COST: R8720 Per person sharing per night


Nestled in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and part of the Greater Kruger National Park lies Kambaku River Sands. The camp lies majestically on a perennial river system enticing guest to sit back and relax. Being unfenced allows for the free movement of animals in and around camp, often playing host to herds of elephant, buffalo, as well as the occasional lion pride or wondering leopard. The spacious main area boasts two large fireplaces, opensky boma, wrap- around bar, infinity pool and wine cellar, all overlooking the camp waterhole. The 10-luxury air-conditioned suites are spaciously set along the riverbank, offering magnificent views and ideal bird watching. The spa and wellness centre houses a fully equipped gym, private swimming pool, steam and sauna rooms. With a no child under 12 policy and Wi-Fi throughout, this luxurious lodge is the ideal location for those seeking a private getaway, or to celebrate a special occasion. Enjoy the huge diversity of game, plant and birdlife either from the safari vehicle or on foot, and look out for the famous white lions, endangered African wild dogs, big 5, hippo & hyena to name just a few. Enjoy an unforgettable wildlife experience in a magical environment, visit Kambaku allow your soul to breathe.

River sands boast 10 luxury suites nestled between towing Leadwood and Jackalberry trees on the banks of the perennial river system. This unique, unfenced camp gives guests an opportunity to experience free roaming wildlife from their own private viewing decks. Each spacious suite is equipped with air conditioning, bar, butlers tray, en-suite bathroom with spa bath, indoor double shower and outdoor shower.

The majestic main lodge features two fireplaces, an infinity pool, superb wine cellar Matumi wrap around bar, free Wi-Fi, library, boma and a fantastic view over the lodge waterhole. With a traversing area of 12 000Ha, morning and evening safaris remain interesting and informative. Opt for a walking safari to experience the intimacy of the bush on foot. Relax in the heat of the day at the spa, or enjoy the use of the gym facility; shop for the local artefacts andmementos in the curio shop, or delight in the bird life from the hideout Twins Dam. Experience the renowned warmth and hospitality during brunches, delicious high teas, and unforgettable dinners under the stars, in the boma, riverbed or out in the bush.


Our Uniqueness
  • The only lodge with travelling on both Tambavati and Klaserie Reserve
  • Over 1000Ha of sole traverse area
  • 10 Luxury air-conditioned suites
  • Swimming pool, bar, boma, safari library, free wifi in the main areas
  • Conference centre
  • Large game viewing deck overlooking the waterhole
  • Wellness is with a spa, pool, sauna, steam rooms and a well-equipped gym
  • Curio shop
  • Hide
  • Electricity 220v – converters available
Activities On Offer
  • Morning and afternoon safaris
  • Guided 3-hour informative bush walks
  • Bird watchers from the hide
  • Spa treatments and Gym
  • Photographic safaris/Art safaris
  • Private vehicle an additional cost
  • Visits to local attractions – POR
  • Visit to the Timbavati museum
  • Game drives & bush walks, daytime
  • Use of the hide
  • All meals, teas and coffees
  • Soft drinks & local beers
  • Use of the gym
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • House wines, spirits, premium cellar wines & champagnes
  • Cigars & cigarettes
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Airport transfers & day excursions
  • Reserve conversations & gate fees
  • Private safaris vehicle/day
  • Sleep outs in the hide
  • Gratuities

Via Air

  • To Hoedspruit/Eastgate; KIMA and Phalaborwa airports
  • Followed by a road transfer to camp

Via Road

  • Ashton’s shuttle
  • Self-drivee (6 hrs from JHB)


  • Check in: 14h00
  • Check out: 11h00

Only children over 12 years old can be accommodated. Please, note that there are no family suites, however, a foldaway bed is available should a child wish to share with the parents.

Insurance & Indemnity 

As a camp is unfenced, guests are required to sign an indemnity form on arrival. It is highly recommended that all guests will be escorted around the camp at nightfall.


  • We strive to cater to all tastes and dietary requirements and are happy to cater for dietary free, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Halal and banting diets.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate kosher diets. We strive to cater to all tastes and dietary requirements and are happy to cater for dietary free, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Halal and banting diets.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate kosher diets.


Weather Year Round 
  • Summer (September – March): 20’C to 40’C ( 68’F – 104’F)
  • Winter (April – August): 2’C to 18’C ( 35.6’F – 65’F)
  • Rainfall: Summer thunderstorm – late afternoon to evening. 550 – 600 mm per annum.



The Timbavati falls within a 3% risk area for malaria, however, it is recommended that prophylactic medications are taken when visiting. Please consult your local travel clinic or healthcare practitioner.


Visas & Passports 
  • All guest travelling to South Africa are required to have a min of 2 blank pages in their passport
  • Children travelling with parents need to have an unabridged birth certificate


Quick Reference Table
Suites 10 luxury suites
Size of Suites 36m\2
Guests Max 20
Distance between rooms + 10m
Children 12 years and older permitted
Triple rooms 1
Single supplement Applies to group bookings with more than 2 single rooms
Double bed/convertible twin All convertible twins
Hide Yes
Public pool facilities Yes at Main lodge and spa
Private plunge pools No
Wine cellar Yes
Boma Yes
Bush dinners Yes
Air-conditioning Yes  in suite, spa and gym
Fireplace Yes 2 in main lodge
Room fans No
Mosquito nets Yes
Outdoor shower Yes
Indoor shower Yes double shower
Separate WC Yes
Spa bath Yes
Butlers tray & mini bar Yes
Hairdryer Yes
Laundry services Yes at an extra cost
Housekeeping service Yes twice daily included
In-room safe Yes
Telephone No although the lodge has mobile phone signal
Free Wi-Fi Yes in all main areas and rooms
Conference facilities Yes max 20
Curio shop Yes
Camera available for rental/day Yes at extra cost
Spa treatment rooms Spa treatment rooms – 2 Rooms
Disabled guests Yes with assistance
Nearest Airport Eastgate/ Hoedspruit: 30 minutes from camp
Conservation levy PPPD ZAR328 (Adult): ZAR (Children under 12)
Gate fee – per vehicle per entry ZAR140 per entry
Guests per safari vehicle 6
Check in / Check out times 14HOO| 11HOO
Private 4×4 safaris Vehicle Yes at an additional cost – R5500 Per day
Language of Guides English, Shangaan, Afrikaans, Printed translation sheets are available on request
Guide Rooms No
Gratuity recommendation  ZAR 800 per day (R300 Guide; R250 Tracker; R250 general staff per room)
Walking Safaris Yes
Dietary requirements catered for Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Halal
Power 220 V AC – converters available
Credit cards accepted MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners Club