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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights. This was the first leg of our honeymoon and it couldn't have gotten off to a better start. The luxury tent was wonderful. It had an A/C and heat unit and a nice, cool bathroom with showers outside. Everything about it was clean and comfortable. The lodge itself is very nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there 3 years ago and enjoyed the atmosphere and staff so much, we decided to go back. The food was fabulous. The guides and trackers well informed and the accommodations "just rustic enough".

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

Dear Kathy It was great having you stay at our lodge again! Thank you for coming back to visit us. We are glad you enjoyed your 2nd stay and we look forward to having you come back again! Keep well, kind regards Nadine More

Columbus, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group stayed in one of the luxury tents at Simbavati. It was fabulous. There was a/c and heat, which came in handy as the nights got pretty cold. From our tent porch we saw hippos, monkeys, warthogs and many other animals. The all natural insect repellent that was provided in the tent worked great and smelled very good. We... More

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Dear Megan S Thank you so much for your great review, I love the detail. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you got to see the Big 5. Thank you for the tip to future guests regarding why they should book a private game drive. I am sure they will appreciate your comments. We... More

Manchester, UK
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63 reviews 63 reviews
58 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I stayed in this lodge for two nights. We flew from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit, then drove for approximately another hour to reach the lodge. Although this may seem like a long journey, we were thrilled to see three of the 'Big Five' (elephants, rhino and Cape buffalo) along the way, making the time fly by. The rest... More

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

Dear rreece We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. Thank you for writing a review, we will pass your suggestions onto our management team as well as your compliments. We are also glad to hear you got to see Xiviti our resident leopard, we hope you have become as fond of him as we... More

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Simbavati River Lodge from 27-29 June as part of a G Adventures Comfort tour. As such, we didn’t get to choose our accommodation, but wow – they chose a fantastic place for us to stay, it was beyond my expectations! Simbavati really made the trip special. The game drives were in the early morning and late afternoon/early... More

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

Dear Michelle R Thank you so much for the great review and for giving us an extra thumbs up for our food :) We are glad you had an awesome experience at our lodge. We hope that you do come back to visit us! Thanks you for also recommending our lodge it is greatly appreciated. Keep well, regards Nadine More

Munich, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simbavati River Lodge is for sure one of the top location for viewing and experience wildlife in the Krüger NP area. It is an amazing location with an excellent service and superb safari experiences. A must if you want to be close to the "big 5" and more. All staff is extremely helpful friendly and what is the best the... More

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

Dear George W Thank you for your review. We are glad we were able to wow you with our service and that our staff helped make your trip a memorable trip. Thanks for the tip regarding families, this will help other families in the decision making process. Keep well and come and visit us again. Regards Nadine More

Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed 3 nights at Simbavati Lodge and had an amazing experience. We stayed in two luxury tents, my husband and I in one and my two teenage children in the other. Felt a bit nervous that we were not together, because a porter is needed at night to travel between the lodge and tents, but felt more comfortable as... More

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Dear Mary K Thank you for your awesome detailed review it is greatly appreciated. We are glad that you and your family enjoyed their stay and that you all had a great safari experience. Wow - seeing the Big 5 on multiple days makes me very jealous! :) We hope that you will come back and visit us again. Keep... More

Lutherville, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent location adjacent to Kruger National Park. We stayed in the luxury tents (with private bath and balcony) and the amenities were excellent. The schedule kept us busy, but not too rushed - early morning game drive starts at 6:15; return to lodge and breakfast around 9:30; rest and relaxation time until 2:30, then lunch; afternoon/evening game... More

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

Dear Melanie Mitchell Thank you for the great review and recommendation we really do appreciate it. We will pass on your compliments to all the staff. We are glad that we could be part of your safari experience and we look forward to welcoming you back o our lodge. Keep well, regards Nadine More

Canberra, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If this is camping then lead me to it. Simbavati was excellent in every way. From our welcome to check out we could not fault the friendly, efficient staff. The tents were luxurious and ours had a huge bathroom with big bath and an outside shower. Now that was an experience!. Our driver Christoff (you must ask to see some... More

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Dear Ladybug Thank you for taking the time to write such a stunning review for our lodge it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear you had an amazing experience during your stay at our lodge. Daniel is one of our very experienced trackers with a very good eye for spotting everything big and small and we are happy... More

Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The rooms are wonderful and the sightings are amazing. We drove with guide that is very familiar with the wild and tought us quite a bit. The food is wonderful and to have a drink on the deck overlooking the river is a treat. The lodge is well equipped with friendly staff and safety is a main concern for the... More

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

Dear Karicke Thank you for the great review. We are glad to hear that you and your family had a great safari experience and that you got to see the Big 5 and more :) We are also glad that you go to relax and be spoilt by enjoying a drink on our deck. You should treat yourself more often!... 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): $$$$
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Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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