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“Just amazing...” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Simbavati River Lodge
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86 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Just amazing...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Such a beautiful lodge and a very friendly, helpful staff. Our room (Elephant) was stunning, luxurious and with an amazing view. We really enjoyed the gamedrives and are blessed to have seen the Big Five from up close! Our kids have also enjoyed themselves perfectly. The food and drinks was everything one could wish for. Hope to return one day! Kind regards from the Netherlands.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Janelyv
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Dear Janely

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us.

We are glad to hear that you and your family had an awesome holiday and that you got to see the Big 5.

We too hope that you can come and visit us again.

Keep well, kind regards Nadine
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

My daughter, Karin and I had the opportunity to go away on a short stay before she started her new permanent work. The friendliness and coming to assist us with our luggage when we arrived, quite exhausted after a six and a half hours drive from Jhb was touching. We had v ery good game drives with Diff, the head guide and Nicholas, the tracker,who are very knowledgable on facts about nature and animals and we also had great game viewing experience with Moshe, especially when the hyena came walking non-challantly towards us on the tar road when we were having our Sundowner drinks! We were able to see four of the Big5 on our game viewing and lucky enough to see a buffalo on our way out when we left the lodge on our day of departure. We also saw wild dogs within ten minutes of our first game drive on the very first day, which is very rare. Our luxury tented room was also very special and the experience of the wild animals being so close to camp at night. The meals were fantastic and compliments to the chefs once again. We want to thank you once again for hosting us and making our experience memorable. Wishing Elmarie, Charlie, Andrea and all the staff at Simbavati the very best and hope to see you again one day. Keep it up!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Rosemarie V
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Dear Rosemarie

Thank you for the beautiful review.

We are so glad that we were able to "wow" you with our lodge, our service, our food, and our game drives.

Thank you for your compliments we will pass them on to all the staff at the lodge.

We hope that you can come back and visit us again.

Keep welll, kind regards Nadine
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Manchester, New Hampshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Great stay lots of sightings. The river overflowed and had some challenge getting out but the staff were super! Our guide was awesome!!!!!! The food was Great!If you want a safari with great animal Viewing and great value come here!!!Lelanie was super helpful reserving a room for us and changing our flight. Awesome stay.Ourgude Moshe was the best and Nicholas our tracker was also great.
Marcia Melanson

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank mmelan
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Dear Mmelan

Thank you for writing a review. We were happy to have you stay with us.

We will pass on your compliments to the staff.

Keep well and please come and visit us again.

Kind regards, Nadine
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Delray Beach, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

What a great camp!! I can't say enough about how much we all enjoyed the facility, but particularly the management and staff. Everyone was helpful, professional, and friendly; we really felt "at home". The drives were exciting and fun; the variety and quantity of wildlife amazing. I sincerely hope we can return.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank bls-fla
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Dear bls-fla

Thank you for your review filled with compliments. We truly do appreciate them and the feedback.

We are glad that we could be part of your safari experience and we also hope that you will come back and visit us again.

Kind regards, Nadine
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New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

I enjoyed a wonderul stay at Simbavati in mid Feb. 2014. The game drives were excellent, seeing the Big 5 fairly quickly. The staff are overly accomodating for special dietary needs. The lodges are very rustic and in the bush so be prepared for hippos and hyenas right outside at night. Thank you Brett from "Safaris for Me" for arranging and suggesting this lodge and thank you to the entire Simbavati staff for everything that they did to provide me with a wonderful stay and trip. I will cherish these memories for a long time.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Abe Z
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Dear Abe Z

Thank you for a great review.

We are glad that you had a great safari and that our staff and the animals, especially the Big 5 provided you with memories that will last you a lifetime.

Please come and visit us again.

Kind regards, Nadine
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Dresden, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing. Two game drives every day, incredible how close you get to the animals. Luxury accomodation, friendly staff, delicious food. If you don't have a plan how to visit Kruger Park, this is a good start.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stefan20014
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Dear Stefan20014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our lodge and service.

We appreciate the compliments and thank you for the recommendation.

Please do come back and visit us again.

Kind regards, Nadine
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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

The food was excellent, the people working there were very friendly, the accomodations were very comfortable and had a lovely view. Our guide was
knowledgeable and all is all it was a wonderful experience staying there. We
even had air-conditioning in our large walk-in tent.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lisa M
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati River Lodge, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Dear Lisa M

Thank you for your review it is greatly appreciated.

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and our hospitality.

We hope you will come back and visit us again soon.

Regards Nadine
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Property: 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Simbavati River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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