South African Lodges
Address
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Greater Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
Big Five
R7470.00SINGLE RATE
FOR TODAY

The Simbavati River Lodge lies in the northern part of the wildlife-rich Timbavati, approximately a 5 and half hours drive from Johannesburg Airport and an hour and a half drive away from the Eastgate Regional Airport in Hoedspruit. The Lodge is an intimate and family welcoming camp built on the banks of the seasonal Nhlaralumi River. The lodge offers a memorable safari experience whereby guests may feel at home. The lounge area is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable couch with a book or doze off on an afternoon nap. During the mid-day heat, take a dip in the swimming pool, or just put your feet up on a pool lounger. Children are catered for with an action plan to increase their wildlife knowledge.

Accommodation consists of eight luxury safari tents and three luxury family chalets and is widely interspersed to ensure privacy and magnificent views of the surrounding bush and adjacent river or river bed.

Luxury Safari Tent features:

  • Twin beds
  • En-suite bathroom with bath/shower and double vanity basin
  • Air conditioning
  • Complimentary toiletries provided
  • Outside shower & bathtub
  • Private viewing deck
  • Two points plug converters
  • Mini-bar
  • Safe

Luxury Family Chalet features:

  • Double, twin and triple bed configuration
  • En-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower
  • Wardrobe with coat hangers
  • Double vanity basin (complimentary toiletries provided)
  • Private viewing deck
  • Air conditioning
  • Two points plug converters
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Safe

Facilities

  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Curio shop
  • Swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Viewing deck
  • Curio shop
  • Games room
  • Parking
  • Wi-fi in public areas
  • Specialist Photographic safari vehicle

Services

  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Inclusive meals and local beverages
  • Safari drives
  • Kids’ activities
  • Laundry service
  • Housekeeping

Dining

Those that are early risers will be able to enjoy a cup of early morning coffee or tea before embarking on the safari drives. After the safari, a delicious breakfast is served outside on the lodge's wooden deck, and a light lunch is offered just before the afternoon safari drive. Dinner at this lodge in the Timbavati is a special occasion. Served outside around the campfire in the open-air boma, or in the thatched dining area depending on the weather make for an unforgettable dining experience. A selection of African and Western cuisine presenting exciting tastes to explore your favourite beverage or fine South African wine.

Activities

The wildlife viewing experience in Timbavati is one of the best in South Africa. The reserve is home to the 'Big 5' (lion, leopard, cape buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant). Timbavati is home to the highest density of lion in the country. The reserve is also frequently traversed by large herds of elephant and buffalo. The guides and trackers at the lodge are all qualified by and registered with the Field Guides Association of South Africa. As such, they will bring the bush to live with their great interpretation of the sounds, sights and behaviours that you encounter.

Activities:

  • Safari drives of approximately 3hrs long
  • Morning safari drives with coffee/tea stop in the bush
  • Afternoon safari drive with sundowner stops in the bush
  • Bird watching
  • Seeing the white lion in its natural habitat
  • Spa treatments

Spa

The traditional African massages and other health and beauty treatments can be enjoyed at the lodge's spa retreat. Trained therapists ensure complete relaxation by offering spa treatments including a full body massage, foot massage, manicures and pedicures as well as an ever inviting hot stone massage.

Access to the Lodge

The River Lodge is a 7-hour drive away from Johannesburg and guests are advised that when using a GPS to find the lodge, please do not type in Simbavati River Lodge but rather the exact GPS coordinates. This way, the GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you to the Kruger National Park, which is not the correct direction. Please note you cannot access the River Lodge through the Kruger National Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the guidelines below.

Very Important:

Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon safari drive and lunch, which is not served later than 4h00pm. It is also safer not to drive in reserve and arrive at the lodge when it is dark. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please do contact the camp to inform them.

