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Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Loge is an intimate and hospitable camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Shaded by ancient Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a contemporary design, and accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets.

Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, and means “the place where the lions come down from the stars” – a reference to the magnificent, world-famous white lions found in Timbavati.

Accommodation

Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities.

Luxury Tent Accommodation
The luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.

  • Twin bed configuration
  • En-suite bathroom with bath/shower and double vanity basin
  • Air conditioning
  • Complimentary toiletries provided
  • Outside shower/bath
  • Wardrobe with coat hangers
  • Private viewing deck
  • 2 point plug converters
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee and Tea station

Family Chalet Accommodation

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.

  • Double, twin and/or triple bed configuration
  • En-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower
  • Wardrobe with coat hangers
  • Double vanity basin (complimentary toiletries provided)
  • Private viewing deck
  • Air conditioning and 2 point plug converters
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee and Tea station

Location

Simbavati River Lodge is situated in the northern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which was previously known as Gomo Gomo. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a rich wildlife concession that borders on the western side of the Kruger National Park, forming a unique combination of public and private land called “The Greater Kruger Park”. There are no fences between the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and The Kruger National Park allowing free movement of wildlife between the two Reserves.

 

Facilies

  • 8 Luxury en-suite safari tents
  • 3 Thatched en-suite family chalets
  • Spa with 2 treatment rooms
  • Lounge with a selection of books and games
  • Curio shop
  • Bar
  • Game viewing deck overlooking the river
  • Dining on the viewing deck
  • Open air boma
  • Informal meeting room/activity room
  • Swimming pool
  • Wi-Fi in reception, lounge & deck (but very little cell phone reception)
  • Wheel chair friendly

Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Loge is an intimate and hospitable camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Shaded by ancient Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a contemporary design, and accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets.

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Rates

Click here to view Simbavati’s rates – valid until 31 October 2016.

Fact File

  • Simbavati River Lodge is family friendly. Children of all ages welcome (please refer to our child policy).
  • Groups are welcome with an exclusive use lodge rate on offer.
  • Photographic safaris offered with a specialised photographic vehicle.
  • Filtered water is provided on game drives, in the rooms and at the lodge at no additional cost.
  • Low risk malaria area.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Laundry service available.
  • No bush walks are possible.
  • Credit card facilities available.
  • Wheel chair friendly.

Why we LOVE it

  1. The Timbavati Game Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of the Timbavati carry the recessive gene “chinchillia’ that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Just recently, two white lions were born into resident prides, and lucky guests have a good chance of seeing these cubs whist visiting Simbavati.
  2. Children are catered for with an activity plan or increase their wildlife knowledge with a large selection of books at their disposal.
  3. The focus of the lodge 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.
  4. Children of all ages welcome at Simbavati River Lodge. At the ranger’s discretion, younger children will be allowed to join their parents on game drives and exclusive use of game vehicles can be arranged.

FAQ's

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Simbavati Spa

The Spa, NOW OPEN offers guests at both River Lodge and Hilltop Lodge some exciting treatment options to choose from. Click here to see the treatments offered.

SIMBAVATI PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS

Unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry is our specialized photographic game drive vehicle – based in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the Northern region of the Kruger National Park. With no fences between the two reserves the animals move freely within more than 20 000 square kilometers of wilderness area.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is renowned for its great wildlife sightings some of which are the endangered white lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and many, many more – combined with our photographic vehicle, a professional wildlife photographer and Simbavati River Lodge – it promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Our professional photographer will ensure that you benefit from one on one instruction on everything from how to achieve the best position for the ultimate wildlife shot to professional tips on image editing, including both a pre-game drive and post-drive briefing.

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Families

Simbavati River Loge is an intimate and hospitable camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, and means “the place where the lions come down from the stars” – a reference to the magnificent, world-famous white lions found in Timbavati.

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.

Chalet 1: 2 Twin bedded rooms.

Chalet 2: 1 Twin bedded room and 1 triple bedded room.

Chalet 3: 1 King bedded room and 1 twin bedded room.

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. Board games and books available in the lounge area.

Children 6 years & over are allowed on Game Drives. Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival.

Baby-sitting during the game drives/evening meals is possible by prior arrangement and at an additional cost (R45 per hour). This needs to be pre-booked.

Conference and Events

Simbavati River Lodge is situated in a low risk malaria area in the northern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. It is surrounded by 12 000 hectares of wildlife and rich wilderness in which you can experience an authentic and affordable African safari.

This intimate camp is built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River – a beautiful watercourse in the summer months when rain is plentiful, and a dry riverbed in the drier winter months. Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities.

Groups are welcome with an exclusive use lodge rate on offer. An informal meeting room/activity room is available. Wi-Fi in reception, lounge & deck (but very little cell phone reception).

The focus of the lodge 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.

Spa

The spa, with two treatment rooms, offers traditional African massage using the Africology range of products.  

Click here to view the treatment offering.

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