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Kambaku Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
new york
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Greatest Accommodation in the African Bush”
Reviewed August 21, 2008

This was an amazing stay. For an accommodation basically in the middle of nowhere, with no electricity, it was the classiest place Ive ever been to. The staff was great, very nice and accommodating. When we first arrived they all came out to greet us warmly. Our rooms were clean and unique with a stone decor. We had 3 course meals every night, with plenty variety between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are few people there because it is a private lodge, so everyone is very friendly with each other, you almost feel like a family before you leave. The rangers and trackers for the safari are very knowledgeable and experienced, you always feel safe. They are allowed to go off road for the big 5, which makes your safari experience a better one. Overall for the price and experience I really enjoyed my stay and wouldn't hesitate to come back again in the future. I recommend Timbavati and Kamaku lodging to anyone looking for a great safari.

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Reviewed June 26, 2008

We spent four days at Kambuka in June. From the moment we arrived till our reluctance farewell we had a fabulous time. The staff were great, always accommodating, especially Barney (ranger) and Sam (tracker) - these guys really know about the animals and environment and made the whole learning experience fun and entertaining. Great location, well equipped chalets and magnificent view of animals coming to the nearby water hole. Meals were well prepared and satisfying. In fact hard to fault the entire experience.

Philip and Sharon

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  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2008

We had a great time at the Kambaku Lodge. Thanks to Valdi the office manager, Mark and David, the rangers ,Eric the tracker , Patrick the waiterf and the entire kitchen staff. The accomodations were excellent. We didnt miss not having electricity since we were in the bush in the am and pm. By the time dinner was eaten and the wine was consumed, it was time for bed. The food was excellent as was the wine. The staff made sure we had a good time and an unforgetable experience. I felt like I was hanging out with my best friends. We had daily visits from a family of warthogs, right outside our door. We had multiple close up viewings of the animals and it was done in a manner not to disturb/frighten them. The team was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We definately would recommend the Kambaku lodge to anyone considering a safari in South Africa. We could not have picked a better place to stay.

  • Liked — The staff made the whole experience unbelievable
  • Disliked — Nothing everything was over the top
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Israel
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Reviewed November 24, 2007

This lodge was once called Akeru and was taken over by the original owner in August 2007.
The accommodation was outstanding - clean, new linen, attention to detail and high quality. The food was excellent and included wonderful breakfasts, light lunches and dinner fit for kings, served either in the lovely lounge area or around the boma.
Tanya, the owner, bent over backwards to help us with every little need and Barney, the chief ranger and manager was an amazing, never ending encyclopedia of knowledge about the game, wildlife etc.

If you are looking for excellent value for money, wonderful hospitality and a chance to see all the big five, this is the place to visit. Thanks to all for making us feel so at home - we will be back!

  • Liked — warmth, game viewing trips
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2007

We spent five nights at this wonderful lodge located in the Timbavati
reserve.

The rooms are very nicely designed with four poster beds, comfortable
chairs, front porches, and nicely appointed bathrooms. Although there
is no electric light, kerosene lamps were very atmospheric, but you can use a halogen lantern if you need more light. There is an electrical outlet that you can use to recharge batteries and there is always plenty of hot water.

The main lounge area is lovely and very comfortable. The pool liked very nice, but it was too cold to use it while we were there (it was during winter). The food was "home cooking", but of excellent quality.

Game drives were absolutely fantastic! Our guide Kerrie and tracker Sam were superb (as was every staff member we met).

I understand that the lodge will change hands at the end of July, so I don't know how that will affect its management of traversing rights
in the reserve, but our stay there was superb.

  • Liked — The wonderful service - great staff
  • Disliked — That we had to leave
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
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Thame, UK
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Reviewed June 29, 2007

We stayed at Akeru in April 2007 for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon. It was definitely the highlight of South Africa for us! The owner made us feel so welcome and the whole camp is run like it's a family unit. The staff are friendly and attentive. The home prepared and cooked food is wonderful (and plenty of it) and the rangers are extremely knowledgeable.

Although Timbavati hasn't got the highest number of Big 5 sightings per day compared to main Kruger, staying here 4 nights meant that we saw everything at least once. We certainly got close encounters with the big 5, as well as antelope, birds, smaller cats, mongoose, not to mention the semi-tame warthogs that frequent the camp most afternoons.

The days are relaxed, the atmosphere chilled, the staff friendly and the whole experience unforgettable!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 11, 2007

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon at the end of May 2007.

What a fantastic place. Please bear in mind this was our first safari experience and thus we have nothing to compare it to but never the less, we loved it.

The camp was very intimate and romantic, added to by the fact that there is no electricity in the chalets, meaning you use candles and lanterns for light.

The chalets were more than comfortable, 4 poster bed with drapes, bathroom with double shower/bath and a porch/patio area looking onto a water hole.

The food was magnificent and I do mean that. All home cooked and beautifully presented.

The pool area was adequate and the bar and communal seating area was charming.

The camp was open in which I mean with the exception of an electric elephant proof wire surrounding the camp, any other wildlife could and did come into camp.

This took some getting used to... for example we would be lying sunbathing when suddenly a troop of warthogs come is for a look, or the monkey who sat on out porch each night when we came back from our evening game drive!!!

Also we had a Rhino in camp one night and one of the communal sofas had been chewed to bits by what we think was a Hyiena!

The game drives were great... look the Timbavati is not Sabi Sands so perhaps the sightings of game are a little more hard to come by but you will see plenty. In 3 days we saw 4 of the so called big 5 and lots more.

If you are looking for 5 star, private plunge pool, butler service then this place aint for you although if you are I would suggest you may be missing the point of safari.

If you are looking for rustic luxury, a romantic escape, good food, charming service and great if not astounding game drives then look no further

  • Liked — food, service and relaxed atmophere
  • Disliked — the pool was small and water was cold...
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kambaku Safari Lodge
Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kambaku Safari Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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.The camp is well situated in this unspoilt natural wilderness area, home to an astonishing array of animals including the Big 5. Kambaku provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules, with eight well appointed thatched chalets overlooking our own private waterhole.Attracting guests from around the world, Kambaku offers superior standards in all of our facilities yet always maintaining a high level of environmental consciousness. Our dedicated staff will cater to the individual needs of our guests making for a truly memorable stay. With scrumptious bush cuisine in a relaxed, rustic setting our guests can truly unwind and immerse themselves in the restorative powers of nature. ... more   less 
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