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Helsinki
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

- They can fetch you (you will pay for this service) from Nelspruit or Hoedspruit airport with a taxi if you want. - The staff is doing only his work, their attitude are completely artificial ... - Rooms are comfortable, but there is no chairs or table available, if I can be more precise, our family chalet was composed of...

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

Dear ThierryIT On behalf of the lodge I would like to apologise for not meeting your expectations during your stay at our lodge. It saddens us to hear that you were not happy as all our staff proud themselves on their service. We do however value your feedback. I have sent your review to the Managers at the lodge so...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights with our kids, 9 and 12, it was the biggest spend we making in our three week trip and that always puts pressure on the hotel to deliver. From the moment we were greeted to the time we left I never once questioned the cost and value of this place. Our family room (Elephant)...

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

Dear Ivan L Thank you for the lovely detailed review. It was our pleasure to treat your family to a magical safari experience. We hope your kids will remember their stay forever and that we have created future game rangers. We appreciate you recommending our lodge it really means a lot to us. We hope you will all come and...

Malmo, Sweden
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful stay at the lodge. The staff were great. Made six game rides and saw a lot of animals. Leopard, buffalo, giraffes, elephants, rhino and a lot more. We also took a bush walk and learned a lot. Can absolutely recommend the river lodge.

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

Dear Jessica M Thank you for the review and for recommending our lodge we really do appreciate it. Please come back and visit us again! Wishing you all the best for 2017. Regards Nadine

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I, a total of 18 of us, visited Simbavati during our trip to Kruger for 3 days. The staff at the lodge were the most humble and accommodating people I've met in the hospitality industry. We had kids in the group and the staff were so willing to accommodate all of their requests. The group also had...

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

Dear Nyp91 Wow! Thank you some much for the detailed review we really do appreciate it! It was our pleasure to make sure that you had a memorable safari experience and thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge. We are glad you got to see the big 5 during your stay with us as it is truly a...

Gustavsberg, Sweden
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Simavati lodge for 2 nights in December 2016 together with 17 friends that were on a bike trip. The place was lovely, quiet, calm and surrounded by animals. You had to have a staff member with you when walking to and from your room after sunset, because the animals walked close by. We saw loads of animals...

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

Dear Nina H Compliments of the season to you. We wish that all your travel dreams come true in 2017. Thank you for taking the tine to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and thrilled to hear that you got to enjoy the sightings of the Big 5. Please do come back and...

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Some of the rooms were still in the process of being renovated and some were partially completed. It should be nice once the entire renovation is done. The food was ok but not great. The service was fantastic particularly by Bishop, the Butler. The activities were repetitive and not diverse. There were only Game drives and a walk offered. Unless...

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

Dear Joel K Thank you for your review and feedback it is appreciated. I am sorry to hear that we did not reach your expectations during your stay at our lodge. I have sent your review to our Directors so that they can look into your comments and so that they can take action where it is required. We hope...

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Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Thank you Simbavati and all the fabulous staff for a trip of the life time. Clement, Tabo, Melody, Jeffrey, Kruger, Stephan were all friendly and made things enjoyable. We were very impressed by the cleanliness and he ambience of the place. The rangers and the trackers were knowledgeable and the servos staff were outstanding. Thank you. Can't add much more..

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

It was our pleasure to treat you to a trip of a life time. We will pass on your compliments to all of our staff, they will be thrilled to hear that they provided you with outstanding service. We hope you will come back and visit again! Thank you for the review. Regards Nadine

Kloof, South Africa
Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

From the moment you arrive at simbavati you are made to feel so welcome and comfortable. The staff are professional and friendly and will go out of their way to ensure you are happy and have everything you need. To say they would go the extra mile would be an understatement. We witnessed staff members dealing with an extremely unreasonable,...

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

Dear vdunstone1 Thank you for the lovely review and the kind words. It was our pleasure having you stay a our lodge and treating you to a memorable safari experience. We work hard to provide our guests with the best service in everything that we do and it is great to hear when guests appreciate what we do. I will...

Ingolstadt, Germany
Reviewed October 31, 2016

This is the place to be if you are longing for a warm welcome, great service (thx Obedience!), special nights in the comfy luxury safari tent and of course the best game drives (we were driving with Clemend and Caswell who were amazing and showed us literally every animal including the Big 5 living in the reserve). We would love...

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Simbavati, Online Marng Managerketi at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear RikeHa We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience at our lodge and that you got to see the "Big 5" We will pass on your compliments to the various staff, they love getting the feedback regarding their service. We hope you will come back and visit us again. Thanks for the review, it is greatly...

Haderslev, Denmark
Reviewed October 30, 2016

We visited River Lodge along with family - 13 people with both grown ups and kids. We had a highly enjoyable time and felt at home from the beginning. All in all we find the lodge and the housing to be very luxurious, comfortable and with an extreme nice staff. Everyone made sure that the kids had fun and that...

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

Dear PeterHolmboe Thank you for your review it is greatly appreciated. We are so happy to hear that you and your family had an enjoyable stay at our lodge. South Africa is the best and we are glad we could show case it to your family and we hope you will come back and visit again. Keep well, regards Nadine

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Wheelchair access
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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 

Additional Information about Simbavati River Lodge

Address: Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $592 - $923 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Simbavati River Lodge South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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“Rooms overlooking the river are best”
 of 5 bubbles SydneyBirdie, Oct 18, 2016 | Read review
“The tents and rooms are both good. Ones with view over river or waterhole would be better.”
 of 5 bubbles 17daleg, Oct 12, 2016 | Read review
“ask for a tent overlooking the river bed or you will have no view.”
 of 5 bubbles jerryban, Oct 11, 2016 | Read review
“Try staying in one of the tent huts (airconditioned) if you don't mind the nightly sounds of animals moving right up to your hut.”
 of 5 bubbles bgjestvang, Oct 10, 2016 | Read review
“Get a room with a view to the river”
 of 5 bubbles amitliber, Oct 9, 2016 | Read review
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