Lower Sabie Rest Camp - Kruger National Park
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Lower Sabie rest camp graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond, across expansive green lawns, shaded from the remorseless African sun by majestic sycamore fig, marula, Natal mahogany and fever trees. Watching the endless procession of animals coming to drink at the Sabie River establishes a comforting sense of one's own place in the eternal cycle.
In this restcamp, 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 animals, 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.
Origin of the name:
The rest camp takes its name from the Sabie River, the name if which is derived from the Swazi sabisa, meaning ‘to be careful’.
The luxurious seven-bedded Keartland guesthouse has prime position along the river front. Each of the three bedrooms is air-conditioned and has an en-suite bathroom (with bath, toilet and basin). A fourth bathroom has a shower, toilet and basin. The kitchen is fully equipped for leisurely paced self-catering, with a stove (with oven), fridge/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Barbecue facilities, DSTV and a carport complete package. Book well in advance, as the guesthouse is very popular.
The 4-bedded Steenbok family cottage in similarly endowed with river frontage and is equally popular. The two air-conditioned bedrooms each have an en-suite bathroom, one with a bath, shower, toilet and basin and the other without a bath. The spacious lounge/dining room and fully equipped open-plan kitchen form a comfortable living area in which to relax after a day’s game-viewing.
The 4-bedded Moffett family cottage offers a further option in the luxury accommodation category, offering two air-conditioned bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite bathroom. The enclosed veranda, fully equipped kitchen and barbecue facilities provide all you need to be independent and prepare your own meals, as and when the mood takes you.
A range of accommodation is available in units sleeping between 2 and 5 people, including a 3-bedded unit which a shower and toilet adapted for people with mobility difficulties. Guest should enquire when making their reservations which of the following facilities their unit offers: veranda, bathroom, air-conditioning, fridge, stove, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Some of these units make use of impeccably maintained communal ablution and kitchen facilities.
The 4 quaint single-bedded ‘finch nests’ are a unique accommodation feature at Lower Sabie. These are mini versions of the standard hut with communal facilities.
A very recent innovation at Lower Sabie has been the addition of dreamily romantic semi-luxury 2-bedded tents, positioned so as to secure intimate privacy for each other. Each has its own small bathroom and kitchenette, and some have the added advantage of a river view. Three of the tents have been adapted for use by visitors with impaired mobility.
For the budget conscious, the camping site for tents and caravans is spotless and comfortable. Each site is provided with its own power point.
Areas of Special Interest
• Sunset Dam
• Mlondozi Dam
• Nkuhlu Picnic Site
• Nhlanganzwani Dam
• Nkumbe Lookout
• Orpen Dam
• Nhlambanyathi Bird Hide
5 Things to Seek
• White Rhino
• Goliath Heron
• Giant Kingfisher