RockFig Safari Lodge
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Rockfig Safari Lodge the Timbavati's newest luxury safari lodge, opened its doors on 1 November 2018.
The architect and interior designer of RockFig Safari Lodge were inspired by the Timbavati setting of this luxury South African safari lodge to create a relaxed ambience with indoor and outdoor guest spaces with an authentic bush feel.
Exclusivity & Privacy in Timbavati
Great detail to privacy with only eight guests at the lodge per night. Maximum four guests per vehicle. Open safari vehicles are shared between guests, with a maximum of four guests per vehicle. Families and groups of four or more will be allocated an exclusive-use vehicle.
SERVICE - Boutique and individually tailored
SOLO BENEFITS - The first two single rooms in one reservation are not subject to single
supplements, however each additional single room will incur a supplemental charge of 50%
Serious Safari - 30,000 acres of wilderness adjoining the iconic Kruger National Park
Morning and afternoon/evening game drives
Bush dining, including breakfasts, picnics and dinners
Dry season (May–September)
Temperatures in the cooler winter months range from 9–24 °C and there is almost no rain. Pre-dawn game drives are crisp and require warm clothing
Green season (October–April)
Higher summer temperatures range from 20–40 °C. Rainfall tends to be short and sharp, with exciting electric storms in the afternoon and early evening
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a malaria area
Suites - Accommodation
RockFig Safari Lodge features just six chalet-type suites, making it ideal for exclusive-use bookings for families or groups of friends visiting Timbavati. The sense of place comes through strongly, with the colour palette in each room inspired by the purple and green hues of local birds and plants. Although guests are always conscious of where they are, no stone is left unturned in the quest for comfort and luxury, with each suite featuring both indoor and outdoor showers, a private verandah ideal for romantic candlelit dinners, a minibar and a bath. Specially commissioned watercolour paintings add notes of cool beauty, and – as with every space in the lodge – the aim is always to delight the guests who’ll stay here. There’s a thoughtfulness to the decor, with the emphasis being on the guest experience – but also an unmissable sense that it’s the natural beauty of the Timbavati bushveld that’s the true hero.
Timbavati's Indoor Guest Areas
Spending time in Timbavati is always a nourishing experience, and this is reflected in the layout of the indoor guest areas at RockFig Safari Lodge, just as much as in the menus with their emphasis on locally grown ingredients. The open-plan kitchen is a favourite with younger guests, who love to sit at the counter and watch their meals being prepared. The 4m-long table is perfect for shared meals and safari stories. Many of the pieces of furniture in the lodge were commissioned from local artisans, while the colours take inspiration from the Rockfig tree and the area’s lovely lichen-spotted rocks.
Outdoor Guest Areas
A second, long dining table is outside, where you can feel the energy flowing in from the surrounding Timbavati bush. The undoubted outdoor centrepiece is the comfortable covered lounge with its arresting views, although the pool deck, overlooking the waterhole, is just as inviting. A dip into the pool perfectly symbolises the feeling of being immersed in the rhythms of Timbavati, while its surrounding loungers are responsible for a perfectly relaxed afternoon, perhaps punctuated by pizza from the outdoor oven. The boma area becomes the focal point on starry nights, as the crackles of the firewood compete with the cackles of hyaenas and the hushed, happy whispers of guests. Stepping outside at RockFig brings you even closer to the bush, without ever feeling that you’ve left the comforts of your new home-from-home behind.
Out on Safari
Set in the heart of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park, RockFig Safari Lodge is well situated for forays into the African wilds. Game drives let you cover some ground in the comfort of a vehicle, while walking safaris put you right on the ground, exploring the area under your own steam
Heading out on game drives from RockFig Safari Lodge gives guests the chance to get in tune with the Timbavati wilds, and see how the professional guides and trackers read the signs of the bush to anticipate the movements and behaviour of birds and animals for the best possible viewing and photographic opportunities.
The experience of being out on safari at RockFig Safari Lodge sees every detail taken care of so that guests can focus on soaking up the incredible atmosphere of the bush (or on getting that perfect safari shot!)
RockFig’s custom-built game viewers are fully equipped, carrying – among other things – blankets, binoculars, reference books and preferred refreshments for guests.
Every guest has a ‘window’ seat looking out onto Big Five territory; with just four guests per shared vehicle, there’s almost as much space on board as there is to explore beyond the lodge! This allows for easy access to camera equipment, plus the layers of clothing that can make winter mornings and evenings more comfortable.
Every game drive is conducted by an experienced guide behind the wheel and a local tracker perched up front, where he can best spot tracks and signs.
As well as the almost telepathic communication between these two professionals, vehicles throughout Timbavati are linked by radios so that the various guides can share special sightings with each other … and coordinate viewings so there’s never a crowd. Timbavati is famous for the white lions and the recently new born white lion cubs.
Family groups get their own private vehicle, which means that there’s no age restrictions, plus later starts and earlier finishes can easily be arranged so that the safari day is not too long for younger wildlife enthusiasts.
Owner, Bruce Jenkins says; WE ONLY HAVE FOUR GUESTS PER SAFARI VEHICLE. THIS LETS US PROVIDE A BETTER INTERPRETIVE EXPERIENCE, AND GREATER COMFORT OUT ON SAFARI.
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