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The luxurious Idube Game Lodge is situated within the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve which is located in the south-western corner of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is famous for big cat sightings, as well as the Big Five. This exclusive and intimate family-owned lodge offers guests an authentic safari experience with its tranquil setting, well-appointed accommodation and personalized service.


  • Idube Game Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a rewarding Big 5 safari experience.
  • A gently swaying swing bridge leads from the main lodge to a sunken hide – perfect for viewing a variety of animals that come down to the dam for a drink.
  • Idube Game Lodge offers full conference facilities and a romantic setting for a bushveld wedding.

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Rate Excludes

Transfers, beverages, additional excursions, gratuities, items of a personal nature and Kruger National Park entrance fees.

Child Policy

Child over the age of 8 years are permitted at the lodge.

The Detail

The lodge boasts ten spacious chalets and three suites.

The Chalets are all decorated individually and have en-suite bathrooms with a bath, inside and outside showers; hairdryers, safes, Wi-Fi access and private decks. These comfortable rooms offer a safe, cool haven between activities.

The two Makubela Suites and the Leadwood Suite, secluded in the surrounding bush, offer a luxuriously furnished lounge, private timber deck, and pool with comfortable loungers. Each room has its own mini bar, bath, inside and outside shower, hairdryer, safe and wi-fi. Guests can request their choice of minibar drinks, which will be arranged. It's not uncommon for elephants to come close to the pools of the Makubela suites so have your camera ready for an up-close view of these majestic animals.

The lodge has recently been refurbished and a gazebo was added as a great relaxation area from which guests can enjoy spectacular views of the bush from three sides of the lodge.

After exciting game viewing, guests have some free time to either cool off in the sparkling boulder pool or perhaps go for a workout in the well-equipped gym.

Sumptuous meals are served either on the sheltered timber deck with magnificent views of the surrounding bush and wildlife or in the boma under a canopy of stars. There is nothing like a cold refreshing drink in the bar after an exciting game drive in the African bush.

Idube Game Reserve traverses approximately 10 000 hectares of wildlife area. Knowledgeable rangers and skilled Shangaan trackers lead early morning and late afternoon game drives, offering guests up-close encounters with the Big Five. Walking safaris provide a more intimate experience, and offer an opportunity to track game and get up close to the diverse bird, insect and plant life of the reserve. Idube also offers additional activities such as informative wildlife talks, a tracker’s course, visits to the Shangana Cultural Village, and traditional dance performances.

The success of viewing leopard within this area is legendary and guests frequently sight cheetah, hippo, wild dog and a large variety of antelope during their stay.

There are regular sightings of rare species, such as the roan antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and wild dog. Evening game drives reveal the more rarely seen nocturnal creatures, such as porcupine, aardwolf, genet, serval, white-tailed mongoose, bushbaby, civet and brown hyena.

Birdlife is prolific with over 300 species recorded in the reserve. Raptor sightings include Martial, Tawny and Fish Eagles as well as Steppe Buzzards and Spotted eagle owls. Southern Ground Hornbills have nesting sites close to the lodge, and iridescently plumaged birds, such as the Lilac-breasted roller, Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, and Malachite kingfishers are often sighted.

Price Includes

Accommodation, all meals, teas & coffees, high tea, twice-daily game drives and optional safari walks.

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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
Last minute SPECIAL
4-Night combo package with Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger - Save up to $ 234 per person per stay OR 5-Night combo package with Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger - Save up to $ 300 per person per stay.
Honeymoon SPECIAL
$ 640 USD
$ 640 USD
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
We are able to arrange travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.

Packages that include this lodge

3-Day Big-5 Luxury Sabi Sand Fly-in Package
2 nights at Idube Game Lodge
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
Return transfers to the lodge
Luxury accommodation in en-suite, air-conditioned suites
all meals, teas and coffees per day
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$ 780 USD
Per person per night
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July 6, 2024
Candis was exceptional to work with
Candis was exceptional to work with. We are 6 travelers with different needs and Candis met them all.
Julie Montgomery
June 21, 2024
Candis was very attentive and patient…
Candis was very attentive and patient as we worked through details numerous times.
Steven Settles
May 13, 2024
Candis was lovely to work with and…
Candis was lovely to work with and super quick to respond. The entire process from when we first reached out to her to inquire about a trip to when we confirmed the quote and booking was under a week. We sincerely appreciated having all of these details taken care of for us and the all of the attention she took in answering our questions and adjusting our trip to work within our timeline.
L Marie
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Jul 12, 2024
Wonderful experience!
Dolan has been amazing getting everything set up for our trip to South Africa next year. He has made the process so stress free and has been so responsive with every question I’ve had! Will absolutely be utilizing Dolan and again in the future!
Hannah Sneyd
Jul 12, 2024
Who could ask for a better agent than Mel
Our agent Mel listened to our proposed itinerary whilst in South Africa and came up with great suggestions to make it memorable She was very quick to answer any questions we had, efficient at providing quotes and very compassionate when a family crisis derailed the booking process for a while
Stuart & Sharon
Jul 11, 2024
Well structured with comprehensive…
Well structured with comprehensive details provided and easy guidance for choosing and booking. All trip operators were prompt and professional in their responses.
Jul 10, 2024
Great, efficient, going above and beyond service by Nicole!
Nicole has been extremely helpful with my queries, and going above and beyond to help me understand the Sabi sands experience better. When one of the lodge I enquired was sold out, she also recommended various options I could explore, and offers her valuable point of view. Examples - she ensured to pass on my room requests successfully and liaised with the lodge efficiently, ensuring to make our anniversary experience at the safari a great one. She also proactively offered to help me to continue looking for alternatives when I told her the transport options were beyond my budget. Thank you so much Nicole! Because of this we look forward to our experience with and at Arathusa lodge.
Jie Ning Lee
Jul 10, 2024
Makinbooking a pleasure
Tanya has been great, efficient, friendly and went the extra mile in providing information not only to me but also to people (who joined late) in my group. A pleasure to work with.
Tweet Gainsborough-Waring
Jul 9, 2024
I made a request for a safari…
I made a request for a safari reservation on short notice. The Safari Consultant Lisa Liprini jumped on my request and successfully found me a safari that suited my timelines. She was prompt and very communicative.
Jul 9, 2024
Repeat customer
I used in 2022 when my husband and I went on our first safari to Kruger National Park. They were professional, quick and easy to work with. I was anxious to return again in 2024 and Mel didn't disappoint with her planning, quick response and attention to my requests. Unfortunately, I cannot complete my wish to return this year but when I do return...Mel is who I will reach out to.
Dorothy Smith
Jul 8, 2024
Excellent very nice
Excellent very nice
Aalukkas P
Jul 8, 2024
Excellent safari company and agent
I have booked 2 safaris with and Anja in particular. We have yet to take the second one but the first was a safari in Botswana. Everything far exceeded expectations and every detail handled with top notch drivers, hotels, safari lodges and guides. Anja was very responsive and helped us plan our safari. We were so happy with it that we are doing another this year.
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