Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
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TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
its unique romantic ambience, Kings Camp invites guests to relax
in the bushveld in fine colonial style. Situated in the world-famous
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (part of the greater Kruger National
Park), the camp is a game-viewing haven that features elephant, lion,
leopard, rhino and buffalo.
However, Kings Camp promises far more than just a good
game-viewing destination - with access to 100 square kilometres of traversing,
guests are also treated to a brilliant abundance of birdlife.
Private safaris under the guidance of a skilled ranger will prove to
be an exhilarating experience for bird-watchers and tree enthusiasts
as they explore the rarer sights and wonders of the bush. Any particular
requests such as guided walks or tribal dances under the great African
skies will be arranged with pleasure. Kings Camp is exceptionally proud
of its viewing deck which overlooks an open savanna with a watering hole.
Guests can safely soak up the stillness and serenity of the bush while
keeping a sharp lookout for passing animals and birds.
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Kings Camp offers eleven generously spaced, thatched colonial suites, luxuriously equipped with romantic soft cascading mosquito nets, remote controlled air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah with hammock.
Dark tones of wood and thatch offset the natural colours of the bushveld. For your comfort and convenience, other room amenities include robes, mosquito repellent, an umbrella, hairdryer and a torch. Your suite is also equipped with its own safe and telephone..
Kings Camp offers a number of very comfortable living areas for you to just sit back, relax and soak up the tranquility of the African bush. A thatched viewing deck overlooking a very active waterhole and an open plan lounge and bar are the ideal place to see out the heat of the day, while sipping an ice cold cocktail. Alternatively, a dip in the swimming pool is maybe a better option for some. The spacious dining room offers stunning views of the bushveld, while enjoying the sumptuous meals offered at Kings Camp.
library full of verse and history awaits those yearning for knowledge of the African continent, filled with a collection of fictional and non-fictional books. It offers a setting of peace and tranquility, where you are welcome to browse through various books and novels. For those wanting to keep in touch with family members back home, there is a desktop with wireless internet connection available in the library 24 hours. A television is also available for those wanting to keep up to date with the latest news or sports game.
The traditional boma is a truly memorable way to experience an evening under the African night sky. Fine cuisine and wines can be sampled while sitting near a warm crackling fire. On arrival at the boma, you will be met by your ranger, who will be on hand to greet you with a drink of your choice, while guests meet around the fire to tell of exciting adventures had on the game drive that afternoon. End off the evening with a sumptuous dessert, and nightcap before bidding farewell to the simmering fire for the calling of your suite.
Wellness Centre and Spa
Along with a well-equipped gym, Kings Camp offers an array of pampering treatments - a must in completing your all-round rejuvenating safari experience.
For guests wishing to keep active, the fully air-conditioned, spacious gym is equipped with free weights, bench press, treadmill, spinning and training bike, high flyer, gym ball, gym mats, and weight machines. Fresh towels and bottled water are provided.
Waterbuck Private Camp
The ultimate in safari privacy, Waterbuck at KIngs Camp boasts a 4-bedroomed villa with its own landrover and game-ranger, as well a personal butler and chef to take care of your every need! This completely private camp is situated on a dry river bank, with great views affording excellent game viewing opportunities. The camp can accommodate up to 8 guests in air-conditioned comfort.
Head Chef, Himler Dorfling who has been at Kings Camp since 2002, is on hand to create a variety of wholesome and satisfying dishes, which gives each and every guest a taste into the finest in African ingredients and decadent flavours. Himler’s attention to detail and fine finishes complete the experience, and are a highlight of your luxury safari experience at Kings Camp. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining room.
No dinner will be the same at Kings Camp. From dining under the stars in the heart of the bush, or in our traditional boma, to fine service dinners in our dining room, or in the garden under a large knobthorn tree, alongside the swimming pool, overlooking the spot lit waterhole. A perfect end to the perfect safari experience – a private dinner on the verandah of your suite is offered to couples wanting to spend time together in privacy.
Morning and afternoon game drives with knowledgeable rangers in open vehicles. You will be served tea, coffee and biscuits on your morning game drive and drinks and canapés on your afternoon game drive. Your afternoon game drive gets back after dark, which gives you the opportunity to spot our nocturnal animals with a spotlight.
