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RockFig Safari Lodge

Rockfig Safari Lodge is decadent and romantic, yet interactive and relaxing for the whole family. This newly renovated luxury lodge has been around since the mid-90s when it was a family retreat, until it was taken to the next level by an architect and interior design team. The location in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is exceptional and the views of the savannah can be enjoyed from your room deck, the swimming pool, or your own bubble bath. Coffee is served to your room in the mornings, safari activities are of extraordinary quality, lodge life leaves you wanting for nothing, and meal times are a sumptuous affair.


Classic Perspective Certified
Sustainable Resort
Conservation Efforts
Check-in time: 1pm - Check-out time: 10am
Family Friendly
6 Private Rooms
Dinning Area / Boma / Bar
Wheelchair Accessible

Accommodation

Suites

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.

Dining

Lodge Dining

Bush Dining

Boma

Activities

01
Out on Safari

Game drives rank among the quintessential Timbavati experiences, and the guides and trackers at RockFig Safari Lodge pride themselves on providing incredible, safe but close wildlife encounters. Timbavati is Big Five country, and as many of the RockFig trackers hail from the area they’re able to put all their local knowledge to work to ensure the best possible viewing opportunities. Of course being out on safari isn’t just about big game; it’s also a chance to appreciate the beauty of Timbavati while traversing it, and while stopping to enjoy a morning coffee or a sundowner in an especially scenic spot.

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Timbavati on Foot

Guided walking safaris from RockFig Safari Lodge are a wonderful way to experience Timbavati on foot. Bring your walking shoes; the guides and trackers have everything else that’s required, not least their knowledge of spoor and plants (and a rifle to ensure your safety). Spending time on the details of the ecosystem can be immensely rewarding, and surprising. Learn how every living creature, no matter how small, has its part to play in this intricate, interlinked web of life.

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Bush Dining

Bush dining takes RockFig Safari Lodge mealtime moments and transplants them into the wild. The element of surprise only adds to the experience – don’t expect us to give the game away; we’re busy hanging lanterns, or spreading snowy white linen on a table under the spreading branches of a mighty Timbavati tree. Naturally, everything tastes better al fresco, whether it’s a cheeky morning Mimosa from the bush bar or a piece of venison cooked just so over the coals.

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Kids at RockFig

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Spa & Wellness

Facilities

  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Boma
  • Swimming Pool

Inclusions

  • All Meals
  • Local Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Daily Game Drives
  • Bush Walk
  • Transfers to and from the lodge’s private airstrip
Location

With no fences between Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park, wildlife is free to come and go, making this one of South Africa’s richest wildlife areas. Being centrally situated in Timbavati, RockFig is ideally located for exploring both the northern and southern reaches of the reserve. Timbavati’s best-known residents are undoubtedly its white lion – the result of a naturally occurring recessive gene that causes leucism, a partial loss of pigmentation of the skin (as opposed to albinism, an absence of colour-giving melanin that affects the skin, feathers, hair and eyes of animals).

A recent uptick in white-lion births has reminded many old Kruger hands of the origin of the name Timbavati: it derives from a Shangaan expression meaning ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’. It could be said that the lions have come home: the varied, undulating landscapes, seasonal rivers and low density of lodges make Timbavati the safari equivalent of heaven on earth.

The 3,500ha area around RockFig is shared with just one other lodge, while the total traversing area of some 12,500ha underlines that this is true ‘free range’ conservation – the antithesis of a zoo. Sightings of predators are a noted feature of Timbavati game drives, from wild dog to descendants of the original RockFig leopard.

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Luxury Africa Collection

RockFig Safari Lodge

Rockfig Safari Lodge is decadent and romantic, yet interactive and relaxing for the whole family. This newly renovated luxury lodge has been around since the mid-90s when it was a family retreat, until it was taken to the next level by an architect and interior design team. The location in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is exceptional and the views of the savannah can be enjoyed from your room deck, the swimming pool, or your own bubble bath. Coffee is served to your room in the mornings, safari activities are of extraordinary quality, lodge life leaves you wanting for nothing, and meal times are a sumptuous affair.


Sustainable Resort
Classic Perspective Certified
Check-in time: 1pm - Check-out time: 10am
Family Friendly
6 Private Rooms
Dinning Area / Boma / Bar
Wheelchair Accessible
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Suites

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.

Accommodation

Suites

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.

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Suites

Suites

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.

