I spent over a week at this lodge in July/August and cannot praise the service and dedication of the staff too much. The accommodation is fantastic, with a wide range of animals and birds viewable even from the rondavals. The rondavals themselves are extremely comfortable and individually decorated with thoughtful attention to detail and provide a unique and individual experience which really complements the 'safari' holiday.
The guided tours and drives enabled sightings of a wide range of animals both in the all day Kruger drives and the sunset drives. I saw all the 'Big 5' while here, but the guides were also keen to show visitors the whole range of African wildlife on view - ideal for photographers and budding naturalists. An important point to mention is that the lodge is extremely convenient for and close to the Orpen Gate, allowing early morning access to Kruger (one of the best viewing times).
The staff were fantastic, from Ryan and Kylie in the office, to John and Luke in the extremely well thought out bar area, where I spent a certain amount of time. The bar itself really adds to the ambience, creating a comfortable and active social area right next to the large swimming pool. The food was of a very high standard - easily the best I experienced in all the lodges I have visited in the area.
All in all, I cannot recommend the lodge highly enough. A couple of all day drives were the highlights of my 3 and a half weeks in the Kruger area and I shall most definitely be returning. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff, managers and owners at Timbavati. Outstanding.
- Also Known As:
- Timbavati Safari Hotel Hoedspruit