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Reviewed 25 January 2015

all the guides & personal were wonderful. The were very professional, courteous & gracious i couldn't ask for any thing else. The food was out of this world + the sleeping quarters were so wonderful i wanted to pack everything up & take it all back to the states with me.

Date of stay: June 2014
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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2015

Thank you for the review on your stay with us - unfortunately as we can't be relocated you will just have to come back to visit again !

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Reviewed 25 January 2015

There is so much to say about such a beautiful place to experience a safari in South Africa. The animals speak for themself so I will touch upon food, room, staff and service. To preface this review, my wife and I spent our honeymoon travelling to Cape Town, kambuku River Sands and Zanzibar. The stay with Kambuku and the safari they took us on was the highlight of our trip.Though, it is rated a 4star, my wife and I felt as if we were staying at a 5 star accommodation. The staff really add character to your journey. Their knowledge Of and passion for the animals within the bush are stellar. Their personalities are energetic, exciting yet soulfully kind. Thank you Kenny for being such an amazing tracker and Werner for being who you are and taking us on a crazy adventure. The food was delicious and dietary restrictions were accommodated graciously. The level of service was uniquely detailed and Specialized for us as guests. They had set up a private dinner, bubble baths, rose pedals and a walkway of flowers to our surprise making this stay not only exciting but very romantic. The rooms were clean, massive with a great view of the bush from your room. You will experience one of the best sleeps here as the bed is uber comfortable. Without a doubt, this place is a must for a safari trip that will prove to last within memories for a lifetime.

Date of stay: January 2015
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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2015

I am so proud of our team in that they made your honeymoon so special as it is definitely should be a holiday of a lifetime ! Thank you for mentioning our attention to detail, and adapting to the needs of each guest - we do make a point of finding out as much as possible prior to arrival in order to make the holiday a great success. Our rooms are impressive and really do lend themselves to romantic evenings... as well as fantastic game viewing from the deck... or even the bath !

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Reviewed 20 January 2015

Visited in December 2014 with our 2 teenage boys. The rooms were modern,clean and comfortable. The food & drink was delicious and plentiful with a full description nightly by the chef. They easily accommodate food preferences although we ate and loved whatever was served. The staff was friendly, warm and accessible. We felt tike we were part of the family. The guests were interesting and friendly and will become friends we will remain on touch with. However the highlight was truly Werner & Kenny on our twice daily bush drives. Their enthusiasm, energy, INCREDIBLE knowledge was beyond words. They truly love what they do and it shows, they always went the extra mile to show us another beyond words animal experience no matter what. Werner engaged my reluctant teenage boys like a magician. He & Kenny truly made the trip. We loved our bush coffee and our sundowners! We would return again & again.

Date of stay: December 2014
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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2015

You have hit the nail on the head - providing an experience in the bush - to learn about the bush and discover the bush and experience every aspect of the bush is what we are about. Our staff are passionate about what they do, and love every moment out there ! Thank you for mentioning that we do cater for most dietary requirement - except Kosher - and the staff will go out of their way to provide a friendly, home-away-from-home atmosphere. We value our guests and take pride that we have many return clientele.

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Reviewed 19 January 2015

The lodge is 1st class all the way with impeccable service, excellent food, and exciting game drives. The entire staff was friendly and made sure I was having a good time. I'd especially like to thank Gidion for taking the time to explain everything to me and trying to make sure I saw the Big Five, which I did. Overall a tremendous experience and highly recommend.Thanks again for a great time.

Date of stay: January 2015
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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2015

Hi Douglas - it takes a lot to offer "the experience of a lifetime" and we are so proud of the staff that they have been able to do that ! Again - we aim to teach about the bush, not merely chase the big five - it really enhances the experience ! it was a pleasure to have hosted you here!

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Reviewed 18 January 2015

Our first safari experience was exceptional. The service was personal and professional, with a touch of the bush. The property is magnificent. Elephants greeted us at the river upon our arrival; later they caused a power outage that didn't cause a ripple in our stay, actually an adventure. The guides went out of their way to find animals and generally, we were the only group with glorious views of the wild. We were pleased that this property was set up for adults more than families as we were two couples traveling together. The small pool was refreshing and a great place to nap. Mostly we liked that the experience here wasn't over produced. Some others seemed a little Disneyesque. Kambaku River Sands was a perfect adventure.

Room tip: all the rooms are terrific. It was nice being on the river side when the animals came to visit.
Date of stay: March 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NicolaNaude, Owner at Kambaku River Sands, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2015

What an interesting review - I am sure that not every place can declare power outages due to elephants ! They are also very creative with in- house gardening! Obviously the adventure will be remembered time and time again - as I am sure many stories will be told to eager ears! and yes - we do not do the movie style safari lodge, but rather go for the intimate atmosphere, and encourage our guests to experience what being in the bush is really all about.

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