Walks through the bush take place just after breakfast, on request, and is the best way of experiencing the “finer” aspects of the bushveld. Your knowledgeable ranger will guide you through the fauna and flora of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, pointing out insects, grasses, trees and the smaller species that are all an integral part of the Timbavati Nature Reserve.
On warm evenings guests may be treated to a three course meal in the heart of the bushveld. As guests complete their evening game drive, they will be enticed by the essence of a burning fire, to arrive to a hurricane lit “dining room” in the bush. With the finest in cuisine and service excellence, guests will enjoy an unforgettable feast under African starlit skies.
Experience the beauty of the Blyde River Canyon in the luxury of a helicopter. Mountain Magic Helicopter Safaris will pick you up at Kings Camp and fly you through the Blyde River Canyon, and along the escarpment, passing the Three Rondawels, Gods Window and stopping at the pinnacle for a champagne picnic. From there, you will be whisked off to view all the spectacular waterfalls in the area, before returning to the camp.
Greet the African dawn on the manicured fairways of their challenging 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course, where crocodile and hippo add spice to normal “hazards” of a good game of golf. Wild game including elephant, lion, giraffe and a wide variety of antelope and birdlife are often seen on the golf course and in the surrounds. The legendary Bob Grimsdell designed this unique course, which extends over a vast area of indigenous bush, interspersed with tranquil pools and velvet greens. Golf clubs are available for hire at the golf course.
An extremely informative and exciting tour of an African wildlife rehabilitation centre. Highlights include the following up close views of lion, leopard, servals, caracals, honey badger, eagles and vultures. Two tours are available daily at 09h30 – 15h00. These times will interfere with either your morning or afternoon safari. The duration of the tour is four hours, including two hours transfer time.
Man’s incursions into this part of the Limpopo region have always been temporary and brief, from early stone age down to the early 20th century. In point of fact, man never permanently settled large tracts of land in the northern portion of the Lowveld, and the lands now comprising the Timbavati were barely touched, and are still only lightly inhabited. This part of South Africa’s bushveld region may therefore be regarded as truly unspoiled and deserves recognition as truly wild land.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve came into existence on July 1956 when a group of conservation-minded people who owned game farms on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park came together to form the Timbavati Association.
The idea of forming such a reserve was first mooted as early as 1948, and for several years ways and means were discussed to create a nature reserve of a meaningful size in the area. These leading spirits of conservation and sustainable land use eventually succeeded in forming the Timbavati Association, governed by a constitution for the benefit of all.
The size of the reserve covers about 60 000 hectares of pristine African bush, part of the world famous greater Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park itself is a further 2 million hectares in size, which is about the same size as Israel or Wales. In the early 1990’s the boundary fence between the Kruger National Park and adjacent private game reserves, namely Timbavati, Sabi Sands, Klaserie, Umbabat and Manyaleti was removed to create the greater Kruger National Park, covering an area of 2.2 million hectares. The reason being conservationists wanted to re-create ancient migration movements of wildlife from the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in the east, to the Drakensburg Mountains in the west.
The greater Kruger National Park has been zoned into 35 different landscape types. A landscape is defined as an area with a specific geomorphology, climate, soil and vegetation, together with the associated fauna. Kings Camp falls in a landscape zoned as Combretum spp (Bushwillow), Colophospermum mopane woodland. The underlying rock is mainly granite and gneiss intersected by numerous intrusions of dolerite. The terrain is undulating with sandy soils.
The altitude varies between 300 and 500 metres. The climate is temperate with hot summers and cool winters with frost as an exception in the low-lying areas. Rainfall varies between 450-550 mm per year.
Kings Camp is situated in the northern corner of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and has been in operation as a game lodge since 1995. Our commitment to our guests is to freely share in the experience in a manner that is both enlightening and relaxing. We are further dedicated to a gracious style of hospitality from a bygone era, combined with a flexibility that puts the comfort and requests of our guests first. But above all, we will do this in a manner that will never compromise our environment, instead it will materially benefit our surrounding community culturally, environmentally and economically.
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