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Activities
01
Out on Safari

Game drives rank among the quintessential Timbavati experiences, and the guides and trackers at RockFig Safari Lodge pride themselves on providing incredible, safe but close wildlife encounters. Timbavati is Big Five country, and as many of the RockFig trackers hail from the area they’re able to put all their local knowledge to work to ensure the best possible viewing opportunities. Of course being out on safari isn’t just about big game; it’s also a chance to appreciate the beauty of Timbavati while traversing it, and while stopping to enjoy a morning coffee or a sundowner in an especially scenic spot.

02
Timbavati on Foot

Guided walking safaris from RockFig Safari Lodge are a wonderful way to experience Timbavati on foot. Bring your walking shoes; the guides and trackers have everything else that’s required, not least their knowledge of spoor and plants (and a rifle to ensure your safety). Spending time on the details of the ecosystem can be immensely rewarding, and surprising. Learn how every living creature, no matter how small, has its part to play in this intricate, interlinked web of life.

03
Bush Dining

Bush dining takes RockFig Safari Lodge mealtime moments and transplants them into the wild. The element of surprise only adds to the experience – don’t expect us to give the game away; we’re busy hanging lanterns, or spreading snowy white linen on a table under the spreading branches of a mighty Timbavati tree. Naturally, everything tastes better al fresco, whether it’s a cheeky morning Mimosa from the bush bar or a piece of venison cooked just so over the coals.

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Spa & Wellness

Facilities

Hotel facilities with your booking:

  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Boma
  • Swimming Pool
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Inclusions

Inclusions with your booking:

  • All Meals
  • Local Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Daily Game Drives
  • Bush Walk
  • Transfers to and from the lodge’s private airstrip
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Conservation

The RockFig Safari Lodge team believes that conservation of the natural heritage of Timbavati must be a collaborative effort between ecotourism operators and local communities, with guests playing their part too. Managed properly, conservation creates opportunities for economic empowerment, employment and skills training, as well as preserving fauna, flora and habitats.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, where RockFig Safari Lodge is located, embodies the freedom of the African bushveld. With the removal of game fences between Timbavati and Kruger National Park in 1993, animals were once again able to move at will between the two.

This was no mere gesture, but reflects an integrated approach to true open-system conservation involving all stakeholders working together to rehabilitate and preserve the Timbavati ecosystem. Just as the area has been fully integrated into the Greater Kruger, the local communities have joined forces under the auspices of the Timbavati Foundation.

RockFig Safari Lodge employs local people and supports the local economy. These immediate benefits, however, are less important than the shared long-term conservation vision of the lodge and the Timbavati Foundation, which emphasises environmental education and outreach programmes in community schools.

Timbavati Foundation initiatives such as permagardening teach children the importance of wisely using resources and recycling. To ensure that future generations inherit an untainted legacy, the foundation also channels resources into supporting rangers on anti-poaching patrols, and into alien-plant-eradication projects.

Poor management decisions in the past resulted in erosion of valuable topsoil, while non-indigenous vegetation increases the risk of destructive bushfires and reduces the amount of food available to wildlife.

The priority now is sustainability: rehabilitation, to restore previous mistakes, and a holistic approach to conservation based on environmental best practices. There is a recognition that management decisions can’t be imposed on Timbavati, but that they must rather be devised in conjunction with neighbouring communities, who have just as much of an interest in the viability of the land as any of the wild species that inhabit it.

RockFig Safari Lodge is honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to programmes spearheaded by the Timbavati Foundation, from deterring rhino poachers to controlling fires and inspiring schoolchildren to grow vegetables.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

With no fences between Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park, wildlife is free to come and go, making this one of South Africa’s richest wildlife areas. Being centrally situated in Timbavati, RockFig is ideally located for exploring both the northern and southern reaches of the reserve. Timbavati’s best-known residents are undoubtedly its white lion – the result of a naturally occurring recessive gene that causes leucism, a partial loss of pigmentation of the skin (as opposed to albinism, an absence of colour-giving melanin that affects the skin, feathers, hair and eyes of animals).

A recent uptick in white-lion births has reminded many old Kruger hands of the origin of the name Timbavati: it derives from a Shangaan expression meaning ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’. It could be said that the lions have come home: the varied, undulating landscapes, seasonal rivers and low density of lodges make Timbavati the safari equivalent of heaven on earth.

