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Simbavati River Lodge

4.0 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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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I always wonder about people with negative comments on hotels where everyone else seems to love the place. This time I am the one with the odd review, so will try to make it as neutral as possible, but Simbavati River Lodge didn’t do it for us. It turned out to be an average bush experience at best. Game viewing... More 

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Midrand, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit. The game drives are excellent as you get real close to the animals and this is so fantastic if you are a keen photographer. I got some excellent shots of the big 5. The Lodge is good and the satff is friendly. I highly recommend this experiece. Sadly it is expensive for South Africans if... More 

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

Dear Riana Thank you for the lovely review and for recommending our lodge it is greatly appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your close encounters with the wildlife and that you managed to get some beautiful photos that will make your trip a memorable one. Keep watching our Facebook page and our website for great specials as we would love... More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stay at Simbavati River Lodge was amazing!! We stayed for 3 nights which gave us the opportunity of going on six guided safaris. What made our experience fabulous were our guide Moshe and tracker Nicholas, fantastic people who love their job! They made it their mission to find all the animals for us (even if we had to stay... More 

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

Dear CaroFT Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. We are glad you enjoyed your stay especially the outside bath (my personal favourite). Kids having WiFi in their tent is always a bonus for them. We are happy you choose our lodge and that we could be part of your memories of an... More 

Long Beach, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

we just returned from our South African holiday. We spent 4 nights at Simbavati River Lodge, and enjoyed it tremendously. From the moment we arrived to a cool wet towel and wonderful fruit juice, we felt welcomed. The luxury tent was fabulous, and the outside shower, a treat. The meals were good, especially the breakfast and lunch. The setting is... More 

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

Dear janford Thank you for the lovely detailed review and for recommending our lodge. We really do appreciate it. We are thrilled to hear that you got to see the "Big 5" and that Moshe and Nicholas "wowed" you. Your compliments will really make all our staff at Simbavati very happy. Thank you for recommending the yoga massage, I think... More 

Hamburg, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A delightful small private lodge with caring and professional staff - and very good spa facilities. It was a grand experience to sleep in luxuriously furnished tent; we saw the Big Five with our very friendly and knowlegable guide and tracker.

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

Dear Ian R Thank you for writing a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and that you got to see the Big 5. Please come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We stayed at Simbavati River Lodge for 3 nights over Christmas 2014 and went on 5 guided safaris. What an amazing experience. Everything at Simbavati surpassed our expectations from the beautifully appointed family chalet and tent to the delicious food and wonderful service. The highlight was definitely the game drives. Our guide and tracker were so knowledgeable and informative and... More 

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

Dear fffsmith Thank you for writing a review and for the recommendation, we really appreciate it. We are so happy that you enjoyed every part of your safari. We will pass your compliments onto all our staff as they love getting the feedback. We hope you can come and visit us again? Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

Chester
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Simbavati as a place is beautiful: the riverside location is magical and the accommodation is stylish and comfortable. The food and drink were of v good quality and the staff were most welcoming. One criticism I have regards the game drives. As each drive is approx 3 hours' long, I believe the rangers should talk more to inform you of... More 

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

Dear Elephant2193 Thank you for your review and the constructive criticism. Your comments have been passed onto management so that we can follow up with our field guides to make sure each guest gets a memorable experience. We are glad to hear that you still enjoyed your stay at our lodge even though you were not entirely happy with the... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This resort is simply beautiful. Staff is very friendly and the game drives were very exciting. Time is running to fast over there ! We can only recommend this place to all. Hoping to travel again to South Africa in the near future...

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Dear 500marie Thank you for the review and for recommending our lodge it is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and we also hope you can come back and visit South Africa and our lodge again. Keep well, kind regards Nadine More 

Crawley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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

Dear Crawley Thank you for your review it is greatly appreciated. We will pass on all your positive comments to the relevant staff, they will be thrilled to here that they helped to make your safari extra special. We are also happy to hear that the animals also played their part and that you got to see the Big 5.... More 

California, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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

Dear PShetler Thank you for taking the time to write us a review it is greatly appreciated. It is awesome that you got to see the "Big 5" as it is always an amazing experience to see these beautiful animals in the wild. We are also glad you enjoyed your stay and we also hope that you can come and... 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:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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