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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
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Alicante Province, Spain
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful entrance and lounge area. Dining on the terrace overlooking a waterhole where animals, large and small, come and go. Food excellent but a little disappointed with our luxury tent. Cleanliness not an issue, but quite small, with nowhere to sit. Bathroom brick built, attached to the back. Large deck outside tent but with no comfortable chairs to lounge on.... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Timbavati Reserve has plenty of leopards. We were lucky enough to see wild dogs as well (but no lions at that time). Private véhicles available for safaris at a very reasonable price, which is a unique opportunity for photographers. Rangers knwo how to park the vehicle in order to get best pictures, which is great. Hotel staff very very friendly,... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an awesome experience -Gert and his team are absolutely wonderful.Roy thank you for the warm,hearty welcome from you!. Rekson our ranger,Daniel our tracker,are so skilled and professional! We learned so much with every drive! The wild dog and leopard sightings were very special,if you know that the wild dog is highly endangered.The elephant and rhino sightings were also unbelievable.Bishop... More 

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

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

Dear Aquila_rapax Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we will pass on your compliments to our staff especially Mike. He will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed his guideing. We are also happy to hear you enjoyed our Impala and Kudu dishes. We do hope you come back and visit us again and soon. Keep... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Dear Peter A Thank you for the lovely review. We are so glad that we could be part of your family safari holiday and that we could create happy memories for your kids. Hopefully their "bush" experience will turn them into field guides when they are bigger? We are thrilled that the animals played their part allowing you to get... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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 3 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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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 4 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 

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