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Simbavati River Lodge
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

An outstanding family experience for wife and I + daughter/husband and two grandchildren 12 & 13. We have done lots of these but it was a first for them and we could not have chosen better. Super guides, great game viewing including lots of leopards, wild dogs and white lions. Elephants and Nyala almost on your decking in the morning. Both tents and lodges (2 family rooms) are very well equiped. Nice plunge pool and very good food - all buffet style which allows for great flexibility. Impromptu entertainment by the Staff is super fun and the whole atmosphere is "nothing is too much trouble".

Room Tip: Chalets for families - tents for couples.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

we had a wonderful stay in Simbavati. We have been in the Krugerpark before, so we really enjoyed being surrounded by nature:e.g. the off the road safari drives in open jeeps, the animals just outside our rondawel like a Hyena.

the staff made us feel safe and at home. The meals were great, the rondawels very nice.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

We stayed in the lodge from the 23rd of October till the 26th. We had a very nice stay in the lodge.
We stayed in the Cheetah tent, which was a very special experience for us. Especially when you can hear the rino's around your tent at night!
Many thanks to the staff whcich was absolutly wonderfull, especially Jimmy and Collins our driver and spotter.
I would recommend this lodge to anyone, it will be an experience you will never forget!

Room Tip: Take a tent instead of a chalet, the experience you will get with the outdoors is much better!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

We travelled with an open mind and found that the safari game rides were the best. Our guides. Christoff and Daniel were very informative and experienced. They took along very exciting trails and the leopard trail was simply amazing. It was very fulfilling and we plan to have the rest of the family visit next year.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We recently travelled to South Africa on the first leg of our honeymoon and began at Simbavati Lodge. Its hard to overstate how great an experience it was. The staff could not have been more friendly, accomodating and helpful. Our safari guide Jimmy was incredibly knowledgable and friendly. But the biggest surprise (for me) was the food! Every meal was gourmet I felt like we were in a 5-star hotel in NY.

Its hit or miss with the safari obviously, and I see some bad reviews of Timbavati reserve. I can tell you we saw everything we could have hoped to see. The only thing we can even think that we didn't was a cheetah, and we know how rare that would have been. We saw all of the Big 5 including some very rare white lions. Thanks for finding everything for us Jimmy!

You will not regret staying at the lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We stayed 4 nights at Simbavatti River Lodge with friends.
It was our first safari game and we got to see the Big 5 and a lot more, which was far above our expectations. We can't stop talking about it since returning home.
Our guide Christoff and tracker Daniel were well knowledged, professional and very friendly. The experience of being meters away from the animals was super exciting.
We stayed in 'BUFFALO' , a beautiful 2 bedroom lodge with many nice touches + a very special bathroom. The location on the river bank was perfect.
The food was excellent, plenty, extremely tasty and beautifully presented. To eat in the Boma at night by the fire was wonderful.

Our stay in Simbavatti was truly unforgettable!
Saddest check out ever!
Many thanks to Elmarie, Charlie and the whole team.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Simbavati Lodge is a great place to stay at, with a very pleasant setting right on the banks of a river where hippo bathe. Excellent service by the staff, and they have a great chef too. That said, we had a disappointing safari experience, In 3 outings we only saw 2 of the big 5: elephants (plenty) and rhino. No cats or buffalo insight! In fact we were surprised at the low desnity of animal population in general. Different people that we shared our vehicle had just come from Kruger park and said they saw a lot more animals, including the Big 5. We subsequently heard that some of the rivers in Timbavati have recently been dammed, causing changes to the ecosystem which might explain the absence of animals.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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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
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 17 Specialty Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $795 - $1,076 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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