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Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent facility for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Luxury tents with heat pads, turn down service, and impala watching from the shower! With three delicious meals, well stocked bar, and tempting gift shop, what else would you need and still be out with the wildlife? Wonderfully helpful staff and knowledgeable, experienced drivers, trackers (Daniel), and guides (Christoph) make the 2 daily... More

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in the luxury tents, which were very comfortable. Excellent game viewing during the game drives. Our game ranger, Christof, was very knowledgeable. It was very cold on the early morning and evening game drives.

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Rheinberg, Germany
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I stayed in Simbavati River Lodge for two nights from June 27th – 29th  2014. The accomodation is in big and luxury tents. All are built on platforms facing the river (which is totally dry in June). The tents have comfortable and large beds. Because June is winter time and nights get really cold it was a... More

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

Dear Ralfcho Thank you for writing a review and for giving your feedback, it is appreciated and we will pass on your comments to our management team so that they are aware of where you marked us down and so that we can improve. We are glad your stay was comfortable and the beds were warm especially as our winters... More

Salt Lake City, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Simbavati was the first of 3 lodges on our safari vacation. We had a wonderful time during our 3 night visit. We stayed in a luxury tent that was good size with attached bathroom, king size bed, heating and A.C. and heated mattress pad. Food was excellent but the highlight of our stay was the safari drives. Greg was a... More

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

Dear flyer 767 Thanks for the review and we hope we were better than the other 2 lodges that you visited? :) We will pass on the compliments to Greg, he will be thrilled to hear that you had a great time and that you were happy with his guiding. We are also happy that you got to see the... More

Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite the photos I really didn't know what to expect. The cabins are all different, all have decks with differing views and are all comfortable. My favourite feature of ours was that a warthog family would snuffle it's way past our deck around the same time every day! But all that is nothing compared with the excitement of the magical... More

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

Dear Wendy R Thank you for your great review. We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing stay and that you will never forget us! We are glad you got to enjoy the wildlife especially the daily Warthog visitors. We will pass on your compliments to Edrich. Please come and visit us again. Regards Nadine More

Red Deer, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the Elephant room. It was enormous and over the top impressive. Top notch finishings and amenities. Would recommend this resort hands down to anyone going to Kruger. Game drives were fabulous. Our driver was Difference. He was great.

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Dear Terry S Thank you for recommending our lodge :) We are thrilled to hear you had a great safari experience and we will pass on your compliments to Diff out head ranger. We hope that you can come back and visit us again. Regards Nadine More

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tents are comfortable, the bathrooms are spacious (although my wife complaint for about the lack of a shower inside the bathroom) and the shower outdoors is the best thing about the rooms. The staff is excellent and the food also. The only thing missing, is a way to communicate with the lodge at night, in case of an emergency.\... More

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

Dear Marios N Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed the outside shower, sorry your wife was not so happy about this. It is great to hear that you enjoyed you stayed at our lodge and we are happy that we could be part of your safari experience. Kind regards, Nadine More

Pewaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Simbavati is just a magical place. Imagine the movie the Lion King in real life. My husband and two sons, (21 & 19) found this lodge to be their favorite. The staff was so nice! Diff our ranger & Daniel the tracker gave us a new "wild" experience on each safari ride. We saw the Big 25! I was... More

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

Dear Susan T We are thrilled to hear that you and your family had a memorable stay! We are glad that our rangers and the animals gave you all an experience of a lifetime on the game drives, that you enjoyed the meals that we provided and that you had a comfortable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back... More

Huntingdon, England, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not approach on the Lydenberg/Ohrigstaat/Hoedspruit road. Between Lydenberg and Ohrigstat they are full of pot holes and seemingly returning to dirt roads. Clearly they have no money to maintain their roads.

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

Dear Barry Thanks for giving the readers a heads-up regarding the quality of the roads. The pot holes are crazy and the government seems to be trying to fix them. It is and will be a process that will be continuous. The good news is that once you are at the lodge, we take you on game drives in an... More

Edmonton, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't think I could possibly say enough about this place. From the moment we arrived, I was blown away by the service. I have never had staff so friendly and welcoming, and you can't beat the atmosphere. My husband and I stayed in a luxury safari tent - this is an experience that cannot be beat. The drives and... More

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

Dear LMSINF Thank you for the beautiful review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and that we could help to make your husbands stay more comfortable and your holiday enjoyable and memorable under the circumstances. We look forward to having you visit us again and we appreciate the recommendations. Keep well, kind regards... 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
Simbavati River Lodge South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

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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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