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Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 August 2015

When we arrived we had elephant walking within a few feet of the lodge. We had warthogs running around. On two consecutive nights a hippo and baby walked past the lodge. The food was good and the service good. The luxury tents were fun. Having a shower outside watching the wildlife. Game drives were the best of 3 reserves we...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear William B We are so excited to hear that our game drives were the best out of 3 reserves. That makes us very happy :) We will pass on your compliments to Mike and Hemmet. We did our best to get the animals to come and greet you, glad to see they did not let us down. We are...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 10 August 2015

This was our second visit to Simbavati and is certainly one of our favorite destinations in the bush! On both visits we have been blown away by aspects of the lodge; the setting, the staff, the game drives and definitely the food. Although a couple unexpected incidents occurred during our first visit, we were overwhelmed at how management jumped in...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Duncan Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge for a 2nd time and for allowing us to exceed your expectations again. We appreciate your detailed review and we will pass on your compliments to all the staff. They will be thrilled to hear that you had a great holiday. We look forward to your next visit. Keep...

Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
Reviewed 9 August 2015

Thnx to the staff - and special to Greg and Abbott - we had 3, magnificent days at this Lodge. We saw the big five, including leopards, hyena's, etc, etc. In the middle of Timbavati is this lodge located at a riverbed with excellent accomodation and food and drinks. As my son and daughter say: we are coming back and...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Peter V Thank you for the great review. We are happy to hear that you and your family had 3 magnificent days and we would love for you to come back and stay longer! We will pass on your compliments to our staff. Keep well and we look forward to your next visit. Regards Nadine

Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

Awesome place...excellent gamedrives...gamerangers the best...staff always friendly...helpfull..we had the treat of our lives...for honeymooners just the place...👍😆💑...family treats wonderfull...food out of this world..all we csn say is...AWESOME PLACE AWESOME PEOPLE...forsure our number 1 gamelodge...Thx Simbavati....👍😆🐃🐆🐯🐴🐾

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Joey V Thanks for the awesome, awesome review and for voting us as your No 1 Game Lodge. We are so thrilled! We love that you enjoyed your stay, the game drives, our food and our staff. We enjoyed spoiling you and we look forward to welcoming you both back to our lodge. Keep well, regards Nadine

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Wow....what an experience....it was great.. The rooms, the staff and the gamedrives.. Thanks to Greg and Clement for the wonderfull drives en kids safaris We all enjoyed everything We fotgot a bagg...the hotel staff called to the gate of the reserve and brought it over there....TOP !!!! We had a real great time and cant wait to go back.... Thanks...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Cindy D Thank you for the lovely review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed everything, that you had a great time and that you want to come back! We want you to come back and we are looking forward to welcoming you back so hurry and come and visit us again :) Keep well. Regards Nadine

Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 17 July 2015

This was our first ever experience to a Game Reserve and exceeded all of our expectations! There were so many "wow, wow, wow" experiences! We loved our accommodations in the luxury tents and being right out there with all the animals! every day we always could see elephant herds grazing through the camp! It was wonderful! The lodge is so...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear joelleOmaha Thank you for the lovely review and for choosing to stay at our lodge for your first safari experience. We are thrilled that we could be part of this memorable trip and that we managed to exceed your expectations. We will pass on all your compliments to our staff as they will be happy to hear that you...

Bloomington, Illinois
Reviewed 12 July 2015

We stayed at Simbavati River Lodge for two nights on a long safari trip. Our guide Clement and Tracker Thuli were great. They constantly found the big game animals and we even got to see the result of some kills while we were there. Our rooms were very nice and the dinner and service was great. They have a nice...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mike F Thank you for the great review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge, that you got to experience some great game drives and that you were happy with our service and food. We hope that you will come back and visit again. Keep well, kind regards Nadine

Leawood, Kansas
Reviewed 9 July 2015

We felt like family almost from the minute we pulled in. Tania and her staff were gracious and eager to meet any and all of our needs. Our guide Moshe was absolutely wonderful - asked us if there was anything in particular we were hoping to see and then went on to exceed our expectations with his knowledge and good...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear caporter54 Wow, thank you for choosing Simbavati as your safari holiday! We are so happy that we could live up to your expectations and that we were part of your memorable vacation. We will pass on your compliments to Moshe, Tania and her team. We were glad that you felt at home and that you enjoyed or views, tents...

Greater Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

Wow amazing. Big thanks to all at Simbavati and especially to Mike and Hemet as the incredible tracker and guide team. I have nothing bad to say here. This was an unforgettable adventure. If you have tweens and teens then Simbavati is perfect. Treat yourself and you wint be disappointed

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Dear snackypacky1 Thank you for staying at our lodge and for voting it as your best holiday ever. We are so proud that we could be part of your unforgettable adventure. We will pass on your compliments to all involved. Thanks for the great review and we hope you can come back and visit again. Kind regards Nadine

Durbanville, South Africa
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Simbavati River Lodge really went out of their way to make our safari experience one to remember for life. Check-in time is 14h00. Unfortunately we checked in late at 17h45 so missed the first afternoon game drive. To everyone traveling from the Kruger National Park to Simbavati River Lodge, please note that there is no entrance from inside the Kruger...

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Dear Gerhard Cruyw Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We are so glad you got to meet the locals when they baptised our new watering hole in front of the lodge. We will pass on your compliments to Mike and his team, they will be so happy to hear your feedback and I know Mike will be...

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Minibar
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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 

Additional Information about 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
Price Range: €706 - €1,050 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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“Get a room with a view. We were stuck at the end of the row of tents with no view at all.”
 of 5 bubbles Archie9898, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Wild dog room”
 of 5 bubbles 908cindy, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms overlooking the river are best”
 of 5 bubbles SydneyBirdie, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The tents and rooms are both good. Ones with view over river or waterhole would be better.”
 of 5 bubbles 17daleg, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“ask for a tent overlooking the river bed or you will have no view.”
 of 5 bubbles jerryban, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
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