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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 09 Nov 2023
Every aspect was good, we had a lovely stay! The lodge is beautiful and the staff are friendly and professional. Their attentiveness and hospitality is remarkable. We also had awesome sightings on our game drives
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

We spent four days at Siviti.
What an incredible experience - Firstly we saw the big 5 every day, and kills on two days, just phenomenal game viewing.
The lodge is beautiful, extremely well appointed, luxury in every way.
The food is amazing and nothing is too much for the staff. Easy connections from CPT - such a treat, highly recommended. It is well priced and exceeded expectations in every way!

Room tip: Book the Villa with private pool
Date of stay: July 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2023 via mobile

Our family of 4, with two teenagers was joined by an aunt and the two grans, both in their mid-eighties. We had exclusive use of the Homestead with its dedicated team and we had a wonderful time. Outstanding service by Civilised (chef) and Peter (butler) as well as Surprise and Sidwell (house keepers). Food was outstanding and the unit is tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The highlight of the stay was the game drives, of course, and our dedicated guide (Rico) and our tracker (Nic) were an exceptional team bursting with deep knowledge of animal behaviour as well as bird life, flora and fauna. On the first drive we got to see four of the big five! And were treated to multiple wild dog sightings including a skirmish between spotted hyena and the wild dogs, leopard, elephant, lions, hyena, buffalo, kudu and the list goes on. An absolute first was seeing giraffes mock fighting as well as lions mating! All in all, our entire group experienced service excellence at its best and had a wonderful visit. Bongani, the front office manager at the main lodge, also gave us a tour of the lodge which was good to see with exciting renovations taking shape. A stunning lodge that is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for African bush luxury at its best.

Date of stay: January 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 February 2023 via mobile

Our family of six stayed at the Siviti Homestead for four nights in January and our experience exceeded all of my hopes and expectations.
The separate house was perfect for a family or group of friends, providing privacy and exclusivity. It was immaculate, spacious and comfortable, yet not too pretentious or over the top for a family trip. (Our four children range in age from 13-23).
The staff could not have been more kind, accommodating and helpful. Our meals were five star and delicious, our laundry was ready daily and the house was clean. They spoiled us with cold towels on each arrival, warm greetings and delectable food. They packed up food for our day off the premises as well as our long trip to the airport.
Last but not least, the game drives were simply incredible. Our guide Ryan and tracker Andrew were an amazing team. We saw the big five, and learned a-lot along the way. We felt safe and comfortable in what we thought were scary circumstances. (We are from New York after all). We loved each and every moment, and even chose to forego our final “cocktails” to continue following a pair of lions. It couldn’t have been more exciting and thrilling, especially driving home after dark and running into a herd of elephants. We already miss Siviti and hope to return!

Date of stay: January 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 January 2023

We visited Siviti over the December holidays, it is a truly special place. The game drives, food, and service were all spectacular. We have visited several other high-end game lodges and thoroughly recommend Siviti above them all.

The game drives are of course unpredictable, but our experience was so special: we were lucky to see many herds of elephants, a leopard eating an impala, a pair of lions mating, all the big five, and many fascinating birds and other small mammals.

We traveled with our 6-yr-old daughter, who had lots of questions, and many random animals she wanted to see - our guide was warm with her, patient with questions, and helped her spot her list of large and small animals and birds.

The food is abundant and excellent, we were so pleased with every meal. Somehow they are producing Four Seasons-quality food for only a few rooms out in the bush. And the personalized service is especially noteworthy for such a small lodge.

The rooms are beautiful, with lovely details like coffee snacks and child bath amenities. We had a plunge pool and fire pit at our room as well, both of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Note that Siviti is small, and unfenced, and the game drives include both a guide and a tracker - these are features that vary among game lodges, so be intentional about your needs.

We loved the intimacy and wildness and luxury and beauty of this place. We hope to go back.

Date of stay: December 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022

Every time one goes to the South African bush it is always special and Siviti Lodge was no exception; we had a wonderful time.

We were on a family trip (adults only) and stayed in the Timbavati Villa; it is a beautiful spot nestled into the bush and looking out to a waterbed; you are surrounded by nature. Nyala graze unhindered, birds of prey circle in the sky above, monkeys play in the trees, elephant and other animals come to the water to drink. You can watch the bush from almost every part of the suite, from the bed, sitting on your private veranda, relaxing in the heated plunge pool, even when soaking in the bath! The one day we saw an entire herd of elephants walk right by: amazing.

The rooms are not only well appointed but also beautifully furnished and decorated. We discovered during our stay that the lodge had come under new ownership during Covid and heard that the new owners have big plans; a wine cellar was in the works and the new dining room area was revealed to us during our stay - stunning. I will be very excited to see it all when it is finished.

The hospitality from the entire team was warm, personalized and very sincere. Surprise took extra special care of us and made sure we had all we needed and more; particular thanks to him.

The food was excellent; the Head Chef and his team were very talented, and we had some delicious meals; the game meat was superb.

We had a great ranger/tracker team - Shaun and Abed. Shaun has a wealth of experience behind him, he was brilliant at getting us right up to the action. Abed had a great eye and worked very hard for us and succeeded! We were at the lodge for six nights, which can be a bit daunting for any team, to try and keep the guests engaged. However, this seemed to be no challenge at all; we had action packed game drives throughout; a beautiful drive with a herd of giraffe in the riverbed, a baby elephant that was only a day old, a herd of elephants at the watering hole, a baby leopard in a tree, hippos playing and yawning (yes one of us got that hippo shot!), wild dog pups, hyena pups suckling off their mother, a kill; I could go on and on. The trip was topped off and finished with a spectacular surprise view of The Drakensberg Mountain range at sunset; very special.

I have said that Shaun had a lot of experience; that experience shone through on many occasions, not only with navigating and orchestrating the animal sightings for us and lining us up to get some fabulous pics; he was also very intuitive at reading the animal behavior. There were a couple of occasions where he read a situation and acted accordingly. The safety of his guests and protection of the animals was always the priority and he would certainly never jeopardize that to get a better sighting or line up a photo. We really appreciated how responsible he was and felt in very safe and competent hands. He also has a great sense of humor - we enjoyed his company.

I hope that we will be lucky enough to return to Siviti, until then we will hold the memories very dear. Thank you to the entire team for a fabulous time; it was truly wonderful. From the Mills/Mears/Gough Family.

Date of stay: September 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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