• Idube Private Game Reserve

Idube Private Game Reserve

Idube Game Reserve (4star) is a safari lodge situated in the Sabi Sand Game 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 Landrovers, or spotted on guided walks. All our experienced rangers and trackers are trained to give guests the best possible wild life experience.

The lodge has 10 suites, set amongst green lawns and shady trees. In between drives, guests can enjoy the pool and bird watch, or relax on their private decks and watch the warthogs and the nyala families on the lawn. See the Big 5 under beauti African Skies. Full Idube is dedicated to giving guests a genuine and informative experience in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description 2021
Safari Chalets (standard) Single on Request
Safari Chalets (standard) PPPN sharing on Request
Per Child Sharing Per Night (8-12yrs) on Request
Makubela Suite / Leadwood Suite Single on Request
Makubela Suite / Leadwood Suite PPPN sharing on Request
Per Child Sharing Per Night (8-12yrs) on Request

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Directions from Johannesburg

  • From Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N4 to Nelspruit
  • Drive to Hazyview
  • From here, please follow the map to Idube.
  • Expect this journey to take you 5 and a half hours.
  • Note: Please enter the Sabi Sands at Newington Gate only, guests are not allowed to enter at Shaw’s Gate.


  • Johannesburg to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga Airport) with transfer from there to Idube.
  • Johannesburg International direct to the Sabi Sands Reserve, transfer by Landrover to Idube.

Distances from Lodge

JHB International Airport 450km
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport 110km
Skukuza 43km
Lukimbi Safari Lodge 101km
Golf courses (several, nearest) 40km

CHARTERS / other air arrangements
Charter flights can be arranged to land at Ulusaba. Please contact the Reservations office for details.

Takes approx 6 hours by road

At the T-junction of the access road, turn right to Plaston and drive for approximately 7,5 kms.
Pass the Jatinga road on the left (twice) and the Spionkop road on the right. After the Spionkop sign, there is a road on the right. Turn here and travel a further 3 kms until a T-junction is reached. Turn left and travel a further 1,8 kms until you reach the T-junction on the R40 from White River to Hazyview. Turn right and continue for approximately 45 kms until another T-Junction to the town of Hazyview. Turn left. Pass the first set of traffic lights. At the second set of lights in Hazyview, turn right towards the Kruger National Park and the Paul Kruger Gate on the R536.

  • Travel for 34.5 km down this tar road until you reach a gravel road on the left-hand side, brown road sign on the left, clearly showing Newington Gate at the turn off. Turn left at the Newington Gate/ Sabi Sand Wildtuin sign.
  • Follow the road for exactly 8,7km at a make shift cross roads you will see a red shipping container on the opposite left hand side, and a make shift taxi point, turn right at those cross roads. There is no signboard at this turning!
  • Follow the road for 1.7km until T-junction, turn left following the Newington Gate Sign.
  • Follow this road for 600m and turn left at the Newington Gate sign, follow the road for another 1.2km to Newington gate from this turn off, pass the Hlulani Farm sign on your left, follow road to Newington gate. This gate closes at 22:00. A R280 conservation fee is payable per vehicle plus an extra R120 per passenger at the gate.

Follow the main road until you see the IDUBE sign on the left about 7.8km. Follow the arrows into lodge. The lodge telephone number is 015 590 0974 or 083 457 1648 and you can be sure of friendly service when calling for help. Please drive carefully when you turn off the tarred road and keep the car doors locked. Do not stop or give people lifts when you are outside the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Once inside the Reserve, the speed is 40km, please do not get out of your vehicle until you reach the lodge.

Refer to page 4 of this package for directions to the lodge. An entrance fee of R280 per vehicle and R120 per person is payable in cash at the entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve at Newington Gate. This fee goes toward nature conservation in the area. The last 20 kilometers to the lodge is a gravel road – please travel very slowly and carefully on this section of the road.
Alternatively guests can fly to the closest airports which is either Skukuza Airport or Nelspruit/Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA). From here, Idube will arrange a transfer by road in an air-conditioned microbus which will take about one and a half hours.
Or there are daily shuttle flights from Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport to the Sabi Sand Reserve with Fedair. Reservations are made through the Reservation office.

