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Kambaku River Sands | Timbavati

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Being completely unfenced the camp is home to a continuous stream of game, with almost daily up close and personal experiences with Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Warthog and Bushbuck to name but a few.
Experience luxury at its best – spoil yourself in the spa, enjoy a game of chess in our proudly South African premium wine cellar, have a cocktail whilst watching Elephants drink from the pool, or work up a sweat in our private gym.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
Seasonal Rates
1 Jan 2021 to
31 Dec 2021
Thatched Chalets - Adult per night sharing R8 460
Child N/A



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Kambaku Safari Lodge – Adult R3 570 pppn - Child R2 142 pppn
Kambaku River Sands – R5 250 pppn -No child rate
until 30 April 2021
  • Brunch, High Tea & Dinner
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • 2 Game drives a day
  • Bush walks
  • Use of Gym
Not Included
  • All drinks & Lunch
  • Laundry
  • Spa Treatments
  • Curio Purchases
  • Conservation levies (R100 pppn) & Gate fee (R190 per entry)
  • Transfers (POR)
6 night stay

3 nights at KAS + 3 nights at either lodge
10% discount off the Lodge rate
Valid year round Valid year round
4 night stay – Lodges only

Book 2 nights at Safari Lodge and 2 nights at River Sands and receive 10% off the River Sands rate

Valid year round Valid year round


Pay 3 Stay 4 Stay for 4 nights and only pay for 3
25% discount
(Not applicable for an 8 nights stay)

15 Jan to 28 Feb & June
All normal  2021 Ts & Cs apply
6 Night Long Stay Stay for 6 nights and receive 1 night
free of charge
Until Nov 2021
All normal  2021 Ts & Cs apply
Last minute special Book and pay within 7 days of travel
10% discount off the rate
Until 30 Nov 2021 All normal  Ts & Cs apply
Early Bird booking:
6-8 months
Early Bird booking:
over 8 months
*Book and confirm for travel dates in 6
to 8 months in advance – 5% discount
*Book & confirm for travel dates more
than 8 months in advance – 10%
Until 30 Nov 2021 All normal  2021 Ts & Cs apply
Honeymooners 50% off bride’s rate
(25% total discount)
Min stay 3 nights
Until 30 Nov 2021 *Spa voucher not included
*Included: Bottle of Bubbly and
Private Dinner
Family travel Youngest child Free Of Charge
(Up to a 20% discount)
Min stay 3 nights
Until 30 Nov 2021 *Family must have 2 children
*Safari Lodge only
*KSL – Kids 2-11 years
*Birth certificate / copy of passport required on booking

Ts & Cs

  • All Specials except the rate freeze apply to NEW bookings only
  • SADC RATES – Valid South African ID must be presented on booking and check in.
  • SADC rate may not be claimed with any other special
  • HONEYMOON SPECIAL – Valid marriage certificate must be presented at time of booking & arrival date within 1 year of marriage

Kambaku River Lodge/Kruger National Park/Malelane – Luxurious 5 star accommodation on the banks of the Crocodile River looking into the Kruger National Park, home to the famous Big 5.

The Joao Luxury  River Suite offers spacious, luxurious accommodation, with a superb view of the Crocodile River.  Equipped to Self-cater or choose the meal option served to your private  patio for a romantic evening overlooking the river.  Sip a Glass of wine from the lodges  South African wine collection whilst listening to the African orchestra of hippos.   Spot the leopard  as he passes by, even if you are having your shower! Book a body massage or let us arrange a superb safari into the Kruger National park with our knowledgeable guide Elvis.


The Shingwedzi suite provides luxury, spacious accommodation and  is set slightly back from the rest of the suites with the bedroom having a partial view of the river, garden and the Kruger National Park.  It is ideal for 2 guests with a spacious en-suite bathroom.   It has an African Outdoor shower open to the garden, access to a sparkling pool and river deck which overlooks the Crocodile river.  Covered patio with a partial river, garden, mountain and Kruger view.  Dinner, bed and breakfast option.  Covered patio with an African fire-pit.   Access to our Dzombo Spa for ultimate relaxation or let us book a safari for you into the Kruger National Park with our experienced guide, or organise golf at the famous Leopard Creek golf Course. Photos show you the view from the suite and patio.  This suite has its own private garden.


