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Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Kruger National Park.
from R760
per night
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Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Kruger National Park.
from R760per night
Enquire Now

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Camping is without a doubt the most popular style of accommodation

72 x tent or caravan sites with power point available.
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There is a wider variety of huts at Lower Sabie than at other rest camps.

69 x 3-bed units available
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There is a wider variety of huts at Lower Sabie than at other rest camps.

23 x 6 bed units available
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For the ultimate luxury stay, booking the camps guest house is a must

2 x Guest houses available
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A Guide to Lower Sabie


Lower Sabie is a river camp, situated on the banks of the fast flowing Sabie River, and is only 11km away from the Mozambican border. The camp is well-known for having the second largest number of trees after Letaba and its shaded lawns make this camp a real favourite amongst visitors. The wide river banks on the side of the camp give guests a truly spectacular view of the wildlife that frequent the river for a drink.

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Some of the camp basics that you can expect when you book your stay at Lower Sabie includes:

  • A public telephone and a post box.
  • A clinic as well as basic first aid assistance.
  • A restaurant and a cafeteria for overnight and visiting day guests.
  • Emergency roadside assistance.
  • Communal kitchens and ablution facilities.
  • A picnic area for day visitors along with a swimming pool close to the edge of the camp.
  • Cellphone reception.

Lower Sabie is close to the Crocodile Bridge Gate, in the Southern regions of the Kruger National Park.

The History of Lower Sabie Rest Camp

There is no wildly exciting history attached to Lower Sabie Rest Camp. The camp, instead, has a rather basic history as it was founded to provide additional accommodation to that specific area of the park. The camp is actually in the perfect location as guests don’t have to drive all that far from the main gate. The downside of the camp is that it is quite a busy place, especially during the school holidays and other peak seasons.

Because the camp is right next to a river, there are plenty of animals and birds to see, as well as a lot of plant life that is quite unique to the area. Elephant, giraffe and buffalo all graze along the river bank and can easily be spotted from the various camp lookout points. With the camp being situated in one of the areas best known for its abundant wildlife populations, you are guaranteed to see all kinds of animals including the Big 5. Self-drive safaris are the most popular amongst guests and within a day you can see a lot of what the park has to offer.

Lower Sabie has a number of affordable accommodation options available including camping facilities, huts, safari tents, bungalows, family bungalows, and guesthouses. The day visitor picnic facilities are also open to guests passing through.

The Perfect Safari

The Kruger is one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries and has grown to become the most popular place to experience the African safari. Guests are drawn from all over the world to either enjoy a self-drive safari or book one of the many safari packages available from the Kruger itself or any of the nearby tour operators. The Kruger is best known for its immense diversity in terms of animals, birds, plants and landscapes.

The perfect safari begins just before the sun rises. The earlier you get out there, before the heat of the day gets too intense, the better your chances of seeing what you have come to see. Animals tend to avoid the heat and will disappear into the shade well before noon. The best way to get the most out of your time here would be to leave your accommodation early and then spend the day touring all of the best roads in this part of the park. Route H, Route I and Route J are all well-known for early morning wildlife sightings.

Of the animals, you will find grazers of all kinds including elephants, giraffes, impala, kudu, wildebeest and buffalo to name but a few. The animals are drawn to the constant water sources found in the Lower Sabie area and wherever there are grazing animals, you will find predators not all that far behind. When staying at Lower Sabie, you will experience the best of the Kruger.

Late afternoon, just before the sun sets, you should head out again to catch the last sightings of the day. The heat has let up by then and animals will emerge for their last drink of water and final meal.

Camp Accommodation

With all of the accommodation styles you can expect from a camp as big as this one, you will have plenty of choices.


Camping is without a doubt the most popular style of accommodation and it is certainly the most rustic. Guests who are either looking to save money or who are staying in the park on a budget can enjoy affordable accommodation when camping at Lower Sabie. That is one of the perks of choosing the Kruger as your safari destination. It accommodates all budgets so that no one need miss out on the African experience.

Lower Sabie has 33 camp and caravan sites, each with their own power point. A maximum of 6 people can stay at each site and guests have access to communal cooking and ablution facilities. The cooking facilities have 24 hour boiling water, washing up areas and electric hotplates.


There is a wider variety of huts at Lower Sabie than at other rest camps. Here you will find 1, 2, 3 and 5 bed units. There are 4 huts with 1 bed each and 26 huts with multiple beds. Each unit has a fridge as well as air-conditioning, but guests will have to use the communal ablution and cooking facilities. The huts are really well priced and are ideal for visiting families.

