Simbavati River Lodge offers an exclusive and authentic African Big 5 Safari experience over an extensive tract of pristine rich wilderness in the well-known Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, home to the famous white lions. Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars” and is set amongst a truly unique landscape with magnificent views over the Nhlaralumi River - a beautiful watercourse when rain is plentiful during the summer months, and a dry riverbed in the drier winter month.
Common areas include a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma, private pool and extensive decks with breath-taking views overlooking the river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. The tented spa treatment rooms also offer indulgent massages and rituals for complete relaxation.
The lodges focuses on excellent big 5 game viewing, breath-taking views, friendly and knowledgeable staff and an enriching safari experience all in an environment where guests and families are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive. Game drives are conducted by an experienced field guide and Shangaan tracker in open 4X4 vehicles 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.
Breakfast and lunch are served daily outside on the wooden deck, set out under age-old Jackalberry 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.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia` that is responsible for this unusual anomaly and guests have a great chance of seeing these lions while on a game drive in the early morning and evening when animals are most active.
***Please note at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, you will be required to pay a vehicle entrance fee of R 140.00 per vehicle and a conservation levy of R 328.00 person (subject to change without prior notice). The conservation levy is payable at the lodge or can be prepaid.
This intimate, family-friendly lodge boasts contemporary luxury accommodation in eight luxury safari tents and three family thatched chalets, all privately situated and comfortably furnished with en-suite facilities.
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.
Simbavati River Lodge Activities:
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.
Simbavati River Lodge is ideally situated in the famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forming part of the Greater Kruger Park and which currently features over 40 mammal species including the Big 5 and 360 species of bird life.
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