Kambaku River Lodge's Trumpeter Newsletter

December, 2023

Thanks for taking a minute to listen! 

Perhaps you are far away from our little oasis; touching the tip of the much-loved Kruger National Park. The Kambaku River Lodge Team continues to upgrade and improve. So, here are some updates that you can peek at until you're sitting on the deck and looking out at that gorgeous Crocodile River and looking at the amazing wildlife that passes by daily. 

Fight the Loadshedding, steward the planet!

As fellow lovers of South Africa, you probably have kept in touch with regards to our power outages. This is not what the elephants have to trumpet about. We've installed a solar system to provide power so that you can stay at a lodge in South Africa where there is no load-shedding.

Bird's Eye View

BirdLife South Africa

Noteworthy Species seen on the property of Kambaku River Lodge for November 2023:

Black Saw-wing
Yellow-Rumped Tinkerbird
Nesting pair of Wahlberg's Eagles

Fulvous Whistling Ducks

Birdlife's Bird of the Year - 2023


We're a proud partner of BirdLife South Africa!
Support BirdLife's Magazine and help the conservation mission!

For those who love birding: come and visit us! We have a wildlife hide that is fully equipped for photography.


We had a fun moment when a flock of approximately 50 Brown-Headed Parrots alighted in the canopy of our trees.

On that note: our trees have grown remarkably since Leanne and Tony lovingly put seedlings into the soil, just over 8 years ago.


Kambaku & Panthera's Photographic Safari

Are you wondering how to be a wildlife photographer? Perhaps you want to take great wildlife photos in Kruger? Do you know how to use the settings on your camera correctly?

We had such a fun photographic safari this year! The laughter was never ceasing and there was so much learned from the Panthera Photo Safaris team.

On these excursions you will learn many things from our professional wildlife photographers. Such as image composition and post-production (using Lightroom by Adobe)

Would you like to join us on the next one?

Yes please!

The elephants are always on the move and so are we!

We've made some exciting upgrades to Kambaku. We have extended the lounging decks alongside the pools.

Take a look at The Mafunyane Honeymoon Suite ❀️ For the frequent visitors that call this suite their "home away from home", you should see some pleasant changes!
We've also built a pond to encourage indigenous birds to frequent their visits here much like you do! Just remember: no swimming here! There are pools at the front for guests.

Above: Bateleur
Top right: Giraffe at sunrise
Middle right: Greater Painted-Snipe
Bottom right: Pair of Cheetah
Top left: Click our LinkTree
Middle left: Black-backed Jackal
Bottom left: Mother elephant and calf


Here are some of our great sightings with Elvis.

Want to see more?


Kambaku's Leopard of the Month

Keeping up with the Kardashians is not quite fun. Try keeping up with the Leopards of the Kruger Park.

Fortunately, our very own Leopard paparazzi, Leanne, runs the KNP Leopards of Malelane Facebook Page. We have 69 individual leopards positively identified and documented.
Please note; If you are not a member of the group mentioned above, then you will not be able to access the individual leopard links below.

This is in a small traversing area of the Kruger National Park. Specifically, they are seen near the Malelane Gate and Surrounds, (Kruger Park South.)

Here is this month's featured leopard celeb! 

Name: Aranyani 

Aranyani  lost her first cub but we are happy to report that her second cub is doing well and is about 6 months old now. Our famous male leopard, Maximus, is now the proud father of Nala a beautiful sub-adult female from the well-known Tatiana.

Though word in the bush says that good old Maximus has been seeing another girl. We will keep you posted.

This is Nala  :

Nala, Kruger Park LeopardImage
Kambaku River Lodge booking leopard creek
We've just had the Alfred Dunhill competition hosted 'next door' to us at Leopard Creek Golf Course.
Remember that we can make bookings for you with Leopard Creek (if you book with us!) Leopard Creek prize money

Make your next booking here. Or click "Enquire" above.

Thanks for listening to the Kambaku elephants Trumpet the bush-news!