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“Fantastic and out of the world experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Thank you Simbavati and all the fabulous staff for a trip of the life time.

Clement, Tabo, Melody, Jeffrey, Kruger, Stephan were all friendly and made things enjoyable. We were very impressed by the cleanliness and he ambience of the place. The rangers and the trackers were knowledgeable and the servos staff were outstanding.

Thank you.

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Stayed November 2016, travelled with family
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 1 December 2016
It was our pleasure to treat you to a trip of a life time.

We will pass on your compliments to all of our staff, they will be thrilled to hear that they provided you with outstanding service.

We hope you will come back and visit again!

Thank you for the review.

Regards Nadine
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Kloof, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

From the moment you arrive at simbavati you are made to feel so welcome and comfortable. The staff are professional and friendly and will go out of their way to ensure you are happy and have everything you need. To say they would go the extra mile would be an understatement. We witnessed staff members dealing with an extremely unreasonable, complaining couple. I don't think I've ever seen such patience. They deserve medals for putting up with them.
Everything was spectacular. The food, the setting, the game viewing. What a sensational place!
We stayed in a luxury tent. For me this is as good as accommodation gets! Comfort, luxury, privacy, everything was on point.

Thank you to everyone at simbavati river lodge for one of the best experiences of our lives. We will definitely return to stay with you again. It was a very sad day indeed when we had to leave.

Stayed November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 21 November 2016
Dear vdunstone1

Thank you for the lovely review and the kind words.

It was our pleasure having you stay a our lodge and treating you to a memorable safari experience.

We work hard to provide our guests with the best service in everything that we do and it is great to hear when guests appreciate what we do. I will pass on your compliments to all of our staff.

We look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards Nadine
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Ingolstadt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is the place to be if you are longing for a warm welcome, great service (thx Obedience!), special nights in the comfy luxury safari tent and of course the best game drives (we were driving with Clemend and Caswell who were amazing and showed us literally every animal including the Big 5 living in the reserve).
We would love to come back again one day!

  • Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Simbavati, Online Marng Managerketi at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 21 November 2016
Dear RikeHa

We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience at our lodge and that you got to see the "Big 5"

We will pass on your compliments to the various staff, they love getting the feedback regarding their service.

We hope you will come back and visit us again.

Thanks for the review, it is greatly appreciated.

Regards Nadine

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Haderslev, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited River Lodge along with family - 13 people with both grown ups and kids.
We had a highly enjoyable time and felt at home from the beginning.

All in all we find the lodge and the housing to be very luxurious, comfortable and with an extreme nice staff. Everyone made sure that the kids had fun and that nothing was ever missing for anyone.

Food is excellent, the service is fantastic and the place itself really is amazing!

South Africa at its best!

  • Stayed October 2016, travelled with family
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 31 October 2016
Dear PeterHolmboe

Thank you for your review it is greatly appreciated.

We are so happy to hear that you and your family had an enjoyable stay at our lodge.

South Africa is the best and we are glad we could show case it to your family and we hope you will come back and visit again.

Keep well, regards Nadine

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We really enjoyed our two days here before moving up the hill to Hill Top Lodge for a further two days. Hill Top is a little more up market but River Lodge couldn't be faulted. The accommodation overlooking the river bed was first rate, the food very good, the game drives exciting with Shaddy and Nicholas trying their best to find game although it was very dry and at times the game was hard to find. Steff and the rest of the staff were excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending River Lodge

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  • Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 20 October 2016
Dear SydneyBirdie

Thank you for writing a review for both of our lodges. We are glad you got to experience both of them and that you found the service and lodges both enjoyable.

We also appreciate your recommendation and we look forward to your next visit.

Keep well, regards Nadine
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Additional Information about Simbavati River Lodge

Property: 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price range (per night): R9 543 - R13 847
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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