Rooted in the centre of the Timbavati Private nature Reserve, which borders the westernmost perimeter of the Kruger National Park, Kambaku Safari Lodge shares an unfenced border to allow for the free roaming of game.
Named after one of the “Magnificent Seven” bull elephants that roamed the Kruger National Park in the last century, Kambaku is a celebration of the bushveld wildlife. The chalets, sundeck and main building look out over a private pan, where your eyes will glance over the abundance of wildlife sating their thirsts.
The mix of private and open plan design gives guests the opportunity to experience both moments of quiet and communal celebration. The high thatched roof of the main area creates a natural air circulation that is refreshing. Take time out in the library, spend some time in the bar, relax in the lounge or head up to the upper deck where you can enjoy an assortment of card and board games, all with a panoramic view of the waterhole. Expect comfy furnishings that will make you feel at home, kick up your feet and unwind. Sumptuous brunches are served on the veranda where you will be privy to the entertaining family of warthog who reside on the lawn. The stars and lanterns light up the evening meals in the Boma. The warm, roaring bonfires and the chorus of the wilderness create the ideal setting for bush stories.
Children are welcome at Kambaku and a program complete with game drives, walks, discussions and educational games will keep them absorbed for hours. The curio shop is filled with trinkets ready to become your Kambaku mementos.
Accommodation and Facilities
Each spacious chalet is named after of the brilliant tuskers of the bushveld, giant elephants that have roamed the plains of Africa. There are 8 Thatched Suites in total, able to meet the requirements of 16 guests. These range from family suites, double and single rooms, all the way to the honeymoon suite, with more privacy and an unrevealed secret that makes it that much more special. The intimacy of the space and the relaxed ambience make it perfect for small wedding parties, private business getaways and family gatherings.
Our rooms are luxurious but affordable, created to dispel the heat of the bushveld with the coolness of the morning breeze. The camp is actively reducing its carbon footprint by being completely reliant on solar energy that fuels the delicate lighting and overhead fans in each room. 220V wall sockets allow you to recharge your devices with ease. Rest in the comfort of your four post bed, or amble onto your private sundeck where you scan the watering hole and tended gardens of Kambaku.
Activities and Game Viewing
The day begins with a 3 hour safari. Guides and trackers with the utmost experience and training will talk you through the flora and fauna of the area during your game drive. Owner and trained guide, Bryce, loves regaling guests with stories, history and insight into the area, elevating their experiences. Every hour spent in his company will make your trip unforgettable. The day ends with an afternoon game drive that melts into the cool evening. Spotlights are on hand to see the nocturnal wildlife of the bush, such as the big-eyed bush baby.
Apart from the Big Five, Timbavati is fortunate to have strong numbers of African wild dog and cheetah, as well as hyena, a plethora of buck and the recently endangered ground hornbill. However, the journey could not be complete without seeing the renowned Timbavati White Lions. Here they are the residents. For those passionate about birding, you will have a chance to glimpse the 350 bird species found in the area.
Wherever we can, we try to position families with small children on different vehicles to accommodate the flexibility that kids need. An additional babysitting service is also available.