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Simbavati River Lodge
is located in the Timbavati Reserve
in the Kruger Private Reserves
area in the Northeast
of South Africa
Set in a pretty location above a seasonal sand river to the north of the reserve, Simbavati River Lodge has pleasant public areas leading out to decks above the river, a nice outside dining boma and a swimming pool. Guest accommodation is in eight rather modest safari tents and three larger chalets. Hosting is professional and prices are relatively keen.
Activities are centred on vehicle safari and walking safari. Wildlife viewing in this Timbavati area is reliable year round. The level of guiding here is usually strong. Spa treatments are also available.
The main potential downsides are that the lodge is rather old-fashioned and heavily built. There is the potential for adverse weather conditions Nov/Mar. Also, as with almost all the lodges in this area, different groups of guests are joined together on safari activities, unless you pre-book a private vehicle at significant additional cost.
In the Timbavati area the presence of fence lines, overhead telephone cables and road signs does detract significantly from the sense of wilderness, but that is true of almost all of Kruger.SeasonsPrices