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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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful gem in the heart of the Timbavati.The rates were very reasonable and i must compliment them on the food. The venison; Impala shank the one night and Kudu potjie the second night ,were the best i have ever had. Well done !! The only little distraction were a whole lot of noisy children. I feel that just because... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had 5 amazing nights, at this lodge, staying in the luxury family chalet, to kick off our first African safari experience with our 3 kids. Having been to the bush a lot when we lived in SA, we wanted a down to earth, relaxed and game packed lodge for our children first experience. We were not disappointed!! The service... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we arrived we had elephant walking within a few feet of the lodge. We had warthogs running around. On two consecutive nights a hippo and baby walked past the lodge. The food was good and the service good. The luxury tents were fun. Having a shower outside watching the wildlife. Game drives were the best of 3 reserves we... More 

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

Dear William B We are so excited to hear that our game drives were the best out of 3 reserves. That makes us very happy :) We will pass on your compliments to Mike and Hemmet. We did our best to get the animals to come and greet you, glad to see they did not let us down. We are... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Simbavati and is certainly one of our favorite destinations in the bush! On both visits we have been blown away by aspects of the lodge; the setting, the staff, the game drives and definitely the food. Although a couple unexpected incidents occurred during our first visit, we were overwhelmed at how management jumped in... More 

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

Dear Duncan Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge for a 2nd time and for allowing us to exceed your expectations again. We appreciate your detailed review and we will pass on your compliments to all the staff. They will be thrilled to hear that you had a great holiday. We look forward to your next visit. Keep... More 

Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thnx to the staff - and special to Greg and Abbott - we had 3, magnificent days at this Lodge. We saw the big five, including leopards, hyena's, etc, etc. In the middle of Timbavati is this lodge located at a riverbed with excellent accomodation and food and drinks. As my son and daughter say: we are coming back and... More 

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

Dear Peter V Thank you for the great review. We are happy to hear that you and your family had 3 magnificent days and we would love for you to come back and stay longer! We will pass on your compliments to our staff. Keep well and we look forward to your next visit. Regards Nadine More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome place...excellent gamedrives...gamerangers the best...staff always friendly...helpfull..we had the treat of our lives...for honeymooners just the place...👍😆💑...family treats wonderfull...food out of this world..all we csn say is...AWESOME PLACE AWESOME PEOPLE...forsure our number 1 gamelodge...Thx Simbavati....👍😆🐃🐆🐯🐴🐾

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

Dear Joey V Thanks for the awesome, awesome review and for voting us as your No 1 Game Lodge. We are so thrilled! We love that you enjoyed your stay, the game drives, our food and our staff. We enjoyed spoiling you and we look forward to welcoming you both back to our lodge. Keep well, regards Nadine More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow....what an experience....it was great.. The rooms, the staff and the gamedrives.. Thanks to Greg and Clement for the wonderfull drives en kids safaris We all enjoyed everything We fotgot a bagg...the hotel staff called to the gate of the reserve and brought it over there....TOP !!!! We had a real great time and cant wait to go back.... Thanks... More 

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

Dear Cindy D Thank you for the lovely review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed everything, that you had a great time and that you want to come back! We want you to come back and we are looking forward to welcoming you back so hurry and come and visit us again :) Keep well. Regards Nadine More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

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

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 July 9, 2015

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

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 

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