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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights , Lodge was very well sign posted and easy find , upon arrival we were greeted with a cool drink and a brief introduction to facilities , accommodation was comfortable and contained all the expected trimmings , you are given an early morning wake up call at 5:30 for a 6 o'clock game drive,...

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Cascade, Wisconsin
Reviewed 14 September 2016

There were 5 of us, mother, father, grown daughter and two grandsons, 7,9. We had a great time!! The accomadatioms were very good, food was good, staff very pleasant and helpful and our tracker and guide excellent. We had 4 very successful drives. The staff was especially accommodating to our grandkids. We saw all of the big 5 and many...

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

Dear donandbobbi We are so happy to hear that your family enjoyed their stay at our lodge. Hopefully we have created future game rangers out of your grand children :) We offer the best game drives if I do say so myself. Our staff are very knowledgeable and our trackers are the best at finding all that nature has to...

Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing stay at the Sumbavari River Lodge in November 2015. Everything from our first welcome, the staff, the food, the safari drives and our accommodations were excellent. You are right in the park with no barriers and as a result we had breakfast with monkeys, and a group of elephants stopped by for a drink of water...

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

Dear ShandaRoslyn Thank you for the lovely review and recommendation. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. Our staff are definitely passionate about what they do as you saw and they are one of the many reasons why our guests enjoy their stay at our lodge. Thank you for letting us be part...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This was our second time at Simbavati. We stayed here two years ago and after looking at other options decided to return. We had a great time. Hemet is a star tracker and Mike was our very enthusiastic and great Guide. Unfortunately Mike has moved on but we know they have other great guides also. The "tents" are getting fancier...

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

Dear SeanSD Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge for a 2nd time. We are so glad you came back and that you got to experience our new refurbishment "glamping" as you called it :) It was lovely to be able to provide you with a new memorable safari experience and we were happy that we could live...

Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The Simbavati River Lodge provided the most amazing experience for our family safari. The luxury tents were comfortable, beautifully decorated and provided an authentic African experience. The food was delicious and I couldn't wait until all the meal services. The BOMA especially was a delight. Last but certainly not least, the service at Simbavati was impeccable and faultless. All staff...

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

Dear Neesha S Thank you for the lovely review and awesome compliments we will definitely pass them on to the team. We are thrilled that we could provide you with a memorable safari experience and that we managed to wow you with our service, the food, our lodge and the game drives. We appreciate your recommendation and we hope you...

Arlington, Virginia
Reviewed 19 August 2016

This property is very beautiful and right on top of a watering hole where animals can drink from. We saw hyenas at night but others mentioned seeing elephants, baboons, and more. In the front of the resort, we saw a group of warthogs. The good: food selection for every meal was great, especially the buffet breakfast. For our private dinner...

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

Dear JasmineSP Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your bush walk with Stefan, thank you for recommending the bush walk and Stefan this is something that he is very passionate about. We are happy that we could tick most of your boxes (according to your preferences) during your...

Queensland
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful 4 days at Simbavati under the care of Corbert & Derrick who ensured that we had amazing wildlife encounters at almost every turn. The game drives were fantastic & obviously the reason for our trip but we enjoyed the lodge & its surrounding also. Meals were enjoyed on the deck, at the Boma & one fantastic...

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

Dear QueenslandHappy Thank you for the lovely review we really do appreciate it. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge in the bush, that you had amazing game drives and that you enjoyed our various meals that we provided, giving you a memorable safari experience. We hope that you will come back and visit...

Silver Spring, Maryland
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We are a family of four - 2 adults and 2 children, ages 10 and 11 - who were visiting South Africa for the first time. We went to 2 lodges during our stay, and Simbavati River Lodge was our favorite of the two. We had about a 30 minute drive from the airport and on that drive alone, we...

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

Dear Megan19712004 Thank you for the lovely detailed review. We are so happy to hear that you and your family had a great time at our lodge. It was our pleasure to make your stay at our lodge memorable and fun. Please come back and visit us again, we would love to see your family again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 3 August 2016

I went on this trip nearly a year ago and still dream think about it! Going on an African safari was always on my bucket list, and Simbavati was truly able to bring it to life. Everything about our stay was so perfect, and they kept pleasantly surprising us at every corner. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, the...

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

Dear Pajaymees Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge and allowing us to be part of your bucket list. We are thrilled that we could live up to your dreams and provide you with unforgettable memories. We appreciate your detailed review and we look forward to your return visit. Keep well, regards Nadine

Asheville, North Carolina
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Let me start by saying Timbaviti game preserve and Simbavati River lodge did not disappoint...as a matter of fact both greatly exceeded our expectations. We loved the ruggedness of Timbavati, the lodge's perfect location on a dry river bed, and the game drives where our ranger and Tracker worked so hard to make sure every hour was memorable. Our tents...

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

Dear Susan R Wow!!! What a great review. Thank you. You made me jump for joy when I read that you enjoyed your time more with us than Sabi Sands. That is an amazing compliment and we will definitely pass it on to our whole team. They will be so thrilled to hear that they exceeded your expectations and gave...

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Wheelchair Access
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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 457 - R14 211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Get a room with a view. We were stuck at the end of the row of tents with no view at all.”
 of 5 bubbles Archie9898, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Wild dog room”
 of 5 bubbles 908cindy, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms overlooking the river are best”
 of 5 bubbles SydneyBirdie, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The tents and rooms are both good. Ones with view over river or waterhole would be better.”
 of 5 bubbles 17daleg, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“ask for a tent overlooking the river bed or you will have no view.”
 of 5 bubbles jerryban, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
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