Project Description

Simbavati River Lodge is a 4- star contemporary, warm, welcoming and child friendly lodge built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park in South Africa.

Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars”, no wonder the focus of the lodge is on the excellent Big 5 game viewing.

Great leopard & white lion sightings as well as those of endangered species including wild dogs and cheetah are part of the daily game drives for guests visiting Simbavati River Lodge. Bird viewing is spectacular with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers.

Accommodation consists of eight luxury safari tents and three spacious family chalets. All are privately situated and comfortably furnished with eco-friendly air-conditioning and en-suite facilities

Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and afternoon to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active.

Day 1    Johannesburg – Simbavati River Lodge

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport board on a domestic flight to Eastgate Airport where you will be welcome by the lodge’s team and transfer to Simbavati River Lodge.

Check in and settle in your luxury room and later have lunch.

Around 15h30 gather with fellow guests and enjoy a decadent high tea during which you will be introduced to your experienced ranger and Shangaan tracker who will share their extensive knowledge and love for the African bush with you. Animals and birds in the reserve have become used to having the game drive vehicles in close proximity due to a carefully planned and managed habituation process. Game drives inside Private Reserves are usually amazing because the area is not overcrowded but also because rangers can go off road whenever necessary to get closer to predator sightings, hence creating good photography opportunities.

While on Game Drive, you will stop for Sundowners at a magnificent location and toast the splendour of Africa as you watch the sun set. As darkness falls, nocturnal animals of the bush get excited as they celebrate “” their dawn “and come out. Your skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.

Dinner is a festive event, alternatively served around the campfire in the open air boma or in the thatched restaurant, it combines African and Western cuisine. This is the time to discuss about

the afternoon sightings as well as tomorrow’s plans with your ranger.

Day 2 – 3 Simbavati River Lodge

The day begins early with tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing on the Game Drive which will take approximately 3-4 hours. The cooler morning temperatures mean that the game in the reserve is often more active, and the softer light makes for great images.

Your Ranger has an intimate knowledge of the game reserve, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant sightings. After the morning game drive, brunch is served outside on the wooden deck with hot beverages and an English buffet.

The rest of the morning is at leisure to relax in your room or by the pool and dip into a good book or enjoy the rest of the lodge’s facilities.

Around 15h00 gather with fellow guests for high tea in preparation for your afternoon game drive during which your experienced guide will check your wildlife Wishlist to find out what hasn’t been ticked yet, but you may also be lucky that by your first or second game drive your wildlife expectations have already been met and even exceeded. Enjoy your afternoon game drive with stop for Sundowner to stretch your legs and witness the African sun set.

Back again at the lodge after yet another exhilarating afternoon of unforgettable bush experience. Get ready for dinner served under the stars and it is now time to share tales around the Bush fire and make new friends.

Day 4 Goodbye Simbavati River Lodge

After a final early morning game drive followed by a hearty breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the African bush as your 4 – Day safari bush experience comes to an end. There will be time to purchase some memorabilia from the lodge curio shop before being transferred to Eastgate Airport

for your flight back to Johannesburg.


3 Days/2 Nights

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  • 01 Nov 2018- 31 Oct 2019

4 Days/3 Nights

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5 Days/4 Nights

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  • 01 Nov 2019 -31 Oct 2020
  • Return flights from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
  • 3 nights Simbavati River Lodge, Timbavati Private Game Reserve – Greater Kruger National Park
  • 3 Meals daily, 2 daily safari activities, a sundowner drink; from 1 November 2019 selected drinks (spirits, house wines, local beer and soft drinks) are included.
  • Return road transfers from Eastgate Airport (HDS) on scheduled flights
  • Premium drinks; private transfers; gratuities; laundry service; International flights; Travel insurance; Items of a personal nature
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy:

01 January – 31 December 2019

R 368 per person per day (12 years and older) & R 184 per child per night (4 to 11 years)

01 January – 31 December 2020

R 400 per person per day (12 years and older) & R 200 per child per night (4 to 11 years) which will be added to invoices for prepayment or paid at the lodge directly,

  • Timbavati vehicle entry fee of R160 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (price subject to change).


  • The package price is subject to change based on the airfare cost at the time of the booking.
  • Children of age are allowed at Simbavati River Lodge
  • Children 6 and over are allowed on Game Drives. Families with younger children may arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival at an extra cost.