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About Sibuya Game Reserve

The under canvas experience at Sibuya Game Reserve is a completely unique experience as Sibuya is the only South African Game Reserve where access is exclusively by boat via the stunningly beautiful Kariega River. Guests are collected at the river mouth The River is an Estuary in the small town of Kenton on Sea, where safe parking is provided, and the unique experience starts immediately with a gentle cruise up the Estuary to the game reserve 9 kms upstream.

After settling in to the accommodation, luxury en-suite tents on raised wooden decks, guests are able to map out their own programme with their guide. Our camps, with only four tents in our River Camp and eight in our Forest Camp, result in an exclusive and personalised experience. A mixture of game drives, river cruises, guided bush or beach walks, and excellent birding, will enthrall those with a desire to fill the day, whilst hammocks in the trees or a fishing line dangling in the water will suit those who wish to take it easy.

For the really energetic canoeing, deep-sea fishing, can all be provided at extremely reasonable rates. But what makes this a truly memorable experience is the unequalled splendour of the vistas as one views game against the magnificent backdrop of pristine coastal forest and the sea a few kilometres away. Completing the under canvas experience are the tranquil evenings around the campfire listening to the lapping waters in the river and the night calls of the bush while feasting on our superb cuisine. In true bush camp tradition all the distractions are removed as the absence of electricity ensures the experience is not spoilt by the sounds of modern society.

We offer Under 12's 50% disc if sharing with parents. Our Forest Camp does not take children under 12 as it is not child friendly where as our River Camp is child friendly. Professional guides and an abundance of game and birds, including the Big 5, will leave you saying Sibuya we will return.

Safari: A Big Five Reserve - Sibuya is the only Game Lodge in South Africa accessed solely by boat, offering authentic tented safari experience.

Spa: Massages, manicures and pedicures are available.

Wedding Venues: Sibuya caters for weddings of up to 120 people. We do not charge a venue hire fee; however whilst a wedding is taking place we cannot accommodate non-wedding guests on the reserve so all 12 tents need to be booked out for at least the wedding night.

Conference Venues: Forest Camp provides the ideal setting for board meetings and small conferences of up to 24 delegates. Standard conference equipment; data projector, screen, notepads, pens, water and mints are provided in our package.

Romantic: Special honeymoon turn-downs are available.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 40
  • Check-in: 11:30 AM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


  • Portfolio Collection
  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Highly Recommended

Important Information

Rates are quoted in Rands, and are inclusive of full board accommodation, all local beverages, (incl local beers, house wines, soft drinks) and scheduled boat transfers, boat cruises, game drives, camp ativities and 14% vat. Adult rates are quoted per person, per day, sharing in twin or king accommodation, as requested. A single supplement of 50%... Rates are quoted in Rands, and are inclusive of full board accommodation, all local beverages, (incl local beers, house wines, soft drinks) and scheduled boat transfers, boat cruises, game drives, camp ativities and 14% vat. Adult rates are quoted per person, per day, sharing in twin or king accommodation, as requested. A single supplement of 50% applies to singles. Children up to 12 years may share with adults, maximum 2 children per  tented room. Children 12 years and older count as adults for billing purposes, whether they share with adults, or in own tent. Owing to their duration, Game Drives are not suitable for children under 6 years - unless a private vehicle is booked in advance, at a nominal extra fee. Regretably we are not able to offer special meal times or special meals for children. Regret no baby sitting facilities. Please inform Sibuya Reservations in advance, of any dietary requirements and food preferences. Airport transfers are handled by accredited transporters and can be arranged by Sibuya Reservations. Management reserves the right to make periodic adjustments to the published rates. Rates exclude gratuities, non-scheduled boat transfers, airport transfers, laundry, premium beverages, and any other items not listed as inclusive. Check in before 12h00 for scheduled, once daily boat transfer from Reception up river to the camps. Check out is at 11h00 on day of departure. see more

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Reviews for Sibuya Game Reserve

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Paul Cooley, South Africa
11 November 2010

Your first experience when you get to Sibuya Game Reserve is a 14 km boat ride up the Kariega River to your camp. You sit back have a drink and enjoy the surroundings with fish eagles flying above and game feeding on the side of the river. You feel like you are entering paradise. Once you arrive you realise you are in paradise. The tented camp is quite exquisite. Our tent was right on the river far away from anyone else. When you lie in bed all you hear are the sounds of the wild. The tent is luxurious with one of the best bathrooms I have ever seen. Everything is run on solar or gas and it...
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Gijs Alkemade, South Africa
29 December 2007

Our stay was exceptional from start to finish. After an amazing boat trip we arrived at the lodge which was even better than we could have imagined with every attention to detail. The game drives were brilliant, food and beverages superb - stay for at least two nights or longer - you wont want to leave! Very special compliments to our game ranger Mark. Gijs and Sam (Holland)

Alan Treby, United Kingdom
09 November 2006

Our two nights in Sibuya exceeded our wildest expectations. The most friendly of staff, unique habitat and surprisingly child friendly (for our 5 year old). Would highly recommend Sibuya to anyone wishing to escape from the land crusier hoards that we found at other game reserves.

Stephanie Amos
06 March 2006

Our weekend at Sibuya was one of the purest forms of escapism that we have had the pleasure of being able to experience for a very long time. The setting was idyllic, the staff were extremely friendly and very good at their job - they obviously enjoy what they are doing - the tents were very well appointed, very comfortable and with a subtle touch of luxury. We didn't go on all the game drives but then we are privileged enough to have spent many days in the bush so for us it was all about the peace and quiet and being able to do absolutely nothing! Very good value for money, sincerely hope...
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Sibuya Game Reserve Map

Sibuya Game Reserve is 6.8km from the centre of Kenton-on-Sea , the nearest airport 121.2km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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Sebumo Tude Mountain Bike Trail

(0 km from Kenton-on-Sea)

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Kariega Beach

(1.4 km from Kenton-on-Sea)

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Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve Trails

(0.7 km from Kenton-on-Sea)

This day walk consists of a network of trails and is pretty easy to do. The trail is located in the 30 ha reserve above the beach between the Bushman’s and Kariega Rivers, just south of Kenton-on-Sea. There are three designated parking lots and a...