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Simbavati River Lodge

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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
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first ever experience to a Game Reserve and exceeded all of our expectations! There were so many "wow, wow, wow" experiences! We loved our accommodations in the luxury tents and being right out there with all the animals! every day we always could see elephant herds grazing through the camp! It was wonderful! The lodge is so... More 

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Dear joelleOmaha Thank you for the lovely review and for choosing to stay at our lodge for your first safari experience. We are thrilled that we could be part of this memorable trip and that we managed to exceed your expectations. We will pass on all your compliments to our staff as they will be happy to hear that you... More 

Bloomington, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Simbavati River Lodge for two nights on a long safari trip. Our guide Clement and Tracker Thuli were great. They constantly found the big game animals and we even got to see the result of some kills while we were there. Our rooms were very nice and the dinner and service was great. They have a nice... More 

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Dear Mike F Thank you for the great review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge, that you got to experience some great game drives and that you were happy with our service and food. We hope that you will come back and visit again. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

Leawood, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We felt like family almost from the minute we pulled in. Tania and her staff were gracious and eager to meet any and all of our needs. Our guide Moshe was absolutely wonderful - asked us if there was anything in particular we were hoping to see and then went on to exceed our expectations with his knowledge and good... More 

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Dear caporter54 Wow, thank you for choosing Simbavati as your safari holiday! We are so happy that we could live up to your expectations and that we were part of your memorable vacation. We will pass on your compliments to Moshe, Tania and her team. We were glad that you felt at home and that you enjoyed or views, tents... More 

Greater Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow amazing. Big thanks to all at Simbavati and especially to Mike and Hemet as the incredible tracker and guide team. I have nothing bad to say here. This was an unforgettable adventure. If you have tweens and teens then Simbavati is perfect. Treat yourself and you wint be disappointed

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Dear snackypacky1 Thank you for staying at our lodge and for voting it as your best holiday ever. We are so proud that we could be part of your unforgettable adventure. We will pass on your compliments to all involved. Thanks for the great review and we hope you can come back and visit again. Kind regards Nadine More 

Durbanville, South Africa
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simbavati River Lodge really went out of their way to make our safari experience one to remember for life. Check-in time is 14h00. Unfortunately we checked in late at 17h45 so missed the first afternoon game drive. To everyone traveling from the Kruger National Park to Simbavati River Lodge, please note that there is no entrance from inside the Kruger... More 

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Dear Gerhard Cruyw Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We are so glad you got to meet the locals when they baptised our new watering hole in front of the lodge. We will pass on your compliments to Mike and his team, they will be so happy to hear your feedback and I know Mike will be... More 

New Paltz, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the most amazing vacation I have ever been on. The Simbavati team was wonderful, from Benedict walking us to our tent abodes, to Jimmy and Collense our guide and tracker. The food is still being spoken about by four of us that went together, and was better than any hotel we have ever stayed in. Home made salads,... More 

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Dear LenaeK1984 We are thrilled to hear that you had the most amazing vacation and that we could be part of it. We are so happy that you got to see the BIG 5. That is an experience all on its own and definitely worth remembering for years to come. Thank you for the compliments. We are glad that we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is simply a magnificent 4 star lodge in a true bush veld setting. River Lodge also caters for families and all staff and management are top notch. Hilltop Lodge cater more for couples and is a 5 star lodge and a bit more expensive but worth every sent with magnificent views and accomodation.

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Dear Rudolph B Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to hear that you found Hilltop Lodge worth every scent and you enjoyed River Lodge. Thank you for complimenting or staff, we will pass on the message, they will be happy to hear that we have some more happy clients. We hope you can come back and visit again.... More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Lovely welcome to the Simbavati River Lodge by Tania and her staff. Great place.....comfortable and clean lodging. Super food and great Game Drives.....we saw 4 of the Big 5 on our first run and the other one and more by the end of the 1st day! Small things were lacking to give it an 'excellent' rating.....one was that bottled water... More 

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

Dear RoshanGV Thank you for the great review and constructive criticism. Your messages have been passed onto Management and will be taken into consideration. Apologies for the lack of lions. We will make sure that they get the bush telegraph on your next visit :) We are glad to hear that you were happy with our service and that our... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Simbavati is marketed as a family friendly lodge. We were housed in one of the family chalets which was clean and comfortable with a nice view of the river bed from the porch. I might try one of the tents the next time as they seem more open to the environment. The food was very good and staff polite. All... More 

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

Dear Momisthe1 Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you got to see the Big 5 and wild dog. We will pass on your compliments to Moshe and Nicholas. We are also looking forward to the new watering hole as we cant wait to see what wildlife it will bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We were a group of 4adults visiting in March and I can't say enough about the accomodations the quality of food and the Super friendly and knowledgeable staff....Moshi was our guide and he is the Most knowledgeable kind friendly and open person I've had the privilege of meeting! The days were well planned out and we were lucky enough to... More 

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Dear Jocelyn l Thank you for choosing Simbavati to be part of your 6 week journey. We are glad that we could share this time with you and that we helped in making it a trip of a lifetime for you and your friends. We will pass on your compliments to Moshi, he will be very happy to hear that... More 

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