The 3.000 ha malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve is home to the Big 5 and is located close to Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape, found along the aptly named Sunshine Coast. You can take a boat trip down the Kariega River Estuary to get to the reserve.

Sibuya Game Reserve is a stunning 3.000 ha of malaria-free beach and bush where a variety of wildlife, including the Big 5 and the rare oribi and bontebok, roam between subtropical vegetation and open grasslands. This reserve spanning the Kariega Estuary is accessible exclusively by boat. Leaving dolphins and turtles in your wake, you’ll cruise past African fish eagles and other wildlife gathering on the riverbanks. Set in an indigenous forest, the accommodation is built in an eco-conscious manner and includes camps that run almost exclusively on solar power. Winners of the Lilizela Tourism Award, Sibuya radiates passion and dedication while combating poaching through the Sibuya Rhino Foundation.

Highlights

Watch out for over 380 species of birds that inhabit the reserve.
Go on a guided bush or beach walk to learn more about the pristine wilderness.
Discover the sanctuary of some of the area’s largest leopard tortoises.
Go on a peaceful stroll along Kenton-on-Sea's white sandy beaches.
Spot the Big 5 and other rare species from an open safari vehicle.
Take a dip in the refreshing waters or explore the navigable rivers by canoeing.

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Best time to go to Sibuya Game Reserve

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The consistently outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities at Sibuya Game Reserve combined with the Eastern Cape coast’s moderate climate ensures that you will have a fantastic visit any time of the year. In addition, the reserve also offers special summer and winter itineraries to choose from. Even so, the best time for game viewing is still during the colder months, from April to August.

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