Kings Camp Private Game Reserve is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park on the western boundary and was established in 1995 as a premier Eco-tourism destination. Kings Camp is not only a beautiful holiday destination but is home to an incredible team of dedicated, proud and passionate staff. We believe that the foundation of the lodge is the strength of our team.
The lodge is managed by husband and wife team, Warren and Lisha Moore. Warren started his career at Kings Camp in 1995 as a ranger taking over the management in 1998, the same year that he and Lisha were married. Lisha left an eight year career with South African Airways to start working at the lodge in 1996. Since 1995, they have nurtured and run Kings Camp Timbavati Game Reserve as if it was their own.
The lodge is managed by husband and wife team, Warren and Lisha Moore. Warren started his career at Kings Camp in 1995 as a ranger taking over the management in 1998 the same year that he and Lisha were married. Lisha left an eight year career as a flight attendant with South African Airways to start working at the lodge in 1996.
For the past 21 years, they have nurtured and run Kings Camp Kruger National Park as if it was their own. They are the proud parents of two children Cathan and Sveva and together they live their dream in the middle of the African bush.
CHILDREN: Children aged from 6 and above are permitted at the Lodge. Children under 12 years pay 50% if they share a suite with 2 full paying guests; otherwise the full adult rate applies.
Private safaris under the guidance of a skilled ranger will prove to be an exhilarating experience for bird-watchers and tree enthusiasts as they explore the rarer sights and wonders of the bush.
Any particular requests such as guided walks or tribal dances under the great African skies will be arranged with pleasure.
Facilities at Kings Camp
Kings Camp offers a lounge/dining room, bar, pool terrace and a game viewing platform which overlooks a very active waterhole. Other facilities include the curio shop, laundry, valet, fax, gym and library with internet facilities.
Kings Camp is exceptionally proud of its viewing deck which overlooks an open savanna with a watering hole. Guests can safely soak up the stillness and serenity of the bush while keeping a sharp lookout for passing animals and birds.
There is an exceptional wine-cellar and South African cuisine is served. Any specialised dietary requests will be catered for - prior notice required.
Therapy Lapa offers reflexology, aromatherapy, indian head massage and body massage.
On warm evenings, guests may be treated to a three course meal in the heart of the bushveld. As guests complete their evening game drive, they will be enticed by the essence of a burning fire, to arrive to a hurricane lit dining room in the bush.
With the finest in cuisine and service excellence, guests will enjoy an unforgettable feast under African starlit skies.
Kings Camp`s principal attraction is the astonishing diversity and abundance of wildlife species that inhabit the reserve.
Mammalian species alone number 147, including 27 ungulates (hoofed mammals) and 4 large carnivores. Many of these spectacular animals are likely to be spotted even on a short visit.
There are also many lesser-known animals that most visitors find fascinating to behold, from exotic reptiles and amphibians, to colourful and bizarre insects.
In addition to its wealth of biological diversity, there is something else that many visitors soon discover. In Kings Camp there exists an atmosphere of undisturbed nature - of true wilderness.
Here there is a sense that the land has never belonged to man; and that ever since the Pleistocene - the "Golden Age of Mammals" - this land has belonged to those majestic creatures that dominated virtually the entire world during that remote epoch.
Accommodation at Kings Camp
Accommodation at Kings Camp takes the form of six Luxury Suites, one Family Suite and two lavish Honeymoon Suites. Each of these are positioned on the edge of a savanna plain scattered with Acacia trees and enjoy stunning views of the African bushveld. A waterhole located right in front of the camp attracts a vast array of wildlife both day and night, allowing for spectacular game viewing from the doorstep of your Timbavati lodge.
The generously spacious Luxury Suites are elegantly decorated in tones of dark wood and thatch, off-setting the natural colours of the bush. Indulgent facilities include a private verandah, a large lounge, indoor and outdoor showers, and a Victoria Ball-and-Claw bath. Convenient amenities include air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, mosquito nets, a mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, a hairdryer, safe and a telephone.
The two Honeymoon Suites are exquisitely decorated and boast their own private plunge pools. Much like the Luxury Suites, the Honeymoon Suites boast a private verandah, an open-plan lounge, a Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor showers, and a double basin. Amenities on offer include air-conditioning, a stocked mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, a Nespresso Coffee Machine, Wi-Fi, and an iPod Docking Station.
