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Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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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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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We won a 2 day stay here as a prize in Cedarberg Travel's Xmas Facebook draw, which we took for the wife's birthday. The lodge staff went the extra mile to make it a memorable day by singing Happy Birthday at breakfast after an early morning game drive. Breakfast came with a bottle of sparkling wine & a cream topped... More

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

Dear William H We are glad to hear that your wife had a memorable birthday and that we could be part of this special occasion. It was a great pleasure to welcome you - one of our prize winners to the lodge. Thank you for the review and we hope you can come back and visit us again. Kind regards... More

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4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just returned from a holiday in South Africa. During our time there we spent 2 nights at Simbavati River Lodge, It was excellent. The luxury tent was very comfortable and had everything and more than you required, The staff were all very attentive and service very good. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was very well presented and delicious. We... More

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Dear Lainie Thank you for the review and the recommendation. We are happy to hear that you had outstanding game drives and that the wildlife gave you some amazing sightings. We will pass on your compliments to Jimmy and Piet :) We look forward to having you visit us again at the lodge. Kind regards, Nadine More

Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I had a very nice stay at the lodge. We managed to spot "The big five" during our four game drives. The animal came up very close :-) I can really recommend Simbavati Lodge to anybody who doesnt have too much time and also want to stay at a lodge wich is easy to reach. We stayed... More

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Dear SofiAE523 Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and for the recommendation, we really appreciate it. It is very exciting to hear that you got to see the Big 5. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will come back and visit us again. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More

Fayetteville, Arkansas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We (two adults and a ten-year-old) stayed for 3 nights in one of the family chalets at Simbavati River Lodge. The accommodations, amenities,and service were just wonderful! We cannot say enough good things about Diff and Caswell and the drives we experienced with them. Animal sightings were magnificent and varied. We cannot oversell how great our time there was!

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Dear Kathy D Thank you for the beautiful review. We are thrilled to hear that you and your family had a great safari experience at our lodge. We will pass on your compliments to all the staff. We hope to see you again and soon. Kind regards Nadine More

Guernsey, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 3 nights at simbavati river lodge in march. I can not recommend highly enough. The tented accommodation, food, service,location and game drives all exceeded our expectations. There was a problem with unseasonal heavy rain which caused the river to flood and become impossible to cross but at no time did we feel unsafe. The staff monitored the... More

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

Dear diane p Thank you for the review. We are glad that "Mother Nature" added to your experience at the lodge by surprising your trip with unseasonal rain. We are also happy to hear that you felt safe and that our team kept you updated with regards to what was happening with regards to the rain. We will pass on... More

Toronto, Ontario
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We stayed for four nights at the lodge. The service and food were excellent - they even accommodated fairly extensive dietary restrictions with no hassle. It should be noted that the property is no longer on a river.

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Dear A_CC1037RU Thank you for your feedback and compliments regarding our service and food it is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately we cannot control "Mother Nature" as much as we would like to. However the river in front of our lodge was in flood at the beginning of March 2014. The water reached all the way up to the deck and in... More

Taunton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Game viewing was good as not contrived.felt like boxes were simply being ticked rather than a well hosted experience. Food very boarding school like!! Fridge in tent not working well and drinks at bar were not ice cold as they should be. Could do much better

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

Dear Paula N We are disappointed to hear that you did not have the best safari experience with us. We have asked the Management Team at the lodge to look into your comments regarding the fridge in the tent and the bar to make sure that they are both working. We have also passed on your comments regarding the game... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Such a beautiful lodge and a very friendly, helpful staff. Our room (Elephant) was stunning, luxurious and with an amazing view. We really enjoyed the gamedrives and are blessed to have seen the Big Five from up close! Our kids have also enjoyed themselves perfectly. The food and drinks was everything one could wish for. Hope to return one day!... More

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Dear Janely Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We are glad to hear that you and your family had an awesome holiday and that you got to see the Big 5. We too hope that you can come and visit us again. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My daughter, Karin and I had the opportunity to go away on a short stay before she started her new permanent work. The friendliness and coming to assist us with our luggage when we arrived, quite exhausted after a six and a half hours drive from Jhb was touching. We had v ery good game drives with Diff, the head... More

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Dear Rosemarie Thank you for the beautiful review. We are so glad that we were able to "wow" you with our lodge, our service, our food, and our game drives. Thank you for your compliments we will pass them on to all the staff at the lodge. We hope that you can come back and visit us again. Keep welll,... More

Manchester, New Hampshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Great stay lots of sightings. The river overflowed and had some challenge getting out but the staff were super! Our guide was awesome!!!!!! The food was Great!If you want a safari with great animal Viewing and great value come here!!!Lelanie was super helpful reserving a room for us and changing our flight. Awesome stay.Ourgude Moshe was the best and Nicholas... More

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

Dear Mmelan Thank you for writing a review. We were happy to have you stay with us. We will pass on your compliments to the staff. Keep well and please come and visit us again. Kind regards, Nadine More

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Additional Information about Simbavati River Lodge

Also Known As:
Simbavati River Hotel
Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Simbavati River Lodge South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Address: Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Specialty lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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