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“A must do safari lodge”
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Kings Camp
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A must do safari lodge”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

This lodge was the best in every aspect. You were made very special and the staff are as good as any in Africa. Food,rooms excellent. Great safari experiences,lots of animals and very good ranger knowledge. Our ranger Patrick and tracker Albert were experts and told the animal stories in very special ways. We went to 3 game parks and this is the must return one. It would be worth a day to just relax and take in the facilities as well as it is relaxed and tranquil
Thanks to the team Peter and Elizabeth Short

Room Tip: Spend a few dollars more and have the honeymoon suite rooms,they are worth it
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

We just returned from our South African trip and Kings Camp was definitely the highlight of our 2 week trip. This is a place to return to time and again. Warren and Lisha are such gracious and welcoming hosts and this is mirrored in all the staff. The accommodations - well our daughter thought they looked like something out of Ralph Lauren ad. The food was delicious and chef, Nico, even shared a delicious recipe. Our ranger was Patrick and our guide was Albert. They were incredible, working hard for sightings and situating us to to get a great photo. Patrick's passion and enthusiasm was contagious and his knowledge was vast. He inspired and educated us. Our profound thanks to all the people at Kings Camp for making our visit so special and memorable.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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EDGEWATER
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

I wanted to add our review of our stay at Kings Camp this May 2012. I did a lot of research trying to decide where to stay on our trip to South Africa. This is a long and expensive trip and I wanted to get it right. After much consideration, we chose Kings Camp, and I am glad that we did. After reading all the reviews, I wasn't sure any place could live up to them. But Kings Camp did. We have returned from SA and all I can say is - this was the most fun, relaxing, tranquil, educational trip we have ever taken. It was amazing. I did not want to leave. I didn't really believe everyone who said, oh you'll love South Africa and being on safari, but they were right!

Kings Camp was absolutely wonderful, all the staff, all the amenities, everything - they seemed to anticipate your needs before you knew them. Tristan, Shanna and Dane were hands on and always ready to answer any questions and take care of any requests. Warren and Lisha are gracious hosts - they make you feel comfortable right away, without intruding on your privacy. All of our connections getting to and back from Kings Camp worked like clock-work. All of the dining and housekeeping staff are friendly, with genuine smiles for you. The warm bath at the end of the evening game drive (you have to ask for it after the first night because some guests don't want it -how crazy are they?) is a real treat.

And the game drives were just - well, words don't do them justice. Our ranger and tracker, Patrick and Albert, absolutely made the trip. They were so full of information, so generous, patient, passionate and good at what they do, it's amazing. We cannot recommend them highly enough. We went on two game drives a day - one from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and then again from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. We saw lions, leopards, giraffe, elephants, wart hogs, cape buffalo, impala, rhino, hippo, tons of birds, baboons, monkeys. We were charged by a lion, an elephant snorted at us and pounded his feet and waved his trunk in a threatening manner, all within 5 feet of the jeep. We were surrounded by elephant one night, close enough to reach out and touch them. Which we didn't. We saw a rhino and her baby calf, the calf was suckling and when the mom rhino moved, the baby gave out this little bitty whine. We saw a pride of lions nuzzling each other; the next day they were hunting a cape buffalo, the next day they were eating the cape buffalo they killed.

When it came time to leave, Lisha, Tristan and Shanna were all there to give us hugs and wish us safe travels. How often does that happen? This is a truly special place.

