Kambaku in the Timbavati Game Reserve in Greater Kruger is the perfect location for a family safari. Owners Bryce and Nicola have two children themselves so they know exactly what little ones are after and how to keep them happy and busy in the bush!
Kambaku Safari Lodge welcomes children of all ages and the team really goes out of their way to make children feel extra special. This starts with a warm welcome welcome and age-appropriate interactive backpack to work through whilst staying at the lodge.
At the lodge, there is a special children’s area where little ones can play with books, puzzles, board games and art supplies. In addition, there is a pool table upstairs for ‘tweens and teens. Families love cooling off in the lovely swimming pool together and when the grown-ups fancy a bit of down-time between the morning and afternoon game drives, the children can head off to the fully supervised “Kambaku Kubs” where they can have fun and learn to be Junior Rangers. This creates the perfect opportunity for parents to relax with a book, take a well-earned nap, unwind in the spa at River Sands or just enjoy a few G&Ts overlooking the waterhole…
Not only will the ranger point out different animals and plants when out on family game drives, they will also learn fascinating fun facts about the bush, how to identify different animals by their tracks, spoor and dung and even how to tell direction using the stars and the sunrise/sunset. The ranger might even give them a short ride in the “Master Trackers” seat or let them try the walkie-talkie! They can also use their Plaster of Paris track casting kit at the waterhole to create a keepsake mould of their favourite animal track.
Back at the lodge, after brunch and between game drives, fun activities include frogging and birding on the interactive trail, bug walks, dung-spitting, jewellery-making, bow-making, spoor casting, colouring and so much more. The kids can even get involved in creating their own dinner, bake cookies or creating “sweetie bugs”!
The Kambaku team feel they have done their job if children leave, proudly showing off their Junior Rangers Certificates with all their mission stickers completed. They are bound to be bursting with a newfound passion for all things nature and conservation. The Kambaku Kubs Programme is aimed at children aged 6 – 12.
Kambaku is the only lodge with traversing rights on both the Timbavati and Klaserie Reserves, meaning guests have access to over 12,000 hectares including 1,000 hectares of completely private “Big 5” wilderness. Kambaku Safari Lodge comprises just 8 thatched chalets including 3 inter-leading family units.
Children under 2 stay free of charge. All meals, most house wines, local beers and soft drinks as well as all game drives and bush walks are included. Children 4 years and under require a private vehicle for safaris, at an additional cost.