Complimentary Transfers (this offer is subject to change):

The River Lodge does offer free scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Please note that this is planned transfer will be sharing the vehicles with other guests coming to the lodge. If you are planning to drop a rental car at Hoedspruit Airport, please ensure that you arrive well before the flight arrival time to get the transfer in time. It will take around an hour to travel from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport is approximately one hour, and all complimentary transfers must be pre-booked as the Lodge only meets flights if they have passengers on that flight. Please note that the complimentary transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee.

Scheduled collection times from Hoedspruit:

  • 11h20
  • 12H10 (only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)
  • 13H15.

Scheduled departure times from lodge:

  • 09h30 (for the 12 departure)
  • 10h15 (for the 12h45 flight on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • 11h25 (for the 13h50 flight).

For guests arriving at a different time, please advise us as the Lodge will arrange private transfers from either; Hoedspruit, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport KMIA, Phalaborwa Airport or from the Timbavati Gate.

Below detailed information about the Simbavati River Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck

Restaurants

Dining at the Simbavati River Lodge

An early morning cup of tea or coffee with rusks may be enjoyed before embarking on the thrilling game drive. After the morning safari, breakfast is offered outside on the wooden deck.  The light lunch at the lodge is served just before guests leave on their afternoon game drive.

Dinner at Simbavati is a festive event which is alternatively served around the campfire in the open-air boma or in the thatched dining area of the lodge.  Dinner offers a great combination between African and Western cuisine with exciting tastes for the more adventurous as well as various conventional options.

The lodge's bar caters for alcoholic beverages and also includes a wide choice of South African wines.  Special dietary requirements are catered for subject to prior notification.

Spa Facilities

Traditional African massages as well relaxing health and beauty treatments can be enjoyed on the lodge's wellness retreat.  Highly skilled therapists ensure that guests feel rejuvenated and relaxed during and after the treatments.

Selected spa treatments:

  • Herbal Oil Massage
  • Majestic Awakening
  • Foot Massage
  • Stone Massage
  • African Yoga Treatment
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure.

Swimming Pool

Simbavati River Lodge offers guests access to a lovely outdoor swimming pool which is on the viewing deck adjacent to the river and the bar.  It is a perfect place to relax and refresh in the warm afternoon sun.

Game Viewing

Guests have the unique opportunity to admire and witness Africa's untamed wildlife on the early morning as well as late afternoon game drives.  Accompanied by professional game rangers, guests learn a lot of different aspects of this unique habitat in Africa.

The game-viewing experience in South Africa's Timbavati Game Reserve is regarded as some of the best in the country.  Being home to all of the 'Big 5', those animals considered most dangerous to hunt on foot – lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant, makes for fantastic wildlife encounters while on game drives.

Timbavati claims to be home to the highest density of lion in South Africa.  The reserve is also frequently traversed by large herds of elephant and buffalo, and many are the lucky guests that have found themselves surrounded by literally hundreds of animals.  Leopard is also frequently sighted Thanks to the keen-eyed trackers and careful habituation of these most elusive big cats.

The reserve is also rich in birdlife, with approximately 400 species either resident or migrating to the area in summer.  Raptors, such as the majestic Martial Eagle, Bateleur and Fish Eagle are frequently seen, and enthusiastic birders will delight in trying to differentiate various warblers, cisticola, finches and canaries.

Nearby Attractions
  • Kruger National Park
  • Swadini Reptile Park
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Blyde River Canyon.

  • Airstrip
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Waterhole for wildlife
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Doctor on call
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Laundry services
  • Porters
  • Safari drives
  • Safety deposit box
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
Malaria Status and Animals
  • In a Malaria area & you should consult a doctor before visiting Simbavati River lodge.

Children Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome to stay at the Simbavati River Lodge.  The lodge has a children’s activity room available offering a selection of toys and board games. Furthermore, board games and books are available in the lounge area. Children receive an activity booklet when they check in.  Children under the age of 13 are taken to look for animal tracks and signs in the bush by a tracker after breakfast.

