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Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Apr 13, 2005 2:40 pm

I absolutely love Lower Sabie. I have stayed at both Lower Sabie and Skukuza and will choose LS over Skukuza anytime! Here are some reasons:
The sunrise over the river early in the morning - take your coffee and sit on a bench along the fence and watch the sunrise over the river.
The deck outside the restaurant which offers views up and down the river - wonderful. One can spend ages just sitting there, watching.
The beautiful lawn along the river side of the camp with magnificent trees.
Not everyone has taken to the 'new' campsites - we like them. They are not along the fence, but there is plenty of bird life around. They are also clearly demarcated.
As L said - Sunset Dam. In the evenings there is always activity (of the wild animal variety around the dam) and it really offers a lot of photo opportunities.
There is the bridge over the Sabie River - great photo opportunities too, and watch the sun set into the river.
The drive to Crocodile Bridge - very special and Croc Bridge camp is charming to visit for a picnic or tea.
Go there for your birthday - you won't be sorry of that I am sure!
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Unread post by bwana » Wed Apr 13, 2005 6:12 pm

There is something so magic about the deck overlooking the river. Its really hard to put in words, but sundowners after a long day, with hippo's laughing and ellies cavorting downstream it really makes you feel like you are in Africa. The restaurant is also stunning, and really worth a meal at night. The facilities of the camp, being new, are excellent. Oh my, I really miss it.

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:17 am

The lookout is certainly worth a visit. I don't think many people know that it is there.

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Unread post by Freda » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:19 pm

Go past the restaurant and you will find the stairs to the look-out.

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Lower Sabie

Unread post by CurtisDillon » Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:14 pm

Lower Sabie
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Unread post by Jumbo » Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:04 pm

River View Tent # 16

Right next to the fence:




Unfortunately your view towards the right is a bit obstructed by this bush that IMHO can do with a bit of trimming


The fact that this unit is right next to the fence makes it very special for me – I think I will always request it for this reason. You are also actually very close to Sunset dam on that side of the camp.

Some “lows” of this unit:
1. The baboons use its poles to get back over the fence – might give you a bit of a scare
2. Unit 17 is very close to you – you don’t see the people, but if they talk a bit loud you can hear every word. {Personally I don’t think #17 is a nice unit – seems their view is even more overgrown and they are squeezed in between 16 and 18 )
3. Because you are at the end of the camp you hear the cars on the road at Sunset dam during the day.

Another unit that is also nice is #20 – never stayed there, but its location seems good.

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Unread post by Snoobab » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:44 am

I was there last week and service has improved a lot. Plates and food were cleaned very quickly and even the litter that was blown over the railing was cleaned up.

With regards to LS and camping here are a few point to bear in mind. LS has demarkated camp sites and you are actually given a specific camp site. Unfortunatley either due to people doing their own thing or the fact that some of the camp site numbers are missing you might have to simply pick any site. There are a few with nice big trees, numbers 25 upwards to me looked the best although you are a distance from the loos. Numbers 1 to 24 are close to the loos and some have shade but no real big tree.
A note to LS is to plant some big trees in the camp site. I like how they have tried to screen the sites with Sickle Thorn as these do create thick screening but I had a close look and there are no trees planted that will eventually grow into nice big shade trees. All in all I had a very good camping experience there.
The renovations happening in camp look to be going well and are not creating any unplesant noises.
The hyena still roams around at night and is a bit of a problem. They said he digs under the fence to get in and it is tricky keeping him out.
All in all the camp is a gem and well worth staying there.

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Unread post by maddie2312 » Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:39 am

Spent two nights at end of last month the tents at LS. We were told by a manager at Oliphants tent 16 was the best as it is right at the corner of the fence and is not overlooked.When we got there we were given number 16 without even asking. She was right it was amazing as Hyena just strolled past while you sat on the deck in the late afternoon on their way to the river, about 1o feet from where we set. The hippo were comical and lions roaring in the night amazing. I had one scary encounter early one morning when I was seiged by a troop of baboons for 40 mins as they used the tent roof/deck as a play area - all part of the fun and memories!
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A diffrent perspective of LS

Unread post by shumba » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:24 am

Here is a different perspective to a view of Lower Sabie...


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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:57 am

Hi Marina,
I think we stayed in Tents 14 and 15 on a trip last March. It was very close to the fence and it was possible to shower peeking over into the bush. 8) The animals also use the path next to the fence when they wander over towards Sunset Dam.

I have completely fallen in love with the Lower Sabie tented camp. I hope that you have a stunning time.
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Unread post by Marina » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:11 am

The Safari tents do have utensils and the little kitchen on the verandah is great.

I loved staying in these units, and agree with Pjw that they are a bit removed from the main camp which makes them really peaceful quiet. Ah what I'd give to be there.

We had many great sightings from our tent in Dec 07: buffaloes and crocs in the river daily, hyaena & hippo within an arms length at the perimeter fence & warthog with little ones!

Go for it mikath, you won't regret it! :D

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Unread post by Pjw » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:03 pm

We love the safari tents and would choose them every time in winter months when aircon is not essential
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