The Shawu Luxury River Suite offers spacious and luxurious accommodation, with a superb view of the Crocodile river overlooking the Kruger National Park. Equipped kitchen to Self-cater or choose our delicious meal options served to your private covered patio, overlooking a sparkling pool and the Crocodile river with regular visits of the big five. Star lit nights around the fire pit listening to the sounds of the african bush. Visit our Dzombo spa for ultimate relaxation or let us organise you a safari into the Kruger National Park. Day trips to Mozambique, Swaziland or the Blyde River Canyon can be arranged. Sip cocktails around the camp fire whilst listening to the african hippo or the roar of the lion.


Mufanyane Luxury Honeymoon Suite

Mafunyane is our Honeymoon River Suite offering luxurious accommodation with its own private plunge pool. Romantic and intimate suite, with a superb view of the Crocodile river, spacious king size bed, attention to detail finishes with a kitchenette and barbecue/fire pit facilities. Self-cater or choose our breakfast and dinner meal options served to your private patio overlooking the Crocodile river. Fall asleep to a symphony of african sounds. Visit our Spa for that special massage treatment or let us book you a game of golf at the famous Leopard Creek Golf Course. Sip cocktails on the viewing deck while watching many of the visitors we have come to graze on the bank or frolic in the river.


Kambaku  Luxury 6 Sleeper House

Kambaku  Luxury River House has accommodation for  7 guests in total,  with a minimum stay requirement of 4 guests,  or a minimum Rand value, thereafter to be charged on a per person basis.   Spacious 3 bedroom house, all en suite with a  superb view of the Crocodile River.  Luxurious finishes and attention to detail with an open plan kitchen, lounge, dining room leading out to a covered patio overlooking the  Crocodile River.  Private pool for the ultimate relaxation overlooking the river and Kruger National Park.  Spot the Big Five from your patio!  Self cater or choose Kambaku’s delicious meal options. Enjoy a massage in our Spa for ultimate relaxation or lets us organise you a safari into Kruger or golf at the famous Leopard Creek golf course.

Sleeps 4-7 Sleeps minimum 4-6 guests, plus one on sleeper couch Self-catering or dinner/breakfast on request Self-Catering or DBB Package Filtered water Large covered patio Three river-facing en-suite bedrooms - 1 wheelchair friendly Double vanities Percale linen Luxury gowns Hairdryer Toiletries Viewing deck on the river Air-conditioning (cooling/heating) Tea and Coffee station Open plan, fully equipped self-catering kitchen, dining room/lounge A choice of King or Twin beds Sleeper couch Extra bed on request Writing desk Ceiling fan Television Roll top writing bureau Free Wi-Fi Private swimming pool Secure covered parking Fire pit Brazier/Barbeque facilities Gas barbeque Private Bathroom Fridge Dishwasher Fully serviced Spa facilities 350 sq m under roof

Kambaku River Lodge, border of the Kruger National Park. Perfectly located on the Southern banks of the Crocodile River, one of the most popular tourist attractions.

Self drives as well as full or half day safaris on an open Safari vehicle can be arranged. We can also arrange sunset drives and morning walks in the Kruger National Park on request.

17 kms from the Malelane gate and Leopard Creek golf course, 10 kms from the Malelane town and 50 kms from the Komatipoort Golf Course and Crocodile Bridge gate.

The less active can enjoy big game viewing and bird watching while relaxing beside the pool at Kambaku River Lodge, or on the river deck!

Mpumalanga’s Panorama route including Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes is a lovely day excursion. Visit Barberton for the geo/genesis trail.

One hour to the borders of both Mozambique and Swaziland.

We will organise golf for you at the famous Leopard Creek Golf Course only 15 minutes from Kambaku River Lodge. The prestigious Leopard Creek Country Club, normally for members only, provides an exceptional golfing experience for our guests.

Situated near Malelane, on the border of the Kruger National Park, the exclusive Leopard Creek Country Club presents a rare opportunity to play golf, in a truly African setting on a course that hosts the European Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship.


Pamper yourself and let us ignite your soul with a stunning massage at our Dzombo Spa or privately in your suite.

Relax and enjoy a variety of spa treatments for your ultimate relaxation at our Dzombo Spa. Full body massage, Back massage or shoulder massage, Special rehydration facial, manicures, pedicure, permanent make-up, gel nails, eyebrow tint and shape.

