Kambaku Safari Lodge is located in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. This rustic yet luxurious lodge accommodates only 16 guests, which allows for an atmosphere of relaxed intimacy. Guests can watch game drinking from the waterhole at the lodge. Open-vehicle game drives afford great game viewing opportunities and a chance to spot the Big 5 in the unspoilt bush. The lodge offers a choice of family, double or twin suites.

  • Situated in the Timbavati Game Reserve
  • Part of the Greater Kruger National Park
  • Exclusive, affordable accommodation
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Morning and afternoon/night off-road game drives
  • Excellent game viewing
  • Daily guided bush walks
  • Choice of family, twin or double suites
  • Swimming pool
  • Overhead fans
  • Mosquito nets

Kambaku Safari Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve offers rustic, affordable luxury within the natural wilderness area of the Greater Kruger National Park. The lodge overlooks a waterhole where a variety of game arrives to drink, especially in the dry season from May to October. As a maximum of 16 guests is accommodated, Kambaku is perfect for small family get-togethers, corporate events or just a quiet, romantic getaway.


This intimate, family-friendly lodge accommodates guests in seven thatched chalets with tasteful décor. Kambaku offers a choice of family suites, twin or double chalets. All chalets are en-suite with a bath and shower. As part of Kambaku's environmental consciousness, each chalet has lanterns for light, gas geysers and 220 Volt power points sustained by an eco-friendly battery bank system.


Guests can relax in the main lounge/bar area, in the upstairs loft or around the pool on the sun deck. A well-stocked curio shop is open all day. Delicious meals are served in the dining area which overlooks the gardens and waterhole or in the outdoor Boma (African reed enclosure) under the open sky.

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Daily game drives in open safari vehicles

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides and trackers accompany guests on open 4x4 game drives twice daily. Off-road driving and night drives are allowed. The Timbavati Game Reserve is known for its beautiful bush and abundant game, including the Big Five. There is no fence between Timbavati and the adjacent Kruger Park.

The staff at Kambaku will treat you with warm enthusiasm and dedication and will ensure that your stay at Kambaku is a memorable and treasured one.

Getting there

By air - The lodge is accessible by air from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit or directly to the lodge.

By road - Kambaku Safari Lodge is a six-hour trip from Johannesburg by car.

Our take on Kambaku Safari Lodge

We were very impressed by the friendly, accommodating and helpful staff at Kambaku Safari Lodge. It offers good value-for-money and we have no hesitation in recommending this lodge.

  • Early morning game drive or bushwalk
  • Late afternoon/evening game drive
  • Game drive snacks, brunch, high tea and dinner
  • Unlimited WiFi available at reception and main lodge areas
  • Tea, coffee, local beers and soft drinks
  • Bar spirits and wines
  • Laundry
  • Conservation levies
  • Gate fees
  • Transfers to and from the lodge
  • Curio shop items
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Timbavati Game Reserve
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The Timbavati Game Reserve is most famous for its white lions, which are still spotted in this area from time to time. The Timbavati is a collection of privately-owned game reserves which share an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. It is a vast Big 5 game reserve situated to the west of Kruger, and to the north of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The bush and game viewing in the Timbavati is similar to what you will find in the Kruger National Park.