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Simbavati is situated in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It 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 and friendly and knowledgeable staff, all in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.
Surrounded by 12 000 hectares of wildlife rich wilderness, this is the perfect place from which to experience an authentic and affordable African safari. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles and offer excellent photographic opportunities. Animals you can expect to see in the area are 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.
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.
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge enjoys magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range from it’s vantage point atop a koppie. The unique contemporary style incorporating natural wood makes for stylish spaces, including a chic lounge and 360 degree bar, game-viewing deck, infinity pool and shaded pool lounge for relaxation. Individual luxury tents are pure safari style with ultimate privacy guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the tented rooms, ensuring an intimate stay. Each pavilion-style room comprises two individual tents – a bedroom and a separate bathroom, linked by a passage that can be opened up on one side, allowing for a private outdoor shower experience.
Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.
Please follow the signs to Simbavati River Lodge whilst the concrete crossing to Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is completed.
If using a GPS to get to Simbavati, please use the GPS Co-ordinates:
S 24° 12’ 20.2” E 31° 19’ 24.2”.
Do not type in Simbavati River Lodge into your GPS. The GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you through Kruger National Park which is not the correct direction.
Please note you cannot access the Lodge through Kruger Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions below.
Follow the tar road from the Eastgate Airport/Timbavati turn-off for 44 km straight to the Simbavati turn-off. (GPRS coordinates for the Simbavati turn-off: S 24° 12’ 20.2” E 31° 19’ 24.2”). Turn right onto the dirt road and follow the lion footprints for approximately 6.4 km to the lodge. On the tar road you will go through 2 control gates. At the second gate you enter the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve where you will pay a Vehicle Entrance Fee per vehicle. Keep your permit, as the Lodge will issue you with an exit permit when you return again.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R140.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (Jan - Dec 2014)
Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon/evening game drive and lunch, which is served not later than 16h00.
It is also safer not to drive in the reserve and arrive at the lodge when it is dark.
If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let the lodge know on (015) 793-9051/3.