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Simbavati River Lodge

5.0 of 5 Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Hamburg, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A delightful small private lodge with caring and professional staff - and very good spa facilities. It was a grand experience to sleep in luxuriously furnished tent; we saw the Big Five with our very friendly and knowlegable guide and tracker.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Simbavati River Lodge for 3 nights over Christmas 2014 and went on 5 guided safaris. What an amazing experience. Everything at Simbavati surpassed our expectations from the beautifully appointed family chalet and tent to the delicious food and wonderful service. The highlight was definitely the game drives. Our guide and tracker were so knowledgeable and informative and... More 

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

Dear fffsmith Thank you for writing a review and for the recommendation, we really appreciate it. We are so happy that you enjoyed every part of your safari. We will pass your compliments onto all our staff as they love getting the feedback. We hope you can come and visit us again? Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

Chester
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simbavati as a place is beautiful: the riverside location is magical and the accommodation is stylish and comfortable. The food and drink were of v good quality and the staff were most welcoming. One criticism I have regards the game drives. As each drive is approx 3 hours' long, I believe the rangers should talk more to inform you of... More 

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

Dear Elephant2193 Thank you for your review and the constructive criticism. Your comments have been passed onto management so that we can follow up with our field guides to make sure each guest gets a memorable experience. We are glad to hear that you still enjoyed your stay at our lodge even though you were not entirely happy with the... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This resort is simply beautiful. Staff is very friendly and the game drives were very exciting. Time is running to fast over there ! We can only recommend this place to all. Hoping to travel again to South Africa in the near future...

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

Dear 500marie Thank you for the review and for recommending our lodge it is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and we also hope you can come back and visit South Africa and our lodge again. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

Crawley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Comfortable facilities in large air conditioned en suite tents or more luxurious lodges great atmosphere in the camp created by the delightful staff good food served in convivial atmosphere either in or outside depending on the weather. Small pool and spa on site. So far so good but where this place really excels is the quality of the game drives... More 

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

Dear Crawley Thank you for your review it is greatly appreciated. We will pass on all your positive comments to the relevant staff, they will be thrilled to here that they helped to make your safari extra special. We are also happy to hear that the animals also played their part and that you got to see the Big 5.... More 

California, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Simbavati Lodge in Timbavati Private Reserve has a beautiful reception where we were greeted with damp towels and juice upon our arrival. Charlie and his wife, who manage the lodge make sure the guests are comfortable. We had a tent-room, while some were solid structures. Rooms were very comfortable and the food quite good. The outdoor shower was open to... More 

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Dear PShetler Thank you for taking the time to write us a review it is greatly appreciated. It is awesome that you got to see the "Big 5" as it is always an amazing experience to see these beautiful animals in the wild. We are also glad you enjoyed your stay and we also hope that you can come and... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights in our last leg of our stay in SA. Nice, clean and serene property with almost a homely feel. Much of the credit goes to Greg, who manages the property with a very friendly smile and always conversing with his guests. Mike, our ranger was outstanding with his enthusiasm towards nature and wildlife. His knowledge on... More 

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

Dear raj s Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We will pass on your compliments to Mike and Greg. Hopefully Mike managed to convince your kids to be come game rangers when they are "BIG"? :) Please do come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine More 

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104 reviews 104 reviews
48 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The major purpose of our visit was to see as many animals as possible during our games drives. This was a big success at Simbavati. Our guide was Jimmy who was a very sincere and knowledgeable guy. He did his very best to locate as many animals as possible. He was successful at locating two leopards, one of them at... More 

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

Dear In The Moment Thank you for your detailed review, we love it! We found your comments fair and constructive and they have been passed onto the relevant management departments so that we can work on potential problem areas. We are however glad to hear that we were able to provide you with an authentic safari experience. We do hope... More 

Bern, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We (2 adults and 2 children aged 15) have spent 2 nights in one of the beautiful family apartments and have enjoyed during our stay 4 spectacular game drives, the friendly staff and the delicious food.

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Dear Christoph Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed everything about your stay at our lodge. We hope you can come back and visit again. Keep well, regards Nadine More 

Perth, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We recently stayed at Simbavati River Lodge, which was the first time we have stayed in a private concession, having had many memorable self-drive trips to the Kruger since the early 1990s. We absolutely loved it and have already booked our return visit for 2015! The way they manage guests by allocating a team of staff to look after you... More 

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

Dear Megan Thank you for the beautiful review and for writing in so much detail, it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you had a memorable trip and we are glad that we got to share your sons birthday with him, hopefully it will be one he never forgets! I will pass on all your compliments to... More 

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Address: Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbavati River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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Also Known As:
Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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