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Fun Time Tours & Safaris have a wide range of packages available for every different taste and adventure. For getaways with a difference we can offer you vast knowledge and experience in the industry.

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KINGS CAMP

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COLONIAL ROMANCE

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Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a colonial past in a pristine corner of unspoilt Africa. Kings Camp is situated facing an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife, day and night.
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
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.

LUXURIOUSLY EQUIPPED

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The 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, all combine to make Kings Camp the ultimate in luxury accommodation. 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.

CELEBRATION – WEDDING PACKAGE

At Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, your wedding ceremony will become a subtle stroke of Colonial grace and charm. Each wedding takes place in a dry riverbed sculptured by the NhlaraluMi River, surrounded by African bushveld. Defined by its careful attention to presentation, service and co-ordination, Kings Camp will lend a stylish yet relaxed and generous atmosphere to your exclusive wedding. A wedding at Kings Camp is more than just a ceremony; it is a celebration of the love between two people…

GAME DRIVES WITH KNOWLEDGEABLE RANGERS

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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.

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WALKING SAFARIS

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

DININGROOM IN THE BUSH

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.

FACILITIES

Lodge facilities include a dining room, bar, swimming pool, library and conference room with internet access, boma, game-viewing deck overlooking a very active waterhole, a curio shop, gym and massage tsala.

ACTIVITIES

Game drives in open vehicles with knowledgeable rangers, guided walks, and game viewing deck, bush breakfasts or dinners. We offer masseuse treatments in the privacy of your suite or in the massage tsala. (Additional charge applies).
Private game drives can also be arranged at an additional cost of R3500-00 (non-commissionable).

CUISINE

We offer true South African cuisine in a homely atmosphere comple- mented by an exceptional wine cellar. Specialized dietary requirements will be catered for subject to prior notice.

CHILDREN

Children aged from 6 and above are permitted at the Lodge. Children ages 6-11 years can share a room with their parents. Children sharing a suite with 2 full paying guests will pay 50% of the adult sharing rate. We regret we do not allow children under the age of 6, unless the whole camp is booked. However children of all ages are welcome at Waterbuck Camp.

TIMBAVATI SAFARI CAMP

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Timbavati nestles among glades of mature, exquisite indigenous trees, and is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. Our colourful, traditional Ndebele rondavels are spaced out amid beautiful shady trees, and offer our guests’ en-suite, comfortable and clean accommodation in a truely African ambience.

Our 35 rooms and lodge facilities are well equipped for large groups and ideal for Tour Operators, corporate functions, conferences, weddings and most special occasions, up to 120 guests.

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No matter how intimate or how group-oriented your visit, we'll strive to ensure the perfect mood and an altogether wonderful experience. Our magnificent bar and large pool, are the perfect cure for dry throats and dusty bodies. Guests can relax in our cozy lounge or stretch out under the African sun on one of our pool side lounges.

Enjoy a braai in our reeded boma, under a canopy of African starlight, the aromatic scents of venison and hearty ‘potjie’ linger around a roaring open fire, while the calls of nearby wildlife enhance that unmatchable sense of mystery of the African bush. Game viewing on foot or in an open vehicle (with spotlights at night) is a must for every visitor.

Enter the world famous Kruger National Park with one of our highly trained guides, and experience the rush of adrenalin that comes with sighting Africa’s Big Five up close in their natural surroundings.

Guests may choose to spend their time exploring the rest of the Lowveld bushveld by visiting places such as the Blyde Canyon, Bourkes luck potholes, the three rondavels, God’s Window, Pilgrims Rest, The Hoedspruit endangered species centre, Moholoholo rehabilitation centre and the Kamahi Reptile Park.

There is also opportunities to indulge in a variety of extreme adventure sports for the brave and tough such as white water rafting, paintball, micro light flights, hot air ballooning and much, much more… We at Timbavati take pride in offering our guests relaxed, unconditional hospitality. Any special requirements you may have will be catered for to the very best of our ability.

ACCOMMODATION

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Africa's old pioneers had a saying: "Any fool can be uncomfortable in the bush."

We at Timbavati believe in creature comforts, and do our utmost to ensure that you, as our guest and friend, enjoy a stay that's as memorable for comfort and tranquility. We offer a selection of chalets and rondawels painted with unique Ndebele traditional art work, all with, en suite shower, washbasin, toilet and fitted with mosquito nets. The rondawels and chalets, set amid beautiful shady trees, have been designed and situated to convey an atmosphere of happy relaxation and peacefulness in a true African Ambience.

