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Simbavati River Lodge

Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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  • Kruger National Park
    32.6 km
  • 4 star hotel
  • Free Parking
Reviewed 26 November 2014
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Comfortable facilities in large air conditioned en suite tents... more
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Crawley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 November 2014

Comfortable facilities in large air conditioned en suite tents or more luxurious lodges great atmosphere in the camp created by the delightful staff good food served in convivial atmosphere either in or outside depending on the weather. Small pool and spa on site. So far so good but where this place really excels is the quality of the game drives...

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

Dear Crawley Thank you for your review it is greatly appreciated. We will pass on all your positive comments to the relevant staff, they will be thrilled to here that they helped to make your safari extra special. We are also happy to hear that the animals also played their part and that you got to see the Big 5....

California, USA
Reviewed 23 November 2014

Simbavati Lodge in Timbavati Private Reserve has a beautiful reception where we were greeted with damp towels and juice upon our arrival. Charlie and his wife, who manage the lodge make sure the guests are comfortable. We had a tent-room, while some were solid structures. Rooms were very comfortable and the food quite good. The outdoor shower was open to...

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

Dear PShetler Thank you for taking the time to write us a review it is greatly appreciated. It is awesome that you got to see the "Big 5" as it is always an amazing experience to see these beautiful animals in the wild. We are also glad you enjoyed your stay and we also hope that you can come and...

Reviewed 6 November 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights in our last leg of our stay in SA. Nice, clean and serene property with almost a homely feel. Much of the credit goes to Greg, who manages the property with a very friendly smile and always conversing with his guests. Mike, our ranger was outstanding with his enthusiasm towards nature and wildlife. His knowledge on...

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

Dear raj s Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We will pass on your compliments to Mike and Greg. Hopefully Mike managed to convince your kids to be come game rangers when they are "BIG"? :) Please do come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine

Manhattan
Reviewed 3 November 2014

The major purpose of our visit was to see as many animals as possible during our games drives. This was a big success at Simbavati. Our guide was Jimmy who was a very sincere and knowledgeable guy. He did his very best to locate as many animals as possible. He was successful at locating two leopards, one of them at...

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

Dear In The Moment Thank you for your detailed review, we love it! We found your comments fair and constructive and they have been passed onto the relevant management departments so that we can work on potential problem areas. We are however glad to hear that we were able to provide you with an authentic safari experience. We do hope...

Bern, Switzerland
Reviewed 28 October 2014

We (2 adults and 2 children aged 15) have spent 2 nights in one of the beautiful family apartments and have enjoyed during our stay 4 spectacular game drives, the friendly staff and the delicious food.

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

Dear Christoph Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed everything about your stay at our lodge. We hope you can come back and visit again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 18 October 2014

We recently stayed at Simbavati River Lodge, which was the first time we have stayed in a private concession, having had many memorable self-drive trips to the Kruger since the early 1990s. We absolutely loved it and have already booked our return visit for 2015! The way they manage guests by allocating a team of staff to look after you...

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

Dear Megan Thank you for the beautiful review and for writing in so much detail, it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you had a memorable trip and we are glad that we got to share your sons birthday with him, hopefully it will be one he never forgets! I will pass on all your compliments to...

Pismo Beach, California
Reviewed 10 October 2014

We were so impressed with Simbavati's tents and service. It is a beautiful place to stay. I wish we could have stayed longer! The food was also excellent! We loved the barbecue and all the wonderful staff. They were so friendly and eager to please. We loved it!

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

Dear Pattiholmes49 Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear that you had a memorable experience and that you were happy with our lodge, staff and our service. We look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge in the near future. Kind regards Nadine

Atlanta
Reviewed 8 October 2014

The LODGE My family stayed at this lodge for 2 nights in the “Rhino” family rondavel. We were greeted with fruit juice and a 15-minute run down of the “rules” regarding the lodge. The primary one being that since there are no fences we were not to walk from our room to the lodge alone after dark. The second important...

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

Dear RB dreamtripper Thank you so much for writing a review and for going into so much detail. It was a great read with loads of constructive criticism that we will definitely be looking into to find ways to improve where we have fallen short of your expectations. I must say to hear that you will not be back or...

Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Superior experience for "tent camping". Lodge and facilities quite nice. Accommodated special diet needs. Guide/Ranger and Tracker used knowledge and experience to create opportunities for amazing access to animals on our safari drives.

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Dear beh80301 Thank you for the review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our tents and our game drives. We were happy to accommodate your dietary requirements, and we will gladly do it again. Please come back and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine

Bangalore
Reviewed 23 September 2014

Our brief stay has been a memorable experience. Very friendly and caring staff, experienced trackers in the safari ..good food, peaceful ambiance in the middle of 'nowhere' with exciting nocturnal visiting animals.. Latha and Satyan

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Dear Latha and Satyan Thank you for the great review. We are glad you had a memorable experience and that we were part of it. Please come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

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  • 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 

Additional Information about Simbavati River Lodge

Address: Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $810 - $1,231 (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
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“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
“Get a room with a view to the river”
 of 5 bubbles amitliber, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
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