Let us organise a african safari to the Kruger National Park for you on our open game drive vehicle with an experienced guide .

Full day – 10 hour safari (winter is the best time for a full day)
Morning – 7 hour safari
Afternoon – 5 hour safari
Sunset Safari – 3 hour safari
Guided walks in the Kruger

Trips to Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Borkes potholes, Maputo and Swaziland for a cultural visit. Botanical gardens and Sudwala Caves or Barbeton to see the geo/genesis trail.

Golf at the famous Leopard Creek golf course where the Alfred Dunhill event is held.


The programme is adjusted according to the season, to accommodate the heat, and may vary. The below is intended as a guideline only:

Summer (September – April) Programme Winter (May – August)
4:30 am Morning wakeup call & Tea / Coffee 5:30 am
5:15 am Game drive departs 6:15 am
10:00 am Game drive returns & Brunch is served 10:00 am
Leisure time Spa treatment / Gym / Hide Leisure time
4:00 pm High tea is served 3:00 pm
4:30 pm Afternoon game drive departs 3:30 pm
8:00pm Game drive returns & Dinner is served 7:30 pm

Nestled in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and part of the Greater Kruger National Park, lies Kambaku River Sands. The camp lies majestically on a perennial river system enticing guests to sit back and relax. Being unfenced allows for the free movement of animals in and
around camp, often playing host to herds of elephant, buffalo, as well as the occasional lion pride or wondering leopard. The spacious main area boasts two large fireplaces, open sky boma, wrap-around bar, infinity pool and wine cellar, all overlooking the camp waterhole. The 10-luxury air conditioned suites
are spaciously set along the riverbank, offering magnificent views and ideal bird watching. The Spa and Wellness centre houses a fully equipped gym, private swimming pool, steam and sauna rooms. With a no child under 12 policy and Wi-Fi throughout, this luxurious lodge is the ideal location for those seeking
a private getaway, or to celebrate a special occasion. Enjoy the huge diversity of game, plant and birdlife either from the safari vehicle or on foot, and look out for the famous white lions, endangered African wild dogs, big 5, hippo & hyena to name just a few. Enjoy an unforgettable wildlife experience
in a magical environment, visit Kambaku and allow your soul to breathe…

River Sands boasts 10 luxury suites nestled between towering Leadwood and Jackalberry trees on the banks of a perennial river system. This unique, unfenced camp gives guests an opportunity to experience free roaming wildlife from their own private viewing decks. Each spacious suite is equipped with air-conditioning, a mini bar, butler’s tray, en-suite bathroom with spa bath, indoor double shower and outdoor shower.

The majestic main lodge features two fireplaces, an infinity pool, superb wine cellar, Matumi wood wrap-around bar, free Wi-Fi, library, boma and a fantastic view over the riverbed and lodge waterhole.

With a traversing area of over 12 000Ha, morning and evening safaris remain interesting and informative. Opt for a walking safari to experience the intimacy of the bush on foot. Relax in the heat of the day at the spa, or enjoy the use of the gym facility; shop for local artefacts and mementos in the curio shop; or delight in the bird life from the hide at Twins Dam.

Experience our renowned warmth and hospitality during hearty brunches, delicious high teas, and unforgettable dinners under the stars in the boma, riverbed or out in the bush.


  •  Owner run and managed – owners on site
  •  Situated within the White Lion’s territory
  •  The only lodge with traversing on both the Timbavati and Klaserie Reserves
  •  Over 1000 Ha of sole traverse area


  •  10 luxury air conditioned suites
  •  Swimming pool, bar, boma, safari library, free Wi-Fi in all main areas
  •  Conference centre
  •  Large game viewing deck overlooking
  •  Wellness centre with spa, pool, sauna, steam rooms, and a well-equipped gym
  •  Curio shop, Hide
  •  Electricity 220V – Convertors available

Via air

  •  to Hoedspruit/Eastgate; KMIA  and Phalaborwa airports
  •  Followed by a road transfer to camp

Via Road

  •  Asheton’s Shuttle
  •  Self-drive (6 hrs from Johannesburg)


  •  Morning & afternoon/evening safaris
  •  Guided 3-hour informative bush walks
  •  Bird watching from the Hide
  •  Spa treatments & Gym facility
  •  Photographic safaris / Art safaris
  •  Private vehicle at an additional cost
  •  Visits to local attractions can be arranged at an additional cost – POR
  •  Visit to the Timbavati Museum


  •  Summer (September – March):  20 *C to 40*C (68*F to 104*F)
  •  Winter (April to August) 2*C to 18*C (35.6*F to 68*F)
  •  Rainfall: summer thunderstorms - late afternoon to evening. 550-600mm/yr


  • The Timbavati falls within a 3 % risk area for Malaria, however it is recommended that prophylactic medications are taken when visiting. Please consult your local travel clinic or heath care practitioner.


