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Lower Sabie Restcamp (Kruger National Park, South Africa)

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Accommodation and lodgings available in Kruger National Park in South Africa / Tel: (+27) 21 422 3111

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      11.07.2010 19:11
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      Made you feel like you were in Africa but camping in luxury

      If you have the feeling you have already read this then you probably have as I had posted it under Kruger national park the Dooyoo accepted my suggestion for this as a separate entity so I have now re written the Kruger one and put it in the place where this was. PLEASE have a read of my Kruger one a few reviews back. I couldn't think how else to change them to their correct category.

      Lower Sabie Camp - Safari tent

      We booked our accommodation in Kruger National park thought SAN parks on the internet. As you book your accommodation you also sort out your National Park entrance fee too. The website is : http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/lower_sabie/
      We had three nights in the park, two in the safari tents at Lower Sabie and one in a two bedroomed cottage in Skukuza Camp.

      We had two safari tents which are very luxurious really. They are wooden structures that have tented top parts to them. On the verandas area is the kitchen, braai (BBQ) and a table and chairs to sit on. We did have to keep moving two chairs from one tent to the other as we had our meals outside the different tents but that wasn't too hard as we were next to each other. The tents were identical and each one had two single beds which were extremely comfortable and there were two bedside tables with eco lights in lanterns so you could read at night. There was a lovely shower with a huge shower head, toilet and basin in both tents. The tents were completely mosquito proofed and had a central ceiling fan in them too which my husband put on full blast so that I had a blanket over me by the time the night had cooled down! They provided you with towels and soap but I forget now whether shampoo was provided as I had my own various small bottles collected from hotels in other places which I always carry for emergency supplies plus my Lush solid shampoo and conditioner which I also always have with me.

      On the veranda were a large fridge/freezer and a few shelves which were behind a lockable cage. All the kitchen cupboards had locks on them too and nothing was left out on the sides as baboons were a major problem. You were advised to leave all food locked behind the cages and not leave anything at all in the sink or on the side as you could find yourself attracting baboons and they can be quite nasty when threatened by human proximity. They also may carry rabies so it is a good idea to stay well clear of them.

      The entire camp is fenced so that animals apart from baboons and monkeys are largely kept out so you are never in any danger in your tents. You are advised to always use a torch when walking around at night as snakes and other animals might be lurking unseen.

      The camp has a large restaurant and bar area which served food all day. The restaurant only operated at night and I'm not sure what they had on the menu as we didn't eat there at all. The bar area overlooked the Sabie river and on the second day we had lunch there we were entertained by a group of hippos bathing in the water and grunting just about 100 metres from where we were enjoying or lunch. After the hippo show had ended when they had submerged one very large elephant made an appearance and he was grazing only about 5 metres from us just below the level of the deck where we sitting. It was amazing to be so close to such a huge beast and watch him enjoy munching his way through tons of vegetation without being in the least bit bothered by us.

      Near the reception area they had an internet area where you paid 1 ZAR per minute (11 to the £1 when we were there) but the minimum was 30 minutes. Just outside this area were the toilets and also some information boards when they put up what animals were spotted and where to give you an idea of which direction to go on your game drives and what animals you might expect to see in the area.

      There was also a shop on site where you could buy basic vegetables in small quantities as well as meat for braai ( BBQ) cooking. We enjoyed boerewors which is a very tasty South African sausage, impala steaks and different cuts of beef too. This was the boys' treat to us for bringing them on holiday and they bought all the braai stuff and then cooked it all for us too which as very nice and they did an excellent job too. They were also able to buy charcoal and matches at the shop too, beers, water, wine and other drinks were also sold as well as souvenirs and extremely expensive postcards (about £2 per card) so needless to say we didn't buy any there as they were 5 ZAR at other places - about 50p. I think the food and charcoal was a bit more than in other supermarkets but we didn't want to risk carrying meat and it getting hot in the car if we bought it in Nelspruit in a supermarket before entering the park. Our car was also very full with all our luggage and the four of us so we thought we would just use the on site shop for convenience..

      We found everything we needed was there and that the accommodation and the other facilities were both comfortable and pleasant to sit in and enjoy the scenery and animals that came by. There was no pool which would have been nice but we decided to spend our time between game drives relaxing either round the bar area or on our balcony reading or putting photos on to my little Acer laptop and sorting them out or I wrote notes for my diary and reviews .

      The animals we saw in Lower Sabie were elephants, giraffes, rhinoceros and impala all very close, a large male lion in the middle of the road then he got up and walked across in front of us to join his two friends. A female leopard and her cubs were also crossing the road then disappeared into the bushes beside us. We saw several herds of zebra crossing the road at different times. Three different groups of hippopotamus were grunting and snorting in different pools and a river. One very small crocodile in a waterhole near the hippos. There were several herds of impala, and of course the gnu or wildebeest, kudu (larger antelope) warthogs and several groups of baboons. It wasn't just the variety of animals it was how incredibly close we got to them which was so exciting.

      I would thoroughly recommend staying in the safari tents in this camp as they were so comfortable and had everything you could wish for while at the same time giving you a feeling of being on safari and soaking up the atmosphere on the area.

      This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name

      © catsholiday


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