Lower Sabie Restcamp




Lower Sabie Restcamp is on the banks of the perennial Sabie River, which draws a wide variety of animals all year round.

  • Large numbers of game are attracted to the plentiful water
  • An ideal family oriented camp with a wide range of activities
  • A wide variety of bird species will appeal to the avid bird watcher
  • Day and night game drives are available at Lower Sabie Restcamp


  • There are 28 huts
  • There are 24 tents
  • There are 33 camp or caravan sites
  • There are 60 bungalows
  • There are 2 lovely family cottages
  • There is one 3 bedroom guest house
  • Campsites:
    The campsites are suitable for both tents and caravans. There are 33 sites availale each with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities. This camping accommodation in Kruger National Park allows a maximum of 6 guests per site. 

    The huts vary between 1, 2, 3 or 5 bedroom unites. There are 4 one bedroom units and 26 multiple bedroom units available. Each hut is fitted with a fridge and air-conditioning. There are no crockery, cutlery or cooking utensils. A communal kitchen and scullery fitted with electric stoves is available for guests to use.


    This Kruger National Park accommodation features 58 bungalows with 2 bedrooms ad
    2 bungalows with 3 bedrooms. The 2 bedroom units are fitted  mostly with showers, however one is fitted with a bath. Additional facilities include a fridge and air-conditioning. There are no crockery, cutlery or cooking utensils available but guests can make use of the communal kitchen and scullery fitted with electric stoves.

    The 3 bedroom units are fully equipped and feature an en-suite bathroom. The bathroom is fitted with a shower and a bath. Additional facilities include a kitchenette, fridge and air-conditioning.

    Family bungalows are also available. There are 2 five bedroom bungalows for guests to stay in. The bungalows feature 2 separate bedrooms, 1 fitted with 2 single beds and another one with 3 single beds. The bungalow is fully equipped and features a kitchenette and en-suite bathrooms.

    Safari Tents:
    The safari tents are ideal for guests seeking alternative accommodation in Kruger National Park. The 24 two bed canvas tents are situated on stilts. The tents are fully equipped and feature 2 single beds, a fridge, overhead fan and a small veranda. Some of the safari tents boast river views.

    Keartland Guest House:

    If it is high-class luxury accommodation in Kruger National Park that tickles your fancy, then enjoy a stay at the 7-bedded Keartland guesthouse.

    With en-suite facilities, fully equipped air conditioning, DSTV, a carport and prime views over the Sabie River>, you may want to book well in advance before arriving at your lodging in Kruger National Park. A very recent innovation and attraction at Lower Sabie Camp has been the addition of dreamily
    romantic semi-luxury 2-bedded tents, positioned so as to secure intimate privacy for each one.

    Each has its own small bathroom and kitchenette, and some have the added advantage of a river view.
    Three of the tents have been adapted for use by visitors with impaired mobility, making getting around in Kruger National Park easier.

    Disabled-friendly Accommodation:
    This restcamp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, offers wheelchair-friendly chalets and units. The Keartlands Guesthouse and some of the safari tents are also wheelchair accessible. The shops, restaurants, main building, pool and boardwalk along the river can be accessed via wheelchair.


  • Information at reception (unmanned)
  • Public Telephones; Post Box
  • Clinic and Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Restaurant; Cafeteria
  • Shop; Cutlery and Plates Hamper
  • Emergency Road Service
  • Petrol Station
  • Laundromat
  • DSTV (Limited Coverage)
  • Picnic Facilities
  • The Lower Sabie Camp graces the banks of the Sabie River in the southern region of the Kruger National Park - South Africa.
  • The closest entrance gate is Crocodile Bridge
  • Lower Sabie Camp can be reached by road or air
  • The airport is 25km (15.5 miles) away from Nelspruit
  • The camp is set in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains

    The closest entrance gate is Crocodile Bridge, 35km (21.7 miles) to the south, which can be reached from Johannesburg in less than 5 hours, but visitors may prefer to enter at Paul Kruger gate, 53km (33 miles) away and travel along the tarred road via Skukuza Rest Camp. The traveling time from Johannesburg to Paul Kruger is 5 hours.

    The new Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport makes the Kruger National Park - South Africa
    more accessible than ever before. The airport is just 25km (15.5 miles) away from Nelspruit, and is well-equipped with car hire facilities. Skukuza Airport, however will continue to service chartered flights to Kruger National Park - South Africa.

    How to get there:

    Travel routes and times from Johannesburg/Pretoria

    Crocodile Bridge Gate:
    Take the N4 to Nelspruit, head through Nelspruit to Malelane and on to Komatipoort (about 110 km). 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 Main Rest Camp is 34 km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp; however if you want to
    enjoy the game viewing possibilities and sightseeing oportunities, give yourself more time in the Kruger National Park - South Africa!

    Kruger National Park - South Africa is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

    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.

  • The waters of the Sabie River attract a multitude of wildlife species and is an excellent area for sightseeing big game.
  • Track Rhino, Elephant and Lion on foot
  • Outstanding birdwatching opportunities exist
  • The camp takes its name from the nearby Sabie River
  • Enoy dawn and sunset game drives or a morning bush walk

    On at least one morning during your safari in Kruger National Park, you will most certainly want to rise early and set off for a picnic site, where you can hire one of the gas ‘skottels’ provided by the Park to prepare a hearty breakfast with food you have brought along with you.

    The 2 most popular picnic sites in the Lower Sabie Camp area are Nkhulu, on the Sabie River between Skukuza and Lower Sabie Camp, in excellent Leopard territory, and Tshokwane to the north, in the shade of a massive Sausage Tree, so named because of
    the shape of its large seed pods, which can weigh anything up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds). The Mlondozi picnic site in the Lebombo Mountains also offers an ideal place for a midday break.

    The road to Skukuza, which winds its way along the Sabi River bank in a north-westerly direction, has a reputation for being a good place for spotting Lion, Leopard and Bushbuck. At night the diversity of game seen in the Lower Sabie area is hard to equal anywhere on
    safaris in Kruger National Park. The area is rich in Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Hippopotamus, Rhino, herds of Buffalo of up to 800 strong and a has very high density of Warthog.

    Look out for Mozambique and Fierynecked Nightjars during your safaris in Kruger National Park. The nearby Sunset Dam is one of the finest venues in the Kruger National Park to
    observe aquatic species at close quarters with cormorants, herons, kingfishers and storks occurring in abundance. Marabou, saddlebilled, woolynecked, yellowbilled, openbilled and black stork can sometimes be seen simultaneously.

    A new bird hide, Nhlambanyathi, 11km (6.8 miles) from Lower Sabie Camp, with a platform
    overlooking a tranquil pool, is an ideal spot for the avid birder to view our feathered friends. In the Lower Sabie area Mlondozi dam is a good spot to view waterfowl including some of most rare species that can be found.

    The small pan on the N'watimhiri road is a regular haunt of lesser moorhen. Your birding experience can be
    enhanced by taking a sunset drive, you'll see the nocturnal species as they begin their hunting.

    5 Things to Seek:
  • Lion
  • White Rhino
  • Goliath Heron
  • Hippopotamus
  • Giant Kingfisher

    Film shows on conservation and wildlife will entertain you in the evenings, while a swimming pool will help keep you cool during the hot and sweaty summer days. On at least one morning
    during your stay at Lower Sabi Camp, you will most certainly want to rise early and set off for a picnic site, where you can hire one of the gas cookers or 'skottels' provided by the Park to prepare a hearty breakfast with ingredients you have brought along with you