Kambaku Safari Lodge



3 Night package

Rates from:
$1,160 sharing
$730 single

Kambaku Safari Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve forms part of the greater Kruger National Park and is famous for the occasional sightings of the rare white lion. Spend three nights in a beautiful chalet and experience the best Africa has to offer. 


The Timbavati shares an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park and is home to the Big Five. Off-road driving, night drives and bush walks are permitted at all the lodges in the Timbavati Game Reserve.

Kindly note that the Timbavati Game Reserve charges an entrance fee which is payable in cash upon arrival or upon checkout (not included in your quote).

Package includes:

  • All meals, teas & coffees
  • Soft drinks & local beers
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks (12 years and older)
  • Day-time use of the hide
  • Use of the gym at River Sands
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Turndown service twice daily

Package excludes:

  • Entrance fee into the Reserve
  • House wines, spirits, premium wines & champagnes
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments at River Sands
  • Airport transfers & Day excursions
  • Conservation Levy
  • Private safari vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Babysitting services

A Madikwe Game Reserve holiday


Kambaku Safari Lodge is a family-friendly game lodge in the heart of the famous Timbavati Game Reserve, a Big Five wilderness area which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. This rustic and charming lodge overlooks a small waterhole, and is situated in an excellent area for game viewing. Kambaku is a small, intimate camp which accommodates just sixteen guests in a relaxed, informal and homely atmosphere.

Lanterns for light, eco-friendly battery power for fans and gas geysers for hot water are just some of the specifics that ensure an original luxurious rustic bush experience. The camp offers seven thatched chalets with en-suite bathroom. The rooms offer a combination of family suites, doubles and twins to satisfy everyone’s specific requirements. There is electricity for charging cameras and other equipment.

Guided safaris depart just after sunrise each day in open game drive vehicles, which stay in radio contact with other vehicles. Tracking Africa’s big game, the evening safari leaves after you have enjoyed afternoon tea and continues into the night after sundowners at a panoramic viewpoint.

The evening holds a sense of anticipation as the rare and elusive nocturnal species begin their night activities. A midmorning bush walk with an experienced and armed ranger is also included. Meals are typical “home-cooking” feasts that will delight even the most discerning taste buds. All meals are included in the rate.


Accommodation at Kambaku Safari Lodge comprises of eight thatched, en-suite chalets situated in a semi-circle overlooking our waterhole. Kambaku provides exclusive yet affordable accommodation that is designed, constructed and decorated to reflect the gracious charm and serenity of our surroundings.

Each of the eight thatched chalets contains a full en-suite bathroom with both a shower and a bath. To satisfy specific requirements, the rooms offer a combination of family suites, doubles and twins.

Itinerary Day 1, 2 & 3

Road Transfer from OR Thambo International Airport to Lodge. Upon arrival at the airport, a representative will meet you and transfer you to your destination. 

At most private game lodges the basic itinerary is more or less the same every day. There may be slight variations from lodge to lodge, but the details will be explained to you upon arrival at the lodge. In the Sabi Sand and Timbavati Game Reserves, most lodges allow off-road driving and night drives, as well as bush walks. This is an example itinerary, please allow for variations at lodges in other game reserves.

Arrival and check-in time is usually between 12h00 and 14h00. You will be met by the lodge manager or a senior staff member, offered a refreshing welcome drink and assisted with checking in. The lodge procedures and itinerary will be explained to you. You will then be shown to your room, where you can settle in and explore your surroundings before making your way to the dining area for lunch.

Afternoon tea/coffee will be served on the deck at around 15h00 (or later in summer) and then the afternoon game drive departs, on an open land rover. Before departure, you will be asked what you wish to drink for sundowners. Your safari guide will drive the vehicle, interpret the sightings and share his vast knowledge of the bush with you. The tracker usually sits on the front of the vehicle and helps to spot the animals and identify tracks. The guide is usually in radio contact with other vehicles on game drives, so they can notify each other of sightings.

As the sun sets, the guide will stop at a scenic spot in the bush where you can enjoy sundowners and stretch your legs. If at any time you need the toilet, just inform the guide that nature is calling and you wish to mark your territory! He will find an appropriate bush and check to see that all is safe. Other guests will probably be relieved that somebody asked, so don’t be shy to ask the question!

After sunset, the game drive may continue as a night drive with a powerful spotlight, looking for the nocturnal animals that become active after dark. The spotlight reflects in the animals’ eyes, which helps the tracker to spot them. Have something warm ready – the temperature drops significantly after dark. In winter (May to August) you will probably want a warm scarf, ear-warmers, gloves or mittens, as well as a windproof jacket. It gets very cold on the open vehicle, and it’s easy to forget this when you get on the vehicle while the afternoon is still hot.
Upon return to the lodge, you can freshen up in your room before enjoying a pre-dinner drink at the bar. A word about the drinks – at many lodges all your drinks are excluded and payable upon departure. We advise you to ask for a drinks price list at the start of your safari, or check the lodge info pack in your room.

Normally dinner is served around the fire in the traditional boma (open air dining area), weather permitting of course. After dinner, the fireside stories often carry on deep into the night, and you can retire to your room whenever you feel like it.

The next morning, you will be awoken before sunrise by a gentle knock on your door. Early morning is the best time for game viewing, so make the most of it! Coffee and tea with biscuits will be served on the deck or in the lounge before departing. Keep in mind again that the early morning game drive on an open vehicle can be chilly during the winter months, so bring your warm goodies if you get cold easily.

After the morning game drive (which lasts about 3 hours), you will return to the lodge where a delicious spread will be laid on for breakfast. After breakfast, you can join an armed ranger on a short guided bush walk, to explore the smaller wonders of the wild on foot. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, watching animals from the deck, reading a book next to the pool, or perhaps taking an afternoon siesta before lunch.

On the day of departure, you will normally check out after breakfast, around mid-morning. You will need to settle your drinks bill at reception upon checking out. If you are expecting transport to pick you up and take you to the airport, please have everything packed and ready well before the stated time of departure, to avoid any delays.

Day 4

After your early morning game drive you will return to the lodge for breakfast before checking out and our representative will collect you and take you back to Johannesburg arriving at OR Tambo at 18h00

Road Transfer: Lodge to ORTIA
After checking out, a representative will meet you and transfer you back to the airport in time for your flight. This transfer is in a 14 seater air-conditioned vehicle with a registered driver. This transfer any reserve entrance fees that may be applicable. 

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