Kambaku Safari Lodge Highlights
- Big 5 Wildlife
- Game Drives, Walking Safaris and Bush Hide
- Owner run and managed
- Fantastic for families
- Traversing in both Timbavati and Klaserie Reserve
- Lodge type; Safari Lodge
- Location; Timbavati Reserve
- Lodge size; 8 Rooms
- Recommended stay; 2-5 nights
Renowned for its warm hospitality, Kambaku Safari Lodge, a small and intimate lodge that is perfect for both 'Big 5" safaris and small family/friend safari groups.
Located in the famed Timbavati Reserve; morning and afternoon game drives are combined with safari walks and time at the Twins Hide, making it the ideal lodge for a Big 5 safari.
Being owner run and managed means that safari can be a family adventure; travel together, eat together, laugh together and create lasting memories of a truly unique African Safari.
The Timbavati Game Reserve reserve covers approximately 60 000 hectares of pristine African bush adjacent to the world-famous Greater Kruger National Park. All fences between the Timbavati, Kruger, Klaserie and Umbabat have been removed for years now and wildlife as it once did moves freely now between areas.
The Timbavati Game Reserve in which Kambaku is located is famed for its birdlife (over 360 species), wildlife (over 40 species of mammal) including white lions and the famed "Big 5".
Kambaku Safari Lodge is the only lodge to be able to traverse in both the Timbavati Reserve and Klaserie Reserve. The lodge has over 1000ha of sole traverse area.
Rooms and Suites
Kambaku offers up 8 individually decorated thatched chalets. Four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets offer a restful nights slumber, an en-suite bathroom with shower and bath and private viewing veranda with views out over the waterhole.
- Overhead fan
- 220V power supply with adapters
- Mini safe.
3 inter-leading chalets allow families to be together within their own space from which to enjoy their safari time.
Cuisine and Wine
With the emphasis on warm hospitality, you can expect hearty brunches, delicious high teas and unforgettable dinners under the African sky. Bush dinners and Boma meals are also part of the safari experience (weather dependent).
Local branded beers and spirits, as well as house wines and soft drinks, are all included in the safari, including for the sundowner game drive. A selection of premium wines, champagnes and spirits are available for purchase, please ask the staff for pricing details.
The kitchen at Kambaku Safari Lodge strives to cater to all tastes and dietary requires and will happily cater from vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and Halal.
Please do note that they are, however, unable to cater for Kosher dietary requirements.
The main lodge area at Kambaku Safari Lodge is fully fenced and features the deck and swimming pool, bar area, boma, curio shop and safari library. On cool evenings the main lodge has a warm lounge with a fireplace to relax in after a day on safari.
An upper mezzanine level houses a pool table for the younger generation, as well as a games corner with children’s books, board games, puzzles and crafts. Childminding services are also available at additional cost.
Being focused on the family safari, Kambaku Safari Lodge offers their Kub's Program to all children 6-12 years of age. A range of outdoor activities for children to participate in; from spoor casting and bush orientation to jewellery making at birding. The 'Junior Ranger for a Day' will also allow children to obtain a certificate to acknowledge their achievements while on safari.
Use of the gym facilities and spa treatments are available for the sister lodge - Kambaku River Sands.
WiFi is available in the main reception area and although no landline telephones, there is a limited cell phone reception. Limited laundry service is included in your stay.
Morning game drives depart just before sunrise, this a chance to see some of the regions rarest wildlife, white lion, African wild dog, and if you're lucky a bashful and shy aardvark. The expert guides at Kambaku Safari Lodge will try to ensure that your 3-hour drive in the early morning light reveals all of the bushes' secrets.
The afternoon game drive takes place after a sumptuous high tea and the heat of the day is ending. There is always an opportunity for sundowner drinks, before heading back to the lodge in the illuminated spotlight, in search of the nocturnal creatures of the African bush.
The ultimate ‘intimate encounter’ with the indigenous beauty of the bushveld; a guided walking safari. Be led out into the immense richness of the savannah by your experienced and knowledgeable game ranger. Learn more about the environment you have been encountering on your drives, sample wild fruits and learn to identify animal spoor. A walking safari really is one of the most riveting experiences in the Timbavati Reserve.
For those wishing to have a more ‘private' safari and for families with children younger than 4 years of age, a private vehicle is available to be booked at additional cost.
There is a hide at Twins Dam which is particularly good for birdlife. Raised on slits and with a thatch roof, the hide is an excellent place to spend a few hours overlooking the dam in search of birds and wildlife. Sleepouts here can also be arranged.
Photographic Safaris and curated Art Safaris take place from time to time at Kambaku Safari Lodge, a unique way to enhance your skills and fully appreciate your natural surroundings.
- Children of all ages are welcome and accommodated.
- Family Suites (interleading rooms available).
- Children over 4 years of age allowed on game drives (at ranger/management’s discretion).
- Kambaku Kub’s Program included for all 6-12 years of age.
Rates from R6 600.00 pp
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season
- Two daily game drives and bush walks / walking safari
- All meals, teas and coffees
- House wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks
- Unlimited WiFi
- Use of the gym
- Premium wines and Champagne
- Spa Treatments
- Private safari vehicle (with ranger)
- Curio shop purchases
- Entrance fee and Conservation levies
- Transfers and optional activities