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Kambaku Safari Lodge | Timbavati

Kambaku Safari Lodge provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules with its home-away-from-home ambiance. Attracting guests from around the world, Kambaku combines simple luxury with a high level of environmental consciousness we really totally on solar power for the production of all our electricity.

Accommodation is exclusive yet affordable, meticulously designed, beautifully constructed and tastefully decorated to blend in with the charm and serenity of the surrounding bush. This family friendly lodge has a feeling of relaxed intimacy, accommodates only sixteen guests and is ideal for hosting small family gatherings or groups of friends.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
Seasonal Rates
1 Jan 2020 to
31 Dec 2020
Thatched Chalets Adult per night sharing R5 770
Child Rate 2-11 years per night sharing R3 460
Child (2 years and younger) FOC
Seasonal Rates
1 Jan 2021 to
31 Dec 2021
Thatched Chalets Adult per night sharing R5 770
Child Rate 2-11 years per night sharing R3 460


Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
Seasonal Rates
1 Jan 2020 to
31 Dec 2020
Thatched Chalets Adult per night sharing R3 460
Child Rate 2-11 years per night sharing R2 077
Child (2 years and younger) FOC

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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)
COMBO SPECIALS 2020 & 2021
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

SPECIALS 2020-2021

Pay 3 Stay 4 Stay for 4 nights and only pay for 3
25% discount
(Not applicable for an 8 nights stay)
June & Nov
15 Jan to 28 Feb & June
All normal 2020 & 2021 Ts & Cs apply
6 Night Long Stay Stay for 6 nights and receive 1 night
free of charge
Until Nov 2021
Except Dec 2020
All normal 2020 & 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 2020 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 2020 & 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
Spring 2020 Romantic getaway – 15% discount plus
romantic turndown and private dinner
 Nov 2020 Min stay 3 nights

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



The Sunset Spa, situated at Kambaku River Sands, is designed to provide guests with a retreat into stillness – a place where you can unwind and reconnect with your senses. Cool, fresh colour ways invite a sense of tranquillity in as you treat yourself to a massage, facial or tailor-made package. We’ve even got something for little ones. Allow our hospitable team of therapists to facilitate an experience of blissful serenity. We are here to serve you.

Guests from both Kambaku lodges are invited to make use of the spa and wellbeing centre:

The Sunset Spa features:

  • Two treatment rooms
  • A fitness center
  • Refreshing plunge pool
  • Gents’ & ladies’ steam & sauna rooms 



Make Kambaku your wedding destination and invite the enchantment of the African wild into your special day. We offer three different packages, each catering to a specific level of needs. Our enthusiastic team will discuss the finer details with each couple accordingly. Our safari-style lodges can accommodate between 2 and 36 guests.

Silver package inclusions
Plated dinner in the bush
Exclusive photography package
Bridal bouquet
Lodge choir performance
Electronic save-the-dates
Hair and make-up for the bride
Wedding gift
Bronze package inclusions
Wedding venue: bush set-up
Spa package for bride and groom
Wedding official
Plated dinner
Basic photography package and images on SD card
Flower arrangements
Pressing of garments

Exclusive bridal suite for the day
Private game drive vehicles
Lodge appointed witnesses
Wedding official
African Tribal Gift Ceremony
Wedding venue: lodge set-up
Spa treatment for the bride-to-be
Snack platters and complimentary champagne for bridal party
Plated boma dinner

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. Beautiful views over unspoilt bush, and the feeling that you are truly in the middle of nowhere, with miles and miles of bush and animals surrounding you, captivate the imagination, and there are frequently surprises around almost every corner.

Apart from the Big 5, the Timbavati also boasts a healthy population of Wild dog and cheetah, and other safari animals often seen include hyena, ground hornbill (on the endangered list), waterbuck, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe to name but a few. Of course the highlight of any trip is to view the famous Timbavati White Lions in their natural habitat in the only place in the world where they are found naturally occurring in the wild.

For the birding enthusiasts there are over 350 bird species found in the area, and guides will taper the game viewing to suit the group. The little gems of the bush are also given their time in the lime-light such as the dung beetle and the shongololo and their role is explained and demonstrated.

Experienced guides and trackers are ever-ready to talk about the wildlife and offer a wealth of information on all aspects of the local fauna and flora. Owner and qualified guide, Bryce, loves taking guests to the next level of bush experience, and really focuses on imparting a huge amount of information based on his extensive knowledge and experience within a wide variety of bush environments around South Africa and in Botswana. Every hour in his company promises to be a never-to-be-forgotten experience.

Although not advertised and splashed about, a bush dinner or brunch might happen along your stay, and private dinners for special occasions are at your hosts’ discretion, unless otherwise requested. Honeymooners and other special occasions can expect a few added extras during their stay.... but we do not like to give our secrets away!

