Timbavati Reserve
Kambaku Safari Lodge & River Sands

Kambaku Safari Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which can be found within the world renowned Greater Kruger National Park. Providing the ultimate escape from schedules with its home away from home ambiance. Combines simple luxury with a high level of environmental consciousness.

Kambaku River Sands unfenced camp is perfectly situated on the banks of the a dry river bed allowing animals to roam freely around through the camp, the Suites are set spaciously apart, allowing for secluded views of the unspoilt bush.  

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For our competitive Packages & Rates, inclusive of return transfers from/to Johannesburg on the daily Ashton Kruger Shuttle, see the Rates section in the menu above.

KAMBAKU Safari Lodge is well situated in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which makes up the western boarder of the Kruger National Park. Without fences inhibiting the free movement of game between the reserves, Timbavati becomes part of a vast unspoilt natural wilderness area that lies within the Greater Kruger National Park.

KAMBAKU (Solitary Bull elephant), takes its name from one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ tuskers who roamed the Kruger Park for the greater part of the last century. These elephant were renowned for their impressive tusks – having at least one tusk with the estimated weight of over 60kg.

At KAMBAKU lodge the legends linger and are remembered by the naming of each chalet after one of these Magnificent giants of the bush. The chalets, main lodge buildings and the deck area, all overlook a private waterhole where constant wildlife activity can be observed and enjoyed either from the privacy of your chalet or from the main lodge area.

The eight thatched rooms at Kambaku accommodate just sixteen guests and offer a variety of options ranging from the honeymoon suite, family suites to double and twin rooms, depending on specific requirements. This flexibility makes the lodge ideal for hosting small family gatherings, intimate wedding parties, and exclusive business events. The honeymoon suite ensures additional privacy and a touch of something a little out of the ordinary.

The accommodation is exclusive, yet affordable – designed to reflect the cool calmness in the heat of the African bush, four- poster beds with classic draped mosquito nets grace every room. This eco-friendly camp is entirely dependent on solar energy minimizing our carbon footprint on the natural environment. With this in mind, each room is equipped with soft lighting, overhead fans and although electricity is at a minimum, there are 220V power points to charge batteries and other devices.

KAMBAKU River Sands

Sitting majestically on the banks of a dry river bed, Kambaku River Sands entices the guest to sit back and relax.
This unfenced camp is perfectly situated on a perennial river with continuous free flowing movement of game both big and small through the camp.

Timbavati is home not only to the Big 5 but also to the famous White Lions of the Timbavati, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the wild. Kambaku is most privileged to be able to afford their guests the best opportunity of viewing the magnificent creatures with both properties falling within the white lion prides territory.

All suites are elegantly decorated, and boast private viewing decks with spectacular views of either the dry River bed or the surrounding bush. All sliding doors are protected with mosquito netting and beds draped with classic white satin nets. Sit back and indulge in the elegance of your suite.

The mission is to provide an unforgettable wildlife experience in a magical environment, so that the legends indeed do linger on in the memory of the guest.

Kambaku Safari main lodge has a balance between open plan and private space, with a spacious bar and lounge area leading to the mezzanine floor where one can take time out reading – there is a small library available – or just simply dream away in tranquil surroundings. From the upper deck, one can enjoy board games, card games or a game of pool, whilst keeping a watchful eye on the waterhole.

KAMBAKU’S main area has a soaring thatch roof which catches the breeze in summer and creates a lovely feeling of openness. A large fireplace in the lounge area adds to the warmth and ambience in the winter evenings. Furnishings are comfortable and cosy, inviting you to put your feet up and relax.

Leisurely brunches are served on the veranda or around the pool, and guests are often entertained by the resident warthog family on the lawn. A great place to while away the heat of the day, is on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand, or enjoy a cooling dip in the pool.

Facilities on offer at Kambaku River Sands:

  • 10 Thatched Suites
  • Private viewing deck
  • Mini bar, butlers tray as well as a variety of guest amenities
  • Ensuite bathroom with spa bath, double shower, private toilet overlooking the wild surrounds
  • Outdoor shower
  • Air Conditioning

Main Lodge
With its high thatched roof overlooking the Kambaku River Sands waterhole. The spacious surroundings of the Main lodge allow for guests luxurious comfort of the lounge, Kambaku River Sands boasts uncapped WIFI in our Main Lodge area.

The spa provides a private swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms, ideal for those who would like some pampering or those who feel the need to keep moving during their holiday. Relax and rejuvenate… and spoil yourself.

Boma and Bush Dining
These are a regular affair in the Kambaku River sands, and provide an exclusive African dinner experience – one never to be forgotten.  Sit back and enjoy dinner under the stars, the local cuisine, and festivities often cause for singing and dancing.

Curio Shop
Stocked with a variety of locally handcrafted items, as well as clothing and mementoes.


