Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the seasonal Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Game Reserve.
The focus is on the excellent Big 5 game viewing, breathtaking views, friendly and knowledgeable staff in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.
Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities.
Enjoy sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe, monkey to name a few. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, buzzards and owls.
Accommodation consists of 8 luxury en-suite safari tents and 3 thatched family chalets. The tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. The tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure complete privacy. There are also 2 tented pool suites, whose glass doors and windows open onto wooden decks and a private plunge pool.
Main guest 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. During the mid-day heat, recline in a sun lounger or take a dip in the swimming pool.
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 Timbavati Conservation Levy (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP 19 USD 25 ZAR 368 EUR 23
per person per night
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
GBP 21 USD 27 ZAR 400 EUR 25
per person per night
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All meals; Timbavati Conservation Levy; return shared Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport transfers at set times (on request and must be prebooked); 2 daily shared safari game drives (dawn and dusk in open 4x4 safari vehicles); and a sundowner drink are included. FROM 2020: Selected drinks (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks) and tea/coffee will also be included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors and visitors taking advantage of the complimentary transfers, there is a vehicle entrance fee of R160 per vehicle (increasing to R190 per vehicle from 01 January 2020 and subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (best to have the cash ready in hand - or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children aged 6 years and older are allowed on game drives. Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival (cost on request).
Children aged 6 years and older are allowed on game drives. Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival (cost on request).
There is a children’s activity room with a selection of toys/board games. Children will receive an activity booklet on arrival (coloured pencils available to use at reception).
Children under the age of 13 will be taken to look at tracks and signs in the bush by a tracker after breakfast.
There are also board games and books available in the lounge area.
Baby-sitting during the game drives/evening meals is possible by prior arrangement and at an additional cost. This needs to be pre-booked.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Simbavati River Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.
A Classic Adventure
Simbavati River Lodge
Timbavati Game Reserve
Ibhayi Town Lodge
The Rex Hotel
The Garden Route
Klein Oliphants Hoek
The Cape Winelands
Destination: South Africa.
This 14 night trip has all the ingredients of a classic South Africa adventure. Sip sundowners on evening safaris as the sun sinks over Kruger National Park, enjoy magnificent views of the Franschhoek mountains and blue lagoons, watch whales frolic in the bay, and end your trip in a hotel at Cape Town’s fabulous V&A Waterfront which offers a rich piece of history balanced with modern-day comfort.
This is a 14 night itinerary including Timbavati Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, The Garden Route, Hermanus, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.
Wake up to the sounds of the bush and then the sounds of the ocean on this 9 night holiday, combining an adventurous Big 5 safari in the Timbavati Game Reserve with a stay on the tropical island of Mahé.
This is a 9 night itinerary including Timbavati Game Reserve, Johannesburg and Mahe.
*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.
Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 9 ratings
Simbavati River Lodge has a touch of luxury, with immaculate accommodation, spa, personal waiters and again, beautiful surroundings.
Thank you so much for organising our holiday to Simbavati and Cape Town. We had a wonderful time and found it very hard to leave Kruger behind, having seen all the Big 5 and so much more besides, including giraffes, zebras, impalas etc., Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable.
The whole trip was organised perfectly, including the various pick-ups and worked like clockwork! We even managed to fit in an extra on the last morning - a visit to Robben Island, which was a real eye opener.
I just wanted to say that it was amazing! I have been an safari several times before (not my wife) and thought it was the best by far. Everyone was great at the lodge and the guide and tracker were wonderful..... We got a nice bottle of sparkling wine for our belated birthdays and would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks for all your help in sorting this great experience.
Simbavati was exceptional in every area.
Simbavati River Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Once past Klaserie, continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate.
From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate.
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 see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.
ONCE AT THE TIMBAVATI CONTROL GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle payable at the gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only, increasing to R190 from 01 January 2020 and 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 through the reserve.
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.
If you are using a GPS to get to Simbavati, please use the GPS Co-ordinates: S 24° 12’ 20.2” E 31° 19’ 24.2”. Do NOT type in Simbavati River Lodge into your GPS. The GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you through Kruger National Park which is not the correct direction. Please note you cannot access the Lodge through Kruger Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions above.
Very important: If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let the lodge know as soon as possible on +27 (0) 15 793 9051/3.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, a safe and a mini bar. In addition, the tented pool suites have a private plunge pool and deck, and two outdoor showers.
A laundry service is offered - additional cost.
There is a swimming pool, a bar, a library, a spa, and a curio shop in which to buy any necessities forgotten at home, or an African memento to remind you of your visit to Simbavati River Lodge. Credit card facilities are available.
Internet access is available.
The lodge offers scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Please note that you will be sharing with other guests coming to the lodge. If you are planning to drop a rental car at Hoedspruit Airport, please ensure that you arrive well before the flight arrival time as unfortunately the transfer vehicle cannot wait for late arrivals. The transfer time is approximately one hour.
Scheduled collection times from Hoedspruit are 11:20 and 13:20. Scheduled departure times from Simbavati are 09:30, 10:30 and 11:00. If you are arriving at a different time, then a private transfer can be arranged.
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