Where do I start, upon arriving at Simbivati we were greeted by Nandzi who was very welcoming and were greeted with wet towels to freshen up with and we went straight for a lunch on the decking before having our welcome meeting. We then went down to our room which was massively luxurious, could not fault one bit of the accommodation.
We were there for 3 full days and 7 fantastic game drives, the experience was memorable for many reasons but I have to say for me and my new wife, our holiday was made very special by a few individuals. Colbert and Derrick were our guide and spotters and they were fantastic, brimming with personality humour and a can do attitude to everything we asked, they were hugely knowledgeable about everything we asked, without these two our holiday would not have been the same. We also had a trainee spotter Elvis who was due to go for his spotting exam on our last day, we hope he passed his exam!?!?
On our game drives we saw EVERYTHING apart from Wildebeest, several lion kills included.
The food was fantastic, we tried Venison, Kudu and much more. The highlight was sitting in a group for a Barbecue with our guide, although it would have been nice if our spotter got to sit with us as well, we spend just as much time with him.
On our last night, we had a stunning candlelit dinner away from our main group, a bottle of champagne and then Aubrey came and gave us a speech and some words of advice on a successful marriage from someone who has been married for many years, this was amazing and summed up The Simbivati experience, personal and caring.
We cant wait to go back, Colbert, I think "We will make a plan" :)
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- Our accommodation is pure African safari, and comprises of individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. Enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range at our lodge. ... more less
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