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Simbavati River Lodge

Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been staying here for three nights with a one year old. The game drives were well organised and the tracker/guide had excellent knowledge. The most exciting part was the tracking down or three lions based on footprints. After an hour rallying through bushes and following prints, we finally found the lions who were settling down for the day.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent two nights here as a group of 6 including two children. We had a family chalet and a luxury tent. Both were fantastic with wonderful inclusions and views. Regular sightings of elephants, kudus, monkeys and impalas from either our rooms or the main lodge. Food was good and the service was excellent. Staff couldn't do more for you.... More 

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

Dear Penni067 Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge, the game drives and our food. We are happy that you got to see a leopard and her cub. That is such a special moment. Our leopard sightings are always one of my favourite sightings. We... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a family with 2 teenage boys we booked a bungalow/cottage for 4 days and it was fantastic!! Two large bedrooms and an amazing bathroom. The bathroom was huge with a bath and an open shower that was great with 2 shower heads. Beds were very comfortable, rooms extremely clean, there is a safe, drinking water and a bar fridge.... More 

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

Dear tmm128 Thank you for the lovely detailed review. We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic safari and stay at our lodge. We will pass on your compliments to Moshe and Nicholas and to all staff involved in making your stay a WOW stay at our lodge. Thank you for the recommendation and we hope that you... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful location. from the moment we arrived we were pampered and tended to till the day we left. Management is amazing and the staff are incredibly friendly, we felt like part of a big family. The photos of the tents don't do them justice, they are amazing, spacious, super clean and comfortable. the camp is not fenced and... More 

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

Dear Eels2015 Thank you for the lovely review and for the recommendations. We are glad that we could make you feel part of our family. We look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Simbavati River Lodge was booked as part of my package. I had the Luxury Tent for 3 nights. I was picked up at the airport and saw a giraffe and elephant before even reaching the lodge. You are welcomed by the staff with a refreshing drink and a cloth to wipe your hands and face. Over the next three days... More 

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

Dear tjwood 198 Thank you for a great review we really appreciate it. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay, loved the game drives and that you were happy with the service from our staff. We really hope that you can visit us again. Perhaps stay at our sister lodge Hilltop Lodge? Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

Tzaneen
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

great service, comfortable stay,not a lot of game but after a long game drive saw what we came to see. Pool was quite small. A good place to come if you want your time organized around game drives. The food was good but the evening meals are served after the evening game drive if you don't mind waiting for the... More 

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

Dear Arthur B Thank you for taking the time to write a review it is appreciated. From your review it seems as if we did not meet or exceed your expectations? The game drives which are optional are one of the main reasons our guests visit the bush, hence each day is planned around the game drives. We do however... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

A lovely location hidden in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The staff and management were really helpful and very friendly. Luxury tented room lived up to its expectation. One day a Bull Elephant decided to visit our balcony. The safari was amazing. Saw the Big 5 in the first 24 hours. Tracked down a pack of South African Wild Dogs... More 

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

Dear Sue H Thank you for the stunning review. We are so glad that you had such an amazing stay at our lodge. You really had some great sightings and experiences. We really hope that you do come back and visit again so that we can wow you again. See you soon. Kind regards Nadine More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

We visited the lodge for 3 days. We were 2 families both with 3 & 8 year old boys. We have special halal eating requirements. Not only was the lodge very accomodating with having our mealtimes slightly earlier or later as to not disturb the other guest, but they were not bothered by the noise the excited boys made especially... More 

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

Dear Ayesha B Thank you for the great review. We are glad that we were able to accommodate you and your family so that you could all have an enjoyable safari holiday. We value your feedback and we will pass on your comments regarding the spa and phones to management. Thank you for recommending our lodge and we do hope... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I always wonder about people with negative comments on hotels where everyone else seems to love the place. This time I am the one with the odd review, so will try to make it as neutral as possible, but Simbavati River Lodge didn’t do it for us. It turned out to be an average bush experience at best. Game viewing... More 

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

Dear GreatDane110 Thank you for taking the time to give us a detailed review. I am sorry to hear that your experience at our lodge did not meet your safari expectations. We value your feedback and constructive criticism and I have passed on your review to our management team so that they can look into the areas where we can... More 

Midrand, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit. The game drives are excellent as you get real close to the animals and this is so fantastic if you are a keen photographer. I got some excellent shots of the big 5. The Lodge is good and the satff is friendly. I highly recommend this experiece. Sadly it is expensive for South Africans if... More 

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

Dear Riana Thank you for the lovely review and for recommending our lodge it is greatly appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your close encounters with the wildlife and that you managed to get some beautiful photos that will make your trip a memorable one. Keep watching our Facebook page and our website for great specials as we would love... More 

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