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Kambaku River Lodge

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About Kambaku River Lodge

Accommodation type: Lodge

Location: Malelane

Nearest Kruger gate: Malelane Gate (22km)

Nearest town: Malelane (17km)

Catering: Breakfast & Dinner available, self-catering facilities available

Budget: $$

Perfect for… Stunning river views and wildlife visitors


Kambaku River Lodge, built close to Malelane on the banks of the Crocodile River, offers guests a luxurious retreat with a variety of accommodation options to choose from.


Its close proximity to the world’s most famous wildlife reserve makes it a great option for Kruger National Park accommodation. Your safari starts the moment you arrive at Kambaku River Lodge, as various animals can be seen coming to quench their thirst in the river below. Kambaku is also a bird lover’s paradise, with up to 111 species found at Kambaku River Lodge alone!


It is tranquil and private and has a number of activities for guests to enjoy. Guests can arrange Kruger Park safaris in Kambaku’s private open safari vehicle and with the company of their experienced guide, giving guests the perfect opportunity to see the Kruger.


Day trips to Mozambique, Swaziland or the beautiful Panorama Route can also be arranged, or you can pamper yourself at the Dzombo Spa, reigniting your soul with a body massage or facial. Or for more active pastimes, energise yourself by playing a round or two of golf at the famous Leopard Creek Golf Course.

Facilities & services

  • Game drives available

  • Day trips available including Leopard Creek Golf Course and the Panorama Route

  • Swimming pool

  • Spa

  • WiFi

  • Self-catering facilities

  • Catered breakfast and dinner available

  • Laundry facilities

Types of accommodation

Joao River Suite

The Joao Luxury River Suite offers spacious, luxurious accommodation, with a stunning view of the Crocodile River. The room is equipped to self-cater but we offer the option of serving breakfast and evening meals to your private patio, so you can dine while overlooking the river. Sip a glass of wine from the lodge’s South African wine collection whilst listening to the African orchestra of hippos. Spot the leopard as he passes by, even if you are having your shower! Book a body massage or let us arrange a safari into the Kruger National Park with our knowledgeable guide Elvis.


Shawu River Suite

The Shawu Luxury River Suite provides guests with spacious, luxurious accommodation, and an unspoiled view of the Crocodile River, overlooking the Kruger National Park. The suite has an equipped kitchen for those wanting to self-cater, while there is also the option of choosing our delicious meal options, which will be served to your private covered patio. The patio looks out over a sparkling pool and beyond that, the Crocodile River, and its regular visits from the Big Five.  Star lit nights can be spent sitting around the fire pit, listening to the sounds of the surrounding African bush. Late afternoons and evenings are best spent sipping cocktails whilst listening to a herd of African hippo snuffling in the river or the roar of a distant lion.


Mafunyane Suite

Mafunyane is our Honeymoon River Suite offering luxurious accommodation with its own private plunge pool. This romantic and intimate suite, with a superb view of the Crocodile River, spacious king size bed, attention to detail finishing, as well as a kitchenette and barbecue/fire pit facilities, makes it the perfect place for visiting couples. When staying in this suit, you can choose to self-cater or take full advantage of our breakfast/dinner options.  At night, fall asleep to a symphony of African sounds and during the day pay a visit to our Spa for that special massage treatment or let us book a round of golf for you at the famous Leopard Creek Golf Course. Sipping cocktails on the viewing deck while watching many of the visitors grazing on the riverbank or frolicking in the waters, is the perfect way to spend your time with us.


Kambaku River House

Kambaku Luxury River House has accommodation for 5 guests. The house boasts 2 spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeous view of the Crocodile River.  Luxurious finishes and attention to detail with an open-plan kitchen, lounge, dining room leading out to a covered patio overlooking the Crocodile River, complete this beautiful guesthouse.  Private pool, overlooking the river and Kruger National Park, is available for the ultimate relaxation.   Self-catering or the option to choose from Kambaku’s delicious meal options will ensure that you never go hungry.


Ndlulamithi Luxury River Suite

Ndlulamithi Luxury River Suite has accommodation for 2 guests. The Suite hosts a very spacious bedroom, with an en-suite bathroom, gorgeous view of the Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park. Treat yourself to a massage session in our spa, or allow us to organize a safari into Kruger National Park. Are you an avid golfer? The famous Leopard Creek Golf Course is around the corner and we’ll be happy to book a round or two for you.


Shingwedzi Suite

The Shingwedzi suite provides luxury, spacious accommodation and is set slightly back from the rest of the suites, giving you more privacy. The accommodation has a partial view of the river, the lush garden and the Kruger National Park.  The accommodation has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms but share a shower. The room has a self-catering kitchen for meals. This room has an African Outdoor shower that opens out onto the garden, access to a sparkling pool and to the river deck, which overlooks the Crocodile River.  A covered patio, private garden, mountain and Kruger view, is the perfect place to enjoy a meal. The patio has a warming African fire-pit, the perfect place to sit on a cold evening. 


Kambaku River Lodge is located close to the southern border of Kruger National Park. The closest park entrance gate is Malelane Gate (22km).  The Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp is 34km away.


The nearest town is Malelane (17km), while Skukuza Airport (88km) and Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (50km) are accessible. Furthermore, OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is 375km / 4-hours driving from this accommodation.

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