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Simbambili Game Lodge
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

Highlight - hard to pick one but I think the last morning safari while standing on a termite mound, surrounded by Impala, wilderbeast and koudo, watching the sky change through that stunning sunrise - no sounds of civilisation, not chasing a sighting - just nature and feeling it stretch out in all directions around me - Top of the World!

What an experience of a life time which I never wanted to end. Sounds corny but for us there was no negatives. But boy do the positives add up.

Cabin - roomy, plunge pool, day bed in the shade, sun beds you can move around. HUGE bed with mosquito nets - very romantic. Spacious bathroom. Beautifully appointed. Just don't leave your front door unlocked or the baboons might come by and visit. Food - the variety of food and the ways it is served means personal space and also social gatherings. The Chef was creative and a definite asset . Every meal was great in the variety, freshness and flavors. The baking was also amazing and hard to resist. Drinks - when they say local drinks were included I wasn't sure what that would mean but the wine served was delicious and from a stunning South African wine area near Cape Town. Dining area - beautifully presented, great view, comfortable and the fire was great place to relax with a drink post dinner for a chat. Small number of cabins therefore small number of guests and no children meant a quiet lodge which added to relaxing environment. Spa - Do yourself a favour and have a massage! Great way to relax during the day.

Staff - Being teamed up with a tracker, ranger and waiter (their terms) for the whole of your stay meant the opportunity to really get to know them and our team are awesome. Rodney - eyes of an eagle and a quiet smile but when he says 'get back in the truck' at the sound of a leopard calling close by, boy did we obey and the hunt was on. Jaben - knowledge shared as freely as his jokes and not just about the Big 5 animals but the small ones and the bush in general. Their genuine love the area and the animals shone through. Reinas - what a smile and genuine desire to make sure we were happy (above and beyond), could be relied upon to get you a drink (remembering what you liked) and ensure we enjoyed the stunning desserts. Befriended, pampered and spoilt is how I felt by these 3. Honestly all the staff were warm, friendly, helpful and ready for a chat but not intrusive.

Animals - Everywhere! We did 10 safari drives and every one was different and filled with stories I think about when I look at the silly number of photos I took. June, which is winter, is a great time to go. It is the dry season so apparently the reduced access to water means more animals go to the same places and thinner vegetation so easier to spot. Was amazing how use to the vehicles the animals are. This meant we were able to get close and yet most were not affected in any way, curious but definitely not distressed. We went not needing to see anything in particular and left haven fallen in love with the bush and having a special place in my heart for Impala!

Do yourself a favor, go relax, be spoilt and get excited about the animals and bush in this amazing place.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

Everything about this place is excellent, if not perfect. The location is outstanding, and is something i consider extremely important. The rooms are also great, and provide a comfortable, wonderful stay whilst the food is of good quality and the staff is amazingly helpful and kind.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Lilly H
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

Our family had the privilege of staying in this wonderful game lodge for four nights a few weeks ago. My husband and I stayed here a few years ago and fell in love with the lodge, and yet it still managed to exceed our expectations! Everything was perfect! Firstly, the game viewing was excellent and within the first few hours of being there we had seen lion, leopard, hyena, elephant and rhino! And over the next few days there were many many more wonderful sightings. Secondly – the staff – they were all superbly knowledgeable about the bush, helpful – nothing was too much to ask – and great fun to spend time with – it was a pleasure getting to know them over the four days that we were there, particularly Ash, Glory (our butler) and our very experienced and humorous game ranger: Sipps. Thirdly the accommodation is world class – the rooms are beautiful with enormous decks from which you can often spot game and which all have their own plunge pools – absolute luxury. My favourite was having a long hot bath after dinner in the evening and looking at the stars. On top of everything the food was delicious – three meals every day with various menus and various settings – including a boma one night and a dinner in the bush on another night. This will always be my game lodge of choice in South Africa and I can highly recommend it to anyone visiting our beautiful country.

Room Tip: All the rooms are wonderful
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Georgina S
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Reviewed 8 June 2017

My husband and I spent four days at Simbambili and loved every minute. We were in a beautiful, very comfortable cabin with a plunge pool on the deck overlooking a game trail. The food was very good. Everyone on the staff was friendly and helpful. Best of all, the twice-daily game drives were amazing. Sipps (guide) and Service (tracker) were not only adept at locating animals, they were informative and great to spend time with. We will never forget our time there.

Room Tip: All individual cabins.
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Eats01
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Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is a great place, wonderfully run, great rooms, super staff, food, loads of excellent food & great game drives. Even the 5:30AMs didn't bother us!! First safari & it was absolutely amazing. The game drives were great and the knowledge of the guides & respect they show to the animals & the environment was wonderful. Thanks to Jaben & the ever talkative Rodney who were superb. We enjoyed every minute of it. It's amazing how difficult it can be to pick out an elephant or giraffe never mind lions & leopards! 4 to 6 guests in every vehicle allowed easy viewing not that it was needed as most of the animals were v close. Then there were the meals - loads of good food. Super rooms to boot! Overall smashing place, thoroughly recommend it.
I would like to also give 'Our Horn is not Medicine' a shout so people can see the damagr that rhino poaching is doing.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Simbambili Game Lodge

Address: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1363, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #18 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: €1,180 - €1,446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbambili Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simbambili Game Lodge is a highly individualised destination for the discerning traveller located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River, with views over an extensive savannah grassland, that teems with wildlife visiting an ever popular water hole. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms, outside salas or individual private plunge pools. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is your choice to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects, or simply relax in the Sanctuary Spa. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big five game, either on foot or from an open safari vehicle. The amazing safari experience is complimented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines andthe warmth of true African hospitality. ... more   less 
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