Simbavati River Lodge is set in the world-renowned Timbavati Game Reserve, sharing unfenced borders with Kruger National Park to the east. This intimate safari lodge looks out over the Nhlaralumi River in a scenic African bush setting, teeming with wildlife.
The Simbavati Lodge lies nestled amid big, old trees on the riverbanks, offering guests excellent game viewing right from the comfort of its shaded decks. The focus of this affordable lodge is on the superb Big Five game-viewing, breathtaking views and friendly and knowledgeable staff members who encourage guests to relax and feel at home. The name Simbavati means ‘the place where the lions come down from the stars’ in the local Shangaan language. This welcoming and family-friendly four-star lodge accommodates up to 18 guests in its thatched chalets and luxurious tented rooms.
Simbavati offers game drives in the early mornings and evenings when game-viewing is at its best, as the wild animals are most active at these times. At Simbavati River Lodge game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles, making for excellent photographic opportunities and a real wilderness experience. Explore over 12 000 hectares (30 000 acres) of wildlife-rich bush with experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers on game drives in Timbavati Nature Reserve. This private reserve within Greater Kruger, is home to the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as an amazing array of other species, including giraffe, kudu, zebra, warthog, monkey and many more.
The evening game drives are an excellent way to spot various nocturnal animals, such as the big cats. Timbavati Private Reserve is best known for its unique white lions, which guests have the rare chance of sighting in nature. Timbavati is also a top bird watching destination hosting over 360 recorded bird species and the lodge offers photographic safaris. Children are catered for with an activity plan and can expand their wildlife knowledge with the large selection of books available.