Nkambeni Safari Camp

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Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers

Overview of Nkambeni Safari Camp

Nkambeni Safari Camp

3.0 star property
3-star lodge in Mbombela with outdoor pool and restaurant

8.2/10 Very good

49 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Internet access
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
The price is Rs 101
Price available on 03/07/2022
Numbi Gate Kruger National Park, Mbombela, Mpumalanga, 1350
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi in the lobby
  • Pool bar
  • Swim-up bar
  • Conference center
  • Airport shuttle
  • Area shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Air conditioning
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 48-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Phabeni Gate, Kruger National Park - 47 min drive
  • Riverside Mall - 66 min drive
  • Lowveld National Botanical Garden - 68 min drive

Getting around

  • Nelspruit (MQP-Kruger Mpumalanga Intl.) - 57 min drive
  • Skukuza (SZK) - 105 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Nkambeni Safari Camp

Nkambeni Safari Camp offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 1032 per person one-way. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or grab a bite to eat at The Lazy Hippo, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar, a terrace, and a garden are other highlights. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (3rd party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 150 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 5 AM - 11 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 5:30 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • This property is located within Kruger National Park, and their gate entrance and exit times also apply for guests. Gate closure times vary seasonally, as follows: 5:30 PM, May-June; 6 PM, August-October and March-April; 6:30 PM, November-February. Guests who plan to arrive after gate closure time must contact the property in advance to arrange an escort to the property; a late check-in fee applies. Arrivals after 8 PM are not permitted.
  • Nkambeni Safari Camp is located inside a national park, and their gate entrance and exit times also apply for guests. Guests are advised to contact the hotel's reservation staff to check their arrival time.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Up to 2 children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • WiFi in public areas*


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle within 25 km*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Swim-up bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Taking the kids

  • Children stay free

What to do

  • Ecotours
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Kayaking nearby

Working away

  • Conference center


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pool loungers


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Xhosa

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Premium bedding
  • Select Comfort mattress
  • Free crib/infant bed

What to enjoy

  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom (not in room)
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


The Lazy Hippo - Overlooking the pool and garden, this restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Breakage deposit: ZAR 500 per stay

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in public areas for ZAR 50 per hour (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 1032 per person (one-way)
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Late check-in between 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM can be arranged for an extra charge of ZAR 500

Children & extra beds

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Airport shuttle service for children up to age 18 costs ZAR 1032 (one-way)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (3rd party expert - Global).


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Nkambeni Camp
Nkambeni Safari
Nkambeni Safari Camp
Nkambeni Safari Camp Kruger National Park
Nkambeni Safari Camp Lodge
Nkambeni Safari Camp Lodge Kruger National Park
Faircity Nkambeni Tented Camp Hotel Kruger National Park
Nkambeni Safari Camp Lodge
Nkambeni Safari Camp Mbombela
Nkambeni Safari Camp Lodge Mbombela

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Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



6/10 Good

Very average
Very average and therefore overpriced. Fine for a one night stay but there are also nicer options which cost the same or are cheaper. Dining facilities lack any charm. Train tracks very close and you can hear the trains. Tents located very close to each other as well. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Salla, 1-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

3-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This camp is a great stay. People mention parking and the train and the noise from neighboring tents … this is just a small inconvenience for the price of the property and location of it within the national park fence perimeter- but outside the gate where the conservation fee needs to be paid. International cost is $30 per person and doesn’t matter when you enter and is open 6a-6p. We stayed in tents 9, 17,18,19 & 75. Our first 4 face the park so you will see animals pass in front of your door / porch. Approx half the tents face the park and the other half face the interior of the camp. The trains move slowly maybe twice a day past the camp area - it this is outside the fenced park. Some guests are quiet and some louder … so you may or may not hear them next to you. Parking is at the bottom of 2 paths up to the tents … there is an area to drop bags off if you have a tent ar the farthest away area of the reception. There are golf carts so you can ask for help getting your bags far also I have seen. My family all agree we would return ! Pool looks nice / but not warm enough to use while here. The watering hole in the park is fun to watch - hippos always has been there. Elephants come and go almost daily. Cute bar with reasonable prices. Bartenders have always been friendly. Buffets always good. Lunch is alacart & typical in the park Friday night was outside with local entertainment. Enjoy !
Kimberly, 3-night family trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

8/10 Very good

Angelene, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Nkambeni adventure
It was very pleasant
MJ, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

6/10 Good

Good Camp - Needs some polish
Nkambeni Safari Camp has the makings of good place to stay. The positives are good food and management that are willing to help. Negatives are tents very close to each other and as such can be noisy at night. I would think the management need to consider a noise curfew after 22h00. The train passing by is also noisy, but there is not much that can be done about that. Parking is by reception and it is a hike to get to your tent. Porters are available but during our stay they were either too busy or nowhere to be found. I really suggest that management get a few golf carts to assist guest with their luggage. The restaurant area is great and food is generally good. The restaurant staff was a hit and miss affair. Some were great and some terrible to the point where they ignore you. This being a high occupancy camp, more than 150 tents, it seemed that restaurant staff were overwhelmed at times. Management should consider training to sharpen up this side of things. Reception and security staff were fantastic. On site amenities are limited, but then I think this more a stop over for those wanting to explore Kruger. Value for money in considering what other lodges charge in the area. With a few tweaks it can be great camp to stay at. Management was very willing and great in addressing our concerns and questions. Keep this up please.
Johan Robins, 3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Good service & hospitality
Good service at this hotel especially the catering staff
Zidesh, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Kruger view
Right on the boundary to the Kruger, with a watering hole (with hippos) just outside. Fantastic location, well maintained property. Neat and tidy, well run. Food was good and staff very friendly. Enjoyed our stay.
Roith, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

The camp is located just inside Numbi gate: from the lodge to the main gate is a short 3km drive. The cabins are compact, clean and comfortable and the staff very friendly. The food was very tasty and there was enough variety. There is very limited wifi allocation to be used in the main building only, but with the camp being so spread out, this is understandable. The tents are about 10 metres apart but it is possible to hear people snoring in the adjacent tent and the railway track is closeby too so this might be an issue for light sleepers. We did not find it onerous to complete the forms every day upon entry into the park. Given the time of year, the animals were very scarce but we had rare and magnificent sightings every day we went out. We would definitely return and recommend Nkambeni to others.
Doreen, 3-night family trip
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