Breakfast is served in an open thatched area and under the trees by the main lodge area and lunch is served in a beautiful wooden, thatched deck overlooking Shadulu dam.
Breakfast starts just after the return of the morning game drive. It consists of a large English type and Continental breakfast with fresh fruit, cereals and yoghurt.
Lunch is served between 14h00 and 15h00.
Dinner is served in the boma after the evening safari.
Special dietary requests can always be catered for. Please advise well in advance.

There is a filtered swimming pool for guests’ use.
There is a hide overlooking a small dam that is accessible from the main lodge area via a swing bridge. Guests can enjoy the view and may get lucky with some animals coming for a drink of water. Plenty of birding opportunities.

Idube Private Game Reserve is home to the “Big Five” being elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard and an abundance of other game such as cheetah, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, etc. Over 300 bird species have been recorded on the reserve. Game viewing is outstanding all year round.

Safaris are in open Landrovers with an experienced ranger and tracker. There are two game drives daily, lasting about 3 hours each. The early morning drive starts at sunrise. On the late afternoon game drive, having had a sundowner in the bush, spotlights are used to spot predators like lion, leopard, hyenas, civet and other nocturnal species.
The game drives are exciting, often venturing off-road and offering exceptionally close encounters with game. Photographic opportunities are outstanding.

Get back to grass roots on a safari walk after breakfast with your ranger. Learn about tracking, the fascinating ways of the wild, tribal uses of trees and plants, nature conservation and ecology and lasts approximately 1 hour.

The Lodge has 8 standard Safari chalets, 1 luxurious Leadwood Suite and 2 ultra-luxurious Makubela suites accommodating a maximum of 23 guests in camp, affording the very best bush experience, privacy and personalized service.
The 4 star, en-suite luxury chalets are air-conditioned and have overhead fans. The bathrooms are en suite and in addition, there are both inside and outside showers.
We cater for honeymoon couples endeavoring to make their stay extra special.

Guests should arrive from 13h00 but preferably not later than 15h00.
Departures are after breakfast (by 10h30)

i) Clothing should be casual and lightweight. Neutral, dull colours are essential.
ii) Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
iii) A warm jersey or jacket in the winter months.
iv) A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion and insect repellant
v) Swimming costume and towel
vi) Camera
vii) Binoculars
viii) Anti-malaria tablets should be taken prior to departure – please consult your medical doctor.

Idube Game Reserve will maintain the utmost possible precaution to ensure our clients’ safety. However, we cannot accept liability for any illness, accident or loss of personal belongings.

i) When making a booking within two weeks of arrival, immediate full pre-payment is due within 24 hours

Bush Walks

Guests at Idube can go for a short guided walk after breakfast, this gives them a chance to see some of the smaller animals, or, on occasions, enjoy the thrill of coming across big game on foot – a very different experience. There is a wonderful sense of excitement in being able to leave the lodge and stride out with your armed guide to see what you can find in the bush beyond.


Well known for frequent leopard sightings, Idube Game Reserve also is home to all the Big 5. Excitement is added by the presence of wild dogs and cheetahs. Idube has many different types of antelope and a large variety of smaller animals. Crocodiles travel for long distances to find new dams or move to the river, so it is always a surprise where they will be spotted. And, of course, Idube Game Reserve is a bird lover’s paradise. One of the best things is how close guests actually get to the animals; that is a very special experience.


Idube Game Reserve is a great place to enjoy birds, on drives, walks, or round the camp.  There are  approximately 400 different types of birds seen at Idube. From early morning, when you are greeted to the dawn chorus, to the evening when the birds settle down for the night, there is always birdsong to add to the day’s pleasure.  Then at night, the haunting calls of the nocturnal birds add mystery and enjoyment to the sounds of the African bush.

Other Activities


Idube Game Reserve frequently hosts honeymoon couples. One of the things they really enjoy is their private dinner, which may be held at one of the many romantic spots around the camp. Very often another couple are also on their honeymoon and much enjoyment is had in telling each other their wedding stories.


