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8.7
Overall

Waterbuck Private Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 90250 Villa per night

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8.7
Overall

Waterbuck Private Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 90250 Villa per night

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Catering for smaller groups of travellers with discerning tastes wanting an exclusive use lodge (8 people in total), Waterbuck Private Camp is perfect for those who still want to enjoy all the luxury and trimmings of a high-end lodge

Our Ratings

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

Our Ratings

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

What's Hot

  • There’s nothing better than having your own private camp when there are a group of friends or family travelling together - your own dedicated chef and personal butler, not to mention use of your own safari vehicle with your own dedicated ranger and tracker team: this is the ultimate safari experience tailormade to the specific wishes of your group!
  • Eating dinner under the stars around the open fire in the stunning open-air boma perched on the banks of the Nhlaralumi river – life really doesn’t get much better than this!
  • The rooms and lounge facilities here at the private camp exhibit the same classic elegance and luxury for which sister-lodge King’s Camp is renowned – don’t think that moving from the main lodge to the private camp means having to lower your standards (if anything the opposite is the case!)
  • Excellent game viewing opportunities are on offer in this prime area of the famous Timbavati reserve – the area is especially famous for its predator sightings (who knows, you may even be lucky enough to encounter the Timbavati’s near legendary white lions!)
  • This is the perfect spot to go on safari with the kids and all ages are welcome here – you don’t have to constantly worry about the littlies possibly disturbing other guests and the staff will happily put together activities to suit your kid’s age to ensure they’ll have the experience of a lifetime!

What's Not

  • Unfortunately the exclusivity, privacy and luxury on offer don’t come cheap – Waterbuck Private Camp is unashamedly targeting pretty well-heeled families and groups of friends willing to pay for a superb safari experience
Waterbuck Private Camp

Waterbuck Private Campbig sliding doors open wide to almost bring the outdoors in, and you can simply lounge on your bed whilst looking out on the bush outside - impalas and nyalas frequently feed around the rooms which adds to the atmosphere

Lodge Profile

Catering for smaller groups of travellers with discerning tastes wanting an exclusive use lodge (8 people in total), Waterbuck Private Camp is perfect for those who still want to enjoy all the luxury and trimmings of a high-end lodge

Quick Overview

Location
Timbavati
Drive Time
6 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a dry river bed
Rooms
4 suites
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
In room treatments or you can also go to Spa at King's Camp
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
Yes - ranger and tracker
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
All ages

King’s Camp is renowned for its beautifully appointed rooms, exciting game drives and host of personal services to guests. However, for those wanting an even more more private and exclusive experience where they can literally have the place to themselves, then they should look no further than King Camp’s private exclusive use camp, the Waterbuck Private Camp.

The beauty of Waterbuck Private Camp is that you literally have everything laid on for your exclusive benefit – this includes having your own private game vehicle with dedicated ranger and tracker, whilst back at the camp you also enjoy the pampering of a personal butler and chef. And obviously, without having any other guests to worry about, the entire experience can be tailored to your specific preferences. Fancy a lie in with a slightly later departure on the morning game drive? No problem at all at Waterbuck Private Camp! In fact, that’s what the whole exclusive use lodge concept is all about!

The 4 double bedrooms at the camp are simply stunning. Dark, antique wood finishes and traditional style thatch are complemented by gorgeous touches like old-style wooden kists, colonial-era paraffin lamps and genuine animal pelt rugs that create a rustic and bold warmth and charm. Hanging chandeliers, silver sidepieces like candleholders and rich, deeply varnished wooden tables and sideboards, and plush white couches all lend to the air of laid-back sophistication. Of course, all this luxury is underscored by wide variety of modern fittings and conveniences: the rooms are air-conditioned and turned down daily. A library packed with books of all kinds - from in-depth guides to Timbavati’s rich diversity of flora and fauna to lifestyle magazines – is at your disposal, and is equipped with internet and Wi-Fi access.

Outside the rooms, a lawn sprawls out from the foot of the villa into the bush, which recedes towards a dry riverbed. A sparkling blue pool sits in front with its own viewing deck offering a magnificent panorama of the surrounding savanna. Just like with everything at Waterbuck Private Camp, your wishes are happily carried out by an enthusiastic and experienced staff: why not take a fresh lunch next to the pool, or an early evening three-course gourmet dinner around the roaring fire of the open-air boma perched on the banks of the Nhlaralumi river?

Speaking of the food, Waterbuck Private Camp provides you with your own personal chef. Expertly prepared dishes – which could honestly be the envy of any five-star Michelin restaurant – are prepared from fresh ingredients (and cater to any allergies, vegetarians or just plain picky eaters out there) to exquisite effect. This level of ultra-personalised care doesn’t stop at the delicious food, however: Waterbuck Camp also provides you with your own personal butler, ensuring that you can set your own pace without once having to worry about even the smallest details of your stay.

The game drives are just another feature of Waterbuck Private Camp that shows their dedication to the ultimate luxury safari experience: guests staying here have access to their own personal custom-designed deluxe Land Rovers 4x4 vehicle. No need to make space with chattering children or that irritatingly talkative couple from Room 6! Your vehicle comes with your own personal ranger and tracker team that delivers a safari experience that cannot be matched elsewhere. With their masterful knowledge and expertise in the bush, tracking down the rare Timbavati white lion, the elusive leopard or even cheetah feeding from a fresh kill are all very real possibilities.

And just because the day is done, it doesn’t mean Waterbuck Private Camp is. There is a fully equipped gym right at your disposal, meaning that the more fitness-minded guests won’t feel left out; and for the rest of us, there is a wide array of relaxing spa treatments given right on the property – from deep cleansing facials to massages that will work out even the most stubborn pre-vacation knots.

There really isn’t much more we can say about Waterbuck camp, except that it will leave you completely speechless. In their dedicated quest to make you feel like you’re living in your own private palace in the African savannah, Waterbuck Private Camp has not spared a single expense. When it comes to the very best African safari experience that you could possibly imagine, Waterbuck will meet your expectations… and the totally exceed them.

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Booking Notes

  • Prices exclude the conservation fee of R 80 per person per booking as well as the TOMSA levy of R 5.70 per person per night (these amounts must be pre-paid)
  • Subject to availability

Child Policy

  • Children of all ages welcome