Highlights of Simbavati River Lodge
- 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
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.
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 4×4 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).
2 Bedroom Family Suite - $ 0Simbavati River Lodge has 3 thatched family chalets.
All with 2 bedrooms and en-suite with shower and bath and each chalet has its own private game viewing deck.
Bed configuration differs slightly for each chalet:
Chalet 1 has 2 twin bedded rooms.
Chalet 2 has 1 twin bedded room and 1 triple bedded room.
Chalet 3 has 1 king bedded room and 1 twin bedded room.
Please note: The bathroom leads from one of the bedrooms - not from a central lobby.
Luxury Safari Tent - $ 0Simbavati River Lodge has 8 luxury safari tents.
All are twin bedded with en-suite bathroom and each tent has its own private game viewing deck.
Bathroom configuration differs with either an inside shower and outside bath, or an inside bath and outside shower.