Located on the Eastern Cape’s breathtaking coast in Kenton-on-Sea, is the unique Sibuya Game Reserve. The reserve is situated on the Kariega estuary and only accessible via a 40-minute boat trip up the Kariega River departing from the beach, which means game viewing begins even before guests set foot in the reserve. African fish-eagles, waterfowl, and other wildlife gather on the banks of the river. Sibuya is one of South Africa’s most scenic and beautiful game reserves.
This malaria-free reserve offers the best of beach and bush and boasts consistently good game viewing. Vegetation varies from lush forested valleys to open grasslands and coastal forests. An incredible environment where visitors can enjoy frequent sightings of the famous Big 5 and rare antelope such as oribi and bontebok. Upon departing the beach, visitors can also spot whales and other ocean mammals.
Situated roughly 130 kilometres from Port Elizabeth and East London, Sibuya is an easy self-drive from these major coastal towns. Each town has a domestic airport and connects easily to international airports in Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg.
Sibuya Game Reserve is located on the Eastern Cape coast that is renowned for its moderate climate. The best time for game viewing is during the winter months from April till August.
Safari-goers keen on conservation can get an up-close and personal view of the rhino foundation at Sibuya Game Reserve. For the more active visitor, there are swimming, fishing, fly fishing and canoeing.
The departure point to Sibuya Game Reserve is where the estuary meets the oceans. It’s not uncommon for visitors to spot dolphins, turtles and whales from the shores. This is always a fantastic start to any safari experience.
The open grasslands and plateaus support large grazing animals such as buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, bontebok, blue duiker, the rare oribi, and other antelope. Giraffe, elephant and big cats frequent the forested valleys. The reserve is home to the Big Five, which are regularly spotted in all pockets of vegetation.
400 species of bird occur in the region, making it one of the Eastern Cape’s top places for birding. Common residents include the western osprey, African fish-eagle, goshawk, goliath heron, half-collared kingfisher, Narina trogon, and the long-crested eagle.
Otherwise known as the Sunshine Coast, the Eastern Cape is known for its sunny climate and balmy days. The coast ensures moderate temperatures and mild weather year-round. Winter is the typical safari season, which is from April to August. Summer is the rainy reason and can be quite tricky to spot wildlife.
Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities in this paradise. Game drives to track the Big Five are the order of the day at Sibuya. Knowledgeable guides traverse spectacular landscapes in search of rare birds, shy plains game, and marauding predators. Game drives normally take place in the early morning and evening, when it’s easier to spot predators.
Exclusive boat trips follow the course of the meandering river, providing abundant opportunities for swimming, fishing, fly fishing, and canoeing. Visitors can enjoy guided river trips or take things at their own pace when utilising the range of equipment available at the lodges.
Sibuya also has a rhino foundation and conservation initiative, which visitors can explore and find ways of getting involved.
There are only three accommodation options in Sibuya Game Reserve, each catering for varied budgets. The eco-friendly camp sits comfortably on the banks of the Kariega River, tucked away in the trees. Canvas tents on wooden units furnished with a fireplace make for a cosy yet luxurious stay.