the reception of the camp can give you detailed information about all the facilities available, which include the following;
  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station (cash and garage cards only)
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Separate Day Visitors Picnic Area on the periphery of the camp
  • Eco Information Centre
  • DSTV (limited coverage) only in Guest House
  • Cell phone reception
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Accommodation,...

The cottages at the camp - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
The cottages at the camp
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

After its extensive renovation the rest camp offers a wide range of accommodation such as caravan and camping sites with power points, basic huts and safari tents, to bungalows, guest cottages and guest houses. The variety of accommodation options on offer at the camp, will meet the needs and preferences of most people, allowing them to really enjoy their stay. All units are serviced daily and supplied with bedding, towels and soap.

The range of accommodation at the rest camp includes the following;

CAMPING SITES

33 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities. (24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities) Maximum of 6 persons per site.

HUTS

1, 2, 3 or 5-bed units (4 x 1-bed huts and 26 x multi-bed huts) with communal ablutions and communal kitchen. The units have fridges and air-conditioning but there are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery. A communal kitchen with scullery and electric stoves is available.

SAFARI TENTS

24 x 2-bed permanent furnished canvas tents on stilts, (some accessible to wheelchairs), fully equipped, with 2 single beds, a fridge, overhead fan and small veranda. You have a choice of with or without river view. Please confirm when booking.

View across the Sabie river from the cottages at the camp - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
View across the Sabie river from the cottages at the camp
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

BUNGALOWS

58 x 2 bed units, (one accessible to wheelchairs), equipped with ablutions (most with showers, but one with a bath), fridge and with air-conditioning. There are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery, but a communal kitchen with scullery and electric stoves is available. You have a choice of with or without perimeter view. Please confirm when booking.

2 x 3-bed units, fully equipped with en-suite bathroom (1 with shower and one with a bath), kitchenette, fridge and with air-conditioning.

FAMILY BUNGALOWS

2 x 5-bed units (2 separate bedrooms, one with 2 single beds and one with 3 single beds), fully equipped with a kitchenette and en-suite bathrooms. Located in budget accommodation area of camp, but with private "braai" (barbecue) area.

GUEST COTTAGE

Moffet Guest Cottage: is a 4-bed unit with 2 bedrooms, (2 single beds in a room). Well equipped with 2 bathrooms, (one en-suite), kitchenette and dining room/lounge area.

GUEST HOUSE

Keartland Guest House: Sleeps 6, with 3 bedrooms, (2 beds in each room). This is a large luxury unit in prime position, with river view. It is well-equipped with kitchen, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV television is provided, (no microwave oven).

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Activities,...

Welcome inside the Nthandanyati bird hide near the camp - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Welcome inside the Nthandanyati bird hide near the camp
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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The rest camp offers an exciting range of activities, from dawn and sunset game drives and tracking Rhino, Elephant and Lion on foot, to bush breakfasts, bush “braais” and visiting the Nthandanyati bird hide, or just enjoying the great panorama from the expansive stilted deck at the lounge bar. Whichever you choose, it will ensure an exciting bush experience.

All bookings, as well as further details about these activities are available from the camp's reception. Activities include the following;
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Bush Breakfast and Bush Braai (Barbecue). Includes game drive to venue. Confirm availability when booking.
  • Sunset Dam (1km from the camp)
  • Nthandanyati Bird Hide (approximately 11km from the camp)
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Climate,...

On the deck of one of the semi-luxury Safari tents at rest camp, enjoying a good south African wine - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
On the deck of one of the semi-luxury Safari tents at the camp, enjoying a good south African wine.
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park lies in a summer rainfall area with occasional bursts of quick summer storms (which can be quite heavy) occurring later in the day, cooling the air and settling the dust. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often quite humid. Winters are warm and mild with cool evenings. Visitors going on night drives during the winter period may require warm clothing.

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How to get there,...

The Sunset dam, about 1km from the camp's entrance gate - Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Sunset dam, about 1km from the camp's entrance gate
Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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BY AIR:

The closest airport to the camp is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), which is situated between Nelspruit and White River, approximately 25km from Nelspruit and about 120km from Crocodile Bridge gate. There are daily scheduled flights between KMIA and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, with less frequent flights from Cape Town and Durban International Airports respectively.

BY ROAD VIA CROCODILE BRIDGE GATE:

Take the N4 to Nelspruit and head through Nelspruit to Malelane and on to Komatipoort (about 110km). Then turn left onto the R571 just past Komatipoort and head on to the gate. If you are travelling from Johannesburg or Pretoria, allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the Crocodile Bridge gate. Lower Sabie camp is about 34 km away from the gate, so allow about a further 2 hours for the drive to the camp. However, if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!

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Accommodation availability,...

The Nkuhlu pick nick site between Skukuza and Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Nkuhlu pick nick site between Skukuza and Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Go to SANParks.org to view a monthly calendar with accommodation availability details of Lower Sabie rest camp.You will then be able to view the Accommodation availability page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website, for Kruger National Park's Lower Sabie rest camp.

  • If you click on the accommodation type, you will see the facilities and content of that particular accommodation unit.
  • The accommodation code enables you to book a specific type of accommodation, if you provide it with your booking request.
  • The figure between the square brackets [ ] is the number of units available at the specific time and date of your visit to the accommodation availability page.
  • Please Note that the information is updated and therefore changing real-time on a continuous basis and that requests for reservations are processed on first-come, first-served basis.
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Reservations,...

Panoramic view from the viewing deck at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Panoramic view from the viewing deck at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Go to SANParks.org to book your reservation for the Lower Sabie rest camp in the Kruger National Park on the official reservations page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.

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Tariffs,...

Go to SANParks.org to view the tariffs applicable for the Lower Sabie rest camp on the official tariff page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website .






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