Tuesday, December 6, 2016

idube game reserve. Sabi Sand. Mpumalanga Province

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This is the first view that guests get of the reception area.
It is also the meeting point for morning and afternoon game drives.

What would a lodge be without a shop?
This was our second visit to idube,
and within minutes my wife had purchased
a shirt to replace the one that she bought 6 years ago.

Our accommodation.
Close enough to the main building,
but not too close to the neighbours.

This is a "sister" property to Lukimbi and
once again, this was a return visit for us.
We had just driven up from Lukimbi
and this one of my wife's favourite camps...

If there is time (and if there are no leopards lying here)
then sitting on our own deck was a great way to welcome the dawn
or to bid the day farewell

The lodge will undergo a refurbishment in early 2017,
but it is charming in its current form

The accommodation was more than adequate,

Each room  has a "full" bathroom,
which includes both an indoor and outdoor shower.

The view as I walked from our room to the main lodge building.
Although the area has been in the grip of a drought,
they recently had rain that turned the brown to green very quickly

The lounge at the main building...
many of the guests spend time here as it is where the Wi-Fi is.

This where we were served breakfast after morning game drive.

At the back of the bar area is the outdoor Boma dining area.
The bar can be easily accessed from both the dining area as well as the lounge

Seeing that Sabi Sand in summer is VERY hot,
this pool was MOST welcoming

Another seating area alongside the deck where lunch is served

Lunch is served buffet style...
It is really good and it does not take much encouragement
 to get the guests to form a queue

This swing bridge links the buffet/ pool area to a hide.

A view from the hide...
Walking in after lunch. I watched a small herd of elephant
enjoying themselves in the water.

While we were sitting in the lounge,
this male leopard walked through the bar area on its way to the waterhole
at the bottom of the property!
An awesome sighting by any stretch of the imagination.

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