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

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

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...

Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Beautiful situated lodge in the middle of the bush. The animals stroll by why you are having a (perfect) lunch. Staff made the stay memorable. Game drives were perfect. Guide and tracker went out of their way to gave us the big 5. And all other animals. Lots of knowledge about the animals. Small groups during the game drives which...

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

Dear Annemieke Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review, we really appreciate it. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and that we were able to make it a memorable experience. We hope you will come back and visit again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Orland Park, Illinois
Reviewed 15 January 2016

The Guide and Staff were excellent - as was the food! Not only did we see the Big 5 and all of the other usual characters - we also had the pleasure of seeing a white lion. Unfortunately, our room left a lot to be desired. They had recently been working on upgrades and did not finish our room. We...

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Simbavati, General Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Laura, Many thanks for your review. It's through the comments of our guests that we on an on-going basis improve our lodges. I do sincerely apologise for the broken plumbing in your room. After the refurbishment in December, we found a serious leak that needed to be closed off. As we were fully booked, we could unfortunately not close...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed three nights at this wonderful lodge and went on 6 safaris in total. The lodge is situated on the bank of a river, which was dry when we arrived. They have a pool of water just in front of the lodge which attracts a herd of elephants twice a day. They (over 30 elephants) use the pool to...

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

Dear tarlavski Thank you so much for the detailed review. It was lovely to read and we will definitely pass on your compliments to all of our staff. We are so happy that we exceeded your expectations and that we could be part of your safari experience. We look forwarding to "wowing" you on your next visit. Perhaps a visit...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 26 December 2015

We (4 adults) arrived one day early since we got our dates confused and despite the lodge being full the manager (Gert) bent over backwards to accommodate us. It just got better from there. Our guide (Steff) and tracker (Thabo) were incredibly knowledgeable. When they heard there is a birder among us, they organized a special bird tour for us...

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

Dear Debbie Thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy that we were able to accommodate you and that you all enjoyed your stay. We are also glad that the birder was able to do a bird tour with Mike. Trust us, Mike loved it more so I am sure he was thrilled that he could share the...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at The River Lodge for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon. We loved every minute! We arrived late in the afternoon on our first day and were not expecting to be going on a game drive until the next day, however we were greeted with drinks and food then quickly rushed off to join...

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

Dear naomig87 Thank you for the detailed review we really enjoyed reading about your stay and we were thrilled with all the lovely compliments. We are so glad that we could be part of your memorable honeymoon experience and we are looking forward to being part of your many anniversaries to come. We will pass on your compliments to all...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 9 December 2015

Lodge is located in the Timbavati, and saw the Big 5 a number of times over a 3 day period, including some special sightings of animals. Often saw animals drinking at the water hole in-front of lodge main lounge area; so close we felt like we could almost touch an elephant drinking water on the first afternoon. Staff went out...

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

Dear Joanne We are so glad to here you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and we are looking forward to your next visit. The waterhole is a lovely experience and we are so glad you got to enjoy the animals up close and personal as this is something not many people get to enjoy where the animals are free...

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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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