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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
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

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 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our first safari in South Africa and a wonderful experience it was. We stayed at Simbavati River Lodge. What a surprise it was and how fantastic a tent can be, "glamping" is the word. The accommodation was amazing as was the whole site, open plan dining where you could sit enjoy eating and in front of you the river and... More 

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

Dear shortland1 Thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled to hear that you had a memorable "glamping" experience. From your room tip I take it you enjoyed your outside bath :) Wow what a great experience it is that you got to see the Big 5! We are so glad that we could share this moment with you.... More 

Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Everything about this lodge was wonderful except for the kids. I realise its family friendly but unfortunately some people take this as an excuse to let their children do what they want. There's a small pool at the lodge but as its always full of kids running about unsupervised so you'll never get to enjoy it during your relaxation time... More 

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

Dear ausgeordie Wow what an experience you had encountering the baboon in your room, glad to heat that you managed to scare it away and that no harm was done. Thank you for the room tip advising other travellers to choose a tent at the end in the "wild" if they would prefer to be away from any families that... More 

Trier, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We had a fantastic time at the Simbavati River Lodge. We booked the photo safari and we learn a lot from our guide Hilton. We will be come back. Great Service, delicious food, friendly staff....perfect stay.

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

Dear Andreas M Thank you for the review. We are so glad to hear that you went on our Photographic Safari and that you enjoyed it. We will pass on your compliments to Hilton. We are also happy to hear you enjoyed our hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you back to the lodge. Kind regard Nadine More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We have been staying here for three nights with a one year old. The game drives were well organised and the tracker/guide had excellent knowledge. The most exciting part was the tracking down or three lions based on footprints. After an hour rallying through bushes and following prints, we finally found the lions who were settling down for the day.... More 

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

Dear dorieter Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We are so gad to hear that you enjoyed your stay, that you got some quality time on the game drive whilst we looked after your precious 1 year old. It was only a pleasure to accommodate you with the nappy request and meals to make sure that your... More 

Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We spent two nights here as a group of 6 including two children. We had a family chalet and a luxury tent. Both were fantastic with wonderful inclusions and views. Regular sightings of elephants, kudus, monkeys and impalas from either our rooms or the main lodge. Food was good and the service was excellent. Staff couldn't do more for you.... More 

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

Dear Penni067 Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge, the game drives and our food. We are happy that you got to see a leopard and her cub. That is such a special moment. Our leopard sightings are always one of my favourite sightings. We... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

As a family with 2 teenage boys we booked a bungalow/cottage for 4 days and it was fantastic!! Two large bedrooms and an amazing bathroom. The bathroom was huge with a bath and an open shower that was great with 2 shower heads. Beds were very comfortable, rooms extremely clean, there is a safe, drinking water and a bar fridge.... More 

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

Dear tmm128 Thank you for the lovely detailed review. We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic safari and stay at our lodge. We will pass on your compliments to Moshe and Nicholas and to all staff involved in making your stay a WOW stay at our lodge. Thank you for the recommendation and we hope that you... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

What a beautiful location. from the moment we arrived we were pampered and tended to till the day we left. Management is amazing and the staff are incredibly friendly, we felt like part of a big family. The photos of the tents don't do them justice, they are amazing, spacious, super clean and comfortable. the camp is not fenced and... More 

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

Dear Eels2015 Thank you for the lovely review and for the recommendations. We are glad that we could make you feel part of our family. We look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

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