The architect and interior designer of RockFig Safari Lodge were inspired by the Timbavati setting of this luxury South African safari lodge to create a relaxed ambience with indoor and outdoor guest spaces that segue into each other, and enable both communal and private moments suffused with an authentic bush feel.
RockFig Safari Lodge features just six chalet-type suites, making it ideal for exclusive-use bookings for families or groups of friends. The sense of place comes through strongly, with the colour palette in each room inspired by the purple and green hues of local birds and plants. Although guests are always conscious of where they are, no stone is left unturned in the quest for comfort and luxury, with each suite featuring both indoor and outdoor showers, a private verandah ideal for romantic candlelit dinners, a minibar and a bath. Specially commissioned watercolour paintings add notes of cool beauty, and – as with every space in the lodge – the aim is always to delight the guests who’ll stay here. There’s a thoughtfulness to the decor, with the emphasis being on the guest experience – but also an unmissable sense that it’s the natural beauty of the Timbavati bushveld that’s the true hero.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
|01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019||Rates|
|Per Adult Sharing per night||R12,000|
|Per Single Traveller per night*||R12,000|
*The first two single rooms in one reservation are not subject to single supplements, however each additional single room will incur a supplemental charge of 50%
- Indoor & Outdoor
- Fact Sheet
Indoor Guest Areas
Spending time in Timbavati is always a nourishing experience, and this is reflected in the layout of the indoor guest areas at RockFig Safari Lodge, just as much as in the menus with their emphasis on locally grown ingredients. The open-plan kitchen is a favourite with younger guests, who love to sit at the counter and watch their meals being prepared, while it’s hard to resist the pull of the fireplace in the lounge on a winter’s evening. Subtle touches of opulence are throughout, including the dreamy chandelier that hangs over the impressive, 4m-long table, which is perfect for shared meals and safari stories. Many of the pieces of furniture in the lodge were commissioned from local artisans, while the colours take inspiration from the Rockfig tree and the area’s lovely lichen-spotted rocks.
Outdoor Guest Areas
A second, long dining table can be found outside, where you can feel the energy flowing in from the surrounding bush … a vibrancy which in turn is reciprocated by the warmth and hospitality of the RockFig Safari Lodge staff. The undoubted outdoor centrepiece is the comfortable covered lounge with its arresting views, although the pool deck, overlooking the waterhole, is just as inviting. A dip into the pool perfectly symbolises the feeling of being immersed in the rhythms of Timbavati, while its surrounding loungers are responsible for a perfectly relaxed afternoon, perhaps punctuated by pizza from the outdoor oven. The boma area becomes the focal point on starry nights, as the crackles of the firewood compete with the cackles of hyaenas and the hushed, happy whispers of guests. Stepping outside at RockFig brings you even closer to the bush, without ever feeling that you’ve left the comforts of your new home-from-home behind.
Set in the heart of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park, RockFig Safari Lodge is well situated for forays into the African wilds. Game drives let you cover some ground in the comfort of a vehicle, while walking safaris put you right on the ground, exploring the area under your own steam.
Whatever you prefer (and we suggest you try both), these exciting activities – and their inevitable wildlife sightings – are sure to get your blood pumping. They’ll also work up an appetite, which you can satiate with the feasts you’ll find at the bush breakfasts and dinners, as well as safari-style meals back at this luxury South African safari lodge.
Out on safari
Game drives rank among the quintessential Timbavati experiences, and the guides and trackers at RockFig Safari Lodge pride themselves on providing incredible, safe but close wildlife encounters. Timbavati is Big Five country, and as many of the RockFig trackers hail from the area they’re able to put all their local knowledge to work to ensure the best possible viewing opportunities. Of course being out on safari isn’t just about big game; it’s also a chance to appreciate the beauty of Timbavati while traversing it, and while stopping to enjoy a morning coffee or a sundowner in an especially scenic spot.
Timbavati on foot
Guided walking safaris from RockFig Safari Lodge are a wonderful way to experience Timbavati on foot. Bring your walking shoes; the guides and trackers have everything else that’s required, not least their knowledge of spoor and plants (and a rifle to ensure your safety). Spending time on the details of the ecosystem can be immensely rewarding, and surprising. Learn how every living creature, no matter how small, has its part to play in this intricate, interlinked web of life – complex enough to make a Swiss watch mechanism look like a child’s toy, and absorbing enough to make you forget to check the time.