A thatched viewing deck overlooking an active waterhole is a beautiful spot to pass time, and the open plan lounge and bar is the ideal place where you can simply relax and soak up the tranquillity of the African bush. The onsite library of this Timbavati lodge features a number of fictional and non-fictional novels, auto-biographies and guide books. The swimming pool provides cool respite from the midday heat and the well-equipped gym is ideal for those looking to stay in shape whilst on holiday.
In terms of dining, our spacious dining room also offers wonderful views of the bushveld, and is a stunning setting from which to enjoy a wide variety of decadent meals throughout the day. Dinner at Kings Camp can be enjoyed under the stars in the heart of the bush, in our traditional boma, in the garden under a large knobthorn tree, alongside the swimming pool, or on the terrace overlooking the spot lit waterhole.
Waterbuck Private Camp
The ultimate in safari privacy, Waterbuck at KIngs Camp boasts a 4-bedroomed villa with its own landrover and game-ranger, as well a personal butler and chef to take care of your every need! This completely private camp is situated on a dry river bank, with great views affording excellent game viewing opportunities. The camp can accommodate up to 8 guests in air-conditioned comfort. Price available on request.
Facilities at Kings Camp:
- Lounge, dining room & bar
- Superb South African wines
- Terrace and thatched viewing deck overlooking waterhole
- Swimming pool
- Massage & treatment sala
- Well equipped gym
- Library with computer & WiFi
- Satellite Television
- Traditional boma
- Well stocked curio shop with safari gear and local arts and crafts
Activities at Kings Camp:
Morning and afternoon game drives with knowledgeable rangers in open vehicles. You will be served tea, coffee and biscuits on your morning game drive and drinks and canaps on your afternoon game drive. Your afternoon game drive gets back after dark, which gives you the opportunity to spot our nocturnal animals with a spotlight.
Walks through the bush take place just after breakfast, on request, and is the best way of experiencing the finer aspects of the bushveld. Your knowledgeable ranger will guide you through the fauna and flora of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, pointing out insects, grasses, trees and the smaller species that are all an integral part of the Timbavati Nature Reserve.
Experience the beauty of the Blyde River Canyon in the luxury of a helicopter. Mountain Magic Helicopter Safaris will pick you up at Kings Camp and fly you through the Blyde River Canyon, and along the escarpment, passing the Three Rondawels, Gods Window and stopping at the pinnacle for a champagne picnic.
From there, you will be whisked off to view all the spectacular waterfalls in the area, before returning to the camp.
Greet the African dawn on the manicured fairways of their challenging 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course, where crocodile and hippo add spice to normal hazards of a good game of golf. Wild game including elephant, lion, giraffe and a wide variety of antelope and birdlife are often seen on the golf course and in the surrounds.
The legendary Bob Grimsdell designed this unique course, which extends over a vast area of indigenous bush, interspersed with tranquil pools and velvet greens.
Golf clubs are available for hire at the golf course.
An extremely informative and exciting tour of an African wildlife rehabilitation centre. Highlights include the following up close views of lion, leopard, servals, caracals, honey badger, eagles and vultures. Two tours are available daily at 09h30 15h00. These times will interfere with either your morning or afternoon safari. The duration of the tour is four hours, including two hours transfer time.
By Road: Kings Camp is a six-hour drive from Johannesburg.
Take the N4 to Witbank. Take the Belfast offramp (R33/R540).
Once in Belfast town, turn right into Voortrekker Street and continue straight to Dullstroom on the R540. Drive straight through Dullstroom town and keep straight to Lydenburg. Once in Lydenburg turn left into Potgieter Street and continue straight to Ohrighstad on the R36. Drive straight past Ohrighstad and continue on R36 until it turns left to Tzaneen. DO NOT turn, but continue straight on R527 to Hoedspruit.
In Hoedspruit, continue straight over the bridge crossing the train line to a four way stop. At the stop turn right and continue towards Bosbokrand / Bushbuckridge along the R40. 6/7km from Hoedspruit, note the Kings Camp sign and Eastgate Airport sign on your left hand side. At the sign, turn left to Kings Camp. Drive for 18/19km of tar, and then a further 9km of gravel until you reach the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. At the entrance gate, you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R100.00 per person and R80.00 per car. (Above fees subject to change).
Continue straight for 7km, until you see a Kings Camp sign to your left hand side. Turn right at the sign, and follow the signboards to the camp for an additional 2km.