Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge 2018-02-28T14:35:25+00:00

Project Description

Situated in the heart of the renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the 4-Star Simbavati River Lodge rests on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. This intimate, family-friendly lodge is shaded by old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, yet exudes warmth with its contemporary design. Guests find their comfortable home-away-from-home in either luxury tents or comfortable thatched chalets.

Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars”. While the focus here is on “Big Five” game viewing and breathtaking views, the staff expertly creates an environment where guests are made to feel supremely relaxed from the moment they arrive.

You are invited to immerse yourself in 12,000 hectares of rich wilderness and experience pure South Africa in all its glory.

From R5 950
per person per night
  • Local Experts

  • Best Available Rate

  • Personal Concierge


Luxury Safari Tent01 Nov 2017 – 31 Oct 2018on request
Family Chalet01 Nov 2017 – 31 Oct 2018on request
Private vehicle and ranger01 Nov 2017 – 31 Oct 2018on request
Private photographic vehicle and ranger01 Nov 2017 – 31 Oct 2018on request
  • Luxury accommodation
  • All standard meals selected drinks (house wines, local beers and soft drinks)
  • Two game drives per day
  • Game walks are offered subject to availability
  • Complimentary Scheduled Transfers with specific collections (from Hoedspruit Airport) and departure times (from the lodge)
  • All other drinks
  • Baby-sitting
  • Transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy and the vehicle entry fee

Children of all ages are welcome at Simbavati River Lodge.

  • 0 – 3 years: no charge and includes all meals
  • 4 – 11 years: 50% of per person sharing rate when sharing with parents in family chalets
  • 12 years and older sharing with parents in family chalets: 3rd/4th person rate applicable
  • Child sharing with a parent in luxury tents: per person sharing rate applicable
  • Children six years and over are allowed on game drives. Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival.

Detailed Description

Luxury Safari Tents

Eight luxurious safari tents offer generous bush or water views and are spaced adequately to ensure privacy. The modern décor is cool and cozy with beautiful African accents.

  • Twin beds
  • En-suite bathroom with either inside shower and outside bath, or inside bath and outside shower
  • Private viewing deck
  • Laundry service
  • All tents are non-smoking (smoking permitted on the decks)

Family Chalets

There are three family chalets available. Traditional thatched roofs cover cozy interiors and each chalet has two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five persons, whilst the other two can accommodate four persons.

  • En-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower
  • Private viewing deck
  • Laundry service
  • All chalets are non-smoking (smoking permitted on the decks)


Simbavati River Lodge is a nature-lover’s heaven on earth. Designed to blend beautifully with the bushveld, guests are immersed in comfort and convenience at every turn.

  • Game viewing deck overlooking the river
  • Swimming pool
  • Curio shop
  • Lounge
  • Bar offering a wide selection of fine South African wines
  • Dining on the viewing deck or in the open-air boma
  • Informal meeting room/activity room
  • Wi-Fi connectivity in the reception, lounge and deck area (but very little cell phone reception)
  • Wheelchair friendly

Safari Spa

Indulge in traditional African massage with a highly skilled therapist, who will use signature treatments to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

A La Carte Dining

Guests enjoy the daily a la carte menu that features many incredible African flavours, as well as a variety of conventional options. Early morning tea and coffee is followed by a mid-morning brunch and then a light lunch just before the afternoon game drive. After sipping on sundowners while the sun sinks below the horizon, a festive dinner is either served on the deck, or around a crackling fire in the open-air boma (weather permitting).

Simbavati’s chefs are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements with notification at time of your booking.


There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park, which allows for the free movement of the animals within more than 20,000 square kilometers of wilderness. As such, the lodge offers game activities that take advantage of the time of day when animals are most active. Nocturnal creatures – including the big cats – are regular sightings at night. Currently over 40 mammal species are listed as resident in the Timbavati, including the “Big Five” – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant, as well as the endangered wild dog and cheetah. There is also an abundance of birdlife to be sighted.

  • Early morning game drive
  • Afternoon/evening game drive, which includes a sundowner break
  • Prearranged evening bush walk
  • Children are catered for with an activity plan to increase their wildlife knowledge and there is a large selection of interesting books at their disposal.

Photographic Safaris

Unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry is Simbavati’s specialized photographic game drive vehicle. A professional photographer will ensure that you benefit from one-on-one instruction on everything from how to achieve the best position for the ultimate wildlife shot to professional tips on image editing.

These signature safaris have set departure dates so please enquire and note that you can bring your own equipment, but some items are available for hire at the lodge.