Idube Game Reserve has a beautiful main pool, surrounded by stunning trees, with a view to the bush beyond. This is a great place to relax and bird watch, sipping an ice cold drink. The suites each have their own pool, leading off their private deck, complete with comfortable loungers.


Idube has a well equipped, air-conditioned gym. Guests enjoy using this to get over long flights, or just to keep healthy.


Guests enjoy different venues for dining and the evening dinner held in the open air boma is always a favourite. Idube features a weekly bushbraai (barbecue), weather permitting. This change of venue is always exciting and a whole different experience. This may be moved to bush breakfasts in the cooler weather. Occasionally the venue has to be changed because of leopards on the roof of the bush boma – just too close to the kitchen area.


There is DSTV (direct broadcast satellite service) on the TV in the lounge, separate from the other entertainment areas, where guests can catch up with whichever programme is important to them. 

There are 3 suites, The 2 Makubela suites and the Leadwood suite.  All feature spacious rooms and decks leading to private pools. Each room has its own well stocked mini bar, baths, inside and outside showers, hairdryer, safe and wi-fi. Guests can request their choice of mini bar drinks, which we will arrange with pleasure. Be aware that elephants frequently come close to the pools of the Makubela suites.

Safari Chalets
The chalets are all decorated individually and also have baths, inside and outside showers, as well as private decks.  Wi-fi is available, rooms have hairdryers and safes. These comfortable rooms offer a safe, cool haven between activities.

20 Dec - 07 Jan Min 2 night stay

The rates include

  • luxury accommodation in en-suite,
  • air-conditioned chalets,
  • 3 full meals daily, all teas and coffees,
  • 2 game drives daily in open landrovers and
  • a safari walk.

Game activities are with skilled and well-trained rangers.

  • Check-in is from 12h00-15h00. Check-out is after morning game drive and breakfast +-10h30.
  • The rate excludes
  • transfers,
  • Ulusaba passenger runway fees,
  • bar bill, soft drinks,
  • telephone and fax calls, curios,
  • gratuities,
  • items of a personal nature,
  • Sabi Sand entrance fees and Sabi Sand Rhino Conservation Levies (R138 pp per night).

Transfer rates between Kruger Mpumalanga airport and Idube are available on request.
The drive between KMIA and Idube takes approximately 1 hour 45 min and is done in an air-conditioned vehicle.


  • The rate is R3 000 per night  and accommodation will be reserved in a chalet. 
  • If 18 or more guests are in camp then guide/tour leader/pilot will not be able to go on game drives.


  • 20% non refundable deposit is required within 1 month of reservation for all bookings over our peak Dec/Jan period or for group bookings.
  • Groups – balance of the invoice is payable 2 months prior to arrival.
  • FIT bookings – balance of the invoice is payable 1 month prior to arrival.


  • Cancellations must be made in writing.
  • Groups – if cancelled from 2 months prior, or no-show, 100% of the full amount is due
  • FIT-if cancelled from 1 month prior to date of arrival, or no-show, 100% cancellation fees.




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Entry Fees

Wildtuin Entrance Fees
Paid directly by clients
Light vehicles under 3500kg GVM 
  - R310
per Entry
 Heavy vehicles over 3500kg GVM 
  - R540 
per Entry
Per Person fee
  - R 140 per entry
 Staff vehicles (SVP) with valid permits & cards
  - R 140 per entry
The rates applay to entry by vehicle, by air and on foot
Guest Conservation Contribution 2020
Commercial Guests
  - R 138.00 per person per day
Private visitors of members / landowners
  - R34.50 or more per person per day
Guest Conservation Contribution 2021/2022
Commercial Guests
  - R 151.80 per person per day
Private visitors of members / landowners
  - R37.95 or more per person per day
These rates are per person (applicable to all ages) per day
for maximum of three daysand are charged by
the destination lodge/camp

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What sets us Apart !

  • Effortless road and air access
  • Ideal for family or small groups
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
  • Big 5 Game Animals

Coservation Fees

Guest Conservation Fees
   SA Citizen & residents
  - ZAR  105 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  52 per Child  per day    
  SADC with passport
  - ZAR  210 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  105 per Child per day
  - ZAR  424 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  212 per Child per day

R210 per vehicle entry fee

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