As we are a children friendly lodge, we cater for child friendly game drives and walks, as well as educational games and discussions to keep the little ones busy during their stay. Guest requirements are predetermined and special eating times / types of food are catered for. Where possible, we try and place families with young children on a separate vehicle due to the flexibility needed and so that neither the family, or other guest’s experience is sacrificed. A baby sitting service is also an optional extra.

Special day trip to local attractions in the area are available on request, and are not included in the daily tariff.


Kambaku River Sands unfenced camp is perfectly situated on the banks of a dry river bed allowing animals to roam freely around and through the camp. The suites are set spaciously apart, allowing for secluded views of the unspoilt bush. The main lodge has a spacious lounge with two enormous open fireplaces, a pool and bar overlooking the waterhole, and well stocked wine cellar. This more exclusive lodge offer a bush spa and gym, spa baths and outdoor showers. Come and experience classic luxury in a pristine setting with traditional Kambaku style and hospitality.

Rates Include

  • Early Morning game Drive / Bush walk
  • Late Afternoon /Evening Game Drive
  • Game Drive snacks, Brunch, High tea & Dinner
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi available in the reception area & Main Lodge
  • Tea, Coffee, Local Beers & Soft drinks
  • Credit Card Surcharges
  • Minibars

Rates Exclude

  • Timbavati Gate fee per vehicle (Subject to change)
  • Timbavati Conservation Levies per person
  • Transfers to and from Kambaku Safari Lodge
  • Laundry
  • Curio shop items
  • Bar Spirits & Wines

The eight thatched chalets at Kambaku accommodate just sixteen guests and comprise a variety of options ranging from the honeymoon suite, family suites to double and twin rooms, depending on specific requirements. This flexibility makes the lodge ideal for hosting small family gatherings, intimate wedding parties, and exclusive business events. The honeymoon suite is soon to ensure additional privacy and a touch of something a little out of the ordinary.

The accommodation is exclusive, yet affordable – designed to reflect the cool calmness in the heat of the African bush, four- poster beds with classic draped mosquito nets grace every room. With the carbon footprint in mind, the chalets are equipped with lanterns for the evenings, and although electricity is at a minimum, there are 220V power points which are sustained by eco-friendly solar charged battery system. Overhead fans provide a welcome relief in summer and gas/solar ensure steamy hot showers in the cool of winter. Each chalet also has its own veranda where guests can relax in comfort and view the local animals drinking at the waterhole.

The main lodge has a balance between open plan and private space, with a spacious bar and lounge area leading to the mezzanine floor where one can take time out reading – there is a small library available – or just simply dream away in tranquil surroundings. Opening out from here is a viewing deck over the waterhole and beyond. KAMBAKU‟S main area has a soaring thatch roof which catches the breeze in summer and creates a lovely feeling of openness. A large fireplace in the lounge area adds to the warmth and ambience in the winter evenings. Furnishings are comfortable and cosy, inviting you to put your feet up and relax.

Leisurely brunches are served on the veranda or around the pool, and guests are often entertained by the resident warthog family on the lawn. A great place to while away the heat of the day, is on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand, or enjoy a cooling dip in the pool. Dinners are a truly African affair, lighted by the milky way, a large bonfire, and lanterns in the Boma. Lose yourself in fine wine and bush cuisine while listening to the night calls, fireside bush stories or a guided talk through the stars. The curio shop is stocked with a variety of carefully selected “proudly South African” items, and include KAMBAKU mementos. The lodge also has a Wi-Fi area and mobile phone coverage for those who need to keep in touch with the outside world.

  • Four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets
  • Overhead fan
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower and bath
  • Private viewing veranda
  • 220V power supply with adapters
  • Safe
  • Family suites available


  • Swimming pool
  • Children’s area
  • Pool table
  • Library
  • Kambaku kids’ program
  • Mezzanine deck
  • Spa & gym facilities available at River Sands
  • Wi-Fi


  • Children under 2: free of charge
  • Children 2-11: child rate
  • Children 12 years and older: adult rate
  • Children 4 years and under require a private vehicle
  • Activities: outdoor activities, in-camp facilities, Junior Ranger.


  • Laundry
  • House wines, spirits, premium wines and champagne
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Airport transfers & day excursions
  • Private safari vehicles
  • Sleep-outs in the hide


Two of our destinations are located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, a vast expanse of 60 000 hectares of pristine African bushveld. Here, the world-renowned Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, roam freely in an untouched habitat. Our third destination, Kambaku @Sea provides the opportunity to discover  


Kambaku’s Safari Lodge and River Sands form part of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve – a conservation area that borders the ubiquitous Kruger National Park. In 1993, the fences between these two areas were removed to encourage the natural migration of each park’s species. Today, this is part of what makes this region as ecologically rich as it is. Be guided by our expert team of game rangers as we welcome you into the world of Africa’s wildlife.


