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Simbambili Game Lodge
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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent Stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

We stayed three nights and were extremely happy with the lodge. The lodge is fantastic with beautiful views of the water hole. The personal plunge pool is great so is sleeping on the outside bed under the fan! The service was fabulous and we were very happy during our entire stay. The food was great especially the breakfast granola. We saw the Big 5 on our game drive and had an excellent ranger and tracker.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Cookham Dean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2011

We arrived tired and dusty and were blown away by the reception - a wonderful airy room with comfortable seating over looking the water hole...Wow One. We were then taken to our rooms and were blown away again...Wow Two. We very much enjoyed the middle of our days sunbathing on the deck and using the plunge pool from time to cool off. Wonderfully relaxing!

The game drives are clearly the centre piece of the visit and we had some wonderful experiences. The 4*4's were amazingly versatile and took us into areas that simply did not seem possible.

Wow Three came with our final sundowners. It was our 25th wedding anniversary and I wanted to find something special for my wife. The Manager was very very heomalpful in looking after us. After some discussion it turned out that they had some surprises of their own for us, and we had a wonderful final "Sundowners" lit by hurricane lamps and a fire, sipping champagne as the sun went down on a really wonderful stay.

All the staff were very welcoming and nothing too much trouble. We also appreciated the different dining areas they found for us so that each evening was different..one evening meal in the dry riverbedm, another in the Boma.

So well done Alison, Liam and the team, and thanks for a really memorable stay. We completely recommend Simbambili to you.

Room Tip: Try and get close to the main house..makes it less far to walk
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Seaton, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stayed for four nights here, with four friends, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Apparently, four nights is longer than the average stay, but there was no shortage of things to do and see. Rising early for the morning game drives took a bit of getting used to, but was well worth the effort. As well as seeing all of the wildlife that we could have asked for, the drives themselves were fun. As there were six of us, with one exception, we had a vehicle to ourselves, so we had some influence over where we went and when we stopped. The morning drives included a coffee and biscuit stop, usually by some watering hole, and the evening drives involved a stop for sundowners, very nice. On returning to the lodge after the morning drives, a huge breakfast was served, and after the evening drives, we were met with hot towels and a glass of port or similar, followed, after an opportunity to change, an evening meal, served in a different location around the lodge each night. For those, in other reviews, who complained about the cold, grab a fleece!

The accommodation is top notch, each bungalow having its own plunge pool, day bed, and veranda. In fact, as the lodge has its own watering hole, you don’t even have to go out on the drives, the animals will come to you.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

Great lodge! Matt, the safari guide made it a lifetime experience. A bit pricey. Look for discounts from travel agents.

Video here

http://www.vimeo.com/27274747

Room Tip: All lodges about the same (only 8 in total)
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GPK1111
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Missouri City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2011

An all around wonderful experience. Staff friendly and attentive. Chef very concientious regarding my "diet". Allison is a delight and Nokuthula was alert to our every need without being intrusive. We felt especially privileged to have Shuzz (Shoes) and Service as our chaperones in the bush. Although we will be returning to Africa (have grandbabies there) this might be our only luxury game reserve experience. Thankfully, it is a memorable one. Kudos for that go to Ramona of Go2Arica.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dlizzy
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Additional Information about Simbambili Game Lodge

Property: Simbambili Game Lodge
Address: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1363, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price range (per night): $1,746 - $2,227
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbambili Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simbambili Game Lodge is a highly individualised destination for the discerning traveller located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River, with views over an extensive savannah grassland, that teems with wildlife visiting an ever popular water hole. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms, outside salas or individual private plunge pools. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is your choice to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects, or simply relax in the Sanctuary Spa. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big five game, either on foot or from an open safari vehicle. The amazing safari experience is complimented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines andthe warmth of true African hospitality. ... more   less 
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