Room Tip: We had rooms 8 and 9; I understand that the honeymoon rooms are twice the size, but since our rooms...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Our stay at Kings Camp was beyond words. From the time Warren picked us up to the moment we left, it was pure joy. The lodge is lovely. Elegance but with restraint. Nothing over the top, but very beautiful, comfortable and commodious. And what's not to like about an outdoor shower. The admin staff are there to greet you. The food is excellent and beautifully presented three times a day by the chef and his staff. The entire staff is friendly and helpful and they really love hearing about your experiences. Special kudos to our driver, Remember, and our tracker, Elvis. The best ever. We saw the most amazing sights, virtually every animal there was to see including the rare wild dogs as well as a lion pride on the hunt. Remember had an amazing store of knowledge about the bushveld and its inhabitants that helped us understand just how special these areas and animals are. We were treated like well-loved family. Special events were our Boma and the Bush dinner--the word incredible doesn't cover it. For those who like to exercise (if you can fit it into your schedule, there is a small gym. For those who want massage, there are full services in a small glass enclosed area on the grounds where you can watch for wildlife at the watering hole). After dark, there is always someone to escort you to and fro from your thatched roof cottage to wherever you wish to go. The camp is fairly small, so going from cabins to the beautiful dining area or the shop or to get to the jeeps is no problem--and you might see a monkey on your walk!!! There is a lovely lounge with a full bar, areas both indooors and out to sit and relax, including a second story sitting area from which you can see the water hole which often has impala around it. I could go on and on, but to sum up---WOW. I sure want to go back.

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin 9. I believe they are all pretty much the same. Our adult kids were in #8. We...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

I usually use these forums to vent my disappointments but I've got NOTHING bad at all to say about this experience, in fact I could froth at the mouth for hours about how good this place is. You can have all the trimmings you like but if the staff cant deliver its not worth a cracker. Kings Camp delivers. The service was excellent and we felt welcome from the outset. Our two children are aged 6 and 8 and I would like to thank all the staff for making the kids feel so welcome. The days are long for young children but our guide Morne, and his tracker Selby were outstanding, they were tolerant and inclusive. The place was thick with wildlife, we loved the sunset drinks and the nocturnal drive home was something else. We covered so much ground for the 12 drives and there was never a dull moment. On each return to the camp the staff were waiting to makes sure we were not left wanting. Our family was split into two vehicles and our 6 year old spent time with Remember and Elvis who were very good to her. The accomodation was very comfortable, loved the outdoor showers! Nico and his team kept the great food coming and yet again they went out of their way for the children with meal timing and menus. This is a superb place serviced by excellent staff, Thanks Lisha and Melissa and I know G&T (as do we) really want to thank Morne, Selby, Remeber, Elvis, Nico and Johannes for the way they were treated during our visit. To anyone who is contemplating such a holiday, you wont go wrong at Kings Camp.......and make sure you have one of Shirleys Dom Pedros before you hit the pillow.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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New Delhi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2012

If you want to experiance true pampering and luxury in the midst of the most beautiful wilderness- then head to Kings Camp. We spent a week here and it was too short. Every day was wonderful and unique. Our guide Morne was like a magician who could seemingly produce on demand any animal in the bush that my demanding photographer husband would mention. We had some of the most amazing experiances- from watching an entire pride of lions feed just a few feet away from us, to a leopard hunting, to watching a heard to wild buffalo milling around the jeep and elephants literally brushing past. And after that wild experiance you shock your system by coming home to plush beds with electric blankets, a super luxurious bathroom and gourmet meals served with the best wines. Since we own a luxury camp ourselves in India, our expectations were high to say the least- and Kings camp surpassed them all.

Room Tip: All rooms are wonderful and each one has its own charm.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2012

We stayed two nights here following our 3 night stay in Arathusa Safari Lodge. We would certainly recommend Kings Camp but our experience with Arathusa was outstanding and set the bar very high.

The welcome, the room, the service were great... not to mention the super experience of eating a candlelit dinner on our veranda under the stars and next to the bush. Perfect place for couples.

Our one small criticism is that for one of our dinners we ate in the courtyard for a banquet meal. Whilst lots of effort have been made in cooking several different dishes, we felt the lodge was just trying to do too much all in one evening and the quality of the food was nowhere near as good as the other meals at the camp.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kings Camp
Address: Unkhulu Gate, Argyle Road, Kruger National Park 1218, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kings Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a colonial past in a pristine corner of unspoilt Africa. Kings Camp is situated facing an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife, day and night.Eleven generously spacious colonial suites are luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah. Dark tones of wood and thatch offset the natural colours of the bushveld. ... more   less 
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