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Reviewed February 27, 2015

my wife and myself spent five nights here in january 2015. The stay was part of a four week holiday.
We also visited Sabi and Madikwe reserves. As with our stay at Londolozi at Sabi what sets Kings Camp apart is the guiding and tracking. Our guide, Dean, went out of his way to give people the best safari experience. He contacted the owner of some private land adjoining Kings Camp so that we could see white lion which had settled there. The tracker was also superb. Once, being dropped off, he spent half an hour tracking cheetah on foot before radioing back to the jeep that he had found one, providing another great safari experience. The accommodation is roomy rather than out and out luxurious but still of a high standard. The food can be a bit hit and miss. Most of the time excellent but the occasional lapse.All in all an excellent stay in a rather beautiful reserve.
For anyone interested in seeing more photos of the game sighted at Kings Camp and others during our recent stay please visit www.neilgoodes.co.uk

Date of stay: January 2015
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2015

Kings Camp must be the most hospitable camp I have ever been to!
The staff, the setting, the luxury and the position makes it the camp to visit in the Timbavati!
The food and service is excellent!
Thank to Warren and his staff for a great evening at Kings Camp!
Charles Fuller

Date of stay: February 2015
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2  Thank cfuller2015
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KingsCampManagement, Manager at Kings Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2015

Thank you Charles for the kind words. It was our pleasure! Regards Warren

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Reviewed February 17, 2015

My wife and I visited King's Camp at the beginning of September 2014 as part of a month-long visit to South Africa. It well exceeded our expectations even though we knew the layout of the land from neighbors who had been there several years prior. The estate itself is luxurious enough to satisfy most folks, though I have heard you can pay more and have even greater luxury elsewhere, though I am unsure why this is necessary--especially if you are out of your cottage most of the time--as we were. The cottages are mostly twins sharing a single wall--but you cannot hear the other guests at all. Each has a very large bedroom-lounge area, an outside area (front and back but mainly in back) with plenty of room to sit and savor the reserve views. We saw quite a few animals roaming behind our cottage, a few not so dangerous types inside the electrified barriers too. There is also a very nice bathroom and both indoor and outdoor showers. The huge bed with netting and posts was invitingly romantic, and the room was always supplied with a nice liquor, fruits, and a custom made daily schedule. We were not so liking of all the animal rugs everywhere, but the camp is an example of an earlier time lodge, and the setup is appropriate and interesting.

We did all of the animal drives and found them fascinating, startling and educational all mixed together. They were also a bit tiring as you get up early for the sunrise safari, and this can be cold as when we were there, so this takes some energy out of one. Then you come back to a great large breakfast, in their elegant dining area overlooking a water hole and their property. Then perhaps a game walk with your guide--which we also did every day---an opportunity not to be missed to appreciate more aspects of the ecosystem, trees, plants and some of the geology. Then a magnificent lunch, a short time to get ready for the sunset safari, then after that a robust excellent dinner. We somehow squeezed time in for massages too, but there was not a lot of time spent in the cottages for more contemplation.

We stayed three and a half days, and a better plan would have been to stay 5-6 days and opt out on some of the safaris and enjoy the comforts of the camp itself more.

The safaris depend on the guides and spotters to find game, and the local camps cooperate on this by radio. You should always see the "big 5" if you stay two days. We saw them several times over, sometimes in memorable circumstances (particularly a kill being introduced to a small leopard cub by its mother). Jade Bradshaw, our guide, was exceptionally knowledgeable, and a fantastic host. He was also quite a character, and his interpretations on all things Kruger and South African had us alternatively thinking hard and laughing hard.

We are foodies and found the food very good to excellent. There was a tendency to cook the meats a bit more than we preferred--perhaps local custom. However most meals were memorable and elegantly presented. Our last breakfast was actually done out on safari, with a natural area temporarily converted into a luxury station for the guests and staff. Fantastic.

Tips on cottages: We would never need a larger one, but there may be single (non-twin) ones and larger single ones available. Our cottage was more on the camp periphery than many others, and this afforded more game watching in the back. For lunch and breakfast watch out for the monkeys that will steal right off your plate.

On the safari we found two preferential spots: next to the driver/guide or in the back row (there are usually three rows). Learning form the guide and the spotter is great when you are next to them in the truck, but you can see better and take easier photos from the back (top) row in the truck. We took about 1000 images, many of which needed no zoom at all, and I was surprised how closely animals could be approached. This could freak out some folks.

Note you have to allow time to get to King's Camp, and this could take 2/3 of a day depending how you set it up. Next time we intend to explore some of the canyons we flew over on the way in, where the geology changes abruptly from the Johannesburg-area plain.

Finally the staff here were wonderful. Helpful with clothes selection, general logistics, history and local art, and any issues in the cottages. Response time was always short, and everyone seemed very cheerful with their activities.

Room tip: See review. I'd suggest a cottage far from the center of the camp, even though then you walk more.
Date of stay: September 2014
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1  Thank Glenn W
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Reviewed January 18, 2015

Our family of six stayed at Kings Camp in early November 2014. To say that it was amazing, brilliant, wonderful and any other positive adjective you can come up with is a total understatement. It was our first safari and we couldn't have been more thrilled with the grounds, experiences and most of all the people. All around the hotel, rooms, service, food, etc. were everything we expected, hoped for and more. The one thing I would like to focus on for this review are our amazing guide/tracker team Jade and Albert. They were completely outstanding and were the reason why we had such a wonderful experience. We really enjoyed every minute we spent with them. They are a true team and partners all around. You immediately feel the team work between the two of them and their true love for what they do. Albert has phenomenal tracking skills and his all around knowledge is incredible. Jade brings his insane passion and also knowledge which creates an energy of excitement and enthusiasm which is infectious and helps to create magical moments and experiences. Together they are just the best and cannot be compared to. If you have the opportunity and priveledge to visit this camp you must request them as your team and you're sure to have an outstanding experience. I can't say enough wonderful things about the two of them and the rest of the team at the camp. We wish we could go back!!!!!!! We love South Africa and we most enjoyed our time at King's Camp. I can't wait to go back one day very soon!! All the best to the entire team, especially Albert and Jade - keep doing the amazing work you're doing creating magical memories for people around the world that have the honor of visiting you!!!!! With the highest respect and love, the Sweeney and Cadourcy families!!!

Date of stay: November 2014
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Reviewed January 10, 2015

We stayed as a large family and the quality at the lodge was only superseeded by the kindness and subtle but 100% service of everyone. Care, kindness, service, knowledge, quality of food, quality and design of lodges and housing was superb. The nature and animals were a privileged to see and learn about. Makes you think why one is not spending even more time in our own nature.....the guides and trackers really made a great work to have us experience and learn the most. Thanks to Jade&Albert, Remember&Elvis for enduring our stream of simple questions. We long to return!

Date of stay: December 2014
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KingsCampManagement, General Manager at Kings Camp, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2015

Thank you kindly for the wonderful review of your stay with us that you have posted on TA. It is very rewarding for me and my team to receive special feedback like yours. We wish you a wonderful 2015 and hope to see you back again soon. Warmest Regards Warren, Lisha and the Kings Camp team.

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