Meals at RockFig Safari Lodge let you experience the tastes of Timbavati. With so many styles of dining on offer, from informal to the bushveld equivalent of silver service, and the plentiful venues throughout the lodge in which to enjoy them, no two meals are the same. If you’re sharing your Timbavati experiences with your significant other, opt for private dining on your verandah; if you’ve brought your kids along, let them watch their dinner being prepared from the kitchen counter. Alternatively, join your guide and fellow safari connoisseurs at our long table and share stories long into the evening.
Bush dining takes RockFig Safari Lodge mealtime moments and transplants them into the wild. The element of surprise only adds to the experience – don’t expect us to give the game away; we’re busy hanging lanterns, or spreading snowy white linen on a table under the spreading branches of a mighty Timbavati tree. Naturally, everything tastes better al fresco, whether it’s a cheeky morning Mimosa from the bush bar or a piece of venison cooked just so over the coals. The combination of starlight, lantern light and firelight adds to the magic of bush dinners, as do the not-so-distant animal calls.
A stay at RockFig Safari Lodge
Timbavati experiences at RockFig Safari Lodge needn’t be merely a flight of fancy – they’re just a short actual flight and transfer from Johannesburg. From the moment you land in Hoedspruit, your every whim is taken care of and you’ll only need to lift a finger to take another great wildlife picture. Each day at RockFig effortlessly blends excitement, relaxation and indulgence, and is tailored to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. From the customised minibar to the morning coffee, the post-game drive warm towels and warmer smiles, and the chance to spend time just being, it’s a stay you’ll want to repeat.
- Accommodation in luxury suites
- All meals, local drinks and laundry
- WiFi Access
- Daily safari activities in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
- Transfers to and from the lodge’s private airstrip
- One child 0–5 years sharing with one or two adults
- Free of charge
- One child 6–16 years sharing with one or two adults
- 50% of adult rate
- Children 6–16 years in own room (maximum three children per room)
- 1st child: full adult rate
- 2nd child: 50% of adult rate
- 3rd child: 50% of adult rate
Conservation Levy and Self-drive Entrance Fee for Timbavati
Adult levy: R368 per person per night
Child (under 12) levy: R184 per child per night
Self-drive entrance fee: R160 per vehicle
- Rooms can accommodate three guests in the configurations of two adults and one child, one adult and two children or three children
- Provisional reservations will be held for a maximum of seven days, after which a non-refundable deposit of 20% will be required for confirmation
- Payment balance will be due 60 days prior to travel, year round; bookings with 60 days or less to travel require full payment upon confirmation
- Cancellations made with more than 60 days to travel forfeit the 20% deposit, while cancellations made with 60 days or less to travel forfeit the full payment
- The full invoiced amount of all deposits and payments (including VAT) should clear in our account; kindly ensure all bank charges come off your account
- All rates are quoted in South African rand and are subject to change without notice
Check in 13h00 Check out 10h00
- PRIVACY Only eight guests
- EXCLUSIVITY Maximum four guests per vehicle
- SERIOUS SAFARI 30 000 acres of wilderness adjoining the iconic Kruger National Park
- SAFETY Fenced perimeter
- SERVICE Boutique and individually tailored
- SOLO BENEFITS No single supplements for the first two single rooms in a booking
- Morning and afternoon/evening game drives
- Bush walks
- Bush dining, including breakfasts, picnics and dinners
- Private dining
Children and Families
- All ages welcome
- Guaranteed private guide and vehicle
|The Lodge||The Suites|
|Swimming Pool||Yes||Indoor shower||Yes|
|Spa treatments||On request||Hairdryer||Yes|
|Credit cards accepted||Yes||Extra bed||On Request|
|Perimeter fence||Yes||Private pools||No|
By air, direct
- Scheduled charters by Federal Air to Rockfig Safari Lodge’s airstrip, five minutes from the lodge
By air, via Hoedspruit
- Multiple daily flights between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit Airport
- Daily direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit Airport
- 45-minute drive from Hoedspruit
- 5.5 hour drive from Johannesburg
Dry season (May–September)
Temperatures in the cooler winter months range from 9–24 °C and there is almost no rain. Pre-dawn game drives are crisp and require warm clothing
Green season (October–April)
Higher summer temperatures range from 20–40 °C. Rainfall tends to be short and sharp, with exciting electric storms in the afternoon and early evening
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a malaria area