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.
Simbavati River Lodge situated is in the northern sector of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, surrounded by over 12 000 hectares of wildlife rich wilderness in which to experience an authentic but affordable African safari. The design of this 4-star 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.
Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities. Luxury Tent accommodation:
Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
* Twin bed configuration
* En-suite bathroom with bath/shower and double vanity basin
* Air conditioning
* Complimentary toiletries provided
* Outside shower/bath
* Wardrobe with coat hangers
* Private viewing deck
* 2 point plug converters
* Non smoking rooms
Early morning coffee/tea with rusks. After the morning game drive brunch is served outside on the wooden deck with hot beverages and an English buffet, whilst high tea is served just before the afternoon game drive.
Dinner is a festive event alternatively served around the campfire in the open-air boma. Dinner combines African and Western cuisine (with exciting new tastes for the more adventurous as well as more conventional options.) The fully licensed bar caters for alcoholic beverages and includes a wide selection of fine South African wines.
Simbavati River Lodge is an uncomplicated and down to earth safari experience, guests are encouraged to relax and feel at home.
The lounge area is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable couch with a book from the inhouse library or doze off on an afternoon siesta. During the mid-day heat, recline in a sun lounger or take a dip in the swimming pool. Children are catered for with an activity plan or increase their wildlife knowledge with a large selection of books at their disposal.
The lodge has a curio shop in which to buy any necessities forgotten at home, or an African memento to remind you of your visit to Simbavati River Lodge.
Simbavati River Lodge also offers memorable photographic safaris in specialised photographic vehicles with professional guidance from a wildlife photography specialist.
Wildlife and Game Viewing:
Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities.
You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe, monkey to name a few.
Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers.
White Lions of the Timbavati:
The Timbavati Game Reserve is one of the only places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of the Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. in 2010, two white lions were born into resident prides, and lucky guests have a good chance of seeing these cubs whist visiting Simbavati.