Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge situated is in the northern sector of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, surrounded by over 12 000 hectares of wildlife rich wilderness in which to experience an authentic but affordable African safari. The design of this 4-star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. There’s also a small plunge pool for relaxing during the heat of the day, an activity area to keep children occupied, and a secluded spa retreat for a pampering massage. Accommodation consists of four luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated and comfortably furnished with Eco friendly air conditioning and en-suite facilities.

Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Shaded by age old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for up to eighteen guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets. Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars”. The focus of the lodge is on the excellent big-5 game viewing, breathtaking views, friendly and knowledgeable staff in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.


On the 17 September 2019, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve announced that they will be upgrading their access and security measures for the reserve with immediate effect.

Visitors and guests travelling to the reserve will need to be pre-authorised by the lodge or camp prior to their arrival.

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