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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.
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. 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.
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Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.
Simbavati River Lodge is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.
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 we do not serve 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.