Simbavati River Lodge | Kruger National Park Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
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Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, in the heart of the world-famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Shaded by age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets.
Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars". 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.
Accommodation comprises 8 luxury tents and 3 chalets, all of which are privately situated and comfortably furnished. Each unit also has an en-suite bathroom.
The design of this lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind.
Simbavati River Lodge is situated in the northern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and surrounded by 12 000 hectares of wildlife and rich wilderness in which you can experience an authentic and affordable African safari.
Each luxurious tent features twin bed and an en-suite bathroom that is fitted with either inside shower and outside bath, or inside bath and outside shower. Outside, there is a private viewing deck offering views of the bush or water. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp. Each family suite comprises 2 bedrooms with a double bed in the main bedroom and twin beds in the second bedroom. These rooms share a bathroom. Outside, there is a private viewing deck.
Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp. Each family suite comprises 2 bedrooms with a double bed in the main bedroom and 3 single beds in the second bedroom. These rooms share a bathroom. Outside, there is a private viewing deck.
Local area description
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was initiated in 1956 by a group of landowners concerned about the degradation of this once pristine wilderness area. Timbavati is dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species and is also involved in different research projects.
The lodge offers Big 5 safari game drives in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regular sightings at night. Currently, there are over 40 mammal species in the Timbavati including the Big 5 as well as 360 species of bird life. Bush walks are also offered but restricted to those over 12 years old.