The 3,500ha area around RockFig is shared with just one other lodge, while the total traversing area of some 12,500ha underlines that this is true ‘free range’ conservation – the antithesis of a zoo. Sightings of predators are a noted feature of Timbavati game drives, from wild dog to descendants of the original RockFig leopard.

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RockFig Safari Lodge

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Timbavati Private Reserve / South Africa

Rockfig Safari Lodge is decadent and romantic, yet interactive and relaxing for the whole family. This newly renovated luxury lodge has been around since the mid-90s when it was a family retreat, until it was taken to the next level by an architect and interior design team. The location in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is exceptional and the views of the savannah can be enjoyed from your room deck, the swimming pool, or your own bubble bath. Coffee is served to your room in the mornings, safari activities are of extraordinary quality, lodge life leaves you wanting for nothing, and meal times are a sumptuous affair.


Check-in time: 1pm - Check-out time: 10am
Dinning Area / Boma / Bar
6 Private Rooms
Accommodation
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Inclusions:

Inclusions with the hotel Include:
  • All Meals
  • Local Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Daily Game Drives
  • Bush Walk
  • Transfers to and from the lodge’s private airstrip
See More Inclusions

Facilities:

Facilities within the hotel include:
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Boma
  • Swimming Pool
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Restaurants

Dining is an important part of safari. Children will be thrilled by pizzas straight from the oven while adults might prefer romantic private dining. To stay as close to nature as possible, the RockFig staff can host breakfasts, picnics and suppers in the bush. If you prefer to be indoors, take a seat at the stunning 4-metre / 13-foot dining table under a beautiful chandelier.

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Activities

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. Whatever you prefer (and we suggest you try both), these exciting activities – and their inevitable wildlife sightings – are sure to get your blood pumping. They’ll also work up an appetite, which you can satiate with the feasts you’ll find at the bush breakfasts and dinners, as well as safari-style meals back at this luxury South African safari lodge.

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Location

With no fences between Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park, wildlife is free to come and go, making this one of South Africa’s richest wildlife areas. Being centrally situated in Timbavati, RockFig is ideally located for exploring both the northern and southern reaches of the reserve. Timbavati’s best-known residents are undoubtedly its white lion – the result of a naturally occurring recessive gene that causes leucism, a partial loss of pigmentation of the skin (as opposed to albinism, an absence of colour-giving melanin that affects the skin, feathers, hair and eyes of animals).

A recent uptick in white-lion births has reminded many old Kruger hands of the origin of the name Timbavati: it derives from a Shangaan expression meaning ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’. It could be said that the lions have come home: the varied, undulating landscapes, seasonal rivers and low density of lodges make Timbavati the safari equivalent of heaven on earth.

The 3,500ha area around RockFig is shared with just one other lodge, while the total traversing area of some 12,500ha underlines that this is true ‘free range’ conservation – the antithesis of a zoo. Sightings of predators are a noted feature of Timbavati game drives, from wild dog to descendants of the original RockFig leopard.

Frequently Asked Questions

RockFig Safari Lodge

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RockFig Safari Lodge

Rockfig Safari Lodge is decadent and romantic, yet interactive and relaxing for the whole family. This newly renovated luxury lodge has been around since the mid-90s when it was a family retreat, until it was taken to the next level by an architect and interior design team. The location in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is exceptional and the views of the savannah can be enjoyed from your room deck, the swimming pool, or your own bubble bath. Coffee is served to your room in the mornings, safari activities are of extraordinary quality, lodge life leaves you wanting for nothing, and meal times are a sumptuous affair.


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Accommodation

Suites

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.

Sustainable Hotel
Family Friendly
Dinning Area / Boma / Bar
Check-in time: 1pm - Check-out time: 10am
6 Private Rooms
Classic Certified

Sustainability

Dining

Lodge Dining

Bush Dining

Boma

Activities

01
Out on Safari

Game drives rank among the quintessential Timbavati experiences, and the guides and trackers at RockFig Safari Lodge pride themselves on providing incredible, safe but close wildlife encounters. Timbavati is Big Five country, and as many of the RockFig trackers hail from the area they’re able to put all their local knowledge to work to ensure the best possible viewing opportunities. Of course being out on safari isn’t just about big game; it’s also a chance to appreciate the beauty of Timbavati while traversing it, and while stopping to enjoy a morning coffee or a sundowner in an especially scenic spot.

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