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Kambaku River Sands Aerial View

Kambaku River Sands is a luxurious safari lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. With its prime location, Kambaku offers guests exclusive access to one of Africa's most diverse and wildlife-rich regions. The lodge embodies African elegance, blending seamlessly with the untamed surroundings to create an unforgettable safari experience.

The lodge's design and decor exude understated luxury, allowing guests to relax and unwind in a serene ambience. The open-plan architecture provides unobstructed views of the surrounding savannah, offering a continuous connection with nature.

Kambaku River Sands boasts spacious communal areas, including a comfortable lounge, a bar with a well-stocked selection, and a homely dining area. These collective spaces are perfect for socialising with other guests or simply enjoying the company of fellow safari enthusiasts.

Enjoy an all-inclusive, five-star experience at Kambaku River Sands!

Kambaku River Sands offers ten elegantly designed luxury suites, each meticulously appointed to ensure utmost comfort and allows you to feel at one with the natural environment.

Inside, you'll find tastefully appointed interiors adorned with authentic African decor, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the region. The use of natural materials, earthy tones, and traditional artwork celebrates the beauty of Africa and adds to the lodge's warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Kambaku's private suites offer private viewing decks, air-conditioning, all-inclusive minibars, and well-stocked coffee stations. Beds are super king and are all extra length; however, these can be converted to Twins. En-suite facilities include free-standing baths, indoor showers, and an outdoor shower facility.

Kambaku River Sands is an intimate lodge that prides itself on offering a personalised experience to its guests. With a limited number of suites, you can be assured of dedicated attention from the friendly and knowledgeable staff, ensuring that every aspect of your stay is tailored to your preferences.


Kambaku River Sands Fire Pit
Kambaku River Sands Guest Suite
Kambaku River Sands Guest Suite Drinks
Kambaku River Sands Guest Lounge
Kambaku River Sands Guest Dining Area

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kambaku River Sands boasts prime wildlife viewing opportunities. The Timbavati shares an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, allowing for the free movement of wildlife between the two reserves.

The Timbavati is renowned for its abundant wildlife, including the iconic Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). The area is also home to a diverse array of other wildlife species, making every game drive or walking safari a thrilling and educational adventure. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the incredible variety of bird species found in the region. From colourful kingfishers to majestic raptors, the Timbavati offers a birdwatching paradise for enthusiasts of all levels.

Kambaku River Sands presents an opportunity to immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the African wilderness without compromising on comfort and luxury. From its intimate lodge design to its carefully curated guest accommodations, every aspect of Kambaku River Sands is crafted to provide an unforgettable safari experience.

Contact Safari Guru for Kambaku safari packages, and for information on Kambaku rates and availability.


Property Details

Kambaku River Sands Location
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
10 thatched luxury chalets
Guest Room Facilities
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Detached Private Bathroom, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah
Kambaku River Sands Facilities
Bar, Communal Dining, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Library, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle, Available Secure Parking, Spa
Family Policy
Children of all ages
Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Viewing Hide, Game Walks, High Tea, Massages, Night Drives, Safaris, Sleep Outs, Walks (Guided)
Available Services
Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Travel Desk
All Meals and Local Drinks (excluding premium brands & French Champagne), Laundry,
Not Included
Curio Purchases, sleepouts, Gratuities, Spa Treatments
Safari Guru Traveller Review
Narunsky Family~ "We went to Kambaku Safari Lodge (Not Safari Sands) with our 3 teenagers. We could not recommend the Lodge and overall experience enough. It exceeded our expectations in every way. Firstly, the hospitality shown by Lizzette and Shaun (our guide) was first rate. Nothing was too much trouble for them and their staff. One of the services that they provide, but perhaps not advertised, was taking us to their sister lodge, Kambaku Safari Sands, where we were able to utliise the spa, where we had amazing massages, and the pool and bar/lounge area. (Drinks included at both). The food was delicious and plentiful, the accommodation was very comfortable, clean and spacious. As it was a smaller lodge, 18 guests max, we enjoyed the communal feel of the lodge. At mealtimes everyone sat at one table which was moved to different locations each night. The BBQ (braai) in the Boma was a highlight. As for the actual safari, wildlife was plentiful, spectactular and we saw the Big 5 within the first 3 game rides. Shaun (our guide) and Moses (our Tracker) went to every effort to ensure we got the best out of every single drive and we loved the small touches, like drinks/snacks on the early morning as well as the evening rides. This lodge is ideal for families and couples wanting an overall amazing experience with personal touch. Lizzette and team, thanks again for providing us with a trip of a lifetime and we hope to be back. The Kambaku Safari lodge offered a good balance of everything you would expect in the beautiful Timbavati Nature Reserve, including amazing game viewing, comfortable accommodation and amenities, and delicious food. Safari Guru recommended a few options for us, but in discussion with Deon, we weighed up the pros and cons of each and in the end we were all in agreement to go with Kambaku which exceeded all our expectations. Deon provided so much information and guidance, not only relating to the Safari but also our trip to Cape Town aftewards. As we had never been on a Safari before with our family, we were quite confused as to where to go, what to do, but Deon was generous with his time and guidance and ultimately helped us make the right choices. We would highly recommend Deon and Safari Guru to organise and book your next (or first) Safari."

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