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Kambaku Safari Lodge

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Kambaku Safari Lodge
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New York City, New York
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent several days of our honeymoon at Kambaku and it was an amazing experience from start to finish. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by David and a warm staff and felt right at home. Our accommodations were perfect (spacious, well scented room, large on suite bathroom) and surprisingly romantic. The resort itself has a pool... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the reserve many times before but this was our first time staying at KSL. Everything about it is superb and I highly recommend it as a tranquil and relaxing haven. The rooms are spacious and beautifully arranged with the special little touches (don’t want to spoil it by telling all), each chalet has its own seating area... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for you lengthy and detailed review. It is much appreciated by us all here at Kambaku and in a competitive world we feel it is the smaller details that make the difference for our guests compared to many of the other lodges available. You have summed up everything that we strive for - a warm friendly welcoming environment,... More 

Mauterndorf, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the start we were greeted like long lost friends...shown to very roomy, comfortable lodges with a wonderful view across to the watering hole. Little touches of sprinkled flowers and leaves made us feel special and bedtime stories to summon a dream..... Our morning and evening game drives were full and our knowledgeable Ranger ensured we learnt everything possible about... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review - you have summed up everything that we strive for and it is fantastic that you recognise those small touches that we use to make every guest feel special and welcome. The game viewing on Kambaku and in Timbavati generally is phenomenal at the moment and it was fantastic to be able to share this... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with little knowledge of what to expect and were just blown away. Maybe it was the incredible experience with the animals. Maybe it was the exposure to the African culture. Maybe it was the way the entire management and staff made us feel comfortable and like family. This will be hard to top and will never be forgotten!... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review - it is fantastic that we were able to give you a memorable experience of how game viewing and a safari should be! Am sure you have all been bitten by 'the African bug' and will be returning again soon. With that in mind it would be fantastic to welcome you back so that we... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of 10 was comprised of: four parents and six children ages 15-26. We stayed for 7 days and went on game drives every morning and afternoon. Food: A+. Every meal was incredible. The meal timing, quality and quantity were perfect. We told the resort in advance that one person in our group had dietary restrictions (GF, DF, and... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Wow - and we give you A+ for being such fun and easy going guests! Thanks so much for the review - it is very much appreciated and it was a delight being able to spend some quality time with you since you spent a whole week with us. We would love to see you again as soon as you... More 

Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this place as the safari destination for our family of 4. We have two boys, 8 and 10. We wanted to make sure we find a kid friendly place with excellent game drives. And, as we later found out, we made a perfect choice! Staff was extremely friendly. We arrived quite late at night, but, to our surprise,... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for you positive review - it was a delight hosting you and your family and we always try and help families keep their younger members well entertained - maybe your son could apply for a job in the future! Please come back and stay longer next time! Kind regards David - on behalf of the Kambaku Team More 

Crested Butte, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are currently on a 7 month around the world trip with our four boys (4, 7, 10 and 12). Our stay at Kambaku was a magical experience for us all. David was a very welcoming host, and our twice daily drives with Neill and Eric were exceptional. They were determined for us to see everything Timbavati had to offer,... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your very positive review - it is much appreciated and we are delighted that you selected Kambaku Safari Lodge as part of your amazing journey with your family. We were delighted that you were able to see the famous white lions and that you saw so much game for which Timbavati is famous for. We are delighted... More 

Deerfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's the people and the experience that makes this place special. The staff was awesome. The rooms were great and the facilities top notch. I understand this lodge is a bit more affordable as it doesn't have a ton of little used frills. Safaris are so expensive you get a lot of value for your money here. On safari I... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review - feedback is always important to us and appreciated. We are delighted that you recognise that the staff make a big contribution to our guests enjoyment and we strive to create a relaxing and friendly atmosphere without being obtrusive. Thanks also for your comment regarding the additional luxuries that some lodges may offer that we... More 

sebastopol, ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am giving this 5 stars because David and Bonghi have created a place where you feel genuinely welcome and catered to...the beds are heavenly and their trackers, Gideon and Eric are magicians. An African safari comes down to the guides (ok...and a little luck...) and Kambaku Safari Lodge has some of the best... super patient and hard working. They... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your positive review - it is much appreciated and valued. As a family friendly lodge we always make sure that guests do not negatively impact on each other as far as possible, so when it comes to small children I always keep a close eye on all of our guests to make sure everyone - including the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

David and the entire Kambaku staff are incredible. They make you feel at home and share their passion for nature in such an intimate, exciting way. The 'behind the scene' organization makes the day feel relaxed and effortless. The game drives are exciting every day, I found myself waking up ready for a new adventure each morning. 3 nights were... More 

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Kambaku2007, Manager at Kambaku Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Thanks so much for complementing the activities that go on 'behind the scenes' - there is a lot of it! We love hosting guests that share our passion for the wildlife and the bush and we are delighted that we made your stay so memorable. I think next time you should plan on staying longer... More 

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