Set in the northern Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Simbavati River Lodge offers over 12 000ha of wildlife-rich wilderness to explore. The perfect destination for safari enthusiasts, it's prime Big 5 country - Timbavati adjoins the unfenced western border of the Kruger National Park, and animals can move freely between the two reserves. Relax in the spacious lounge or on the extensive decks which provide lovely views of the Nhlaralumi River, a place where regular wildlife sightings are recorded.

Early morning, afternoon and evening game drives at Simbavati River Lodge ensure excellent opportunities to spot the Big 5 and the reserve's famous white lions while with 360 species on record, the bird watching is very rewarding too. Simbavati is a family-friendly camp and provides kids programmes and amenities.


  • Excellent river front location - one of the best in the Timbavati
  • Welcoming and relaxed atmosphere
  • Expansive deck and lounge to relax
  • Perfect for families, with 2-bedroom chalets
  • Fantastic value for money

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Relax in the spacious lounge or on the lodge's large wooden decks as you read a book or watch animals at the nearby waterhole.

Simbavati offers its guests a swimming pool and bar as well as a curio shop, and children have access to a games room, books and special kids safari programmes.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool


Start the day at Simbavati River Lodge with tea, coffee and rusks before your morning drive, after which an extravagant breakfast/brunch is served buffet-style on the outside wooden deck.

High tea is served just before the afternoon game drive while festive dinners are enjoyed in the evening around the campfire in the open-air boma or in the thatched dining area.

Indulge in a menu of African and Western cuisine and choose your drinks from a fully licensed bar and the large selection of fine South African wines.

Luxury Safari Tent

Accommodation at Simbavati River Lodge is made up of eight Luxury Safari Tents and three Family Chalets that are all beautifully furnished with eco-friendly furniture, air conditioning and en suite facilities.

The Luxury Safari Tents are spaced for privacy and include twin or king-size beds, an outside shower, double vanity basins and a shower/bath in the en suite bathroom. A welcome feature of the tent is the private wooden deck offering exceptional views.

Luxury Safari Tent AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Non-smoking rooms
    Outdoor area
    Outdoor shower
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Twin bed available

Other Room Types

Simbavati's three Family Chalets are ideal for active families on safari. Each unit has two bedrooms with a double, twin or triple bed configuration and the shared bathroom has a separate bath and shower with double vanity. The units are air conditioned and feature a private viewing deck. Two of the chalets accommodate four people while the remaining chalet can sleep up to five.


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Night drives
  • High tea on offer
  • Photographic safaris
  • Private game-drives
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 31 Oct 2017 $390 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 31 Oct 2018 $440 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Chalet Two Bedroom Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Overall, it was a great trip. I think we both enjoyed the safari camp the most, but it was close. We did see the “Big 5,” including doing it in a single day. Simbavati was great. The tent accommodations worked fine. Although I do use a wheelchair, I was able to manage the couple of steps down to the bathroom. If a person was confined to a wheelchair, it wouldn’t work. Our guide was very good & the food was very good as well.

    Friends of Regina Blackburn, July 2014
  • Simbavati River Lodge. Great. A nice way to start the trip. It felt like a luxury safari camp which was what we wanted. Clean, comfortable, great food and nice people. Would definitely recommend and return again.

    Larry Moffitt, July 2014
  • Simbavati was magical and perfect for our initiation into the safari schedule. We did see the big 5 and met wonderful people and all the staff were quite friendly.

    Denise Finney, November 2013
  • Simbavati - We absolutely loved the safari and were very happy with the lodge.

    Julian Herbert, September 2013
  • We stayed at Simbavati Lodge when we visited Kruger National Park. Kam and I felt very welcomed by the staff there. Staff at Simbavati Lodge were polite, warm and very helpful at all times of the day. The tent/room we stayed at was fantastic, we were particularly excited about the shower outdoors overseeing the wilderness. There's no fencing around Simbavati Lodge so when the elephants came to graze near our tents, it gave us both a really "real" experience. We were able to see all the big-5 in just 3 game drives. The drivers and trackers at Simbavati Lodge were really accomodating, trying their best to let everyone see the big-5 at their stay. The game drives were in an open vehicle and they get really close to the animals, unbelievable. It is particularly fun and exhilarating when the driver tries to chase an animal and we go off the track into the bush and knock down small trees. The food was served in sessions, everyone ate at the same time. I thought the variety and taste of the food was ok, could be improved, but the portions were sufficient.

    Kamasen Nayager, August 2013
  • We were met by Elmarie, who thought we were staying for 3 nights. Maxine showed her our itinerary of 4 nights and matters were resolved in seconds. All the staff were excellent, the game drives with Christof & Daniel were outside of our imagination! Food marvellous, Charlie's BBQ the highpoint. On Mothers Day, Charlie & Elmarie led some of the staff members in a singing greeting, after they had sung Happy Birthday to a guest; we could have cried. Inspired selection!

    Maxine Whittaker, May 2013
  • The Simbavati River Lodge was fantastic, two room accommodation with complimentary Rhino swimming in the river and baboons walking past was unbelievable. Food was terrific although almost too much. The expert knowledge of Christof our guide and Daniel our tracker was wonderful and we have many pictures and videos of our drives to remember our trip with. On my recommendations for the lodge I did suggest some form of additional activity in the middle of the day, the 3 or 4 hours between breakfast/lunch and the afternoon drive was a little hard for us although I am sure others would not have this trouble.

    Jennifer Foston, September 2012
  • Just wanted to thank you for a terrific trip! Everything went smoothly and we had a great time. You were right, the Simbavati Lodge was truly something special. Thanks again!

    Colin Cox-Steiner, September 2012
  • We had there a great time, great Safari and a great vacation.

    Boaz Tasa, August 2012
  • Simbavati Lodge was the most amazing experience. The comfort levels of our "tent" were better than some of the 5 star hotels we have stayed in around the world. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the food sensational and the animals were the stars... all making for a lifetime memorable experience.

    Brian Mccann, August 2012

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Simbavati River Lodge. Great. A nice way to start the trip. It felt like a luxury safari camp which was what we wanted. Clean, comfortable, great food and nice people. Would definitely recommend and return again.

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