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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
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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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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Lutherville, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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

Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location in National Kruger Park/ Timbavati game reserve, already on 1st night elephant next to our tent. We saw large diversity of animals on game drives (a.o. 4 out of big 5: Lion was not seen).

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Dear Bas Verhoeven Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We will do our best to show you lions if you come and visit us again? We would love for you to experience the Big 5 in the "wild". Keep well, regards Nadine More

Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very enjoyable 4 day stay at Simbavati river lodge, with a fantastic and really enthusiatic guide in Christof, very knowledgeable about all aspect of game, birdlife and vegetation. The only slightly disappointing aspect to our stay is that some neighbouring private landowners in the Timbavati reserve do not allow vehices from a neighbouring reserve to traverse their... More

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

Dear David R Thank you for your review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are glad that you had an enjoyable stay at our lodge and we will pass on your compliments to Christof. Thank you for telling us your frustrations. I will pass your comments onto management so that they can see if there is something they could try... More

Houston, Texas
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second time to visit Simbavati, we stayed 3 nights in 2011 and 5 nights in 2014. We stayed in one of the family rooms both times and they are large, luxurious and wonderful. The only reason I didn't give the lodge a 5 is because it is currently NOT A RIVER LODGE. The damn broke in the... More

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Dear riblackburn It was great having you visit our lodge. Thank you for choosing Simbavati again :) Sorry that the animals were not playing their part on your 2nd trip. Being an open system reserve which means no fences animals come and go as they please....sometimes there are herds of animals everywhere other times there is not. However, we are... More

Ajax, Ontario, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a traveler that has been a fair few places I must say that my headline is no understatement. We stayed here as part of a G adventures tour and it was an amazing experience. We stayed in the luxury tents which had all the amenities of a modern hotel but also provided such features as an outdoor shower, heated... More

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

Dear Darren K We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed their stay at our lodge. We are thrilled to hear that our game drives are better than the Kruger! We were glad to be a part of your safari experience and of your memories. Thank you for the stunning review. Please do come back and visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We stayed in a great little house with two bedrooms and big bathroom. There were 8 of us, including our 4 grandchildren and 2 daughters with four of us in each house. The children enjoyed the pool, and loved seeing warthogs in the yard , and elephants in the parking lot, as well as the twice a day game drives.... More

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

Dear Kay E Thank you for the review. We are glad that you and your family had a memorable holiday as that is what holidays are all about. Thank you for the recommendation we really do appreciate it! Please come back and visit us again. Regards Nadine 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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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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