Kings Camp has been in operation as a game lodge since 1995. Our commitment to our guests is to freely share in the experience in a manner that is both enlightening and relaxing. We are further dedicated to a gracious style of hospitality from a bygone era, combined with a flexibility that puts the comfort and requests of our guests first. But above all, we will do this in a manner that will never compromise our environment; instead it will materially benefit our surrounding community culturally, environmentally and economically.
The Timbavati Conservation Fund
The Timbavati Conservation Fund is used for the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve management. The management of such a large wildlife area, a massive 54 300ha, is costly and needs numerous vehicles and staff to function smoothly on a daily basis. The reserve is enclosed on two sides by game fences covering approximately 60km. These fences are maintained and checked daily. The reserve management has to maintain 120km of boundary and internal firebreak roads, which is done using heavy machinery that run at a high cost.
The reserve has a dedicated ecological division that oversees the monitoring of ecological processes and animal populations. This monitoring system is extensive and informs management decisions. One such monitoring event is the annual aerial game survey, where all large animals are counted to record animal population growth and numbers. Annual veld condition assessment and elephant impact monitoring surveys are also conducted. Part of the ecological maintenance is an ongoing erosion reclamation programme, where all human induced erosion is actively mitigated.
The reserve has a dedicated anti-poaching team, which is responsible for all area integrity related actions. Due to the size and shape of the reserve, many kilometres and hours are spent patrolling the boundaries and internal areas of the reserve on a daily basis. Being a declared protected area in South Africa, the Timbavati has many legislative requirements that have to be met, which increases the administrative load.
In addition to the massive task of maintaining the reserve, the Timbavati conservation fund paid by guests visiting lodges also finances an important community outreach project – The Timbavati Foundation.