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Idube Game Reserve Lodge
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Perth, Western Australia
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51 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Promise & Maurice are an amazing team at this lodge”
Reviewed 11 October 2011

What a wonderful experience here. We spent two nights in combination with our stay at Lukimbi and are we ever so glad we did. Idube differs quite markedly from Lukimbi in many ways. It is not nearly as glamorous, but makes up for that in the quality of game viewing available. Promise and Maurice did a wonderful job of helping us to tick the Big 5 off our list and were really knowledgeable and helpful throughout our stay. Nothing really to fault here, except to perhaps state that the rooms are perhaps a little dated and the food choices were a little limited, however the finesse of the chef could not be denied. Other than that though the atmosphere was wonderful and I would have no hesitation in recommending Idube to my friends.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

We spent 2 days at Idube and 2 days at Lukimbi. Both lodges are fantastic. Idube has the best game view and Lukimbi the best location for elephants and rhinos and because of the close river also for hippos and crocos!

In Idube we saw the big 5 during our first 2 drives. Ranger Andreis and tracker "Eagle-eye"-Titus didn't miss anything. From the leopard onto a tree, the lioness which had hunted an Impala for her two babies (Titus saw the las 10 cm of the lioness tail in the same colored high grass...thats why i call him Eagle-eye) and the 100 big buffel-herd....we did not miss anything!

Meals were in both lodges from a very high quality (my personal opinion as a chef myself). The teams were very kind and professional. We had the chance to meet the very charming owners of the lodges.

I suggest to stay first 2 nights at Lukimbi and then move to Idube!

Our stay at Idube (and after at Lukimbi) was definitively one of the most impressive we ever had! I only can reccomend these locations for everyone who wants an amazing experience!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

It was the best most awesome safari. My husband, kids 23 and 20 and I could find nothing but praise for idube, for Melinda, especially for our ranger, promise and " bait" Maurice ( tracker). People were always courteous, made us feel at home. Food was excellent, saw big five plus plus plus.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

SHE was so enthusiastic to please HIM; he had apparently been very busy with the ladies next door! However, the silky, very beautiful, female Leopard did not give up. She wanted those cubs. What a unique experience! 10 lion on a Buffalo kill; 5 cubs, different ages sneeking a tit- bit where they dared. Hyena pups on a Francolin kill; but our Game Ranger, Promise, lived up to his name, he was so proud of IDUBE. His knowledge and professional skills were 5 star, but he was also humble and VERY PATIENT WITH THE CAMERA CLAN, especially when 400 head of Buffalo crossed our path!
The accommodation is relaxed, understated Luxury. (4 Star) My suite was on the perimeter, so the REAL BUSH, as we call the bush in Mpumalanga, almost touched my toes, sitting on the tranquil deck in silence.
The new chef excelled himself with the most juicy, tasty venison kebabs fit for a King.
IDUBE is a low key (not larny) Lodge with every comfort and friendly staff.
My idea of the Real Bush!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

I was in Africa for a month of work, needing to span the continent from Ghana to Uganda to Mozambique. I had three days between completing work in Uganda and presenting a paper in Mozambique, so I chose to take a three-day break - and birthday present to myself - by going to the Kruger, ZA area. As I scanned various lodges on websites, I found Idube was one of the more reasonable private lodges bordering Kruger, so I decided to try it out.

I could not have been happier. The managers and trackers were like immediate friends. In spite of traveling alone, I felt a warm welcome from staff and other guest. I actually ended up with one day as the sole guest, as others ended up with a delay in their flights. At that time, the trackers asked me what I wanted to find and completely catered to my interests. They were knowledgeable and experienced guides, and I learned so much.

At the lodge, there were constant visitors of nyala, baboons, warthogs, and vervit monkey to keep us entertained. We saw the big 5 and so much more. I hope to return with my son in the near future.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Idube was a wonderful place. Nice facility, friendly courteous staff, excellent food and great game viewing. The Ranger (Andre) and his guide were terrific. They really knew the animals, plants and environment.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

We spent four days and nights at Idube, arranged through Jensen Safaris out of Pretoria. The food was absolutely top notch, the staff was incredible, and accommodations were first rate. Ten-passenger open Land Rover bush vehicles took us twice daily out into the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where we saw every animal we ever associated with Africa. Our driver, Andreis, was very knowledgeable, and our tracker, Titus, was great, too. The lodge is comprised of several individual buildings, each with just two bedrooms, and was extremely comfortable. Without question, this was the BEST family vacation we have ever had. Our kids will be talking about this one for decades to come.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Idube Game Reserve Lodge
Address: Portion 1 | Wallingford Farm, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #16 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Idube Game Reserve Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Idube Game Reserve is a safari lodge situated in the Sabi Sand Reserve, in the heart of South Africa’s premier wildlife conservation area of the Greater Kruger Park. Game, including the Big 5, is viewed really close by from open Land Rovers, or spotted on guided walks. ... more   less 
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Idube Private Game Reserve Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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