Overview

  • 8 luxury tents / 3 luxury chalets
  • Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
  • True african big five safari
  • Award winning & excellent rated

Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars”.

Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Shaded by age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for up to eighteen guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets.

The focus of the lodge is on the excellent Big 5 game viewing, breathtaking views, c in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Located at the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve;
  • Family friendly lodge with kids programs;
  • Big 5 game viewing and birding;
  • Dusk and dawn game drives;
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff;
  • Exceptional viewing on landscape.

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • All standard meals
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Two game drives per day
  • Three excellent meals per day
  • Teas and coffees

Facilities

General

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • View deck
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Library
  • Business Centre
  • Gift shop
  • Kiddies Club
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Internet Access
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Eco Friendly
  • Secure Parking
  • 24-hour Security

Rooms

Luxury Safari Tent

Available: 8 tents Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 2:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

Our eight luxurious safari tents offering king-size or twin-bed options. The en-suite bathroom tent is connected to main tent via a small passage, with an opening to the outdoors that gives you an indoor or private twin shower outdoor shower option.

Enjoy the game-viewing deck overlooking the river or the covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation, alternatively sit back and enjoy the lounge that offers a selection of books and board games or takes a dip in the infinity pool.

Simbavati River Lodge 

Suite features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • En-Suite
  • Shower / Outside Shower
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heater
  • Internet Access
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe
  • Wheelchair accessible

Family Suite

Available: 3 suites Unit Sleeps: 2 adults and 2 children
  • CHECK-IN: From 1:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 10:00 AM

Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five persons, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons.

Simbavati River Lodge 

Suite features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Lounge
  • Balcony / Deck
  • En-Suite
  • Shower / Outside Shower
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heater
  • Internet Access
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe
  • Wheelchair accessible

Activities

The game viewing experience in Timbavati is one of the best in South Africa. The reserve is home to the ‘Big 5’ (lion, leopard, cape buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant).

Timbavati is home to the highest density of lion in the country. The reserve is also frequently traversed by large herds of elephant and buffalo.

The guides and trackers at the lodge are all qualified by and registered with the Field Guides Association of South Africa. As such, they will bring the bush to live with their great interpretation of the sounds, sights, and behaviors that you encounter.

  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Drives
  • Game Viewing
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Fine Dining
  • High Tea

Rates

Low Season

DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
01 Jan 2018 - 31 Oct 2018Luxury Safari TentPer person per night sharing From $412
Family Suite From $412

High Season

DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019Luxury Safari TentPer person per night sharing From $450
Family Suite From $450

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • All standard meals
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Two game drives per day
  • Three excellent meals per day
  • Teas and coffees

Reviews

Based on 495 Reviews

Kruger National Park

“Gaming viewing deluxe”

Rooms were very clean and comfortable with WiFi, tea and coffee station, mini bar plenty USB plugs. Bathrooms had indoor and outdoor showers with top of the range amenities. The game drives were excellent and the guides very knowledgeable. All meals were superb, but what struck me most was the staff attention to the comfort of guests. The first Lodge ever visited where all the staff were smiling and went out of their way to assist with any request. Compliments to the Lodge Manager Elsabe

~ satourist2015 ~ Tzaneen, South Africa
Kruger National Park

“Absolutely outstanding service”

Talk about a trip of a lifetime. I took my dad to South Africa in September and we were fortunate to spend his birthday at Simbavati River Lodge. Our indivdiual accommodations were outstanding. The staff were incredibly attentive, knowledgeable and sweet. We truly felt like royalty. The game drives were equally excellent and each day brought something fresh, new and unexpected. While the overall trip was enjoyable, it was made extremely special by Gladys, Mbong, Caswell and Vusi. Gladys especially went above and beyond by organizing a surprise birthday cake. We spent a fantastic four-day trip here and both my dad and I plan to definitely go back — this time separately. 🙂

~ trinichuck ~ Boston, Massachusetts
Kruger National Park

“A brilliant experience”

Did an all inclusive here and just loved it. The upkeep and room cleaning, preparation, etc all happened while the guests are on safari. Then you get back and its all fresh for you to relax and enjoy Africa. The Butler is there for your food and drink, the spotter to escort you to and from your double-tented accommodation. Loved it!

~ RafikiLondon ~ Hong Kong, China
Kruger National Park

“First family trip to South Africa”

Where do I start? We took our 2 daughters (12 & 15) to Simbavati for 3 nights and had the experience of a lifetime. The setting was stunning, accommodation luxurious, food fantastic & staff brilliant (thank you Obi). Our guide and tracker (Kruger & Hemet) made sure we saw everything- Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, giraffe, zebras. A real adrenalin rush, going through the Bush for sight of one of these magnificent animals.

~ Catriona2701 ~ Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

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