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Simbavati River Lodge

5.0 of 5 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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Crawley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Comfortable facilities in large air conditioned en suite tents or more luxurious lodges great atmosphere in the camp created by the delightful staff good food served in convivial atmosphere either in or outside depending on the weather. Small pool and spa on site. So far so good but where this place really excels is the quality of the game drives... More

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California, USA
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Simbavati Lodge in Timbavati Private Reserve has a beautiful reception where we were greeted with damp towels and juice upon our arrival. Charlie and his wife, who manage the lodge make sure the guests are comfortable. We had a tent-room, while some were solid structures. Rooms were very comfortable and the food quite good. The outdoor shower was open to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for 3 nights in our last leg of our stay in SA. Nice, clean and serene property with almost a homely feel. Much of the credit goes to Greg, who manages the property with a very friendly smile and always conversing with his guests. Mike, our ranger was outstanding with his enthusiasm towards nature and wildlife. His knowledge on... More

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

Dear raj s Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We will pass on your compliments to Mike and Greg. Hopefully Mike managed to convince your kids to be come game rangers when they are "BIG"? :) Please do come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine More

Manhattan
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96 reviews 96 reviews
46 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The major purpose of our visit was to see as many animals as possible during our games drives. This was a big success at Simbavati. Our guide was Jimmy who was a very sincere and knowledgeable guy. He did his very best to locate as many animals as possible. He was successful at locating two leopards, one of them at... More

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

Dear In The Moment Thank you for your detailed review, we love it! We found your comments fair and constructive and they have been passed onto the relevant management departments so that we can work on potential problem areas. We are however glad to hear that we were able to provide you with an authentic safari experience. We do hope... More

Bern, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We (2 adults and 2 children aged 15) have spent 2 nights in one of the beautiful family apartments and have enjoyed during our stay 4 spectacular game drives, the friendly staff and the delicious food.

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

Dear Christoph Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed everything about your stay at our lodge. We hope you can come back and visit again. Keep well, regards Nadine More

Perth, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We recently stayed at Simbavati River Lodge, which was the first time we have stayed in a private concession, having had many memorable self-drive trips to the Kruger since the early 1990s. We absolutely loved it and have already booked our return visit for 2015! The way they manage guests by allocating a team of staff to look after you... More

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

Dear Megan Thank you for the beautiful review and for writing in so much detail, it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you had a memorable trip and we are glad that we got to share your sons birthday with him, hopefully it will be one he never forgets! I will pass on all your compliments to... More

Pismo Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were so impressed with Simbavati's tents and service. It is a beautiful place to stay. I wish we could have stayed longer! The food was also excellent! We loved the barbecue and all the wonderful staff. They were so friendly and eager to please. We loved it!

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

Dear Pattiholmes49 Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear that you had a memorable experience and that you were happy with our lodge, staff and our service. We look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge in the near future. Kind regards Nadine More

Atlanta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The LODGE My family stayed at this lodge for 2 nights in the “Rhino” family rondavel. We were greeted with fruit juice and a 15-minute run down of the “rules” regarding the lodge. The primary one being that since there are no fences we were not to walk from our room to the lodge alone after dark. The second important... More

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

Dear RB dreamtripper Thank you so much for writing a review and for going into so much detail. It was a great read with loads of constructive criticism that we will definitely be looking into to find ways to improve where we have fallen short of your expectations. I must say to hear that you will not be back or... More

Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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Dear beh80301 Thank you for the review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our tents and our game drives. We were happy to accommodate your dietary requirements, and we will gladly do it again. Please come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine More

Bangalore
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

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

Dear Latha and Satyan Thank you for the great review. We are glad you had a memorable experience and that we were part of it. Please come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine 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): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbavati River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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Also Known As:
Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Simbavati River Lodge South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

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