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“Amazing Simbavati !” 5 of 5 stars
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Simbavati River Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Northern Sector of the Timbavati | Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Amazing Simbavati !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Simbavati was fabulous from start to finish. We visited in August 2013 with our two teenage children with us so a large two bed chalet (named Elephant) was our home and it was beautiful with a lovely viewing gallery off the second bedroom. Each day we had early morning and late afternoon game drives with Moshe as our driver and Nicklus as his tacker assistant. These were amazing and we saw all the big 5 up close and personal in large numbers. Sundowner drinks were beautiful and we enjoyed the food and hospitality throughout. Also met some lovely fellow guests on the drives; a family from Chicago and a fellow Brit ! Thank you for making us so welcome and we would recommend others to visit for sure.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Chris S

Thank you for your great review. It is greatly appreciated.

We are glad to hear that our staff provided you with a great bush experience that has given you memories that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for also recommending us to others as word of mouth is the best form of advertising.

We hope you will come back and visit us again.

Kind regards,
Nadine
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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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Leinfelden-echterdingen, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We really had a splendid time at the Simbavati River Lodge, starting with a very warm welcome, perfect game drives with experenced guide Moshe and tracker Nicholus, delicious food, a brai in the buma, luxury safari tents with privat decks and the shower in the bush.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Hi Sabine R

Thank you for your review.

We are glad you had a splendid time and we hope that you will come back and visit us soon!

Keep well.

Kind regards,
Nadine
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at Simbavati for 4 nights just before Easter after spending a couple of nights in Kruger (Skukuza), and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

We managed to see all of the big 5 and lots more3 besides. The game drives were informative and the accommodation was very relaxing. We stayed in a luxury tent and didn't want to leave!

All of the staff were very friendly and helpful and made our stay a fantastic one.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Axel5171

We are glad to hear that you had a fantastic stay at our lodge and we also wish you could have stayed longer :)

Thank you for the great review, it is greatly appreciated.

Come and visit us soon!

Kind regards,
Nadine
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Simbavati river lodge is a great place to have a family safari experience. We travelled with our 4 year old son and he just loved it! The staff is very welcoming and hospitable. They go out of their way to help make the experience memorable. We were also thrilled to have great game viewing with the big 5 under our belt in the first 2 drives. The highlight was seeing a herd of 1000 buffaloes crossing the road. In all a great place to be!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Hi AnubhavShriva

Wow, what an amazing sighting you experienced. The 1000 buffalo's sighting must have been out of this world plus you got to see the Big 5! I am sure there are many people in awe of what you and your family experienced.

We are glad that your son loved it, perhaps we have a new game ranger in the making?

Thank you for your great review and we hope that you will come back and visit us soon!

Keep well,
Kind regards Nadine
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Ouderkerk Aan De Amstel, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had a fantastic stay in Simbavati in July with our two children in one of the thatched houses. Beautiful room (Elephant) with a lots of space and fantastic view on the river. Games drives were also fun and we did see the Big 5 in 2 days. Food and service were excellent. We can recommend Simbavati to everyone.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Danielle, Paul and family :)

We are so glad to hear that you had a fantastic time at our lodge and that you got to see the Big 5!

Thank you for recommending our lodge, it is greatly appreciated.

Hurry back!

Kind regards,
Nadine
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Wow where to begin, everthing was spot on from the wonderful welome to the sad goodbye. Saw the Big 5 within 36 hrs! The whole team made sure we had everthing we needed and some, adpated game drives to ensure we saw everything up close, well as close as possible!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Hi Aveenjaz

We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful start to your adventure.

It is awesome that you got to see the Big 5 and in 36 hours!

I will pass on your great feedback to our team at the lodge.

We hope to see you soon.

Kind regards,
Nadine
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Boone, North Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was our second safari experience as a family, and we just loved this place. They do a great job of creating a family atmosphere and go way out of their way to make you feel at home. The owners were so wonderful and charming and the guides were excellent at finding the animals. One night they were late to pick us up for dinner - found out that a group of elephants had come through the camp - we also saw various other animals including a business of mongoose that really made the experience special. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear WBWT

Thank you for your kind words and for recommending our lodge, it is greatly appreciated.

We are glad that you had an amazing bush experience and to have the elephants come through the camp must have been something special. What a pity that you did not get a chance to see them from your room.

We do hope that you will come back and visit us soon.

Kind regards,
Nadine
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simbavati River Lodge is situated in the northern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and surrounded by 12 000 hectares of wildlife and rich wilderness in which you can experience an authentic and affordable African safari.The design of this 4-star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind.Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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