Most rooms are either one double or two single beds, however there are a few rooms with a third and fourth bed. Some of the chalets rooms are connected through inter-leading doors to allow for families and guests that would prefer to be close by one another.

Timbavati Safari Lodge is nestled among glades of mature, exquisite indigenous trees, and these are home to a variety of birds and other life. You can't fail to be enchanted by the call of the Woodland Kingfisher, the chorus of Francolin's as the sun sets over the tree-line, and the calls of owls and nightjars as the night deepens and the African starscape explodes across the sky, with the distant call of hunting lions. Guests share the lodge area with the local inhabitants such as Bushbabies, Giraffe, Impala, Wildebeest, Bushbuck, Duiker, Warthog, who graze on the lush green grass and can regularly be seen from the verandas of the rooms.

FACILITIES

The Lodge hosts a number of facilities and services available to our guests.
Any special or tailored requests will be catered for to the best of our ability.

Laundry Service
Public Telephone
MTN, Vodacom and Cell C reception available
Internet
Swimming pool
Bar & Satellite TV
Lounging area
Restaurant
Curio shop
24hr security
Baby sitting available on request
Car hire available on request

LOOKING FOR A WEDDING VENUE

Surrounded by mature trees and indigenous bushveld, Timbavati serves as an ideal natural setting for the perfect wedding.
We can host up to 120 guests and accommodate up to 70 guests sharing.
If more than 70 guest need accommodation, Timbavati will source alternative accommodation at other lodges in the nearby vicinity.
We also have a list of local service suppliers like Photographers, Hair stylists, Cake Artists, Florists, Beauty and Spa Salons available.
AFRICAN WEDDING WITH THE BEAUTY OF NATURE and CULTURAL DANCERS making your special day unforgettable.

DINING AND AFRICAN CUISINE

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Breakfast is served as a full continental. Their is a wide variety and selection of fruit, Cereal, fresh Yogurt and ice cold Juice, Tea and Coffee is available. Breakfast is served in the dining room.

Dinner is served as a buffet in true African style in the open-aired traditional boma or alongside our pool with our magnificent bar, only an arm’s length away. Taste the flavours of the African cuisine whilst dinning under the stars with the sounds of the wild in the background and the smell of African wood burning in the centre.
Dinner is served as a three course meal comprising of an entrée, followed by a main with desert to finish. Our large selection of wine offers the perfect complement to your meal. Our menu changes daily to ensure that guest staying for more than one night, don’t eat the same meal twice.

GAME DRIVES AND BUSH WALKS

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Our area is an interesting niche eco system with some smaller wild game and prolific bird life, together with the smaller inhabitants of our bush. Flora and fauna is varied but you can expect to see Zebra, Kudu, Blue-wildebeest, Impala, Grey duiker, Bushbuck, Warthog and occasionally Leopard and Hyena. Bird life is seasonal and the following species can be found: Purple-crested Turaco, Grey Go-away bird, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Wood owl, Scops owl both Southern white-faced and African, Woodland kingfisher, African pygmy-kingfisher, Black cuckoo shrike. Flycatchers, and many more.

UMLANI BUSHCAMP

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Umlani Bushcamp is a highly recommended, classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

See the real Africa at Umlani Bushcamp, enjoy the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion in a camp that accommodates just 16 guests, in traditional African reed and thatch huts.

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Umlani Bushcamp offers an exciting, safe experience in Big Five territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, in more than 10 000 hectares (24 000 acres) of traversing area. The camp is also home to more than 40 mammal species and 350 bird species.

Experience the thrill of game drives in open Land Rovers, guided bush walks and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers and trackers. At Umlani Bushcamp you are guaranteed an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's world-renowned, unspoilt wilderness reserves.


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FACILITIES AVAILABLE

Umlani Gift Shop for all your Umlani souvenirs.
Traditional African Boma Restaurant serving award winning meals.
Laundry service
Pick up and drop off airport services.
Secure personal Safes.
Pristene pool to cool you down on hot days.
Bush bar and deck overlooking the nearby waterhole.
Exclusive Tree house 2.5 kms away from camp for a true bush experience.

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE

Umlani is renowned for their outstanding Shangaan rangers and trackers, who will not only find you the game, but will also introduce you to the wealth of flora, fauna, bird life and cultural heritage of the region.

You will be taken out on two game drives per day, in open top Land Rovers. The morning game drive will leave at dawn and the night drive will leave in the late afternoon. There is always a ranger on stand-by for an optional morning bush walk.

During the day you can go on short walks with the ranger after breakfast, or lounge in the double hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favourite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquillity there is a tree house about 2.5 kms from the camp overlooking a dam, where we can leave you for an hour or two with blankets and big comfortable pillows as well as a cooler box with drinks.

In the evening you will be treated to pre dinner drinks in the traditional boma around the fire, followed by one of Umlani's award winning meals in the candlelit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

BIRDWATCHING AND GAME VIEWING AT UMLANI BUSHCAMP

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Birdwatching at Umlani Bushcamp is just as spectacular. In this luxury camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the northern part of the Kruger, birdwatching rarely disappoints due to the vast number of species associated with birding in the Kruger Park.

MADUMA BOMA

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Private Self-Catering Nushveld Game Estate near the Kruger National Park, South Africa


Welcome to Maduma Boma ….

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A giraffe is loping past your private swimming pool - stopping for a second to stare at you through its impossibly long eyelashes.
Meanwhile monkeys are chattering on the poles of your private boma where later tonight you'll hear the cackle of hyenas through the crackle of your fire. You haven't seen nor heard another guest for days...
The sun rises over your thatched chalet in a secluded part of the bush. An early morning game walk brings you face to face with the Giraffe, Impala, Wildebeest Kudu, Nyala and many other species of magnificent African animals.
Sit quietly at one of the many hides and dams situated on the farm and watch the abundant bird life busy with their daily routine.
Lunch is spent around your own private swimming pool, swimming and soaking up the sun, while a mother warthog and her kids visit you for tea.
At dusk, the Drakensberg Mountains are awash with red - sundowners defined.
In the evening, you enjoy a 'bushveld braai'. You spend the evening around the fire, relaying the day's stories...
After the sun goes down, the night comes alive. The lonely call of the Hyena,the bark of the hungry Jackal and the Owl's hoot and the piercing call of the Night Jar.
This is the time to sit and stare at the southern night sky, and then you realise that this has to be GOD's own country.

Eleven totally private, self-catering chalets (each with its very own swimming pool and boma) spread out over our expansive bushveld game estate can accommodate up to 60 people at a time.

All the Chalets are:

Fully equipped with crockery, cutlery and linen (but please bring your own towels)
Have their own private swimming pool
Have their own boma to braai in
Are fully serviced daily
Privately situated on a game farm
Nyala, Eland and Mala are electrified whilst the other chalets have Solar power
Superb Bird life
Fauna and Flora - JUST GREAT!

Your chalet is so private, you will feel like you have the entire bushveld to yourself.

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What makes Maduma Boma so special?                   

A true safari experience that won't cost you a fortune
Totally private - only 11 units spread over the entire reserve
Your own private swimming pool AND private boma
Fully serviced daily
Numerous hides at waterholes around the reserve
No dangerous game - freedom to walk anywhere
Giraffe, kudu, impala, wildebeest, warthogs, monkeys, baboons, jackal and many other mammals
A wealth of birdlife
Just 45km from Kruger National Park (Orpen Gate)
Close to the Blyde River Canyon and the famed Panorama Route

SINGWE RIVER LODGE

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WELCOME TO SINGWE RIVER LODGE IN THE BALULE RESERVE, GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

This magnificent property situated in Balule Reserve, a 40,000 ha reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park, is built on the banks of the Olifants River, which provides many opportunities for game viewing even while in camp ... watch families of elephants who have come down to bathe, lazy hippos surfacing for a yawn, a skittish herd of impala drinking nervously ... and listen for the cry of a fish eagle.

At Singwe River Lodge we provide a memorable and affordable Big Five game experience in a low-risk malaria area, with excellent accommodation in a luxury lodge, delicious food and warm African hospitality.

Shaded by giant fig trees, the beautiful, tranquil game lodge has accommodation for up to 12 adults in a Manor House and three thatched riverside chalets, a large swimming pool and rolling lawns which extend down to the banks of the Olifants River. If the weather permits dinner is often served in the African Boma under the night sky around a campfire. Alternatively it is served in the restaurant.

Children are welcome and a child-minding service is available if parents wish to dine alone or go on a game drive in the Kruger National Park.

Singwe is easily accessed with daily flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to three international airports close by. The nearest, Eastgate International Airport at Hoedspruit, is about 37 km from Singwe. We provide road transfers from the airport to the lodge, as well as from Nelspruit, Phalaborwa and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg

Book Singwe for an affordable stay in luxury accommodation in a private game lodge in the Kruger National Park.

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Luxury accommodation at Singwe River Lodge, Balule Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Singwe River Lodge offers accommodation in the Manor House with three luxury suites, and three one-roomed riverside thatched chalets.

We provide fully catered holidays with delicious English and Continental breakfasts, a light lunch and gourmet dinner served in the restaurant or, weather permitting, in the African Boma around a campfire.

Private dinners for couples celebrating a special occasion can be arranged in the Manor House dining room on request.

Game Drives at Singwe River Lodge, Balule Reserve , Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

Singwe River Lodge is in a Big Five game reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park with common sightings of buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. However, the Kruger area also offers a selection of other interesting species such as cheetah, serval, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and many species of buck, including bushbuck, kudu, klipspringer, duiker, steenbuck and waterbuck which wander freely, thriving in their natural habitat.

The area boasts many bird species including the African Fish Eagle found all along the Olifants River, which is also home to many crocodile. Many remarkable sightings have been made at the river, including lion kills, rhino sightings and herds of elephant coming down to bathe and wallow in the mud.

GAME DRIVES

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Our game drives are conducted by qualified, professional rangers and local Shangaan trackers, in open 4X4 safari vehicles. We tailor our outings to our guests' preferences. If you want to see the Big Five, we will attempt to track them for you. If you are simply interested in exploring the beauty of the surrounding Kruger area or discovering the remarkable birdlife, we will take you on a scenic excursion while our rangers share their insights about the local flora and fauna….of course you might just happen on a pride of lions along the way!

Child Policy with regards to Game Drives at our lodge:

Our lodge is a family friendly lodge and children are always welcome but please note that children aged 0-6 years are not permitted on game drives due to safety reasons in a Big Five reserve. We offer free child minding if parents wish to go on a game drives without their young children. Children aged 7-16 years must be accompanied on game drives by their parents or responsible adult.

A typical day at Singwe River Lodge, Balule Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

At Singwe River Lodge you can choose your level of activity. Rise with the dawn to go on a game drive, experience a morning bush walk with a ranger, or lounge on the banks of the Olifants River with a good book and a pair of binoculars…the choice is yours.
This is what you can expect from a day at Singwe:

Early wakeup (summer 05h00 or winter 06h00).

Set off from the game lodge on a morning game drive as the sun is rising with coffee, cappuccinos, hot chocolate, rusks and muffins to enjoy along the way.

±09h00: Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast, served on the deck, weather permitting - full Continental and English with fruit, fruit juice, yoghurt, cereals, muffins and croissants followed by a cooked breakfast with eggs to order, bacon, sausage, toast etc.

ACTIVITIES AT SINGWE RIVER LODGE

Game drives
Swimming in the lodge pool
Game viewing on the riverbank
Birding

Spa treatments - massages, facials and other treatments can be arranged with a local therapist in your suite, on the lawn under a shady tree or on the banks of the Olifants River. These treatments are not included in the rates and will be charged to your account.

After breakfast take an optional bush walk with your ranger or laze at the pool watching for hippo, elephants or other game which come down to the Olifants River to drink. We provide books, games and binoculars for guests.

A light lunch is served between 12h30 and 14h30. A typical menu might feature a cold pasta salad or quiche served with green salad and homemade bread.

After lunch guests have time off to enjoy a siesta or relax before the next game drive.

15h30 / 16h00: Depart on your afternoon game drive from dusk until sunset, when spotlights will help to see the game. You will stop for drinks and snacks at a scenic location along the way.

Back to the lodge to freshen up for drinks and dinner.

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Dinner is served in the Boma (weather permitting) or in the main dining room. A typical menu could include potjiekos, a traditional South African stew prepared outdoors in a cast iron three-legged pot over a fire. Or a main course of fillet steak served with couscous and mixed vegetables and mustard sauce followed by a mouth-watering dessert. At Singwe we cater for various dietary requirements if we have advance warning. If you are celebrating a special occasion and would like to enjoy a private evening, we will arrange an intimate dinner in the Manor House dining room or on the deck.