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Simbavati River Lodge

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Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Orland Park, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Guide and Staff were excellent - as was the food! Not only did we see the Big 5 and all of the other usual characters - we also had the pleasure of seeing a white lion. Unfortunately, our room left a lot to be desired. They had recently been working on upgrades and did not finish our room. We... More 

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Thank Laura E
Simbavati, General Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Laura, Many thanks for your review. It's through the comments of our guests that we on an on-going basis improve our lodges. I do sincerely apologise for the broken plumbing in your room. After the refurbishment in December, we found a serious leak that needed to be closed off. As we were fully booked, we could unfortunately not close... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed three nights at this wonderful lodge and went on 6 safaris in total. The lodge is situated on the bank of a river, which was dry when we arrived. They have a pool of water just in front of the lodge which attracts a herd of elephants twice a day. They (over 30 elephants) use the pool to... More 

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

Dear tarlavski Thank you so much for the detailed review. It was lovely to read and we will definitely pass on your compliments to all of our staff. We are so happy that we exceeded your expectations and that we could be part of your safari experience. We look forwarding to "wowing" you on your next visit. Perhaps a visit... More 

New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We (4 adults) arrived one day early since we got our dates confused and despite the lodge being full the manager (Gert) bent over backwards to accommodate us. It just got better from there. Our guide (Steff) and tracker (Thabo) were incredibly knowledgeable. When they heard there is a birder among us, they organized a special bird tour for us... More 

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

Dear Debbie Thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy that we were able to accommodate you and that you all enjoyed your stay. We are also glad that the birder was able to do a bird tour with Mike. Trust us, Mike loved it more so I am sure he was thrilled that he could share the... More 

Perth, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at The River Lodge for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon. We loved every minute! We arrived late in the afternoon on our first day and were not expecting to be going on a game drive until the next day, however we were greeted with drinks and food then quickly rushed off to join... More 

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

Dear naomig87 Thank you for the detailed review we really enjoyed reading about your stay and we were thrilled with all the lovely compliments. We are so glad that we could be part of your memorable honeymoon experience and we are looking forward to being part of your many anniversaries to come. We will pass on your compliments to all... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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98 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Lodge is located in the Timbavati, and saw the Big 5 a number of times over a 3 day period, including some special sightings of animals. Often saw animals drinking at the water hole in-front of lodge main lounge area; so close we felt like we could almost touch an elephant drinking water on the first afternoon. Staff went out... More 

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Thank 682Joanne
Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Joanne We are so glad to here you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and we are looking forward to your next visit. The waterhole is a lovely experience and we are so glad you got to enjoy the animals up close and personal as this is something not many people get to enjoy where the animals are free... More 

Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We had 3 nights at the Simbavati River lodge in early November. From start to finish it was a great experience. The accommodation was exactly as we expected and very comfortable, the food was very good and the quality of service and welcoming staff were great. Being an open camp just being in and around our tent and the restaurant... More 

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

Dear Rachel J Thank you so much for the lovely review we really do appreciate it. We are so glad that you enjoyed our lodge, the game drives and the wildlife. Your stories to take back home of the Big 5 and your bush walk must be incredible! We are so glad that we could be part of your safari... More 

Victoria, Canada
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is a great bush camp in South Africa with lots of great features. The staff are most helpful and tend to your every need. I did find the manager (can't remember her name) a little off putting, she had been off for a few days and was walking around introducing herself. She came up to me and turned around... More 

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

Dear SaviGirl Thank you for taking the time to write a review it is greatly appreciated. We would like to apologise on behalf of our Manager. We can assure you that her comments were innocent and she did not mean to offend you in any way. We are glad that you still had a positive experience throughout your stay at... More 

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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183 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

We were very disappointed with the mopani bush location of the lodge We did see a fair bit of game but it's definitely not my favourite type of bush velt The ranger also really wasn't up to standard We told him we were really interested in birds and he hardly showed any interest It's a bit of a production belt... More 

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

Dear Eric J We are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at our lodge. Please note that we take all comments seriously and we want you to know that your review has been sent to all of management to look into this matter. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for providing... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

The Simbavati River Lodge, located in the Timbavati Private Reserve, is joined to the Kruger. The lodge itself compromises of a great setting in a dry river bed, and has it's own waterhole and viewing deck. My room, a luxury tent had a rustic feel, but all the mosd cons of hot running water, shower, electricity and left me for... More 

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

Dear JoeGK Thank you for taking the time to write 2 reviews. One for each of our lodges, it is greatly appreciated. The sightings you had are out of this world and I am sure many are very jealous including myself! We are so happy you enjoyed River Lodge and that you had a really great time. We look forward... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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56 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We visited Simbavati River Lodge for 2 nights and had the most memorable, amazing stay. My boyfriend took me there as a surprise to propose to me and it couldn't have been more special. The staff went to SO much trouble, especially Greg! All my (now) fiance asked was that we could stop near a river bed at sunset for... More 

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

Dear Kirsten O Congratulations on your engagement. We were so happy that we could be part of this memorable occasion and all the extras was the least that we could do to make this special moment one of the best moments of your life together. Thank you for the lovely review it is greatly appreciated and we will pass on... More 

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