Simbavati River Lodge | Kruger National Park Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
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Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and family-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 River Lodge is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for guests in luxury tented suites or thatched family 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.
Awaken to sights and sounds of the surrounding bush and wildlife, while staying in one of our 8 luxury safari tents or 3 spacious family suites, elegantly decorated with sophisticated finishes. All our 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 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 inside shower and outside shower. Outside, there is a private viewing deck offering views of the bush. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Two-bedroom luxury family chalet accommodating four in 2 individual twin bedded rooms, one full en-suite bathroom and your own private viewing deck. Children of all ages are welcome. There is a children’s activity centre that offers a selection of toys/board games and a staff member will keep children entertained with special activities.
A luxury two bedroom family chalet accommodating five in one twin room and one triple room, one full en-suite bathroom and your own private viewing deck. Children of all ages are welcome. There is a children’s activity centre that offers a selection of toys/board games and a staff member will keep children entertained with special activities.
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.