This is how safari should be done: under canvas in a remote and exclusive setting. Don't let the thought of nights under canvas put you off: the rooms are still superbly well appointed and comfortable.
RockFig Safari Lodge
Located in the northern section of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, RockFig Safari Lodge in an intimate option with just six suites. Each room is comfortably furnished and features indoor and outdoor showers, a private veranda and a bath with a view out over the Timbavati bushveld. The indoor communal area has an open-plan kitchen and features furniture commissioned from local artisans.
Evening meals are taken outside, either communally on a long wooden table under cover or on private tables open to the sky, and breakfast is usually served in the bush. The spacious outdoor area also features a boma with a fireplace, a sheltered lounge area and a swimming pool with views of a waterhole. The lodge is ringed with a low fence to prevent large wildlife from entering the grounds, making it a good option for families.
The focus here is on tracking the wildlife, including game drives and bush walks. There’s a maximum of four guests to a safari vehicle, allowing you to form a close relationship to your guide and tracker. For larger groups who want to share, vehicles can seat up to six.
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With only the six suites, RockFig combines both intimacy and indulgence. The sleek and modern decor is mostly white and grey with touches that reflect that purple and greens of local birds and flora. Each suite offers indoor and outdoor showers, a private veranda, and a bath overlooking the Timbavati.
One of the most wildlife-rich areas in South Africa, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with Kruger National Park. The reserve is best known for its white lion, which give the reserve its name. (Translated roughly from Shangaan, Timbavati means ‘the places where the sacred came down to earth.’).
Food and drink
- Indoor dining with an open-plan kitchen.
- Al fresco meals.
- Locally grown fresh ingredients.
- Outdoor pizza oven.
- Minibars in every room.
- Fully stocked bar with a selection of local and international beers, wines and spirits.
This is a good option for families — you’re guaranteed a private safari vehicle and all activities are flexible and planned around your needs. There are activities put on for children during the day.
Facilities and activities
- Large swimming pool.
- Spa treatments on request.
- Mosquito nets.
- Airport transfers.
- Fenced off for peace of mind.
We love Rockfig for its excellent food, top-notch service and the staff’s passion for safari and the outdoors. Also, Timbavati feels more remote than some of nearby private reserves.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
An eco-friendly, no-frills camp located deep within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Bateleur Safari Camp offers a safari experience that combines bush walks and game drives.