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Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Bodmin, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 September 2015

My granddaughter and I have just spent 4 glorious days at Simbavati and agree it is the best holiday we have ever had. We were made so welcome by everyone. Sitting beside the waterhole having breakfast and watching the animals and birds coming in to drink was magical. We were fed almost too well, delicious meals every day. But the...

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

Dear Cynthia Thank you for the lovely review. We are so excited to hear that your stay with us was your best holiday ever! Thank you for choosing our lodge for your safari experience with your grand daughter. We hope that you will come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Reviewed 14 September 2015

We were picked up by the lodge at the main gate last minute as our original transport was disrupted. As we were late arriving they made our journey to the lodge our first game drive. Clement, our driver was nothing less than superb in the way he made this and all our subsequent drives spectacular. His knowledge and ability to...

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

Dear Peter W We are so glad to hear that you had an amazing stay, got to see the Big 5, you enjoyed your massages and that we got to be part of your safari holiday. We will pass on your message to all staff as they will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and their hospitality....

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 September 2015

We looked long and hard before we booked our first safari and chose simbavati because it was slightly outwith the normal safari trail.. I'm not one to follow the crowds!! Wow we were not disappointed. We were met by Itu as we arrived with drinks and wet towels with a run down of the next 4 days. We were taken...

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

Dear Laura Thank you so much for the detailed review. We are thrilled that we made your safari an outstanding experience! You won't get a better safari so you have to come back and visit us again :) We will pass on your compliments to all the staff, it will be greatly appreciated. We will also send a bush telegraph...

Province of Alicante, Spain
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Beautiful entrance and lounge area. Dining on the terrace overlooking a waterhole where animals, large and small, come and go. Food excellent but a little disappointed with our luxury tent. Cleanliness not an issue, but quite small, with nowhere to sit. Bathroom brick built, attached to the back. Large deck outside tent but with no comfortable chairs to lounge on....

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

Dear Lynne M Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and our food. We appreciate your feedback regarding the tent accommodation, your comments have been passed onto the shareholders to review for possible future changes. We hope that you will come back again, perhaps enjoy a stay...

Paris, France
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Timbavati Reserve has plenty of leopards. We were lucky enough to see wild dogs as well (but no lions at that time). Private véhicles available for safaris at a very reasonable price, which is a unique opportunity for photographers. Rangers knwo how to park the vehicle in order to get best pictures, which is great. Hotel staff very very friendly,...

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

Dear Marion. Thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon with us, we are happy that we could surprise and spoil you. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back for your anniversary. Wishing you both many happy years together filled with lots of love, laughter and happiness. Keep well,...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 31 August 2015

What an awesome experience -Gert and his team are absolutely wonderful.Roy thank you for the warm,hearty welcome from you!. Rekson our ranger,Daniel our tracker,are so skilled and professional! We learned so much with every drive! The wild dog and leopard sightings were very special,if you know that the wild dog is highly endangered.The elephant and rhino sightings were also unbelievable.Bishop...

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

Dear Rochelle Thank you for the review. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We will pass on all your compliments to our staff, they will be so happy to hear that they managed to wow you and provide you with an awesome safari experience. Your game drives sound amazing. It is a wonderful experience...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 26 August 2015

A wonderful gem in the heart of the Timbavati.The rates were very reasonable and i must compliment them on the food. The venison; Impala shank the one night and Kudu potjie the second night ,were the best i have ever had. Well done !! The only little distraction were a whole lot of noisy children. I feel that just because...

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

Dear Aquila_rapax Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we will pass on your compliments to our staff especially Mike. He will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed his guideing. We are also happy to hear you enjoyed our Impala and Kudu dishes. We do hope you come back and visit us again and soon. Keep...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 August 2015

We had 5 amazing nights, at this lodge, staying in the luxury family chalet, to kick off our first African safari experience with our 3 kids. Having been to the bush a lot when we lived in SA, we wanted a down to earth, relaxed and game packed lodge for our children first experience. We were not disappointed!! The service...

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

Dear Peter A Thank you for the lovely review. We are so glad that we could be part of your family safari holiday and that we could create happy memories for your kids. Hopefully their "bush" experience will turn them into field guides when they are bigger? We are thrilled that the animals played their part allowing you to get...

Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 August 2015

When we arrived we had elephant walking within a few feet of the lodge. We had warthogs running around. On two consecutive nights a hippo and baby walked past the lodge. The food was good and the service good. The luxury tents were fun. Having a shower outside watching the wildlife. Game drives were the best of 3 reserves we...

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

Dear William B We are so excited to hear that our game drives were the best out of 3 reserves. That makes us very happy :) We will pass on your compliments to Mike and Hemmet. We did our best to get the animals to come and greet you, glad to see they did not let us down. We are...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 10 August 2015

This was our second visit to Simbavati and is certainly one of our favorite destinations in the bush! On both visits we have been blown away by aspects of the lodge; the setting, the staff, the game drives and definitely the food. Although a couple unexpected incidents occurred during our first visit, we were overwhelmed at how management jumped in...

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Dear Duncan Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge for a 2nd time and for allowing us to exceed your expectations again. We appreciate your detailed review and we will pass on your compliments to all the staff. They will be thrilled to hear that you had a great holiday. We look forward to your next visit. Keep...

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  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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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 

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Address: Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: RM3,338 - RM4,342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Wild dog room”
 of 5 bubbles 908cindy, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms overlooking the river are best”
 of 5 bubbles SydneyBirdie, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The tents and rooms are both good. Ones with view over river or waterhole would be better.”
 of 5 bubbles 17daleg, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“ask for a tent overlooking the river bed or you will have no view.”
 of 5 bubbles jerryban, 11 Oct 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, 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
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