Nestled in the heart of the renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies the Kambaku Safari Lodge. With lovely views over the unspoilt bush, abundant game and rustic ambience, Kambaku provides the ultimate escape. Dedicated staff cater to the individual needs of all guests, making it easy to completely unwind and immerse yourself in the restorative powers of nature.
Morning and afternoon game drives take you in search of Africa's Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
A great place to while away the hours inbetween game drives is near the pool on the sun deck, where you can relax with a good book and a cocktail, or have a dip in the sparkling pool to cool off from the African sun.
Dinner at Kambaku is a true African affair, accompanied by the milky way, a large bonfire and lanterns in the outdoor boma, which is an African name for 'Eating Place'. Sample fine wines and bush cuisine while listening to the night calls of the African bush. After dinner, some fireside bush stories from the rangers is a must before retiring to your chalet for the night.
Accommodation at Kambaku Safari Lodge comprises of 8 thatched, en-suite chalets situated in a semi-circle overlooking a waterhole.
To truly immerse yourself in the rustic bush experience, the chalets are equipped with lanterns for light as well as power points for your convenience, which are sustained by the eco-friendly battery bank system. Overhead fans provide welcome relief during summer and the gas geysers provide instant steamy hot water.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Timbavati Conservation Levy (pppn)
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
GBP 20 USD 25 ZAR 400 EUR 21
per person per night
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021
GBP 21 USD 26 ZAR 424 EUR 23
per person per night
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All meals; 2 shared safari game drives daily; bush walks; the Timbavati Conservation Levy; tea/coffee, soft drinks and local beers; unlimited Wi-Fi; and mini bar beverages are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance fee of R190 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings
The safari was by far the best part of our trip and best thing we have ever done! The staff were wonderful and the setting was beautiful.
Kambaku Safari Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Once past Klaserie, continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate.
From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.
Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.
ONCE AT THE TIMBAVATI CONTROL GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R190 per vehicle payable at the gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only and subject to change). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit. Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
Also, we would advise that you do NOT use a GPS once in the Timbavati, as it is likely to give you incorrect directions!
General Information For Guests
Each of the thatched chalets are en-suite with both a shower and bath. All the rooms have mosquito nets, overhead fans, hairdryers and an in-room safe.
The camp is eco-friendly, so is entirely dependent on solar energy minimising their carbon footprint on the natural environment. With this in mind, each room is equipped with soft lighting, overhead fans and although electricity is at a minimum, there are 220V power points to charge batteries and other devices.
The main guest areas include a lounge with fireplace, a bar, an elevated loft area, swimming pool, bar, library, an inside and outside dining area, viewing deck overlooking a waterhole and an open air boma. Wi-Fi is provided in the main reception.
The curio shop is stocked with a variety of carefully selected and proudly South African items and includes Kambaku mementos.
There is some mobile phone coverage for those who need to keep in touch with the outside world.
Days start just before sunrise, with a 3 hour game drive, which may include a guided bush walk if the opportunity presents itself. Afternoon game drives fade into sundowners, and end with a drive in the dark, where nocturnal animals, for example the bush baby, may be spotted.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.
A laundry service is included.
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