Kambaku River Sands
unfenced camp is perfectly situated on the banks of a dry river bed allowing animals to roam freely around and through the camp. The suites are set spaciously apart, allowing for secluded views of the unspoilt bush. The main lodge has a spacious lounge with two enormous open fireplaces, a pool and bar overlooking the waterhole, and well stocked wine cellar. This more exclusive lodge offer a bush spa and gym, spa baths and outdoor showers. Come and experience classic luxury in a pristine setting with traditional Kambaku style and hospitality.
Guests at Kambaku River Sands are often afforded a safari experience with a difference from either their own private decks or the main lodge area, with almost daily up close and personal experiences with elephant, buffalo and bushbuck to name but a few.
The main lodge has a spacious lounge with two enormous open fireplaces for the cool winter nights. The bar allows for guests to watch elephants drinking out of the swimming pool while enjoying a cold beer or chilled glass of wine.
Kambaku River Sands
Our wine cellar stocked with a selection of South Africa’s best, is ideally positioned to view the waterhole and all the daily four legged regulars.
Co-owner Bryce has added his experience and special flair for wilderness cooking to the scrumptious bush cuisine offered by Kambaku River Sands and delicious meals in the relaxed and elegant setting of the lodge become memorable occasions where good food is enhanced by good company.
Timbavati is home not only to the Big 5 but also to the famous White Lions of the Timbavati, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the wild. Kambaku River Sands is most privileged to be able to afford their guests the best opportunity of viewing the magnificent creatures with both properties falling within the white lion prides territory.
As with Kambaku River Sands the owners, Bryce and Nicola, have made it their mission to offer a personal guided wildlife experience that endeavours to provide visitors with an up-close -and-personal experience and interaction with the bush and its inhabitants.
Our mission is to provide an unforgettable wildlife experience in a magical environment, so that the legends indeed do linger on in the memory of the guest.
Accommodation at Kambaku River Sands:
All rooms are elegantly decorated, with wonderful view from the private deck of the river bed or the surrounding bush. All sliding doors are protected with mosquito netting, and the beds draped with classic white satin nets. Sit back and relax in the spacious privacy of your room.
Facilities on offer at Kambaku River Sands:
- 10 Thatched Suites
- Private viewing deck
- Mini bar, butlers tray
- On-suite bathroom with spa bath, double shower, private toilet overlooking the wild surrounds
- Outdoor shower
- Air Conditioning
The main lodge, with its high thatched and raised decking, overlooks the camp waterhole. The spacious surroundings allow for guests to relax around the infinity pool, at the bar, in the wine cellar, or in the luxurious comfort the lounge. Wifi is also available in the main lodge area. The Spa:
The spa provides a private swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms, ideal for those who would like some pampering or those who feel the need to keep moving during their holiday. Relax and rejuvenate and spoil yourself.
The Boma and Bush dinners:
These are a regular affair in the camp, and provide an exclusive African dinner experience – one never to be forgotten. Sit back and enjoy dinner under the stars, the local cuisine, and festivities often cause for singing and dancing. The Curio Shop:
Stocked with a variety of locally handcrafted items, as well as clothing and mementos.
Kambaku River Sands Activities:
Being unfenced, the camp allows for free movement of game through the lodge. Game drives provide the ideal opportunity to track down the Big 5 and more, bush walks the space to explore the smaller gems of the bush, and the time in camp during the heat of the day, to observe relaxed animal behaviour from the peace and quiet of your own personal deck.
Game drives are in an uncovered vehicle - allowing for excellent photographic opportunities, with experienced rangers passionate about the bush. Some of our activities on offer:
- Morning and evening game drives
- Bush walks
- Birding from the local hide at Twins dam
- Overnight sleep out
- Spa treatments
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Clothing & Accessories:
What to wear on safari? Cool, casual clothing for lodge wear is the order of the day. Short and sandals and swimwear for the pool are required. Sturdy closed trainers or walking boots are a must for bush walks, and long trousers are a better bet. Do not forget sunglasses, hats and sun-block, and often a lightweight cotton long-sleeved top should be considered for those with a more sensitive skin.
In winter jackets, beanies and scarves will definitely make the mornings and evenings a more comfortable experience, even so, blankets are provided on the drive, and ponchos for rainy days in summer.
Health & Climate:
Malaria is endemic to the area and tick bite fever is also quite common. Insect repellent on the body is a must, and keeps not only mosquitoes, but tick, spiders and the like at bay, although regular ‘body-bug’ inspections should be done.
Mosquito nets are found in all the rooms, however it is prudent still to take the necessary medications to prevent infection. Please consult your travel clinic or physician before embarking on your journey as there are a number of products on the market, each with their own pros and cons.