Idube Game Lodge nestles in the wildlife rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wildlife conservation area, the Kruger National Park. It offers a great experience and nowhere in South Africa can one find a wildlife experience quite like the one experienced within the 65 000-hectare wildlife sanctuary that is the Sabi Sands, and Idube is definitely one of the great values for money lodges in this famous reserve!
Idube offers 9 en-suite standard 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, tea and coffee facilities and outside shower. Bathrooms have recently had a complete makeover, and all have double vanity basins, bath, toilet and shower and are finished in attractive natural colours and textures. Geysers (boilers) are powered by gas to reduce use of electricity. Each chalet has its own private deck furnished with large, comfortable chairs – just the place to enjoy the birds or watch Idube’s daily animal visitors feeding, as they make their relaxed way across the grass and between the chalets.
The Makubela Suites are Idube’s brand new suites completed in February 2011. Take a walk down the wooden walkway and you will be in your own private world, apart from any other buildings and completely surrounded by natural bush.
Each spacious suite has an entrance hall, bedroom and lounge, large bathroom, including bath and shower, and a separate outside shower, which are accessible from both the bathroom and the outside deck. The 2 suites can be made interleading.
Suites each have a minibar, tea and coffee facilities, safe, hairdryer, overhead fan, air conditioner, mosquito net and mosquito screens on windows. Rooms open up with sliding/ folding doors on 2 sides to a large wooden patio, into which is set a private pool. The view is all out to the bush beyond and the animals wandering freely across the clearing.
As part of the Makubela package, dinner can be served at your suite. The lantern lit romantic dinner served on the private deck will add another unforgettable memory of your Idube holiday.
Day 1 Johannesburg – Idube Game Lodge
Departure from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, board onto your federal Air flight to Ulusaba airstrip and depending on your flight option you will depart either at 10h30 OR 12h30.
On arrival at the airstrip you will be welcome by the Lodge’s team and transferred by a 4 x 4 Game vehicle. This is a game drive transfer as you will see wildlife as soon as you leave the airstrip.
Arrive at the lodge for a Welcome Drink followed by check in procedures. Once you are settled in your chalet, enjoy lunch.
Around 15h30, gather for a decadent high tea during which you will be introduced to your Ranger. After your briefing, board on the lodge 4 x 4 Open Landcruiser before setting off on your first afternoon game drive in search for the big 5. Even though there is a 50-kilometre unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park which gives animals the freedom to go wherever they wish – they tend to stay right where they are! This is because the Sand River and Sabi River supply much needed water in the dry season and create an eco-system with one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations in Southern Africa. This is the reason why it is quite possible to see the ‘Big Five’ : lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant as well as numerous other animals and birds in couple of hours in Sabi Sand or even a couple of days.
Rangers are allowed to go off road whenever necessary to get closer to predator sightings, hence creating good photography opportunities.
Afternoon game drives are a highlight as sundowners are served in the bush, with the beautiful African sunset above. They extend into the early evening and as darkness falls, nocturnal animals of the bush get excited as they celebrate “” their dawn “and come out. Your skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Arrival is at the lodge in the early evening, there is time to freshen up before dinner alternatively served around the campfire in the open air boma (weather permitting) or in the dining room. Dinner combines African and Western cuisine. It is time to discuss the afternoon’s highlights around the campfire and plan for tomorrow safari with your ranger.
Day 2 Idube Game Lodge
The day begins early with tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing on the Game Drive which will take approximately 3-4 hours. The cooler morning temperatures mean that the game in the reserve is often more active, and the softer light makes for great images.
Your guide has an intimate knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast, after which you will have time to relax by the pool and dip into a good book or enjoy the rest of the lodge’s facilities.
In between the game drives guests are welcome to join the morning walk lead by experienced armed Ranger and Tracker. The rest of the day is spent at leisure, relaxing in your room or by the pool. Lunch is served around 14h00 and it is time for a little siesta.
Around 15h30 gather with fellow guests for high tea in preparation for your afternoon game drive during your experienced guide will through your wildlife Wishlist to find out what hasn’t been ticked yet, but you may also be lucky that by your second game drive your wildlife expectations have already been met and exceeded. Enjoy your afternoon game drive with stop for Sundowners to stretch your legs while marvelling at the splendour of an African sunset, and the absolute tranquillity of the bush.
Back again at the lodge after an exhilarating afternoon of unforgettable bush life. Get ready for dinner and time to discuss the day highlights with fellow guests and ranger and make new friends. After yet another evening under the African stars enjoy your last night in the bush.
Day 4 – Departure
Today will be another early start for a final morning game drive. One last opportunity to experience the magic that only the African Bush can offer!
After the game drive return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and afterwards complete the check-out procedures before being transferred to Ulusaba airstrip for your flight back to Johannesburg to fly home or continue on your travels elsewhere.
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