Overview of Simbavati River Lodge

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 with 360 species on record, the bird watching is very rewarding too. Simbavati is a family-friendly camp and provides kids programmes and amenities.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • 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

Bird watching

Game drives

Game viewing

Night drives

General Facilities

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.



Curio shop


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.

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