We are a family of 5 - my wife, kids (8, 10 and 12) and me.
The Lodge - the lodge was great and the food was nice. We had two fussy eaters, and the chefs made sure they were looked after. Its great value for money, though not the high luxury compared to some of the Sabi Sands lodges.
The staff were the highlight for us. Stef was running the place, and he and Roy made every effort to ensure we were well looked after and catered for. We had Shaddy as a guide, Nicholas as a tracker and Ralph as a host. All were excellent. Shaddy was the highlight of our holiday. He is great at his job and connected really well with all the kids. He made it exciting and fun. Our kids enjoyed this part of the trip more than sabi sands, notwithstanding that the Timbavati are was much more dry and game viewing was not as good.
We were there for 4 days and had great viewing - we saw a leopard with its kill up a tree, wild dogs, rhino, hippos, buffalo, zebra, and hyenas feeding. We a couple of lions, but would have loved to have seen more. Apparently, we missed a larger pride by a day or two.
Overview - the lodge and staff were awesome. The game viewing was not as good as sabi sands due to it being drier, but we would go back to Simbavati in a heartbeat.It was also great value for money.
Thanks for the memories Shaddy and co.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve