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8.7
Overall

King's Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 7600 pp/night sharing

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8.7
Overall

King's Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 7600 pp/night sharing

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Our Verdict

Stunning rooms and great service are the stand-out features of this upmarket lodge overlooking a busy waterhole in the Timbavati.

Our Ratings

8.7
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

Our Ratings

8.7
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • Beautiful, spacious rooms with elegant colonial style have to be some of the most attractive on offer in the entire Timbavati reserve
  • The very active waterhole means that you virtually don’t have to leave camp to enjoy some prime game viewing – from elephant herds to leopards are spotted here slaking their thirst, not to mention a wealth of plains game
  • Having just 6 guests per safari vehicle makes a hugely positive difference to your space and comfort whilst out on game drive
  • The Timbavati boasts consistently excellent game viewing – and you’ve got the chance to see the big breeding herds not possible in the fenced reserves (and you may even be lucky enough to spot one of the legendary white lions that the Timbavati is famous for!)
  • Enjoy a relaxing massage in the comfort of the massage room – or perhaps head to the gym to prevent any midriff spread from all that delicious food on offer!

What's Not

  • Public areas are a bit “suburban house” in style – we would prefer architecture that was more traditionally “game lodgey” to be honest
  • The waterhole in front of the lodge is very active and a great feature, but from a location perspective King’s Camp perhaps doesn’t boast the attractive views of some of its competitors
King’s Camp

King’s Campthe glamour of a foregone era is echoed in the décor: genuine animal pelt rugs and floor mats, as well as silverware polished to a gleam work together to bring an undeniable sensation of class and luxurious poise

Lodge Profile

Stunning rooms and great service are the stand-out features of this upmarket lodge overlooking a busy waterhole in the Timbavati.

Quick Overview

Location
Timbavati
Drive Time
6 hour drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a waterhole
Rooms
10 suites (8 colonial suites & 2 honeymoon suites)
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
In-room massage
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
Yes - Tracker and Ranger
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
Children aged from 6 and above are permitted at the Lodge

Deep within the Timbavati Game Reserve lies King’s Camp, one of the more upmarket lodge options in this famed Big Five reserve. For us the highlight here definitely has to be the luxurious and spacious suites which are some of the most attractive in the reserve – the epitome of colonial style luxury in fact. But with great personal service, fantastic food and reliably excellent game viewing it offers a real five-star experience that’s well…fit for a King.

OVERLOOKING A BUSY WATERHOLE

With a view over a wide open savannah plain and very active waterhole teeming with wildlife, it’s easy to see why King’s Camp can be considered a stand-out example of a luxury safari lodge. With 10 beautifully decorated and furnished suites (8 Colonial Suites as well as 2 Honeymoon Suites boasting their own private plunge pools), King’s Camp combines first-world luxury with the raw charm of the African wilderness to create an experience that offers the best of both worlds while compromising on neither.

COLONIAL ELEGANCE & LUXURY

The rooms follow a traditional South African rondavel-style design, and utilise elegant and beautiful dark tones of varnished hardwood and thatch to great effect, producing a striking colonial allure. This sense of the glamour of a foregone era is echoed in the décor: genuine animal pelt rugs and floor mats, as well as silverware polished to a gleam work together to bring an undeniable sensation of class and luxurious poise. The bathrooms have Victorian ball-and-claw bathtubs, which complete the package – however, they also go the extra mile by boasting both indoor and outdoor double showers for those who want to rinse off the day’s dust under the stars or the comfort of a roof. Light and space are key elements to the room design: wide sliding glass doors open up fully to let the breeze and sunlight pour in.

MODERN CONVENIENCES

All rooms, however, also deliver on modern conveniences: complimentary sherry and an arranged fruit platter welcome every guest into their new home away from home, and an espresso machine ensures that rich, steaming Java is just a button-press away. They’re also fully air-conditioned (good for those especially hot days under the sweltering African sun) and are adorned with a range of bird and animal books.

And if you’re a romantic couple on their honeymoon or a married pair looking to reignite that spark, the Honeymoon suites are a must: what better way to indulge yourselves on a romantic safari getaway than with your own private plunge pool overlooking the bush, a glass of bubbles in your hand and surrounded by softly glowing oil lamps on all sides?

 WELL EQUIPPED FACILITIES

To our eyes at least the actual public areas aren’t perhaps as attractive as the interiors of the suites. The various buildings that make up the public areas remind us a little too much of a suburban house in terms of the architectural style compared with many other game lodges (and the extensive manicured lawns probably add to that impression) Having said that there is no doubt that King’s Camp is very well endowed with facilities. There’s a well-equipped gym in its own building as well as a small massage hut where you can get any remaining city stresses gently pummelled away. Then there are various lounges and decks where you can relax with a good book or keep an eye on the wildlife drinking at the waterhole whilst you enjoy an ice cold beer.  Another highlight of King’s Camp is the delicious food which is consistently raved about by guests - settle down with your personal ranger for a scrumptious gourmet meal around a roaring fire in the traditional boma to recap the day’s events and you’ll see what we mean!

JUST 6 PEOPLE PER GAME VEHICLE

Talking of which the game viewing on offer at King’s Camp is top class. Tucked away in the depths of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, King’s Camp offers over 100 kilometres of traversing in open-air custom-designed Land Rovers – and in keeping with its upmarket status (and prices) the lodge restricts the number of guests per vehicle to just 6, ensuring extra space and comfort out on game drive. While one of Timbavati’s claims to fame is being the home of the legendary African white lion, it is also home to a huge diversity of wildlife and being open to the Kruger Park you may be lucky enough to see the huge herds of buffalo and elephant that pass through that simply isn’t possible in the fenced reserves.

These twice-daily game drives are at dawn, and during the late afternoon after the worst of the midday heat has subsided. The dawn drives are a treat – steaming tea, coffee and snacks are served before you set off, which work wonders to appease that early morning grumpiness that stems from having to leave so soft a bed so early. King’s Camp also offers a private lunch right outside the waterhole, allowing you to dine right up close with the drinking animals – a must if you’re here with your romantic other. The evening drives are no less an occasion, just with ice-cold drinks and canapes to go along with the stunning sunsets!

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Child Policy

  • 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.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The child sharing at 50% will be seated in the middle seat between the 2 adults on the game drive vehicles