Chilly Winter on Safari

BRRRRR! Winter this year seems to have been colder in bursts than usual! The result of “Climate Change” perhaps? Heavy snowfalls on the mountains in the hinterland have caused us to shiver on occasion as icy winds from the north have sent us scurrying to grab our jackets. On colder nights, guests in RIVER CAMP have enjoyed the luxurious warmth of the new fireplaces in their cosy tents.

There has been unseasonal rain again so SIBUYA is still looking wonderful, with dams everywhere holding far more water than usual for this time of the year. The grasses are however mostly short, as there is little warmth to encourage growth during the winter months and the animals hunger is of course relentless.

The excitement of the annual “11 Days of Amazing!” – the Grahamstown National Arts Festival – is now on the wane as life returns to normal without daily trips up to this little University town to be inspired by the wealth of offerings from talented artists. Being the second largest Festival of the Arts in the world, second only to the renowned Edinburgh Festival, we’re exceptionally lucky to have it virtually on our doorstep. The ambiance is enhanced by people who flock from far and wide to enjoy this feast of the senses and the languages heard daily are from around the globe.

River Camp – cosy glow from the new fireplace

Sibuya Game Reserve

Birding enthusiasts can take a boat or canoe up the estuary to search for some of the 6 varieties of local kingfisher. Or head downstream to the beach to see the multitude of waders, terns and gulls. A walk in the pristine thicket forest is the best way to see the shy Narina Trogon and every game drive reveals a host of raptors from the common buzzards to the more rare Bateleur, Crowned Eagle or Fish Eagles. Night drives are made special by the numbers and varieties of owls and nightjars caught in the spot light.

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near the Garden Route, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve


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