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Kambaku River Sands

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sebastian, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Kambaku River Sands in September, though it has taken me a long time to find a moment to write this long overdue review on just how wonderful I found the place. I stayed for 4 nights, taking advantage of their special "4 nights for the price of 3" special. That alone was worth the review, as it... More

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a tremendous experience. The rooms were fabulous -- beautiful, spacious, clean, and comfortable. There's nothing like watching elephants and other wildlife walk past your back patio (or out your bathroom window). The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Phany and Rifos answered all our questions and found more animals than we had ever hoped to see. We saw the... More

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Hi there - thank you for your wonderful review on your stay with us! The wildlife inside the camp is pretty phenomenal - especially up close and personal ! we will pass on your comments to Phany and Rifos and are happy that the game viewing was so good during your stay and that you had the opportunity to see... More

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful stay here and they made our 30th Wedding Anniversary very special. All the staff are very welcoming and attentive. The food was brilliant and with the singing chef making the evening meal extra special. Game drives very informative with the ranger and tracker doing everything to ensure we saw all the big five.

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your stay at Kambaku River Sands - we hope that you have many special memories of your anniversary and glad that we could have made it special for you. We will pass on your compliments to our chef for his singing ! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I recently visited Kambaku River Sands for part of our honeymoon trip to South Africa. Based on our travel agents info and advice we knew we were in for a real treat. Kambaku River Sands did not disappoint and in fact was the highlight of our entire trip to SA. As mentioned by others, there's lots and... More

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review on your honeymoon stay with us! We always like to make special events extra special, and you seemed to have touched on many aspects of the lodge and game viewing that contributed to an exceptional stay. We hope to celebrate at least one anniversary sometime in the future with you again ! More

Hong Kong
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

As a group of friends travelling from Asia, our 4-day experience at Kambaku River Sands was absolutely amazing, and exceeded our expectations in most aspects. The game rides were impressive and our ranger & tracker were perfect guides, delivering new experiences and interesting sightings every day. The accommodation was extremely comfortable, comparable to a 5-star hotel but with a genuine... More

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Hello Brad - Thank you for your lovely review on your stay at River Sands. We are so happy that you enjoyed every moment and that the staff, facilities and game drives did not disappoint! we will pass on your compliments to the staff ! More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We travelled in a corporate group, booking out the full lodge (all 10 rooms). The good: The rooms, environment and wildlife are all excellent. During our stay there we had some wonderful sightings. The bad: The service was downright poor for a lodge claiming to be of this standard: - They did not inform us that they were busy with... More

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

As the owners of River Sands we would like to thank you for your review on your stay. Some of the points raised with us in your lengthy complaint were valid and we have taken them up with the relevant departments and staff members. The other points you have raised we find rather invalid, and we feel the need to... More

Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The staff at Kambaku make you feel right at home as soon as you get there! There are so many places to relax around the grounds with great game viewing. Every game drive was a great time and got to see so many animals! Food was wonderful as well as the hospitality. Would love to go back!

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Kambaku2007, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review on your stay at Kambaku. We are glad that you felt right at home and that you would consider coming back! We look forwards to seeing you again ! More

Granada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We really love our safari holiday at Kambaku River Sands. The owners, Bryce & Nicola, are very nice and welcoming - made us feel right at home. The decor is so beautiful, both in our room and the common area. Elephant family came to drink water at the swimming pool during breakfast and we were in awe. It was so... More

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Hi Kim - Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at River Sands - we really enjoyed having you here and you did feel like family visiting! The elephants that last morning were very special and we are so glad that you also experienced a bush walk - something small that shows one all the little things... More

Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I visited Kambaku River Sands with no idea what to expect - I had booked it through Wild Wings Safaris on their advice that the wildlife in Timbavati would be great, and that Kambaku would be a good place to see it from. After staying for three nights, the lodge exceeded any expectation I might have had. The staff was... More

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Hi Ryan, Thank you for your lengthy and generally very positive review of your stay at the lodge. Godsave is slowly becoming renowned for his singing and is the highlight of most dinners ! And then obviously the elephant drinking out the pool, never cease to awe even us locals - it is a very special sighting to be able... More

Orange County, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Two photographer friends and I spent a fabulous once in a lifetime stay from August 7-10, 2014. The minute we arrived, we were greeted by name by the friendly, helpful staff and led to our 1st class, beautifully appointed cottages where I was immediately able to witness up close a mother and baby elephant munching on trees from my back... More

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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review - you have highlighted one of the most wonderful aspects of the camp - the elephants up close and personal due to there being no fences around the camp. You really did have a phenomenal trip with the sightings of the wild dog pups, and the once in a lifetime hyenas killing the leopard!... More

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Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 10
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