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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 family friendly intimate 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.
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Free Parking
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Full view
Getting there
Ngala Airfield20 km
Phalaborwa Airport37 km
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

The Timbavati and Safari experience is great! We had an excellent guide in Kruger, who can tell you about the Fauna and Flora - not just point out the obvious. The family rooms on the other hand are rather sparse and pokey. Most lodges at...More

1  Thank Lizelle V
Response from Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River LodgeResponded 12 April 2017

Dear Lizelle Thank you for your review. We appreciate all feedback and we will definitely look into your comments so that we can make sure we improve in the areas where you felt we were lacking. Just so clarify regarding the meal times. These are...More

Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Our first introduction to an African safari and Game Lodge and what a super introduction! A friendly greeting and talk about the facilities of the main lodge plus our own lodge then off on our first safari drive with guide "Kruger" and tracker "Hemet". These...More

Thank Alanna S
Response from Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River LodgeResponded 12 April 2017

Dear Alanna S Thank you so much for the lovely review and recommendation it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and we are glad we could provide you with a memorable safari experience. Please come...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Perfect!- That's the best description that I can give with our stay in the lodge. A place to shutdown and enjoy the nature and wildlife. Starting with the staff, always smiling and very engaging. The rooms are just fascinating,it's glamping! A very huge tent with...More

1  Thank MrsS1115
Response from Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River LodgeResponded 28 March 2017

Dear MrsS1115 Thank you so much for the lovely detailed review it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to meeting your kids and cant wait for you to stay with us again. We will pass on your compliments to all staff who helped make your...More

Reviewed 28 February 2017

If I were to rate this lodge based only on the staff it would be EXCELLENT! They were absolutely incredible especially Vusi and Bongi. All the staff went out of their way to make for a memorable weekend. The decor is grey, grey and more...More

Thank Archie9898
Response from Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River LodgeResponded 8 March 2017

Dear Archie9898 Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate all feedback. Your review has been sent to our Management Team / Shareholders so that they can look into your comments. We pride ourselves on our service and making sure we...More

Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Fantastic place! Our game drives tracker and guide were such nice people, as well as all the staff! We felt welcome all the time and they've treated us very nicely. The place is amazing and the room was very comfortable as well. I would highly...More

Thank cz027
Response from Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River LodgeResponded 21 February 2017

Dear cz027 Thank you for your review and recommendation we really do appreciate it. We hope you will come back and visit us again? Keep well, regards Nadine

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3 September 2017|
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Response from ivanrF4630BM | Reviewed this property |
Drives run at the same time every day. This may vary slightly depending on the season but for us in July it was 6am and 3pm.
22 June 2017|
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Response from Simbavati | Property representative |
They are only a couple of km away, however they are not walking distance away and you are not able to see one lodge from the other because of the trees, grass and bushes. On your game drive your guide might take you past... More
Candace Y
18 March 2017|
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Response from Simbavati | Property representative |
Hi there. May is chilly. Please dress warmly. We do provide blankets on game drives.
Room Tips
"Rooms closer to main lodge marginally better river outlook."
4 weeks ago
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"Very cold on morning safari during the winter. Wear layers"
5 weeks ago
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"Be sure to lock your doors to keep your belongings safe from baboons."
23 Jun. 2018
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"Views of the river were beautiful right outside the bedroom on the deck."
21 May 2018
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USD 824 - USD 1,203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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