Simbavati Trails Camp

Simbavati Trails Camp

Simbavati Trails Camp

From ZAR 6500 per person sharing per night

Simbavati Trails Camp is a gem; a luxury-yet-back-to-basics walking trails camp located in a secluded area of the Timbavati Game Reserve. It’s all about guided walks with expert guides, one of the most stimulating and enthralling forms of safari. Trails Camp borders, without fences, an unspoilt wilderness area of 11,000 hectares in the Kruger National Park.

There is no electricity, WiFi or cell phone reception. Just you, in the heart of an untamed African wildlife wonderland. Hearty and delicious meals are prepared over an open fire by an expert cook.




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Four en-suite Meru-style tents are surprisingly spacious with proper furniture and mosquito nets. En suite bathrooms have a proper flush toilet and a simple basin with a jug of hot water for washing. The back of the tent opens out to your private al fresco en suite ‘bathroom to the stars’. Here you find a gloriously simple bucket shower which is filled on demand with warm water.

  • In front of the tent there is a small shaded area with two chairs.
  • Bush facing shaded patio
  • Bathroom comprising vanity with basin and jug of water, al fresco bucket shower (hot water on demand) and eco-friendly toilet
  • Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
  • Solar powered lights
  • Cooler box with milk
  • Tea and coffee making facilities in room (using water in a hot flask)
  • Hot water bottles (winter)
  • Mosquito nets
  • No electricity, Wi-Fi or cell phone signal

Why we love Trails Camp:

  • Focusing exclusively on walking safaris with expert guides
  • Only four en suite tents so intimate and exclusive, perfect for friends
  • From fire to table – amazing bush cuisine including earth-buried pot bread
  • Great traditional safari vibe around the camp fire

Camp Features: 

  • Communal tent with dining and sitting area
  • Campfire with casual seating
  • Small plunge pool and pool deck

The aim of a walking safaris is to gain a holistic understanding of the bush, led by an armed and specially trained walking guide. The pace is relaxed and your guide will often pause to talk about trees and bushes and their traditional and medicinal uses, dung middens, animal spoor, anthills, termite mounds and more. Whereas a game drive is very much about “spotting” and the sharp-eyed will get lots of kudos, a bush walk uses and sharpens all five senses. Being on foot in the bush can be both grounding and thrilling at once, but always informative.


  • Fire to table meals 
  • Star-gazing
  • Walking safari
  • Swimming pool

A day a Trails Camp:

  • Early morning tea/coffee
  • Morning walking safari
  • Mid-morning breakfast
  • Time to relax, enjoy the pool area and surrounds of the camp
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea 
  • Afternoon walking trails safari 
  • Dinner in the lounge, or around the fire in the open air boma (weather permitting)

Travel Options

Simbavati Trails Camp is not accessible via private self-drive. Complimentary scheduled transfers in and out of Trails Camp are arranged from Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, transfer time of 1½ hours. The drive from from Johannesburg Airport is ±6½ to 7 hours (505km), ±3½ hours (210km) from Kruger Airport, and 3 hours (160km via the R40) from Hazyview.


Simbavati Trails Camp Facilities Boma
Simbavati Trails Camp Facilities Pool
Simbavati Trails Camp Facilities Dining Area
Simbavati Trails Camp Facilities Solar Power