Kambaku River Sands Safari Lodge
Perched comfortably on the banks of a perennial river, Kambaku River Sands is a luxurious but affordable safari destination in Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The camp is unfenced and shares unfenced borders with Kruger National Park, so wildlife - large and small - are free to roam through the camp and the reserve as a whole.
* Kambaku River Sands Highlights
- ∞ Unfenced camp - free movement of wildlife
- ∞ Game viewing from your own private deck
- ∞ Morning and evening game drives
- ∞ Bush walks
- ∞ Birding from the local hide at Twins dam
- ∞ Overnight sleep out
- ∞ Spa treatments
- ∞ Gym
More about this accommodation
Recently received a complete make-over (May 2017).
When you're on safari at Kambaku River Sands, you'll be able to view passing game from your own private deck or from the main lodge. Common visitors that you'll meet up close and personal include elephant, buffalo and bushbuck. It's an elephant-rich area and Kambaku shares its name with one of the legendary 'magnificent seven' large tuskers that roamed the area a century ago. The area is also famous for its White Lions of Timbavati.
Ancient History, Modern Comforts
All 10 thatched suites are elegantly decorated, with private viewing decks offering spectacular views over the dry river bed or the surrounding bush. All sliding doors are protected with mosquito screening and all beds are draped with classic white satin mosquito nets. These luxury suites are equipped with a mini bar, butler's tray, en-suite bathroom with spa bath, indoor and outdoor shower and a private toilet overlooking the wild surrounds.
Luxury Main Lodge
The main lodge has a spacious lounge with two enormous open fireplaces for the chilly winter nights. From the bar, you can watch elephants drinking out of the swimming pool while you enjoy a chilled glass of your favourite. A generous look-out deck has also been recently added.
Superb Wining and Dining
Enjoy great wilderness cuisine perfected by your hosts, with good company and offerings from their wine cellar, stocked with a fine selection of the best South African wines. Weather permitting, you may also be treated to wonderful boma dinner evenings, complete with dancing.
Daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg land at nearby Eastgate Airport, and a shuttle to the lodge is available at an additional cost. By car, it's approximately a six-hour drive from Johannesburg. Charter flights and road transfers can also be arranged.
Our Take on Kambaku River Sands
Owner-managed, Kambaku's Bryce and Nicola go out of their way to offer you a personal, guided wildlife experience that will leave you with incredible memories. We have no hesitation in recommending Kambaku River Sands for an affordable, luxury, up-close-and-personal safari experience of a lifetime.
- ∞Early morning game drive or bush walk
- ∞Late afternoon/evening game drive
- ∞Game drive snacks, brunch, high tea & dinner
- ∞Unlimited Wi-Fi available in reception and main lodge areas
- ∞Tea, coffee, local beers & soft drinks
- xTimbavati gate fee
- xTimbavati conservation levies
- xTransfers to and from Kambaku Safari Lodge & Kambaku River Sands
- xCurio shop items
- xBar spirits, imported beers & wines
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.