We had a fantastic stay at Kambaku. It’s a small lodge with just 8 chalets so away from the crowds and a true African bush experience. There are family chalets for families with small children. We were 8 in total which meant that we had our own private safari vehicle. I could have taken Rosie on the safaris but I didn’t feel that she would enjoy so my mom and me alternated.
Timbavati is easy accessible and about a 6 hour drive from Johannesburg or a 1 hour drive from Hoedspruit. Hoedspruit has an airport and daily flights from Johannesburg are available.
The lodge is owner run by the lovely couple Bryce and Nicola. Their attention to detail and hospitality was great. Dinner was set up at different spots. We had one night at the boma with a fire and one night close to the waterhole. There’s a lovely pool with a sundeck which also gives you a view of the waterhole. Warthogs and monkeys were frequent visitors so even if you don’t join for all the game drives, from the comfort of your lazy chair you will be able to see some wildlife. The lodge is moving all its electricity supply to solar, a massive installation but very nice to know for the more environmentally aware traveler.
As mentioned in my earlier post, I’ve had the privilege to visit Timbavati 3 times already and each time I have amazing wildlife sightings. This time we saw lion on different occasions. We watched a leopard eating an impala in a tree and 29 wild dogs playing around the jeeps. I didn’t join for all the safaris because I stayed with Rosie and one afternoon there were 5 or 5 elephants at the water hole just in front of our chalet. So special!! Of course when I ran to fetch my camera they were gone by the time I came back. Too bad! Sometimes we shouldn’t care about the picture but just embrace and enjoy the moment.
Current rates 2013 at Kambaku: ZAR 3.100 per person sharing which includes all your meals (brunch, high tea, dinner), house wines, local bears and soft drinks, tea, coffee and 2 open jeep safaris per day.
It excludes once off ZAR 170 per person conservation levies for Timbavati, all bar spirits and special wines and other personal expenses.