Safari Tents

If you are looking to camp in style, it doesn’t get much better than staying in one of the safari tents. There are 24 safari tents, on stilts, each with 2 beds. These tents are fully furnished with 2 single beds, a fridge, an overhead fan and a quiet, small veranda. When booking, be sure to confirm whether or not you want a tent with a river view.


The bungalows offer accommodation that is a bit more furnished than the huts. Guests can book one of the 58 bungalows available. Each bungalow has 2 beds and has a bathroom with a shower or a bath, a fridge and air-conditioning. Guests will need to use the shared kitchen, however, there are no cooking utensils, cutlery or crockery available. When booking you will need to specify whether or not you want a bungalow with a view of the river.

The camp also has 2 bungalows with 3 beds and an en-suite bathroom, a kitchenette, a fridge and air-conditioning.

Family Bungalows

The camp has the perfect bungalows for visiting families. There are 2 units available, each with 5 bedrooms, a full kitchenette, and en-suite bathroom. You can choose to book a bungalow that has 2 single beds or one with 3 single beds. These bungalows have their own private braaing area, although they are situated in the budget area of the camp.

Guest Houses

For the ultimate luxury stay, booking the camps guest house is a must. The guest house is positioned in a prime location, overlooking the river. The house has a fully equipped kitchen, and more than one bedroom, and bathrooms. There is limited DSTV access as well. Keartland, the camps only guest house, sleeps 6 and has 3 bedrooms.

Accommodation at Lower Sabie is affordable and caters to various needs. You’ll easily find the ideal place to stay and enjoy the convenience of booking online!

Other Helpful Camp Information

Once you have arrived at the camp and settled in, you should never completely let your guard down. This is not to say that you can’t relax, rather you should be vigilant about the possibility of having wild animals around you. It is not uncommon for animals to accidentally walk into the camp, although rangers are generally on hand to safely escort them out. Stay on the lookout when leaving your accommodation.

Animals are one thing, insects and reptiles are quite another concern altogether. You should never walk around the camp without shoes on and at night it is best to walk nowhere without a torch. The camp is likely to be home to spiders and scorpions that could leave a painful bite. Snakes are also occasionally spotted, although, for the most part, snakes tend to keep out of the way of people.

The Kruger National Park is situated in a Malaria area. Mosquitoes are the pesky insects that carry this illness and once bitten you become sick within a matter of weeks. The best way to prevent getting malaria is to take the right medication, as prescribed by your doctor, and to wear insect repellent. Mosquitos can bite you before you even realise that they are around. As the symptoms can take a few weeks to present themselves, it is best that you become acquainted with them. Should you start feeling sick after a visit to the Kruger, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor and let them know that you have been in a malaria area.

You can expect to have hot summers and mild winters when staying in the Kruger. Planning your trip around the seasons is important as it can affect your choice of accommodation. During the summer months, the days are very humid and often end with a rainstorm. The vegetation grows lush in the summer and visibility can become a little difficult. Sometimes, the summer temperatures can peak at 40 or more degrees Celsius. Booking accommodation that has air conditioning is a must when visiting in summer. The winter is quite the opposite. Not only are the days cooler but the vegetation is also a lot drier. Booking your stay in winter can often present better viewing opportunities.

Lower Sabie Gate Times

The gate times change according to the seasons and are the same for all of the camps. It’s good to take note of the camp gate times because you can quickly lose track of time when on a self-drive safari.

The gate times for Letaba are as follows:
  • January to March: Camp gates open at 04:30 am and close at 06:30 pm
  • April to September: Camp gates open at 06:00 am and close at 06:00 pm
  • October: Camp gates open at 05:30 am and close at 06:00 pm
  • November to December: Camp gates open at 04:30 am and close at 06:30 pm

The best time of the day to head out into the park is just after the gates open in the morning and then again just before the gates close in the evening. When the days are at their hottest, it’s best to stay in the camp, relaxing away from the heat. Besides, spotting animals when the temperature is at its peak is quite difficult not to mention tiring.

Camp Flora and Fauna

With the ever-flowing Sabie River situated just beyond the camp, it is natural that there are many large riverine trees in the camp. The basalt soils on which the camp is situated is perfect for knob thorn trees and marula trees. Other trees in the area include leadwood and sausage trees. The camp is surrounded by sweet grass which attracts all kinds of grazing animals.

The diversity when it comes to animals is unlike any other in the park. You will come across lion, cheetah, warthog, elephant, rhino, buffalo and all kinds of antelope while exploring the Lower Sabie region.

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