Simbavati Waterside

Simbavati Waterside

Simbavati Waterside

From ZAR 9000 per person sharing per night

Flanking a large dam in the southern Klaserie Private Nature Reserve (just 30 minutes drive from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport), this intimate luxury lodge enjoys the most beautiful setting, while a vast array of wildlife is
drawn to the water. Guests need not be on a game drive to enjoy sightings of huge herds of animals, including elephants, buffalo, hippo and so much more.

Simbavati Waterside will offer the perfect getaway for every type of traveller. The carefully considered lodge structure affords both privacy for partners as well as family-friendly spaces.




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Luxury Suite with KolKol Tub

There are two suites which face the bush, each with its own private deck and small private KolKol tub (heated by a gas-fire in winter). Each has a king-sized bed (or twin), a spacious en suite bathroom and dressing area with ample storage space, indoor shower, double vanity, enclosed toilet, and door leading out to an outdoor rain-shower.

Luxury Suite

Two luxury water-facing suites each have a king-sized bed (or twin) and a beautiful game viewing deck overlooking the dam, thriving with wildlife. There’s a spacious en suite bathroom and dressing area with ample storage space, indoor shower, double vanity, enclosed toilet and door leading out to an outdoor rain-shower.

Two bedroom Luxury Suite - Perfect for families

There are four family suites. Each has a main bedroom with king-sized bed, open-plan bathroom en-suite (with bath and interconnected indoor and outdoor rain-showers), and a separate WC. The second bedroom has twin beds (which can be converted to a king bed) and a separate bathroom en-suite with indoor rain-shower and WC. Each bedroom has a beautiful game viewing deck with a view of the water.

Location: At the water’s edge

Beautiful setting: Flanking a huge dam. Just 30 minutes drive from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport

Romance: The perfect environment for couples.

Intimate: Private dining, spa, and suites with waterhole views or private KolKol tubs.

Family: Caters equally for both couples and families

Decor: Sophisticated decor, with an emphasis on natural elements inspired by the Klaserie’s unique wilderness

Ideal For:

  • Families
  • Couples
  • Solo Travellers
  • Explorers
  • The Active & Adventurous

Lodge Features:

  • Main lodge, with a deck enjoying expansive views of the dam
  • Sitting area, with books and board games
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and in main guest areas
  • Outside dining area
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Safari spa
  • Open air boma & camp-fire overlooking the dam
  • Wine cellar
  • Fitness centre
  • Safari shop

The Klaserie Game Reserve was established in 1972 as part of the greater Kruger National Park. It is one of the largest private reserves in South Africa, being 60,000 hectares (or 148,000 acres). This vast tract of preserved land has some beautiful trees and riverine vegetation near the magnificent Klaserie River. It has an open fenceless border to the Kruger National Park in the north, and the Timbavati to the south-east.


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

Sunset drinks are an integral part to being on safari. Your guide chooses a suitable beautiful spot and you have time to climb off the vehicle to stretch your legs and enjoy a drink or two. Yes, it’s one of the iconic African memories of a safari. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t work its magic every time.

A Day at Waterside:

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


Simbavati Waterside is just 30 minutes from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, and can be accessed by car on gravel roads. ±61⁄2 to 7 hours’ drive from Johannesburg N1 via Polokwane (recommended route) or via Dullstroom, and 2 to 3 hours from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or Hazyview

Rates Include:

Accommodation, all meals and guided game drives.

Rates Exclude:

Beverages and Timbavati Conservation levies.


Simbavati Waterside Facilities Air Conditioning
Simbavati Waterside Facilities Bar
Simbavati Waterside Facilities Boma
Simbavati Waterside Facilities Pool
Simbavati Waterside Facilities WiFi
Simbavati Waterside Facilities Lounge
Simbavati Waterside Facilities Dining Area
Simbavati Waterside Facilities Gym