Kenton On Sea Accommodation at Sibuya Game Reserve Game Lodge in Eastern Cape
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  • Rooms/Units16

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Sibuya Game Reserve is a highly recommended Eastern Cape game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Sunshine Coast.

About Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya Game Reserve is malaria-free and conveniently situated near Kenton on Sea on the Sunshine Coast, just 130 kms from Port Elizabeth. Based at the secluded Camp on the banks of the Kariega River, guests are a short boat trip from the river mouth and Kenton's idyllic beaches.

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 9kms upstream.

Sibuya Game Reserve incorporates the unique East Cape Valley Bushveld, Grasslands and Coastal Forests. Antelope abound, including the rare Bontebok and Oribi. Giraffe and Zebra silhouetted against an Indian Ocean backdrop complete a truly memorable picture.

The ancient floodplains and pristine coastal forest host an abundance of wildlife: nearly 400 bird species and 45 species of wildlife including the “Big Five”. The lush vegetation ensures a high density of wildlife and one of the best game-viewing experiences in the country.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Malaria-free area
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Conservation fee applicable


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.

River Camp:
Situated 11km from the estuary mouth. Only four tents ensure an exclusive and personalised experience

Forest Camp:
Only eight tents ensure an exclusive and personalised experience

A mixture of game drives, river cruises and guided walks 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 and 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. Professional guides and an abundance of game and birds will leave you saying "Sibuya" - we will return.


Activities included in package rates: game drives; river cruises; guided walks; fishing; fly fishing; canoeing; swimming (in the river and sea); birding; beach walks.


Activities not included but offered as extras and needing to be booked in advance: horse-riding' deep-sea fishing, rock and surf fishing, horse riding, spa treatments', historical tours and guided bird walks.


A warm jacket is essential for evening boat cruises, even in mid summer. Long pants are also recommended for evenings. Don't forget a swimming costume. Suntan lotion (preferably waterproof) and sun block are essential all year.


The Eastern Cape weather is notoriously variable but the Sunshine Coast is so called as this area boasts the most sunshine hours in South Africa. The temperatures are very mild all year averaging 25º C in summer and 20º C in winter.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Airport transfers
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Xhosa

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Forest Camp Luxury Tents

Luxury Tents. Full bathroom en-suite. King size or Twin beds. No electricity -Solar power lighting. Not suitable for children under 12 years. 4 star Tents in Coastal Forest, and some on the banks of the river. Camp bed can be added for older child.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fireplace  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 8
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

River Camp Luxury Tents

Luxury Tent. Full bathroom en-suite. King-size or twin beds. Solar lighting. Suitable for families with children. Not recommended for children under 3 years. Small, intimate and friendly camp. Sleeper couch /Camp bed for child can be added to tent.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fireplace  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 4
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Bush Lodge Suites

Bush Lodge has four secluded luxury thatched suites. These stunningly appointed units are private, spacious and fully en-suite with outside and inside showers and private sun/viewing decks. Each room has a tea/coffee station. Only double beds available.

  • Additional bed / mattress  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fireplace  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 4
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Accommodation, all meals, local beverages (juices, minerals, spirits beers and fine house wines), scheduled boat transfers to and from camp, afternoon and morning game drives, fishing, canoeing, bush walking and VAT. A game drive vehicle is available for all families with children under the age of 6 years at no extra charge.

Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

We were lucky enough to spend three nights in this amazing place. Everything is well thought out, for the animals, the environment and certainly the guests! We were in Forest Camp, on a bend in the river. All the luxury "tents" are next to the river. The lodge is beautiful: completely fits in with the environment. The Rangers and hospitality staff are charming, warm and knowledgeable. The food is wonderful. And as for the animals...rhinos, giraffes, lions, more birds and antelope than you could imagine existed, and elephants...while we were, there a six day old elephant. Not to forget the gin and tonic out in the bush, oh and the picnic...and so on.

April 2017

Jane Elliott (Salisbury, UK)

Verified reviewexcellent

We stayed for 1 night in Forest Camp and had what turned out to be the best experience of our whole holiday. The camp and its environment is fabulous, the accommodation better than a 5* hotel, the food 1st class and the drink plentiful. Our guide, Mike, met us at the Kenton on Sea landing & from the minute we set off was making sure we got the most out of our trip by pointing out the wildlife along the river bank. The camp has no electricity and solar/paraffin lamps all add to the unique atmosphere. the night sky is as you've never seen it before, uncontaminated by light pollution and the alarm call from the wildlife, just before sunrise, had to heard to be believed. The Nyala buck & his family walking past our tent let us know that we were not intruding. Sibuya means "we will return" and we will!!

February 2009

Anny Lindsley (Whitchurch)

Need to Know

Response timeSibuya Game Reserve typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome

Closest airport(s)Port Alfred Airport - 25km
Port Elizabeth Airport - 120km
East London Airport - 150km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 11h30
Check-out by 11h00

Exceptions to check-in times may be arranged in advance, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the property American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since December 2005

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