Simbavati River Lodge

CEDARBERG RATING

Premier

PRICING FROM

$ 491 (Pps)

Overview

  • Simbavati River Lodge is one of the few tented camps in the Greater Kruger
  • Superb game-viewing in the Timbavati Game Reserve
  • Warm friendly ambience
  • Accepts children of all ages with spacious family suites and a Kids centre
  • Choice of tented rooms or chalet accommodation
  •  Well-priced

Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The Timbavati is part of the Greater Kruger Park. Shaded by age old Jackalberry and Weeping Boerbean Trees, the lodge comprises three thatched chalets (each with two bedrooms) and four luxury tented rooms all with en-suite facilities. Tents and chalets are comfortably furnished with eco-friendly air conditioning or fans. Each has a well appointed en suite bathroom with indoor bath and outdoor shower (or outdoor bath and indoor shower in the case of two tents).

Simbavati River Lodge also offers a spacious lounge, bar, dining area on the deck and an expansive deck with breathtaking views over the river. There's a small plunge pool for relaxing during the heat of the day. Brunch is served outside on the wooden deck and combine African and Western cuisine (with exciting new tastes for the more adventurous as well as more conventional options). High tea is served just before the afternoon game drive whilst dinner is a festive event served around the campfire in the open-air boma, or on the deck overlooking the river.

Game viewing

Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4x4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the finest big game country. With lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo thriving alongside giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird watching is wonderful, with various eagles, owls, francolins, kingfishers, rollers and weavers among the over 300 recorded species.

Family Safaris at Simbavati River Lodge

River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can take three children sharing with two parents, the other chalets can take two children. Typically children 6 years and over can join their parents on game drives. However families with younger children can request a private land-rover and guide (at an additional cost). One child can sometimes share with parents in the tents on request.

They have a Kids centre with a dedicated carer where kids can enjoy various activities from cupcake decorating, bug/treasure hunting, making animal face masks, colouring in, board games, wildlife DVDs and scrap booking, amongst other activities.

The Greater Kruger is a seasonal malarial area (Lower risk in the dry winter months of May to August).

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Rooms

2 Bedroom Family Chalet

Ideal for families with children. The family chalets include a master bedroom, a twin bedroom as well as a private viewing deck. One of the family chalets can accommodate five persons, while the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons.

Details: King-sized bed and twin beds, air-conditioning, seating area, minibar, desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee facilities, en suite bathroom with shower, separate toilet, outside terrace and viewing deck.

 

Luxury Safari Tent

Our luxurious tented accommodation provides generous bush or water views
from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart as to preserve privacy, and they have all the amenities that ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.

Details: King-sized bed or twin beds, air-conditioning, seating area, minibar, desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee facilities, en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, separate toilet, outside terrace and viewing deck.

 

Tented Pool Suite

The two luxury glass-fronted, tented Pool suites feature the same décor and facilities as the Luxury suites, uniquely including a private plunge pool and views of savanna bush thickets.

Details: King-sized bed or twin beds, plunge pool, air-conditioning, seating area, minibar, desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee facilities, en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, separate toilet, outside terrace and viewing deck.

 

Surprise bush dinner

"Simbavati, wonderful on all counts, lovely surprise bush dinner"

Special offers

Combo Offer

Stay 5 nights, pay for only 4 - when you book 2 nights at any 2 Simbavati Safari Lodges, you get a complimentary extra night

Stay 5 nights, pay for only 4 - when you book 2 nights at any 2 Simbavati Safari Lodges, you get a complimentary extra night at the cheapest stay lodge. This includes all lodges: Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, Simbavati River Lodge, Simbavati Trails Camp, Simbavati Camp George and Simbavati Amani.

Excludes: Festive Season, Easter and selected long weekends.

Terms & Conditions: Not combinable with other Simbavati offers

VALID FROM 15/11/2020
VALID UNTIL 31/10/2022

Includes

Full Board & 2 Game drives per day

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages

Malaria Rating

Low risk and/or seasonal malaria

Good For

Big 5, Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine

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