Simbavati River Lodge

hoedspruit, south africa

From $445/night
  • air conditioning
  • airport transfers
  • babysitting
  • bar / lounge
  • bath products
  • bedding
  • bedside lighting
  • concierge
  • electricity
  • fire extinguisher
  • front desk
  • hair dryer
  • housekeeping
  • mini bar
  • mosquito nets
  • patio / deck
  • restaurant
  • robes
  • running water
  • safe - in room
  • security
  • shower
  • shuttle service
  • slippers / in-room shoes
  • spa
  • towels
  • turndown service
  • wheelchair access
  • all-inclusive
  • bird watching
  • game drives
  • massage
  • photography
  • safari tours
  • wildlife observing
  • All-inclusve

*Rate excludes alcoholic beverages.

  • Check-in

    2:00 PM

  • Check-out

    11:00 AM

  • Taxes

    VAT 15%, Included.

  • Gift Cards

    Not available at this property.

  • Included in the Rates

    Accommodation, all standard meals, two game drives per day and a sundowner drink.

  • Gratuity

    Not included, but appreciated.

  • Other Fees

    Conservation Levy & Vehicle Entrance Fee.

  • Parking

    Included on-site.

  • Cellular Signal

    Limited

  • Wi-Fi Signal

    Strong

  • Minimum Age for Children

    None

  • Additional Guests

    A surcharge is applicable for if 2 pax book family chalet.

  • Suggested items to bring with you

    Personal Items

  • Reservation and Cancellation Policy

    1. All cancellations must be provided in writing.

    2. Cancellation policy per booking:

    2.1. If cancelled up to 61 days prior to arrival, a 10% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

    2.2. If cancelled 31 to 60 days prior to arrival, a 25% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

    2.3. If cancelled 15 to 30 days prior to arrival, a 75% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

    2.4. If cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival, a 100% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

    3. Cancellations of 4 rooms and more, group cancellation policy will apply.

    4. Guaranteed reservations will be held for the first night only, after which the accommodation will be released.

  • Pet Policy

    Pets are not allowed at this property.

How Do I Get There?

Simbavati River Lodge is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.

Do not type in Simbavati River Lodge into your GPS.
The GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you through Kruger National Park which is not the correct direction.

Please note you cannot access the Lodge through Kruger Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions below.

Follow the tar road from the Eastgate Airport/Timbavati turn-off for 44 km straight to the Simbavati turn-off. Turn right onto the dirt road and follow the lion footprints for approximately 6.4 km to the lodge. On the tar road you will go through 2 control gates. At the second gate you enter the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve where you will pay a Vehicle Entrance Fee per vehicle. Keep your permit, as the Lodge will issue you with an exit permit when you return again.

Very important:
Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon/evening game drive and lunch, which they do not serve later than 16h00.

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Simbavati River Lodge offers an exclusive and authentic African Big 5 Safari experience over an extensive tract of pristine wilderness in the well-known Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, home to the famous white lions. Set amongst a truly unique landscape with magnificent views over the Nhlaralumi River where the surrounding wilderness can be appreciated sipping exotic cocktails, enjoying authentic cuisine or simply relaxing to the sounds of the African Bush.

This intimate, family-friendly lodge boasts contemporary luxury accommodation all privately situated and comfortably furnished. Awaken to sights and sounds of the surrounding bush and wildlife, while staying in one of the 8 luxury safari tents or 3 spacious family suites, elegantly decorated with sophisticated finishes. All the tents and suites provide en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, eco-friendly amenities as well as a private deck for game-viewing and sipping drinks enjoying the bushveld sunsets.

The lodge offers Big 5 safari game drives in the early morning and evening for exceptional game viewing when the animals are most active. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats are regular sightings at night. Simbavati also offers specialized photographic game drives.

The focus of the lodge is on the excellent big-5 game viewing, breathtaking views, friendly and knowledgeable staff in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.

Simbavati River Lodge

Glamping Types

  • Villas
  • Tents

Great For

  • couples
  • disability access
  • families
  • honeymoon
  • small children
  • solo travelers

Setting

  • eco-reserve
  • luxury
  • safari

Total Accommodations

  • 11

Minimum Night Stay

  • 2

Rates Based On

  • Per person on double occupancy

Best time to visit

Open: Year-round

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
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Accommodations

  • Family Chalets

    From $440/night
    01
    03
  • Luxury Tents

    From $440/night
    01
    03
  • Amenities
    • air conditioning
    • airport transfers
    • babysitting
    • bar / lounge
    • bath products
    • bedding
    • bedside lighting
    • concierge
    • electricity
    • fire extinguisher
    • front desk
    • hair dryer
    • housekeeping
    • mini bar
    • mosquito nets
    • patio / deck
    • restaurant
    • robes
    • running water
    • safe - in room
    • security
    • shower
    • shuttle service
    • slippers / in-room shoes
    • spa
    • towels
    • turndown service
    • wheelchair access
  • Experiences
    • all-inclusive
    • bird watching
    • game drives
    • massage
    • photography
    • safari tours
    • wildlife observing
  • Dining Options
    • All-inclusve

    *Rate excludes alcoholic beverages.

  • Policies
    • Check-in

      2:00 PM

    • Check-out

      11:00 AM

    • Taxes

      VAT 15%, Included.

    • Gift Cards

      Not available at this property.

    • Included in the Rates

      Accommodation, all standard meals, two game drives per day and a sundowner drink.

    • Gratuity

      Not included, but appreciated.

    • Other Fees

      Conservation Levy & Vehicle Entrance Fee.

    • Parking

      Included on-site.

    • Cellular Signal

      Limited

    • Wi-Fi Signal

      Strong

    • Minimum Age for Children

      None

    • Additional Guests

      A surcharge is applicable for if 2 pax book family chalet.

    • Suggested items to bring with you

      Personal Items

    • Reservation and Cancellation Policy

      1. All cancellations must be provided in writing.

      2. Cancellation policy per booking:

      2.1. If cancelled up to 61 days prior to arrival, a 10% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

      2.2. If cancelled 31 to 60 days prior to arrival, a 25% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

      2.3. If cancelled 15 to 30 days prior to arrival, a 75% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

      2.4. If cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival, a 100% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.

      3. Cancellations of 4 rooms and more, group cancellation policy will apply.

      4. Guaranteed reservations will be held for the first night only, after which the accommodation will be released.

    • Pet Policy

      Pets are not allowed at this property.

  • Location

    How Do I Get There?

    Simbavati River Lodge is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.

    Do not type in Simbavati River Lodge into your GPS.
    The GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you through Kruger National Park which is not the correct direction.

    Please note you cannot access the Lodge through Kruger Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions below.

    Follow the tar road from the Eastgate Airport/Timbavati turn-off for 44 km straight to the Simbavati turn-off. Turn right onto the dirt road and follow the lion footprints for approximately 6.4 km to the lodge. On the tar road you will go through 2 control gates. At the second gate you enter the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve where you will pay a Vehicle Entrance Fee per vehicle. Keep your permit, as the Lodge will issue you with an exit permit when you return again.

    Very important:
    Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon/evening game drive and lunch, which they do not serve later than 16h00.

    View Google Maps

Inside Scoop

  • Breakfast and lunch are served daily outside on the wooden deck, set out under age-old Jackal berry and Leadwood trees, combining African and Western cuisine offering exciting new tastes for the more adventurous as well as for the more conventional preferences. A traditional dinner is served around the campfire in an open-air "Boma", an experience not to be missed.