Kambaku @Sea is nestled between land and sea, in a biome that has become synonymous with the Knysna seahorse – the rarest species of its kind in the world. Our luxury suites are located in a region spanning 40 hectares of unspoilt vegetation. Here you will have the chance to spot bushbuck, honey badgers, otters and tortoises as well as over 270 bird species. This shoreline is brimming with life. We invite you to embark on a safari of the coastal kind. 


Set out on foot into the African wild and enjoy an intimate encounter with the indigenous beauty of the bushveld. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in the richness of the savannah. Sample wild fruits as you hone your skills as a forager. Learn the art of recognising different types of dung. Notice both ant and elephant. An experienced and knowledgeable game ranger will ensure that you get the most out of this riveting experience.


At Kambaku, we have welcomed our fair share of novice and professional nature photographers alike. And we appreciate the value of immortalizing a safari experience in pictures. This enhanced game drive includes the services of a professional guide who is trained in the art of wildlife photography. The use of private vehicles as well as all the equipment you will need, can be arranged at an additional cost on your behalf. The African wild is yours to discover.


Our morning game drives depart just before sunrise, with the time being dependent on the changing of the seasons. Wake up to a cheerful morning call and start your day with a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee. Then, head out on a guided safari. Expect sightings of some of the region’s rarest wildlife – white lions, African wild dogs and bashful aardvarks. Return to a delicious brunch served by our accommodating and approachable culinary team. Life is good.


Enjoy a guided game drive after a sumptuous high tea and encounter wildlife basking in the golden glow of the afternoon sun. Then, raise a glass to the setting sun as you enjoy a personalised selection of drinks and snacks, surrounded by the living silhouettes of the majestic African bushveld. Drive back to camp as night falls and your tracker illuminates the world around you, identifying nocturnal wildlife. Your arrival will be met with a delectable dining experience indoors or under a starlit sky.

Kambaku Safari Lodge

4 Star Classic Lodge | Family Orientated | Children of all Ages | Fully Fenced

All rates are quoted in ZAR, and are inclusive of VAT. Subject to availability.

• Rate changes: All rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice, however all rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured

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

Rate charged at per person per night

Minimum of 2 nights stay

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

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


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


  • Curio Shop purchases | Spa | Transfers & Day Excursions | Private Safari Vehicle | Gratuities | Premium Wines & Champagne | 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

CONSERVATION LEVY: Charged per person per day: Adult ZAR 400;Child ZAR200 (subject tochange)

TIMBAVATI GATE ENTRANCE FEE: Charged per entry: ZAR190 per Vehicle (subject to change)


PRIVATE VEHICLE: Charged/day: R5700


Wedding packages - POR


  • Child (2 – 11 years) R3 360
  • All children 12 years and older are charged at adult rates
  • Children 4 years and younger – are welcome on drive however a private vehicle needs to be booked
  • Children under 2 – no charge s

Single supplement – For any booking requiring more than 2 single rooms –  R1 680 pppn.

Pilot / Guide room –  R3 500 per night – all drinks excluded


  • Extras purchased at the Lodge can be settled via Credit Card or Cash and should be done so on departure.
  • 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

Rooms (8 - 16 guests)

  • All rooms are ensuite
  • 3 Family Rooms
  • Plug points and minimal lighting is available throughout the camp
  • Digital Safes, Mosquito & Insect repellent can be found in all rooms


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

Minimum of 2 nights stay applies throughout the year.


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Business Hours:
Mon - Fri (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
E-mail: Reservations
E-mail: Safaris


  • Game Viewing +

    Game viewing is offered either from an open vehicle, or on foot in the company of experienced rangers.
  • Timbavati Wildlife +

    The wildlife is particularly rich and boasts not only the Big Five experience but an extraordinary profusion of bird and
  • Timbavati Experience +

    Timbavati comprises a number of private concessions, which offer a selection of accommodation services and safari experiences.
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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

Why Book With Us?

  • Personal inter-action
  • Lodges with high standards
  • Stay in control of your booking
  • Most special deals by far
  • Secure payment process (SSL)
  • South African based
  • Superior knowledge
  • Expert advice
  • No booking fees

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.

2020 Levies

1. Conservation levy - R400 per person per night 
2. Conservation levy - R200 per child per night (under 12)
3. Self Catering Camps - R100 per person per night (Adults and Children)
4. The conservation levy as quoted is VAT Inclusive.

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