A natural extension of the beautiful Garden Route, the Sibuya Game Reserve is solely accessible by boat through the wide Kariega River. The journey starts at the river’s estuary where sightings of dolphins, whales and turtles fade as the boat slowly makes its way upriver. While the river’s waters are calm and quiet, stretching out towards the flat horizon, its banks most certainly are not. Bontebok and rare Oribi graze peacefully, only briefly lifted their heads to gaze at passers-by. African fish eagles soar above while otters paddle to their burrows.
Sibuya is an ideal birding destination with over 400 different species nesting in the reserve including the scarce blue-cheeked bee-eaters. From the relatively open river plains, unspoilt Albany thicket, windswept, grassy plateau and patches of Cape Fynbos, the reserve supports a high density of wildlife. The iconic Big 5 can be seen roaming amid an abundance of plains game.
A mixture of game drives, guided bush walks and river cruises ensures that guests witness a variety of game in their natural habitat. This all takes place against the backdrop of pristine coastal forest and the sea. Embrace the river and what it has to offer: energetic canoeing (or just a gentle paddle) and deep-sea fishing. In the absence of human traffic and sounds, fall asleep to the lullaby of the bush.
- Ideal birding destination with over 400 different species including kingfishers, African fish eagle and blue-cheeked bee-eaters
- A mixture of game drives, guided bush walks and river cruises ensures that guests witness a variety of game in their natural habitat
- Sibuya’s environment supports a high density of wildlife including the Big 5, an abundance of antelope and small mammals such as jackal and caracal
- The reserve is solely accessible by boat through the Kariega River making for an exciting trip there