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Simbavati River Lodge offers an exclusive and authentic African Big 5 Safari experience over an extensive tract of pristine wilderness in the well-known Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, home to the famous white lions. Set amongst a truly unique landscape with magnificent views over the Nhlaralumi River where the surrounding wilderness can be appreciated sipping exotic cocktails, enjoying authentic cuisine or simply relaxing. 

This intimate, family-friendly lodge boasts contemporary luxury accommodation in luxury safari tents or thatched family chalets elegantly decorated with sophisticated finishes where one can awaken to sights and sounds of the surrounding bush. 

Breakfast and lunch are served daily outside on the wooden deck, set out under age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, combining African and Western cuisine offering exciting new tastes for the more adventurous as well as for the more conventional preferences. A traditional dinner is served around the campfire in an open-air "Boma", an experience not to be missed.

The lodge offers Big 5 Safari game drives in the early morning and evening for exceptional game viewing when the animals are most active. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regular sightings at night. Simbavati also offers specialized photographic game drives.

Trip Notes

  • icon03 day, 04 day, 05 day as well as extended trips are available.
  • iconTrips can start and finish in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelspruit or Hoedspruit. (Surcharges apply)
  • iconTransfers to and from Johannesburg are in a shuttle bus from OR Tambo Airport.
  • iconAccommodation is in an en-suite, air-conditioned, luxury Tent with a private bathroom.
  • iconMorning and afternoon/sunset safari drives are conducted in open safari jeeps.
  • iconDaily breakfast, lunch, high tea, and dinners are provided. (Special dietary needs available on request)
  • iconChildren older than 6 are welcome on safari drives.
  • iconSpot the Big 5 and so much more like Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Cheetah, Birds and Wild dog.



  • Transfer with lunch stop (for own account) from Johannesburg to the Simbavati River Lodge.
  • Check-in at the Camp.
  • High tea.
  • Afternoon/sunset safari drive with sundowner drinks.
  • Dinner.


  • Early morning tea & coffee.
  • Morning safari drive.
  • Breakfast.
  • Leisure time in the Camp.
  • Lunch.
  • Afternoon/sunset safari drive with sundowner drinks and snacks.
  • Dinner.


  • Early morning tea & coffee.
  • Morning safari drive.
  • Breakfast.
  • Check-out.
  • Transfer with lunch stop (for own account) from the Simbavati River Lodge to Johannesburg.


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