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British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 19 July 2016

We stayed at the lodge in March 2016. Right from our arrival (we drove our rental there) everything was top notch and everyone was so caring! They had cold, damp towels for our use upon arrival, and check in was a breeze. We stayed in the Rhino lodge, and tho they had some patching to do on the thatched roof...

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

Dear loralie2016 Thank you for the lovely review. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed their stay at our lodge. I must say this might be a birthday that your daughter will never forget and I don't know how you are going to top this next year :) It was our pleasure to take care of your...

Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

What an experience! The staff, the accommodation, the food, the trackers, the Rangers... Everything is sensational. We had dietary needs and we had small children and the lodge went out of their way to cater for us. They even gave the children welcome gift bags and arranged for a baby sitter when we went on the drives. The tracker and...

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

Dear Lmo211 Thank you for the lovely detailed review. We are glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed their stay at our lodge and that we could share our knowledge with you. It was a pleasure treating your family to a safari adventure, hopefully we can make rangers out of them in the future :) We hope you...

Faro
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Very good 5 day 4 night photographic safari Stephan first class guide/driver/tracker Anthon first class photographer/companion/teatcher Nicholas first class tracker Very professional and enjoying what they were doing as much as the participants. All the rest of the staff in the lodge was also very good. We had wonderful wild encounters and made superb photos leopards lions hienas elefants giraffes...

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

Dear Vitorazevedo We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our photographic safaris, your photo's must be amazing! It was only a pleasure to make your stay at our lodge a memorable one. Thank you for recommending our lodge and we will pass on your compliments to all involved. Keep well, regards Nadine

SEBREE
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We had a wonderful experience at Simbavati. The staff was like a family that worked as a team to make our stay great. There was a seamless connection between the butler, housekeeper, tracker, chef, guide, manager, etc. It was evident that their priority was to make our adventure full and enjoyable. Our family chalet was clean, and designed to see...

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

Dear SONYA W Thank you for the stunning review and for choosing to stay at our lodge. I am so glad you got to experience a bush walk and that you found it interesting. I will pass on all your compliments to our various team members at the lodge, they will be thrilled to hear that they exceeded your expectations....

Bonn, Germany
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Stayed at Simbavati River Lodge for 4 days in May 2016. Living in kind of a permanent tent with bathroom, toilet, air condition, own veranda was a pleasure and not far to go to the main building for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two game drives a day (early morning and afternoon) with very professional guide (Colbert) and tracker (Humphrey). Spotted...

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

Dear 345achim Thank you for the detailed review it s greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear that you got to experience our spa and that you loved the Intonga massage. It is a great massage and I am happy to hear that someone else enjoyed it as much as I did. You had some great sightings on your game...

Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

As part of finding a luxury lodge/resort, in and around Kruger we finally landed at Simbavati. I must say it was a good choice as we encountered wild life in and around during our safari trips and outside our suites which was awesome. This came along with a very welcoming staff lead by Tanya where we vegans were very well...

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

Dear Pranav B Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge. It was our pleasure to treat you to a thrilling experience and we were happy that we could cater to all your requirements. We appreciate your review and thank you for recommending our lodge to others. We hope you will come back and visit us again. Regards Nadine

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We would like to thank Justice and his Simbavati team for an Experience of a Lifetime! The tent accommodation at the Lodge was great and the staff very friendly and helpful. We stayed 5 nights so were able to do 10 Safari drives! Got to see so many amazing animals from the Big 5 down to some of the 50+...

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

Dear Vicki and Jarryd It was our pleasure to be part of your unforgettable holiday. We are thrilled that we could show you the best of nature and that it played its part by offering you something new and exciting each day. We will pass on your compliments to all our staff, they will be so happy to hear that...

Newcastle, Australia
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Lovely location with cute tent accomodation. Food was of a good standard. Staff became more friendly when it was closer to "tipping time". Didn't think the service was the best for the price and the game drives were very rushed!

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

Dear Sarah D Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We pride ourselves on our service from your arrival until your departure and that is why we are sorry to hear that you found our game drives rushed and that you did not find our service satisfactory. This is unusual and we will look into this with management...

Swansea, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 April 2016

We stayed for 3 nights in a luxury tent which had electric light, air conditioning and had shower facilities inside and out. The camp has no boundary fencing, so animals are free to wander through the camp but safety is a priority there. You have 2 safari's a day 6am and 3.30pm, our guide Clement was very informative on wildlife...

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

Dear Jean T Thank you for the detailed review it is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your game drives and that you got to see the big 5 and white lioness! That is an amazing game drive, perhaps one of the best that any guest could dream of having. Thank you for the lovely compliments...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 10 March 2016

We stayed at the River Lodge in February and cannot say enough great things about the experience. The proximity to the water hole enabled so many spectacular game sightings right there at the lodge. The game drives were excellent and the food, staff and accommodations exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend the Simbavati River Lodge!

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Dear Audrey A Thank you for the lovely review, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. The waterhole is one of the lodges best features, the close animal sightings are truly amazing and we are glad you got to experience them. Please come back and visit us again. Regards Nadine

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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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 543 - R13 847 (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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