Kambaku Lodges is situated within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The Lodge combines simple luxury with a high level of environmental consciousness creating a home-away-from-home ambiance.

The simplest and most affordable way to get between Johannesburg and the lodge is to make use of the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle, which operates daily in both directions between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit. Please note that the shuttle and onwards transfer rates are included in our packages. Before/after the 5-6 hour road transfer you will be transferred between the Bush Pub Inn (Close to the Main Gate) and Kambaku. Getting to and from Kambaku could not be simpler!


  • The Greater Kruger is a malaria area – please take your own precautions
  • Walking shoes, neutral colored clothing, rain jacket and warm jersey/jacket
  • Hat and sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
  • Torch, camera & binoculars
  • Toiletries and any personal items
  • Cash for entrance fees and drinks (no ATM’s in the bush)
  • Booking prerequisite: guests must have adequate travel insurance to cover any emergency, casualty evacuation, and/or hospitalization for the full period of their safari

Departure Day: Daily
Total Day: 3 & 4 days
Pickup Location: Pretoria/Johannesburg
Pickup Time: 05:45 – 06:45
Return Location: Pretoria/Johannesburg
Return Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Group Composition: Minimum 1 person


Package Rates 2 night Package 3 NIGHT SPECIAL
Valid 01 January – 31 December 2017
Per Person Sharing R10 914 R15 144
Single Rate R11 774 R16 004
Children 2-12 yrs sharing with parents R7 674 R10 284
Valid 01 January – 31 December 2018
Per Person Sharing R12 870 R17 820
Single Rate R16 904 R21 826
Children 2-12 yrs sharing with parents R8 802 R11 772


Package Rates 2 night Package 3 NIGHT SPECIAL
Valid 01 January – 31 December 2017
Per Person Sharing R13 974 R19 734
Single Rate R14 834 R20 594
Children 2-12 yrs sharing with parents N/A N/A
Valid 01 January – 31 December 2018
Per Person Sharing R16 488 R23 382
Single Rate R21 606 R30 568
Children 2-12 yrs sharing with parents N/A N/A

*Rates are listed as Rack Rates and are subject to change without notice / **no children 12 or younger allowed at Kambaku River Sands

The above single rates are applicable for up to 2 single rooms only | More than 2 single rooms will require a single supplement (additional R1400pppn at KL & R1920pppn at KRS).

Rates are Inclusive of:

Early Morning game Drive / Bush walk
Late Afternoon /Evening Game Drive
Game Drive snacks, Brunch, High tea & Dinner
Unlimited Wi-Fi available in the reception area & Main Lodge
Tea, Coffee, Local Beers & Soft drinks
Return Shuttle Transfer from Johannesburg with Ashtons
Onwards transfer from Hoedspruit to the Lodge

Rates are Exclusive of:
Timbavati Gate fee of R140.00 per vehicle (Subject to change)
Timbavati Conservation Levies: R 328 per Adult per day / R164 per child per day
Laundry at R200.00 per Bag
Curio shop items
Bar Spirits & Wines
Private Safari vehicle hire R4500 Safari Lodge | R 5500 River Sands


Meet the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle at OR Tambo Airport bus Terminal 06h45 and start your journey to the Kruger. On arrival in the Greater Kruger the shuttle will drop you off at the Bush Pub & Inn close to Timbavati Main gate where you will be met by your onwards transfer vehicle that will take you all the way to your Lodge and get you settled in before lunch is served. Late afternoon, arm yourself with binoculars and cameras and set off with your ranger in an open Landrover for a 3 hours game drive  fade into sundowners, and end with a drive in the dark, where nocturnal animals, may be spotted

Back at the Lodge, you will freshen up for a hearty 3 course dinner.Retire to your comfortable room, with a multitude of memories, to prepare yourself for the excitement of the day ahead.

DAY 2 -3 (or more)

Wake-up call in summer at 04h30 and winter at 5h30am.

Head off for your early morning 3 hours guided game drive or if prefered we can do a 1-2 hour walk after brunch in place of the game drive. Brunch is isually served at 10h00

Relax through midday hours around the pool, in the bar or make use of the Spa and gym facility at River Sands!

Enjoy a high Tea before setting off on your late afternnoon/evening game drive in search for game and enjoy sundowners before continuing with the driver in search for nocturnal predators.

Back at the Lodge, you will freshen up for a hearty 3 course dinner.Retire to your comfortable room, with a multitude of memories, to prepare yourself for the excitement of the day ahead.


Set off at first light for your final guided game activity – appreciating the typical scents and sounds of the bush you’ll realise how much you’ve learned already!  After brunch back at the safari camp it’s time to pack up and say our reluctant goodbyes; you are then transferred back to meet the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle bound for Johannesburg. Whatever you have seen and done you will have had an up-close and personal experience of the real African bush and wildlife! And a whole new world of experiences waits for your next visit.


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