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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Granada
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Los Angeles, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Orange County, California
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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

Mission Viejo, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A hearty thank you to Bryce and his staff for an excellent experience. Accommodations, food and service were five star. We went to photograph the big game of the reserve and we're not disappointed. Every morning and evening we experienced the African bush with our ranger and tracker in the perfect vehicle for photography. If you want to photograph the... More

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

Thank you for the comments on the photography aspect that we offer at both River Sands and Safari Lodge. Most of our guides are passionate about their photography and will readily offer sound advice while out on drive to guests who would like to know a bit more about photography in the bush. It is always wonderful to hear that... More

Essex, England
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We stayed 6 nights at this Lodge as we couldn't get all the dates for the Lodge we normally stay at, having been to the Timbavati numerous times, we love the area, we would certainly stay again. Lovely setting over looking the river bed, lovely rooms. Had some great sightings large (1000 head of Buffalo) and small a Porcupine on... More

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

Thank you so much for your review on your time spent at River Sands - it certainly seems that you got to appreciate all the smaller things the bush has to offer as well as the big animals. I will pass your appreciation on to Godsave regarding his singing - He does really do a good show ! we really... More

Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Thank you to the wonderfully welcoming, friendly and attentive staff at Kambaku for making our few days in the bush so special. As a couple and a family, we have been to the Timbavati many times over the years and one of the experiences we look for is feeling that we are in the bush and not some big hotel.... More

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

Hi Jenny - Thank you so much for the wonderful review on your stay with us. We really do try at making every aspect of your stay special - nothing is too big or too small in the bush not to be appreciated and enjoyed. I will pass on your compliments to the staff too as they love hearing the... More

Copenhagen, Denmark
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Having stayed in other lodges in the Timbavati before, we were very excited to try this 'new' lodge. Rooms are large and wellapointed, very airy, do however consider some screening. Rooms are see through for everybody on the patway. Super large bathroom with both in- and outdoor- showers, soakertub and a loo with a view. Just great. A small table... More

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

Hello and thank you for your review on Kambaku River Sands! It is always helpful to receive feedback about changes we can make in camp to make guest's stay more comfortable, and we are looking into the screening idea between the rooms to see how we can best do it to blend in with the bush and feel of the... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Kambaku River Sands was absolutely wonderful! Nicola and Bryce are just the most amazing hosts, and Bryce is the ultimate ranger, who made sure we saw everything! The accommodation, the lodge the food, the staff was fabulous. We highly recommend this gem in the heart of the Timbavati. The night the elephant herd came to drink water from the pool... More

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

Thank you for your review on Kambaku River Sands! The close up and personal especially with the elephants drinking out the pool - is often a winner ! We appreciate that our guides carry over more thank just the big 5 - as the bush has so much more to offer. Looking forwards to welcoming you back again! More

Utica, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Our trip was fantastic! From the food, to the accommodations, the gracious staff and the superb guides this trip was beyond our expectations. We visted in January and had a wonderful time. The guides enthusiasm and expertise allowed us to not only see animals but learn about the animal behaviors. During down times the excitement and fun continued as animals... More

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

Thank you for the glowing review on River Sands - once again I am please to note that both the lodge experience as well as the fantastic game viewing has been complimented. I will pass on all the comments to the staff as they do us proud ! More

Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Highly recommend Kambuka. The rooms are very spacious, the view over the dry river bed from your balcony with the elephants walking through is fantastic, and the main area in the lodge is very inviting to either have a swim in the pool or just sit and relax. Not that there is much time to relax! You are on safari... More

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

Thank you for your wonderful review on River Sands !One of the greatest attractions of the camp is the fact that there are no fences and that we often have animals wondering through the camp - anything from elephants to buffalo to hippos, and the occasion leopard and hyena ! It definitely makes you feel that you are deep in... More

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Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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