Idube Game Reserve is a safari lodge situated in the Sabi Sand Reserve, in the heart of South Africa’s premier wildlife conservation area of the Greater Kruger Park. Game, including the Big 5, is viewed really close by from open Landrovers, or spotted on guided walks. The lodge is set in an indigenous garden of tall trees and cool, green lawns. Originally designed to blend into the bush with rough, natural coloured bricks, plastered walls round the outside showers have been added creating a pleasing contrast. Tiled roofs create a clean, cool interior.
The thatched bar and entertainment areas have an immediate appeal and are the focal areas for guests to gather. The open lounge is a great place to relax, whilst waiting to see what animals will come wandering in front of the lodge. The swimming pool is well situated for both bird watching and game viewing, whilst cooling off with a refreshing drink in hand. Idube happily hosts families of nyala and warthogs, which are seen almost daily around the entire lodge area. Many guests prefer just to sit on their private deck enjoying the quiet and watching squirrels, monkeys or the many other creatures that have made Idube their home.
Idube has 10 en-suite chalets, each individually decorated, with attractively draped mosquito nets giving a touch of safari romance. Windows also have mosquito gauze for added comfort. All chalets have air conditioner, fan, safe, outside shower, tea and coffee facilities, as well as a private relaxing deck.
Each meal is a special occasion, with breakfast and lunch enjoyed at the open air dining deck and dinner celebrated in the lantern lit boma or out at the bush venue. There guests enjoy the quiet under the stars, until the sound of drums and singing fill the air, followed by a delicious, traditional braai (barbeque) featuring the chef’s specialties. Our chefs create meals to remember, combining african flavours and flair with the latest gourmet trends. Game meats are also often on the menu, eagerly tried by adventurous guests. All meals are included in the booking package.
Bar Airconditioning Boma Bath Bush boma Fan Covered parking Hairdryer Curio shop Non-smoking rooms Diningroom Outside shower DStv in lounge Private deck Email Safe deposit box Gym Serviced daily Laundry services Tea/coffee facilities Lounge Outdoor swimming pool Safety deposit
Game Drives There is an early morning game drive and a late afternoon/evening game drive over an area of approximately 24 700 acres (10 000 hectares). Guests can expect to see some, if not all, the Big 5, as well as many other species of game and some of the over 300 species of birds. Animals are usually seen from very close quarters, the sighting is professionally handled and controlled. Drives are normally 3 to 4 hours long, with a stop along the way for tea, coffee or sundowners. Idube is particularly well known for the frequent and excellent sightings of leopards – a photographer’s dream come true. Bush Walks etc. After breakfast, a morning guided walk is offered or guests can relax round the pool or on their decks.
There are also photographic shows and talks given by the Rangers on their particular topic, including the customs and history of the Shangaan people. Bar Idube has a well stocked bar open after breakfast, where we offer a large variety of South African wine or other drinks, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Guests gather there before dinner and it is a great place to swap game viewing stories, or to enjoy the games and solve the rangers’ riddles. Lounging Deck Our colourful open lounge deck combines comfort with a great view of the riverbed as well as those and the African animals coming down to drink at Shadulu Dam or to graze on the lawns.
The pool is well situated to do excellent bird watching whilst cooling off or relaxing under the trees. Gym The gym is the place for the energetic or keep-fit enthusiasts, equipment includes free weights and an electronic treadmill. Hide The underground hide leading from the lodge by a swing bridge is a peaceful place to watch the wildlife coming to drink at Shadulu Dam. Curio Shop Idube has a well stocked curio shop, carrying a variety of interesting curios, clothing, books and gifts. Guests will be sure to find something to remember their safari.
TV DSTV is available in the lounge for avid sports or news watchers, big sporting events need not be missed. Spa Although we don’t have our own spa, therapists are on call to provide treatments in the privacy of your own room. Just ask and we will arrange it with pleasure. Village tours Idube has linked to local communities who have put together an enjoyable village tour. Included in the tour is the local school and pre-school, choir and dancers, watching local food being prepared and trying it afterwards and ending up with the little cultural museum. Other trips, including balloon safaris and elephant education, can be arranged on request.
From R 3000.00 per person sharing per night, incl. of all meals and game drives
Children over 8 years are welcome