Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge

From ZAR 9000 per person sharing per night

Simbavati River Lodge enjoys a unique setting on the
banks of the Greater Kruger National Park’s Nhlaralumi
River in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.

One of its winning charms is the popular waterhole right
below the dining deck, much loved by elephant. Between
game drives, your safari experience continues, watching
wildlife coming to drink.

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Luxury Safari Tent

Six luxury tented suites have a king-sized bed (which can be converted to twin) and a beautiful game viewing deck with either a river or bush view. There’s a spacious en suite bathroom and dressing area with ample storage space, shower, double vanity, enclosed toilet.

2 Bedroom Family Chalet 4 & 5 Sleepers

There are three two-bedroom family chalets. Each has a beautiful game viewing deck with a riverfront view. Each has a main bedroom with king-sized bed, second bedroom with twin beds and one bathroom with a bath and double rain-shower.

Tented Pool Suite

Two spacious and airy Tented Pool Suites are in a more secluded location. They have a king-sized bed (which can be converted to twin) and a beautiful game viewing deck with a solar-heated plunge pool. (These can prove quite popular with the elephant.)

Amenities In-Room Facilities:

• Private viewing deck • Chalet bathroom comprises a bath, double vanity with indoor shower • Tent bathroom features a double vanity, indoor and outdoor shower • Complimentary eco-friendly amenities • Minibar • Coffee and tea-making facilities • Air-conditioning • Ceiling fan • Electric blankets (winter) • Mini safe for storing valuables • Hair dryer • Laundry bag in room • Room equipped with electronic eco-friendly insect spray (subtly sprayed at 10 minute intervals) 

Why we love River Lodge:

  • On the River: Stunning river setting with flood-lit waterhole right in front of the deck
  • Animal Visits: Frequent visits by herds of elephant
  • Family: Caters equally for both couples and families

Lodge Features:

  • Main lodge, with a deck enjoying expansive views of the river and waterhole
  • Sitting area, with books and board games
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in main lodge area only
  • Outside dining area
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Safari spa
  • Open air boma & camp-fire overlooking the river
  • Fitness centre
  • Cubs Club (children’s discovery centre and play room)
  • Safari shop

The Timbavati forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and offers exceptional game viewing including all the Big Five, most notably leopard, and also wild dog.

The Timbavati has a vast array of wildlife, which includes the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) thriving amongst giraffe, zebra, warthogs, hyena and many antelope species. This sums up the magical spirit of the Timbavati, which has a tangible sense of wilderness.


  • Game drives (late afternoon into the evening and early morning)
  • Star-gazing
  • Boma or campfire dining
  • Sundowners
  • Family safaris 
  • Spa and wellness

A day at River Lodge:

  • Early morning tea/coffee
  • Game drive (approximately 3 hours)
  • Mid-morning breakfast on the dining deck
  • Time to relax, enjoy a spa treatment or burn calories in the fitness center, cool down in the pool or spend some time on the deck overlooking the river bed and waterhole
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Afternoon/evening game drive (approximately 3 hours)
  • Dinner on the deck, or around the fire in the open-air boma (weather permitting)


Simbavati River Lodge is ±1 hour from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, and can be accessed by car. The drive from Johannesburg is ±6½ to 7 hours (505km), ±3½ hours (210km) from Kruger Airport, and 3 hours (160km via the R40) from Hazyview.

Rates Include:

Accommodation, all meals and guided game drives.

Rates Exclude:

Beverages and Timbavati Conservation levies.


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Simbavati River Lodge Facilities Viewing Deck