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Simbavati River Lodge

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Simbavati River Lodge is set on the banks of the Greater Kruger National Park's Nhlaralumi River in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The Timbavati offers exceptional game viewing including all the Big 5, most notably leopard. A flood-lit waterhole right in front of the lodge is frequently visited by herds of elephants

The lodge has a traditional safari ambience but with a contemporary twist in terms of décor. There are 11 rooms in total including Luxury Safari Tents, Tented Pool Suites and Family Chalets. The main lodge area has a deck with expansive river views, an outside dining area, bar and swimming pool. With its safari spa and fitness center the lodge caters nicely to honeymooners and couples but also appeals to families with its Cubs Club kids center and Family Chalets.

Special offers: Book for 4 nights and only pay for 3 nights. Honeymoon offer: Stay for 3 nights and one partner receives a 40% discount on accommodation. These offers are only valid between 08 January - 31 March and 01 November to 20 December 2024. Terms and conditions apply.

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Expert View

  • Watch elephants drink at the waterhole whilst dining on the deck
  • Exceptional, up-close game viewing, particularly the Big 5
  • Caters for both couples and families
  • Cozy, lantern-lit evening dining under the stars

At a glance

  • 11 Rooms
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • Family Rooms
  • All Inclusive
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We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"Simbavati River Lodge is a 1 hour drive from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, accessible from Johannesburg and Cape Town."

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