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New York City, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were picked up at the airport after a very long journey from NY. We were a bit tired, but when we started to see all the animals on our way to the lodge, we were so excited and ready to jump in the jeep as we arrived for our first drive. Our driver, Arun and our tracker, Tobbah were...

Thank migafre
Flintshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have just come back from a 3 night stay at Simbavati with our 3 boys (7, 11 & 13) and we loved it. The staff are amazing and so very helpful...Bongi and the reception team were really welcoming. Bishop (our butler) was fantastic...an excellent host, always smiling ...nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious...I am vegetarian and...

Thank plasn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was friendly and helpful in every way. Very family friendly, with kids activities available between the twice-daily game drives. Safari guide and tracker were very knowledgeable and accommodating.

Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear CTCUSCTC Thank you for the review, it is appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed our lodge, the kids activities, our service and our game drives. Please come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were at SRL for a very short time - but they completely exceeded all expectations! The staff is absolutely AMAZING (Ralph, Bishop, Clement, everyone!) and they were always catering to our needs. To the moment we left the lodge, I felt like they were sincerely committed to giving us the best safari experience. I agree, food is not the...

Thank Gisella T
Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Gisella T Thank you for the lovely review and recommendation it is greatly appreciated. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your game drives and that you got to see so much in so little time. We also appreciated the feedback regarding the food so that we can look into this and see where we have gone wrong...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Timbavati and Safari experience is great! We had an excellent guide in Kruger, who can tell you about the Fauna and Flora - not just point out the obvious. The family rooms on the other hand are rather sparse and pokey. Most lodges at least offer you a chair to sit on. The bathroom was really luxurious compared to...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Lizelle Thank you for your review. We appreciate all feedback and we will definitely look into your comments so that we can make sure we improve in the areas where you felt we were lacking. Just so clarify regarding the meal times. These are set to accommodate the best viewing times of the wildlife. Early morning and earl evening...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first introduction to an African safari and Game Lodge and what a super introduction! A friendly greeting and talk about the facilities of the main lodge plus our own lodge then off on our first safari drive with guide "Kruger" and tracker "Hemet". These men are VERY knowledgeable about the African animals and are dedicated to finding all types...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Alanna S Thank you so much for the lovely review and recommendation it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and we are glad we could provide you with a memorable safari experience. Please come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect!- That's the best description that I can give with our stay in the lodge. A place to shutdown and enjoy the nature and wildlife. Starting with the staff, always smiling and very engaging. The rooms are just fascinating,it's glamping! A very huge tent with A/C, fan and hot shower that is very nicely done. Apart from the usual toiletries,...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear MrsS1115 Thank you so much for the lovely detailed review it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to meeting your kids and cant wait for you to stay with us again. We will pass on your compliments to all staff who helped make your safari a memorable safari. Kind regards Nadine

Kruger National Park, South Africa
Reviewed 27 February 2017

If I were to rate this lodge based only on the staff it would be EXCELLENT! They were absolutely incredible especially Vusi and Bongi. All the staff went out of their way to make for a memorable weekend. The decor is grey, grey and more grey which is not particularly inviting. There was no charm or character. The food is...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Archie9898 Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate all feedback. Your review has been sent to our Management Team / Shareholders so that they can look into your comments. We pride ourselves on our service and making sure we exceed our guests expectations and when we hear that we have fallen short we take...

Ashburn, Virginia
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Fantastic place! Our game drives tracker and guide were such nice people, as well as all the staff! We felt welcome all the time and they've treated us very nicely. The place is amazing and the room was very comfortable as well. I would highly recommend it!

Thank cz027
Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear cz027 Thank you for your review and recommendation we really do appreciate it. We hope you will come back and visit us again? Keep well, regards Nadine

Bowral, Australia
Reviewed 15 February 2017

As a mother daughter travelling together Simbavati River Lodge was ideal for seeing the big 5 and so much more. To start our "deluxe tent" gave glamping a whole new meaning. So well appointed and clean and animals literally at your back door (or watching while you took an outside shower). The morning and afternoon safaris were amazing and we...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear 908cindy Wow! Thank you for the many compliments it is greatly appreciated. It was our pleasure to treat you both to an unforgettable safari which from your review shows that we exceeded your expectations. We are passionate about what we do and when we hear it from the guests it really makes us happy to know that it does...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Simbavati River Lodge is situated in the northern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and surrounded by 12 000 hectares of wildlife and rich wilderness in which you can experience an authentic and affordable African safari.The design of this 4-star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind.Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Simbavati River Lodge

Address: Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: R9 337 - R14 124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Room had no view of the river, but it was very quiet and you could hear the animals at night, which was so special”
migafre, 17 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Get a room with a view. We were stuck at the end of the row of tents with no view at all.”
Archie9898, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Wild dog room”
908cindy, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms overlooking the river are best”
SydneyBirdie, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The tents and rooms are both good. Ones with view over river or waterhole would be better.”
17daleg, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
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