East­ern Cape

Tourism Tattler - - SPECIAL FEATURE AFRICA GEO-DIRECTORY SAFARI ADVENT -

Span­ning the mag­nif­i­cent Kar­iega Es­tu­ary on its course to meet the warm In­dian Ocean, malaria-free Sibuya Game Re­serve is South Africa's only game re­serve ac­cessed solely by boat. Af­ter ar­riv­ing at Sibuya's re­cep­tion near the river mouth in Ken­ton-on-Sea, guests em­bark on a me­an­der­ing 40 minute boat cruise to the Re­serve. Along the way, king­fish­ers, fish ea­gles, ot­ters, an­te­lope and other wildlife may be spotted.

On ar­rival at ei­ther of the camps, guests set­tle into their ac­com­mo­da­tion – lux­ury en-suite tents on raised wooden decks. With just four or eight lux­ury tents in each camp, Sibuya Game Re­serve's pro­fes­sional guides are able to of­fer per­son­alised game drives and ex­clu­sive boat trips. Swim­ming, ca­noe­ing and fish­ing are also on of­fer, or guests might choose to sim­ply re­lax in a ham­mock under the trees. The an­cient flood­plains and pris­tine coastal for­est host an abun­dance of wildlife: nearly 400 bird species and 45 species of game in­clud­ing the “Big Five”. The lush vege­ta­tion en­sures a high den­sity of wildlife and one of the best game-view­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the coun­try.

Be­sides big-5 game drives and boat sa­faris, ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties by ar­range­ment in­clude: deep sea and surf angling or fly-fish­ing; coastal sight­see­ing cruises; well­ness pro­grammes; and horse rid­ing.

Under star­lit skies, the dis­tant roar of the ocean and the soft glow of lanterns are the only dis­trac­tions as guests are served fine fire­side fare in the em­brace of the evening fire. The un­equalled splen­dour of the vis­tas, with the In­dian Ocean as their en­dur­ing back­drop, will leave you say­ing “Sibuya” – we will re­turn. +27(0)46 648 1040 reser­va­tions@sibuya.co.za www.sibuya.co.za SibuyaGameRe­serve @SibuyaGameRes Sibuya13 View this listings geo-co­or­di­nates here.

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