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Simbambili Game Lodge
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Durban, South Africa
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely Wonderful”
Reviewed 3 March 2013

Chose this lodge to celebrate my husbands birthday and what a great choice.
Rooms were beautiful and private with a daybed outside to lounge on after returning from the game drives. Food was great and game viewing excellent with up and personal lion and leopard sightinging on each drive
Staff were wonderful and very attentive
Highly recommended and will definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

I stayed at Simbambili in June of 2012 with a group of girl friends. We had an amazing time, the resort and rooms are beautiful & comfortable. All of our staff went out of the way to make our trip. Nochs was our waitress/butler while on property and she was a joy! We loved seeing her smiling face every morning and sharing stories with her around the fire. Our Ranger Richard and tracker Service put up with a rowdy group of giggling girls with a smile. They are both very knowledgeable and went out of the way to help us experience everything the park had to offer (finally found a Rhino!!!). You can not go wrong with this cozy and friendly place!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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New York, New York
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We had the BEST time at Simambili during our honeymoon! Pierre - our ranger - was amazing! He knew everything about the bush, the animals, and made each drive exciting. He even taught us how to use our DSLR camera so we got the best photo results. We saw this big 5 within the first 2 days of our stay which was awesome, but obviously not expected. I loved the second drives of the day where we would stop to have a snack and enjoy the sunset.

The accommodations were BEAUTIFUL and the food was top notch. The staff made our honeymoon extra special by providing a private meal our last night, complete with a rose petaled bubble bath and champagne. Everyone was kind, lovely, and helpful during our entire stay. It was the HIGHLIGHT of our honeymoon!!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berlin
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

Couldn't recommend this place enough. We were lucky to see two separate leopards during our stay AND a pack of African dogs which is largely unheard of! To top off the amazing safari, Simbambili really does give you a real feel of being on safari whilst enjoying all the luxuries you could possible want. Would love to re-visit this place again sometime soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Our stay at Simbambili Lodge was wonderful - the staff were lovely, th food was home-cooked and delicious - did not know Kudu was so good - and the rooms themselves luxurious, a real treat. We saw elephant up close, mother and baby leopard cavorting in the river bed and hyena - all very exciting.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

We stayed at Simbambili for 3 days as part of our honeymoon trip and it was absolutely amazing. The game was incredible, we saw the big five on the first drive. The leopards were our favorite and we saw them a few times. The facilities are wonderful and quite luxurious while maintaing the bush experience - the devil is in the details and the pay a lot of attention to the finer details. The staff is incredible and took excellent care of us. Alison was a great hostess, our ranger team (Richard and Celebrate) were nothing short of amazing. Nokuthula on the wait staff also took excellent care of us. The team prepared us a nice romantic dinner in our lodge on the second night there - it was a complete surprise returning to the room after our evening game drive - they even drew a bath :).
I also had a massage at the spa - fantsatic. One of the best I have had and I usually get them monthly.
I will happily recommend the lodge to anyone I know travelling to South Africa

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2013 via mobile

Great lodge and unrivalled leopard viewing experience.

Food was very good and they cater well for allergies.

Pierre, our ranger was fantastic and we were often first to leopard sightings thanks to his hard work and the abilities of Service, our tracker.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Simbambili Game Lodge
Address: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1363, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbambili Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simbambili Game Lodge is a highly individualised destination for the discerning traveller located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River, with views over an extensive savannah grassland, that teems with wildlife visiting an ever popular water hole. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms, outside salas or individual private plunge pools. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is your choice to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects, or simply relax in the Sanctuary Spa. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big five game, either on foot or from an open safari vehicle. The amazing safari experience is complimented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines andthe warmth of true African hospitality. ... more   less 
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