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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you Simbavati and all the fabulous staff for a trip of the life time. Clement, Tabo, Melody, Jeffrey, Kruger, Stephan were all friendly and made things enjoyable. We were very impressed by the cleanliness and he ambience of the place. The rangers and the trackers were knowledgeable and the servos staff were outstanding. Thank you. Can't add much more..

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

It was our pleasure to treat you to a trip of a life time. We will pass on your compliments to all of our staff, they will be thrilled to hear that they provided you with outstanding service. We hope you will come back and visit again! Thank you for the review. Regards Nadine

Kloof, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment you arrive at simbavati you are made to feel so welcome and comfortable. The staff are professional and friendly and will go out of their way to ensure you are happy and have everything you need. To say they would go the extra mile would be an understatement. We witnessed staff members dealing with an extremely unreasonable,...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear vdunstone1 Thank you for the lovely review and the kind words. It was our pleasure having you stay a our lodge and treating you to a memorable safari experience. We work hard to provide our guests with the best service in everything that we do and it is great to hear when guests appreciate what we do. I will...

Ingolstadt, Germany
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the place to be if you are longing for a warm welcome, great service (thx Obedience!), special nights in the comfy luxury safari tent and of course the best game drives (we were driving with Clemend and Caswell who were amazing and showed us literally every animal including the Big 5 living in the reserve). We would love...

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Simbavati, Online Marng Managerketi at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear RikeHa We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience at our lodge and that you got to see the "Big 5" We will pass on your compliments to the various staff, they love getting the feedback regarding their service. We hope you will come back and visit us again. Thanks for the review, it is greatly...

Haderslev, Denmark
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited River Lodge along with family - 13 people with both grown ups and kids. We had a highly enjoyable time and felt at home from the beginning. All in all we find the lodge and the housing to be very luxurious, comfortable and with an extreme nice staff. Everyone made sure that the kids had fun and that...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear PeterHolmboe Thank you for your review it is greatly appreciated. We are so happy to hear that you and your family had an enjoyable stay at our lodge. South Africa is the best and we are glad we could show case it to your family and we hope you will come back and visit again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Sydney
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We really enjoyed our two days here before moving up the hill to Hill Top Lodge for a further two days. Hill Top is a little more up market but River Lodge couldn't be faulted. The accommodation overlooking the river bed was first rate, the food very good, the game drives exciting with Shaddy and Nicholas trying their best to...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear SydneyBirdie Thank you for writing a review for both of our lodges. We are glad you got to experience both of them and that you found the service and lodges both enjoyable. We also appreciate your recommendation and we look forward to your next visit. Keep well, regards Nadine

Bargstedt, Germany
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Very luxurious lodge with extreme nice staff. This is the place to be, when you travel to a game lodg. Food is excellent. All very comfortable and you feel so welcome. Go there, when you want a real Sout African bush experience.

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear drcoelle Thank you for the huge compliment! "Go there, when you want a real South African bush experience." We love this! We work so hard to provide our guests with an unforgettable bush experience and you have confirmed that we have gotten it right! Your review is appreciated and we hope you will come back and visit us again....

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We are a family of 5 - my wife, kids (8, 10 and 12) and me. The Lodge - the lodge was great and the food was nice. We had two fussy eaters, and the chefs made sure they were looked after. Its great value for money, though not the high luxury compared to some of the Sabi Sands lodges....

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Dale G Thank you for bringing your family to our lodge. We are thrilled they had a great time especially the kids. Hopefully their stay will turn them into future game rangers? Your game drives sound stunning, wish I was their to view them with you. We will pass on your compliments to the team - they will love...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 11 October 2016

At least once a year my wife and i like to get away from it all and go to the Kruger Park whether it be in the government side or the private reserves. This time we decided to get the bigger wallet out and go private. We have not been to Timbavati before and decided on Simbavati river reserve. After...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear jerryban Thank you for your detailed review it is greatly appreciated. I am sorry you felt that our lodge did not meet your expectations. The Nharalumi river in front of the lodge is a seasonal river and mainly flows in the rainy season. It is unfortunate that South Africa is experiencing a drought at the moment so everything is...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were two parents and a teenage child who spent 3 nights at the River Lodge. Our stay was fantastic and exceeded our expectations by far. Accomodation was very nice in a hut with two separate double rooms and balcony overlooking the now dried out river and all the animal life passing by. Food and service was excellent and very...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear bgjestvang Thank you for recommending our lodge, we really appreciate it! We are glad to hear that your family had an enjoyable stay with us, that you love your accommodation, food and our service and your game drives. You all had some pretty amazing sightings. We hope you will come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Kiryat Ono, Israel
Reviewed 9 October 2016

My wife and I spent 5 days at the Simbavati river lodge on the first week of October 2016, and we had a really amazing stay there which exceeded even what we hoped to have. I'll start with the entire staff being very kind, honestly willing to do everything for the guests pleasure and always with a smile. This starts...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear amitliber We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing photography safari with us. Hopefully your wife enjoyed it as much as you? We would love to see the photos that you took. We are happy to hear that we exceeded your expectations, it was our pleasure to give you an unforgettable safari. Thank you for the detailed...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Simbavati River Lodge is situated in the northern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and surrounded by 12 000 hectares of wildlife and rich wilderness in which you can experience an authentic and affordable African safari.The design of this 4-star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common 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.Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Simbavati River Lodge

Address: Northern Sector of the Timbavati, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: £449 - £716 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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Simbavati River Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Simbavati River Lodge South Africa/Kruger National Park
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“Rooms overlooking the river are best”
 of 5 bubbles SydneyBirdie, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The tents and rooms are both good. Ones with view over river or waterhole would be better.”
 of 5 bubbles 17daleg, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“ask for a tent overlooking the river bed or you will have no view.”
 of 5 bubbles jerryban, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Try staying in one of the tent huts (airconditioned) if you don't mind the nightly sounds of animals moving right up to your hut.”
 of 5 bubbles bgjestvang, 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get a room with a view to the river”
 of 5 bubbles amitliber, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
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