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    Simbavati River Lodge

    Set in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park, Simbavati River Lodge boasts a magnificent setting on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. One of the lodge’s greatest features is the floodlit waterhole right in front of the main deck. Here guests can enjoy wildlife viewing over a cup of coffee or glass of wine in complete comfort.

    A getaway here is an elegant immersion into the African wild. Contemporary classic design meets rustic charm in a blend of stone, timber, and thatch with clean lines and natural colour palettes. Simbavati River Lodge is home to a total of 11 rooms either as Luxury Safari Tents, Family Suites, or Tented Pool Suites. The lodge caters equally to couples on a romantic getaway, families, and solo travellers.

    The main lodge features a spa, fitness centre, kids club, curio shop, swimming pool, relaxation lounge with books and board games, bar, as well as an expansive viewing deck. Activities at River Lodge include splendid star gazing, campfire dining, sundowners in the bush, and of course, two game drives daily. Expert rangers will take you out early morning and late afternoon (into the evening) when the animals are most active. Timbavati Private Game Reserve is known for magnificent Big 5 sightings as well as a host of other wildlife including giraffe, zebra, hyena, warthog, and various antelope species. Additionally, the reserve serves as a protective habitat for endangered black and white rhino and pangolins.


    • Game drives
    • Guided bushwalks
    • Swimming pool
    • Night drives and star gazing
    • Open air boma & campfire
    • Safari Spa & Fitness Centre
    • Bird watching
    • Cub’s Club


    • On the River
    •  Flood-lit waterhole night
    • Frequent visits by herds of elephant

    Closest airport

    • Hoedspruit (HDS)

    Children policy

    Children of all ages are welcome at River Lodge. Children 6 years & over are permitted on game drives More Details

    • Children under 3 years free of chrage and includes meals
    • Children under 13 years pay 50% of the rate when sharing a family chalet only
    • Child sharing with one parent in a Luxury Safari Tent, ful per person sharing rate applicable
    Less Details


    Accommodation, all meals, two safari activities per day, beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines). Return transfers from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS). 


    All other drinks, private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature. Conservation levies and gate entrance fee.

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 50% applicable
    • Rates displayed are valid until 05 Jan 2025
    • Pay Stay offer is valid 8 Jan – 31 Mar & 1 Nov – 20 Dec

    Accommodation Options

    Luxury Safari Tent

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    PAY 3 STAY 4

    Simplistic yet beautifully elegant, each luxury tent features a private viewing deck with either bush or riverbed views. Leading in from the deck, the bedroom has a dressing area, king bed, and en-suite bathroom with double vanity, indoor-, and alfresco shower.

    Refer to T&C's above

    Price R 9,850 per person, per night

    Family Chalet

    Sleeps 5 guests

    PAY 3 STAY 4

    Each two-bedroom family chalet features an en-suite with a king bed as well as a second bedroom with twin beds. The bathroom has both a tub and double shower. A private game viewing deck boasts glorious views over the riverbed.

    Refer to T&C's above

    Price R 9,850 per person, per night

    Tented Pool Suite

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    PAY 3 STAY 4

    Tented Pool Suites have a private viewing deck and plunge pool for complete relaxation. The interior boasts a king bed (convertible to twin) with bathroom en-suite featuring indoor and outdoor showers, a double vanity, and dressing area.

    Refer to T&C's above

    Price R 10,525 per person, per night

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    Getting there

    By Road

    Simbavati River Lodge is approx 1 hour from Hoedspruit Eastgate airport. It can be accessed via a rental car or arranged road transfer.



    Fly from major centres in South Africa to Hoedspruit Airport.


    Flight Duration

    • Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: 55 minutes
    • Cape Town to Hoedspruit 2 hours 30 minutes
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