Simbambili Game Lodge is situated in the northern section of the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge is set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River with views over extensive savanna grassland that teems with wildlife.
The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. Depart in an open Land Cruiser with experienced rangers and trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. After a delicious breakfast is served either at camp or in the bush, guest will have the opportunity to go on a bush walk. Accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker, bush walks offer guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures that often go unseen as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region, and to follow tracks in more detail. The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big game, on foot or on an open vehicle safari. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds.
Nestled inconspicuously among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees lie 7 individually hand crafted suites sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over the dry riverbed as well as the Sabi bushveld and its incredibly diverse bird and animal life. from the unique en-suite bathrooms and private viewing decks. They also have individual private plunge pools.
The Honeymoon Suite is positioned to afford guests utter privacy, and also offers an indoor lounge area in addition to a private plunge pool and daybed. There is also one superior Waterhole Suite, which has its own private lounge area offering extensive views of the waterhole.
Guests at Simbambili Game Lodge also can use the spa, offering the latest beauty treatments and the added novelty of massages with a view over the rolling plains.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Sabi Sand Guest Contribution (R395 pp per stay)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022
GBP 22 USD 28 ZAR 395 EUR 25
R395 pp per stay
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Tourism Bed Levy ZAR 14 (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP 1 USD 1 ZAR 14 EUR 1
per person per night
Dawn and dusk shared safari game drives in open safari vehicles; bushveld walks; all meals, tea/coffee, snacks and local drinks; the Guest Contribution/Conservation Levy and the Tourism Bed levy fee are included.
PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee (increasing to R140 per person entry and R310 per vehicle entry from 01 Jan 2020), payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Children aged 16 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on bush walks.
Starting with a safari in Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger, often considered the best place to see wildlife in South Africa, you’ll stay in a thatched chalet with river views, setting off at first light to track lion and leopard through the trees and bushveld. Then its off to an adult-only luxury hotel in Mauritius, on the island's north coast.
This is a 11 night itinerary including Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Johannesburg and Mauritius.
Based on 5 Star Accommodation:
3 Nights at Simbambili Game Lodge
1 Night at InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport
You’ll track the Big 5 through the bush on open Land Rovers, returning to your exquisite suite offering spectacular views from your private sala or plunge pool. Then its off to the Bazaruto Archipelago, where the sun-kissed sandy shores of the island give way to the bright turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
This is a 10 night itinerary including Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Bazaruto Archipelago.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Simbambili Game Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Take the R40 from Hazyview towards Bushbuckridge. Continue on this road for approximately 68 km from Hazyview (passing Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek), then turn right onto the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.
From Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit: Take the R40 towards Bushbuckridge, and continue along this road for 2 km until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 on your left, then follow the directions as below once on the R531.
Directions once on the R531: Continue straight for 30 km. Once you have passed the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a gravel road. Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park via the Orpen Gate and travel along the R531 towards the R40. About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a gravel road to your left. Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too far). Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
ONCE AT THE GOWRIE GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee (increasing to R140 per person entry and R310 per vehicle entry from 01 Jan 2020), payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.
Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please DO NOT follow your GPS 'quickest route' co-ordinates for the lodge. This route inevitably leads guests through the incorrect entry gates (Kruger National Park and into the Sabi Sand Reserve) which do not service the lodge. Furthermore, many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or un-necessary delays of up to 3 hours.
General Information For Guests
All suites have a private plunge pool, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, hair dryer, room safe, telephone, mosquito nets, indoor and outdoor showers, private sala, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini bar.
The lodge also has a curio shop, internet access, library, gym and health spa.
There is complimentary Wi-FI available throughout the lodge, including the suites. There is also mobile phone service.
A laundry services is available (additional cost).
All major credit cards are accepted at the lodge.
After breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.
A Guest Conservation Contribution/Conservation Levy has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.
If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the airstrip.
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on bush walks. The final decision on whether a guest can join a bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.
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