Timbavati Private Nature Reserve | "A Seasons in Africa" Property
This is a property that we highly recommend as an excellent value. In our opinion, the rates are lower than they should be for a property of this caliber. This beautiful property is a sister property to Leopard Hills. These are "Seasons in Africa" properties in two prime game viewing areas in South Africa.
Leopard and Elephant Pictures taken by Keene Luxury Travel at Kings Camp
Kings Camp is located in the Timbavati part of the Greater Kruger National Park. They have a private air strip for charter flights or you can fly in on regularly scheduled flights to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg or Cape Town. The camp will arrange transfers from the airport to the camp.
Kings camp has 10 individually thatched suites with air conditioning, en suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a stocked mini bar. The rooms are large and truly luxurious accommodations in the middle of the wilderness. The room pictured below is the room we stayed in on our visit.
Morning and afternoon game drives are with knowledgeable rangers in open vehicles. You will be served tea, coffee and biscuits on your morning game drive and drinks with canapes on your afternoon game drive. Your afternoon game drive gets back after dark, which gives you the opportunity to spot the nocturnal animals with a spotlight.
During Kings Camp game drives, you will experience a wealth of bio-diversity. With access to 100 square kilometers of prime game viewing terrain, even on a short visit, you will likely see elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino, general game and bird life. Kings Camp has a unique atmosphere of undisturbed nature - which can readily be perceived by the discerning traveler. Nature Walks are offered with armed rangers. During our stay, we had two incredible experiences.
One was with a male leopard that was truly outstanding. We followed this leopard through the bush for at least 15 minutes. He was right next to the land rover. What an awesome experience. We then encountered a huge bull elephant that gave us a great show swinging his trunk around. Both were such close encounters that we felt very privileged to be that close to such beautiful animals. These two pictures are featured at the top of this page.
Pictures taken during our stay at Kings Camp
Mpumalanga Helicopter Safaris — 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, fly you through the Blyde river canyon and along the escarpment passing the three rondawels, "God's window" and stopping at the pinnacle for a champagne picnic.
Hans Merensky Golf Estate — 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 the normal hazards of a good game of golf. Wild game including elephant, lion, giraffe, a wide variety of antelope and bird life 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. From there you will be whisked off to view all the spectacular waterfalls in the area before returning to the camp.
Moholoholo Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center — An extremely informative and exciting tour of an African wildlife rehabilitation center. Highlights will include up close views of lions, leopards, servals, caracals, honey badgers, eagles and vultures. Two tours are available daily at 9h30 and 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. Research and breeding center for endangered species. You will enjoy an informative and entertaining tour of the research and breeding center in the company of an experienced guide. Highlights include the viewing of an excess of 60 cheetahs, including the extremely rare king cheetah, a visit to the vulture restaurant and an introduction to the world of wild dogs.
Spa and Gym Facilities
Kings Camp offers a work out facility and spa with various treatments available along with facials, pedicures and manicures.
Dining and the Lodge Public Areas
There is an exceptional wine cellar with South African cuisine being served. Any specialized dietary requests will be catered for - prior notice required. Wonderful meals are served in gracious surroundings. The meals feature the freshest ingredients and we found every meal to be delicious with excellent variety. The Boma dinners are a special treat served around the fireplace. This boma is more protected than most other bomas. It had better lighting so it enhanced the experience. Kings Camp also has a comfortable lounge, bar and pool terrace. A favorite of mine was the game viewing platform which overlooks a very active waterhole. Other facilities include the curio shop, laundry, valet, fax, gym and library with internet facilities available free of charge to guests.
Summary: A wonderful property with the feeling of being in a peaceful and wilderness area, with all the luxury, good food and service that you could imagine.
Website: Kings Camp