Camp Sabros, Kapatagan, Digos City

Standing tall: Mt. Apo

Nestled 3,900 feet above sea level, Camp Sabros sits peacefully atop it all. Camp Sabros is a seasoned traveler’s paradise: affordable overnight rates, amenities you would normally find at home, numerous exciting activities and majestic view of the Apo. It was a two-hour drive from Davao City, perfect for people on a tight schedule. Can’t climb the Apo? No problem! You can view its entirety from here.

The welcoming committee.

The welcoming committee.

I wasn’t that thrilled about it when I first heard of it. Cabins, ziplines and JUST the view of the Apo? But boy was I wrong. Camp Sabros hit me as hard as I had judged. It’s a secluded Baguio down south with less people, less frills.

Just looking at this photo gives me the giggles!

Just looking at this photo gives me the giggles!

I felt like a little girl inside the cabin. Decked beds, a fireplace, and a rockstar bathroom with cold tiles. Its intimate setting made up for the small place. To top it, it sure was affordable. I don’t think I can find a cabin that cheap with the same facilities as this one offers.

The trail leading to the camp.

The trail leading to the camp.

tressAmenities include wide open grounds, a view deck, billiard hall, picnic tables, a diner and more. There was a view deck in which you can bask in the beauty of Apo. I can spend hours sitting there, just admiring the view. Mt. Apo gifted us with a clear weather on our second day, allowing us to admire it from afar.

Be sure to bring thick clothing as weather tends to drop in Camp Sabros. Imagine Baguio but a little bit colder. It also depends on the time of the year you’re visiting of course. We were there on a June and the cold weather was starting to gain control.

IMG_7415How to get there

Go south from Davao City and pass by the National Highway. A fork road will leave you two options leading to General Santos and Kidapawan: opt for the latter. Look out for the sign “This way to Kapatagan”. Turn right and follow where the road will take you. It will lead you to a checkpoint to the Mt. Apo National Park. Camp Sabros is to the right.

Bringing a 4-wheel drive is recommended if you want to reach Camp Sabros. The road is manageable but goes deep and rocky on some parts. Sedans and small cars are an option too but you would have to leave them at the checkpoint. Going uphill for a kilometer sounds fun, right? It is!

IMG_7370Rates

Entrance free is free for daytime visitors. Overnight rates vary depending on the cabin you desire. Rides also have different rates which are as follows:

150PHP per person – roundtrip cable lift

200PHP per person – Tandem zipline ride: 380 meters and cable lift.

330PHP per person – Tandem zipline ride 380 meters and solo zipline ride 820 meters.

450PHP per person -Tandem zipline ride 380 meters and cable lift. Tandem zipline ride 380 meters and solo zipline ride 820 meters.

550PHP per person – Tandem zipline ride 380 meters and solo zipline ride 520 meters. Cable lift ride and solo zipline ride 820 meters.

A number of cabins are available which has the following rates:

A-house (recommended for budget travelers): 2,500PHP, fits 6 but allows up to 8 people.

Governor’s Suite: 2,500PHP, comfortable houses 4, perfect for families. It boasts a spectacular veranda showcasing the spectacular view of Mt. Apo.

Lower level guest house: 2,500PHP, sleeps 6 but allows up to 7.

Upper level guest house: allows 4-5 people and serves breakfast for 4.

Camp Sabros is open to tourists from 8AM to 5:30PM. Contact +639208750015 for more details.

Credits: Almost all the photos are taken by Jerome Gurango.

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