This was my second visit to a Thorny Bush game lodge having previously visited Shumbalala in 2011
Simbambili is in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which is part of the Kruger National Park.
It does not get much better than this. The individual bungalow suites are exquisite and on par with any five star hotel in a major international city, each suite having a deck with its own plunge pool, sun beds and day bed overlooking the Bush.
The attention to detail in every aspect of the lodge was five star plus, from the housekeeping staff to the chefs, their can do attitude is very much displayed.
However, you can go to a five star luxury hotel in a major city, you don’t need to go into the middle of the Bush for those luxuries and the real reason for going into the middle of the Bush is to see the magnificent animals that the Kruger has to offer. Our tracker and guide was second to none. Having visited over half a dozen different game lodges over the 10/15 years you sometimes get the impression that the radio contact between various drivers and the pointing to the ground of the tracker in some instances is a bit of a theatrical act, but the professionalism and enthusiasm displayed by our driver Liam, together with determination to find a particular animal meant that during our three day stay we saw all the big five and many more animals in their nature habitat.
I look forward to visiting another Thorny Bush Lodge hopefully next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simbambili Game Lodge is a highly individualised destination for the discerning traveller located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River, with views over an extensive savannah grassland, that teems with wildlife visiting an ever popular water hole. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms, outside salas or individual private plunge pools. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is your choice to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects, or simply relax in the Sanctuary Spa. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big five game, either on foot or from an open safari vehicle. The amazing safari experience is complimented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines andthe warmth of true African hospitality. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Simbambili Game Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Simbambili Game
- Simbambili Game Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve