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Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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San Diego, California
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had planned our safari trip for over a year. We decided on spending time at two places (loved them both). We stayed at Simbavati River Lodge for 3 nights in late July 2014. Coming from the U.S., we broke up the trip with stops in Europe, but the trip to South Africa is still very long. We flew into... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Small hotel which gives you a more personal experience .Real clean rooms , fantastic food and very friendly staff and management. On arrival you are welcomed with a cool drink and refresher towel before being escorted to your room. We rested before joining our guide on the evening safari which takes approx. 3.5 hours where we saw elephants, zebras ,... More

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Garland, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Simbavati River Lodge may have canvas walls but it is more like a nice hotel than a tent. The food was great, service was super, great ambience, exciting game drives and a beautiful setting. Too bad the river is dry, but that is not their fault. I would recommend them to anyone and I would happily stay there again.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks 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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
59 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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 3 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 3 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

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

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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): $$$$
Number of rooms: 11
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Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Simbavati River Lodge South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

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