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Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Superior experience for "tent camping". Lodge and facilities quite nice. Accommodated special diet needs. Guide/Ranger and Tracker used knowledge and experience to create opportunities for amazing access to animals on our safari drives.

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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our brief stay has been a memorable experience. Very friendly and caring staff, experienced trackers in the safari ..good food, peaceful ambiance in the middle of 'nowhere' with exciting nocturnal visiting animals.. Latha and Satyan

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Dear Sean SD Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review, it is greatly appreciated. We are glad that you had an amazing experience whilst staying at our lodge. Your wife has great taste! Just like the elephants who love the Amarula :) We look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge. Keep well, regards... More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Dear thchevman Thank you for the great review and the compliments, we will pass them onto our staff :) We are thrilled to hear that you had a memorable experience and that you have booked your next stay at our lodge. We look forward to going beyond your expectations on your return trip. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful stay. Treated like family. Fantastic- Could not of asked for more. The staff make it all the more Awesome. Have already planned to return to Simbavati soon.Highly recommend xxxxx This experience with the Simbavati team was beyond belief, can not recommend them highly enough. Jill, Donna & Greg are fantastic as well as the butlers, Lucky included xxxxxx

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Garland, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Dear Checking Travel... Thank you for the great review and for the recommendation it is greatly appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge again. Keep well, regards Nadine More

Jersey City, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Metalgear901 Congratulations on your wedding! We are so excited that we were able to be part of the first leg of your honeymoon and we are glad that we were able to make it a memorable. Thank you for writing a review and we look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge for your anniversary :) Keep well,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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 4 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
60 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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

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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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