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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

Amsteram
Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

We only stayed for a very short while in this wonderful location, but I can 1000% recommend enjoying the hospitality, kindness, professionalism, enthusiasm that the owners and all the staff project. It was a unique experience in a magical location. Also and very important, the food was divine. Having performed to game drives, I can also vouch for the quality...

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

Dear GManners You are welcome :) Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge allowing our staff to provide you with a memorable safari experience. We are glad you enjoyed our magical location and all we had to offer. We hope you will come back and visit again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Reviewed 18 February 2016

THis is a place with a five star staff and a three star facility. The guides and trackers worked hard to find wildlife and interesting settings. We were not only introduced to typical wildlife: leopards, elephants, hyenas, antelope etc. but also to some smaller creatures such as dung beetles and leopard tortoises. We saw a number of baby animals including...

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

Dear Jim R Thank you for taking the time to write this detailed review, it is appreciated. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during your stay with regards to the water and we thank you for being patient and understanding. We will pass on your compliments to our staff as they value the feedback. We hope you will come back...

Irvine, CA
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Overall a wonderful lodge. Enjoyed the watering hole and the game show during dinner. Staff was attentive and appeared to enjoy working there. My cousin has an outrageous diet and they were able to accommodate her with tasty food. The chef was creative, innovative sauces and combination of foods. Best carrot cake ever! We followed this visit with a more...

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Dear TicaMD Wow! You guys got to experience some awesome game drives. Wish I was with you. We are glad that we could make your cousins meals delicious and tasty and that they were better than the other expensive lodge. We will pass this message onto our chef and kitchen staff as this will make them very happy. Thank you...

Emu Plains, Australia
Reviewed 9 February 2016

My wife and I visited Simbavati with our 3 kids 11, 9 and 6 in late January. It was an experience i will cherish for a long time to come. The service provided from the pick up at the airport, right through to departure was second to none. As soon as we arrived at the lodge, we were shown to...

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Dear Andrew V Thank you for the detailed review, it is awesome and we really do appreciate it. Happy belated birthday! We wish you all the best for the year ahead. Thank you for choosing our lodge to celebrate your 40th birthday. We are so happy that we could be part of your memorable stay. We look forward to your...

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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 258 - R13 763 (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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