RockFig Safari Lodge
Luxuriate in a slower pace of life at RockFig Safari Lodge, located in the heart of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, neighbor to Kruger National Park. Family-owned, the luxury lodge is a long-held dream realized by owners Bruce and Glen Jenkins. Having enjoyed many family safaris in this area over the last two decades, they now deliver the same idyllic experiences to their guests.
Hosting a maximum of 12 visitors at any one time, RockFig features six thatch-roof, chalet-style suites. The smart décor communicates a sense of place, playing off the wild beauty of the Timbavati lowveld; for example, the green and purple palette was inspired by local flora and birdlife. Each suite features dreamy indoor and outdoor showers, a private veranda that’s perfect for a candlelit dinner, and a freestanding tub for two. Doors open wide to invite the great outdoors in. Turn-down service gently tucks back the down duvet and draws a gauzy net over the canopied bed. Simply put, this property is a romantic nest.
Once settled into the rhythm of RockFig, rise in the morning for a game drive. Custom-built, open vehicles accommodate just four (yes, four!) passengers, meaning everyone gets a “window” seat. Guides and trackers pride themselves on providing incredible wildlife encounters. This is Big Five country after all, and as many of the RockFig trackers hail from the area, they’re able to put all their local knowledge to work. The lodge’s game drives let you cover ground in the comfort of a vehicle, while walking safaris connect you to the wilderness in a visceral and humbling way. Traversing Timbavati, you may encounter big cats (lion, leopard, cheetah), giraffe, elephant, hyena, buffalo, wildebeest, and with great luck, white rhino or wild dog.
Back at camp, the covered lounge with its arresting views is an invitation to linger—although the pool deck, which overlooks the waterhole, is equally inviting. Dining at RockFig emphasizes the refined tastes of Timbavati. You can opt for a romantic meal for two on your veranda, or if you’ve brought your kids along, let them watch their dinner being prepared from the kitchen counter. Alternatively, join fellow safari-goers at the communal long table to swap stories into the evening, or go a little wild and head out into the bush to dine al fresco beneath the branches of a Jackal-berry tree. The boma becomes the focal point on starry nights, when the crackle the firewood competes with the cackles of hyenas.
We think the standard of luxury on offer at RockFig represents superb value. This lodge holds particular appeal with honeymooners or couples celebrating a milestone.