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Washington DC
Reviewed 27 September 2010

My husband and I were at Simbavati for three nights at the very end of August 2010. We are seasoned safari-goers and have been on safari in Tanzania (Serengeti, Ngogongoro), Botswana's Okavango Delta, and multiple times in South Africa including self-drives in Kgalagadi, Kruger, and Sabi Sands (at Chitwa Chitwa). By now we have seen the "Big Five" many times...

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7Thank lisak12
Wellington
Reviewed 4 September 2010

We really hunted for a place in the Kruger that would meet all our expectations... from sleeping in a tent (ok.... so it was a luxury tent) and waking up to the call of the wild, to early morning and evening treks, to good food, luxury, at an affordable price. We googled for weeks, and then up came Timbavati and...

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2Thank Lindathornton
Bangkok
Reviewed 10 June 2010

For those interested in a quality game viewing bush venture in Kruger park, then sincerely consider the Simbavati River Lodge in the Timbavati game reserve, addjoining to the west of kruger park. I've just finished a trip their and had a very memorable and special experience. Summarised below are aspects of my stay. a) Hospitality: What better compliment to give...

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3Thank MickKotlarski
Surrey, UK
Reviewed 28 April 2010

We stayed at the lodge for 2 days and had a great time. We stayed in the tents and found them to be very comfortable, had aircon in the tents which were fab, also the outside shower a great idea. We got to see 3 of the big 5, animals a bit scarce but that's nature and just being out...

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2Thank Surrey_UKSca
Norway
Reviewed 17 March 2010

We were greeted warmly on arrival, taken on our exciting safari drives each morning and evening, fed extremely well, luxuriously accomodated in our "tent" with large terrace overlooking the river (if you have never been in a tented camp, you need to look at the website and see just how super they are - e.g. luxurious outside bath tub) and...

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2Thank PaulineNorway
travel agent, San Francisco, CA
Reviewed 12 March 2010

this is a great place. there is a family feel here. the staff/guides/resident managers are all great. Omega and Aurela, the guide and tracker are wonderful. Elmarie and Charlie, the managers do a great job and seem to really care about your comfort. food was very good. They have 8 tents and 3 chalets. The tents are comfortable with a...

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3Thank christy2064
Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 March 2010

I stayed at the Lodge on the 27th-1st March and organised the tour with Go2Africa with the help of Lianne Sowdon. I am very happy with chossing the lodge as I had the most relaxing and the most comfortable stay in a very long time. This was my first Safari expereince and I thoroughly enjoyed the game drives. As soon...

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10Thank sabrinaa
Manchester
Reviewed 28 January 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights in Jan 2010. Right from the warm welcome we received to our sad departure we were treated like royalty. Nothing is too much trouble here. The accommodation, food, location and game watching are all as good as you would expect in such a competitive field in this area of Africa but where Simbavatia excels...

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3Thank LHTEC
north wales
Reviewed 18 November 2009

we stayed for 3 nights, which was nowhere near long enough. The staff were courteous, friendly & interested in our thoughts & travels. We saw 4/5 big 5, the elusive rhino managing to avoid us! Had fabulous guide & tracker who were both very knowledgeable & found us 5 leopards (even 1 with a kill & another ina tree -...

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1Thank beak255
Texas
Reviewed 14 November 2009

Stayed 4 nights the end of October, early November. Excellent location on the riverbank - beautiful, with lots of wildlife gathering there. Nicely appointed rooms and common areas. Excellent game viewing - saw the Big 5 on our first day. Our guide Diff was terrific - highly recommend him. Excellent food when Johnson cooks. The lodge caters to families. Many...

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free Internet
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  • 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 350 - R14 045 (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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