  •  All guests travelling to South Africa are required to have 2 blank pages (minimum) in their passport
  •  Children travelling with parents need to  have an unabridged birth certificate

Kambaku River Sands

  • All rates are quoted in ZAR, and are inclusive of VAT. Subject to availability.
  • Rate charged at per person per night
  • Rate changes: All rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice, however all rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
  • Minimum of 2 nights stay
  • 5-star Deluxe Lodge
  • Children 12 and over
  • Luxury Air-con Suites
  • Unfenced

Peak seasons:   All bookings for this period may only be confirmed with a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Group reservations: Only applies to bookings consisting of 12 guests or more. A 25% non- refundable deposit is required to secure the booking.

Rates are Inclusive of:

  • 2 Game Drives per day | Bush Walks | Meals, Tea & Coffee | House Wines, Spirits, Beers & Soft Drinks | Gym | Laundry | Unlimited Wi-Fi

Rates are Exclusive of:

  • Curio Shop purchases | Spa | Transfers & Day Excursions | Private Safari Vehicle | Gratuities | Cellar Wines & Champagnes | Cigarettes & Cigars | Reserve Conservation levies & Gate Fees

SADC RATES – Exclude drinks | Lunch | Curio shop purchases Spa | Transfers & Day Excursions | Private Safari Vehicle | Gratuities | Cigarettes & Cigars | Reserve Conservation levies & Gate Fees

Private Vehicle: charged/day: R 7500 

Wedding packages - POR


  • If travelling in a group please advise the Manager on duty how the bills will be split.
  • Dietary Requirements
  • Kambaku can cater for the following dietary requirements provided we are made aware of such requirements in advance – Vegetarian / Lactose intolerant /vegetarian meals
  • Please advise us of any allergies on arrival (Nuts, Alcohol etc.)
  • We regret we do not provide halaal or kosher meals.

8 Rooms (16 guests)

  • All rooms are en-suite
  • Air-conditioning,
  • Minibar,
  • Double indoor showers
  • Outdoor showers
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Spa Baths
  • Digital Safes, Mosquito & Insect repellent can be found in all rooms.


  • A 50% deposit is required to secure all reservations.
  • Full payment is required 30days prior to arrival

Cancellation Policy

Only written cancellations will be accepted – please ensure that you receive written acknowledgement of the cancellation from reservations.
Cancellation charges will apply if the booking has been confirmed in writing by the party making the booking.

  • 8 calendar weeks prior to arrival – 50% of full amount
  • 6 calendar weeks prior to arrival – 75% of full amount
  • 4 calendar weeks or less prior to arrival – 100% of the full amount

Check in / Check out Times

Check in: 14H00
Check out: 11H00
Alternative times may be arranged subject to an extra charge


  • Regrettably only children of 12 yrs and older can be accommodated.
  • Please note that there are no family suites, however a foldaway bed is available should a child wish to share with their parents.

Insurance & Indemnity

  • As the camp is unfenced, guests are required to sign indemnity on arrival. It is highly recommended that all guests take out personal travel insurance. Guests will be escorted around the camp after nightfall.


We strive to cater for all tastes and dietary requirements, and are happy to cater for dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, Halal and banting diets.



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Coservation Fees

Guest Conservation Fees
   SA Citizen & residents
  - ZAR  105 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  52 per Child  per day    
  SADC with passport
  - ZAR  210 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  105 per Child per day
  - ZAR  424 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  212 per Child per day

R210 per vehicle entry fee

Conservation Levy

  • Fly in & Transfers R300 Per Person
  • Self drive R300 Per Person 
  • Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.


2021 Levies

1. Conservation levy - R424 per person per night  
2. Conservation levy - R210 per child per night (under 12)

R 210 per vehicle entry fee only payable directly