If I were to rate this lodge based only on the staff it would be EXCELLENT! They were absolutely incredible especially Vusi and Bongi. All the staff went out of their way to make for a memorable weekend.
The decor is grey, grey and more grey which is not particularly inviting. There was no charm or character.
The food is OK. Nothing special but nice.
Our guide, Kruger was very knowledgeable but we kept on being told about all the rules of where we could and couldn't go and which number in the queue we were in to see a particular sighting. It would have been nicer not to have been told the "politics" of who goes when, where & how and just to amble along on the game drive.
The biggest downfall was the management/owners. We were not greeted once by them even when they walked right past us - it was absolutely astounding. Added to this one of them was jarringly rude to two of the staff members right in front of us.
- 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