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Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond.

In this rest camp, 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 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. Watching the endless procession of animals coming to drink at the Sabie River establishes a sense of one’s own place in the eternal cycle.

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Activities

  • Sunset Dam (1km from camp)
  • Nthandanyati Bird Hide (approximately 11km from camp)

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • No ATM facility available
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Separate Day Visitors Picnic Area on periphery of camp
  • Eco Information Centre
  • DSTV (limited coverage) only in Guest House
  • Cellphone reception

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.


Day Visitors

Lower Sabie has a designated day visitor area. There are also picnic sites nearby at Nkuhlu (± 20 km), Mlondozi Dam (17 km) and Tshokwane (43 km).


Travel Information

Routes and times are from central Gauteng.

By Air

The closest airport to Lower Sabie is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) that is situated between Nelspruit and White River. KMIA is situated approximately 25km from Nelspruit and about 120km from Crocodile Bridge Gate. There are daily scheduled flights between KMIA and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, with less frequent flights from Cape Town and Durban International Airports respectively.

By Road: Crocodile Bridge Gate

Take the N4 to Nelspruit and head through Nelspruit to Malelane and on to Komatipoort (about 110km). Then turn left onto the R571 just after Komatipoort and head on to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Lower Sabie camp is 34km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!


Fauna & Flora

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.

Mammals

At night the diversity of game seen in the Lower Sabie area is hard to equal anywhere in the Kruger National Park. The area is rich in lion, cheetah, elephant, hippo, rhino, herds of buffalo up to 800 strong and a very high density of warthog.

Vegetation

Lower Sabie has many large riverine trees in camp and the sycamore fig tree is very prominent. The camp is situated in knob thorn/marula savannah on basalt soils. Other prominent trees include the leadwood and sausage trees. The grass is sweet thus attracting many grazing species. Immediately west is a zone of delagoa thorn thicket on ecca shale soil. Here prevalent trees include the delagoa thorn and the magic guarri. The grass is still sweet, but shorter.


5 Things To Seek

  1. Leopard
  2. Hippopotamus
  3. Lion
  4. Goliath Heron
  5. Giant Kingfisher

Contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)13 735 6056/7
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6062
  • Mobile: +27 (0)82 888 6562

See Camp Contacts for more information.


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