    Child Rates:   

    • 0 - 3 years  no charge and the price includes all meals
    • 4 - 11 years 50% of per person sharing rate when sharing with parents in family chalets
    • 12 years + sharing with relatives in a family cottage; 3rd/4th person rate is applicable.

    If a child shares with a parent in the Luxury Safari Tents the per person sharing rate is appropriate.  Children of all ages have to pay the mandatory conservation fee per child (subject to change).  Children 6 years and over are allowed on Game Drives.  Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle before arrival.   

    Babysitting during the game drives/evening meals is possible by prior arrangement, and at an additional cost, this service needs to be pre-booked. 

Available Rooms

Luxury Safari Tent

# Rooms:
4

Accommodation at the Simbavati River Lodge in Timbavati is provided for 28 guests who are accommodated in either the unique Hemingway-style safari tents which are complete with en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower or the charming, thatched chalets which are ideal for families travelling with kids.

The chalets and tents are spread around the camp to ensure privacy and tranquility. The accommodation enjoys lovely views of the surrounding bush and adjacent river or river bed.

Luxury Safari Tent features:

  • twin bed configuration
  • en-suite bathroom with bath/shower and double vanity basin
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary toiletries provided
  • outside shower/bath
  • private viewing deck
  • two points plug converters
  • mini-bar
  • safe.
Single Room R7470
Double Room R11230

2 Bedroom Family Chalet 4 Sleeper

# Rooms:
3

Simbavati's thatched cottages accommodate guests travelling with children in comfort.  This room type features double, twin and triple bed configurations depending on the guests' requirements.  From the private viewing deck, magnificent views over the bushveld can be enjoyed.

Thatched Chalet features:

  • double, twin and triple bed configuration
  • en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower
  • wardrobe with coat hangers
  • double vanity basin (complimentary toiletries provided)
  • private viewing deck
  • air conditioning
  • two points plug converters
  • tea and coffee making facilities
  • mini-bar
  • safe.
Single Room R11230
Double Room R11230

2 Bedroom Family Chalet 5 sleeper

# Rooms:
3
Single Room R11230
Double Room R11230

Simbavati River Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

The Simbavati River Lodge lies in the northern part of the game rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, approximately a 5.5 hours drive from Johannesburg/Pretoria and a 1.5 hours drive away from the Eastgate Regional Airport in Hoedspruit. The lodge is an intimate and family welcoming camp built on the banks of the seasonal Nhlaralumi River.

Stay for 4 nights for travel 2 May - 30 June 2019 (excluding all long weekends and public holidays) and only pay for 3 nights.

Included in the rate:

  • All standard meals, accommodation, two game activities per day

Excluded from the rate:

  • All other drinks, baby-sitting, transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature, Timbavati Conservation Levy (which may be prepaid) of R368 per person per day payable at the lodge (subject to change without prior notice), and the vehicle entry fee of R140 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (price subject to change without prior notice

Terms and Conditions:

  • This offer is not valid for groups
  • Not valid for long weekends and Public Holidays
  • Subject to limited availability; block out dates may apply
  • Valid 2 May - 30 June 2019 (excluding 14 - 17 June 2019)
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Beautiful location, lots of animals to see from the viewing deck. Best vacation in years, well worth it !

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.221082

Longitude: 31.387811

Directions

The Simbavati River Lodge is approximately a 7-hour drive from Johannesburg.
When using a GPS to find the lodge, please do not type in Simbavati River Lodge but rather the exact GPS coordinates.
The GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you to the Kruger National Park, which is not the correct direction.
Please note you cannot access the Simbavati River Lodge through the Kruger National Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions below.

Directions to the Simbavati River Lodge from the Eastgate Airport:

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 is not served later than 16h00 / 4h00pm.
It is also safer not to drive in the reserve and arrive at the lodge when it is dark.
If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please do contact the lodge to inform them.

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