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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
  • 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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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Our stay at Simbavati River Lodge was amazing!! We stayed for 3 nights which gave us the opportunity of going on six guided safaris. What made our experience fabulous were our guide Moshe and tracker Nicholas, fantastic people who love their job! They made it their mission to find all the animals for us (even if we had to stay... More 

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

Dear CaroFT Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. We are glad you enjoyed your stay especially the outside bath (my personal favourite). Kids having WiFi in their tent is always a bonus for them. We are happy you choose our lodge and that we could be part of your memories of an... More 

Long Beach, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

we just returned from our South African holiday. We spent 4 nights at Simbavati River Lodge, and enjoyed it tremendously. From the moment we arrived to a cool wet towel and wonderful fruit juice, we felt welcomed. The luxury tent was fabulous, and the outside shower, a treat. The meals were good, especially the breakfast and lunch. The setting is... More 

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

Dear janford Thank you for the lovely detailed review and for recommending our lodge. We really do appreciate it. We are thrilled to hear that you got to see the "Big 5" and that Moshe and Nicholas "wowed" you. Your compliments will really make all our staff at Simbavati very happy. Thank you for recommending the yoga massage, I think... More 

Hamburg, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

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

Dear Ian R Thank you for writing a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and that you got to see the Big 5. Please come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

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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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 

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