Overview – Idube GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Idube (a private game reserve) is located within greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which shares open borders with the world-famous Kruger National Park. This set-up makes for a completely authentic wilderness experience. There is an emphasis on seeing the Big Five, and wildlife viewing is excellent. All the big cats are easily seen, including the secretive leopard.

The lodge has 10 chalets set among green lawns and shady trees. Nyala antelope have become very used to people and tend to walk around the property. The lodge is less stylish than some of its competitors, but the atmosphere is relaxed, and prices are reasonable.

There are seven small properties in the west of Sabi Sands, including Idube. These properties have traversing rights onto each other’s land. This arrangement accounts for some pressure to make room for fellow tourists as only three vehicles are allowed at any particular sighting at the same time.

Size Sabi Sands*:
650km² / 251mi²
Altitude Sabi Sands*:
272-479m / 892–1,572ft
*Idube is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Best Time to Go May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (It can get a bit busy)

Pros & Cons

  • The wildlife viewing is incredible, and sightings of the Big Five are easy
  • Off-road driving allows close up observation of habituated wildlife
  • Skilled guides offer day and night drives and walking safaris
  • Relatively less expensive than some of its Sabi Sands competitors
  • Only fully-inclusive safari packages are available
  • Located in one of the more crowded parts of Sabi Sands
  • Large emphasis on viewing flagship species only

Idube Safari Reviews

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Wildlife

The Big Five and cheetah are easily seen, as well as most other large safari animals. This is one of the places to easily spot the secretive leopard as they feel very at ease throughout Sabi Sands. Different antelope species are always easy to see, but due to the emphasis on flagship species, they are often ignored.

Scenery

Idube’s terrain is woodland savannah and is thick with vegetation. This rarely affects your safari due to the ability to drive off-road and having skilled guides and trackers.

See Sabi Sand Game Reserve for more info

Idube is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve. See the links below for more info about Sabi Sands.

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Idube Safari Reviews

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Most Helpful Expert Review
Sabi Sands safari on a budget
4/5

While most of the private reserves in the Sabi Sands Reserve are the playground of the rich and fortunate, Idube is much more reasonably priced than most. As you’d expect, it’s unsophisticated (it reminds me of a motel in the bush) but...

Latest User Review
5/5

Idube was wonderful. Guides did a wonderful job with the guests. All was amazing. I gave 3 stars for birding as September was not the time of year for birding...we knew that going in.