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Simbavati River Lodge safari to Kruger National park

Enter a world of adventure and make-believe, immersed in true colonial extravagance, at the luxurious Simbavati River Lodge in the private Timbavati Game Reserve. Family-friendly five-star safari accommodation in the Greater Kruger National Park where children can safely play and get involved in stimulating environmental education programmes. It’s all about tented excellence for safaris of a lifetime in South Africa. 

What a gorgeous setting this is, on the banks of the Kruger’s Nhlaralumi River where thick riverine vegetation is the playground for herds of elephants, big cats and small mammals galore. Simbavati River Lodge offers travellers to Africa top of the range safari accommodation in expansive family chalets where birds call and the breeze softly rustles in the indigenous trees.

While children search for magical treasures, make plaster casts of wild animals and identify beautiful birds, parents will be sipping drinks on the vast deck watching animals come down to the river. Simbavati means ‘the place where the lions come down from the stars’ in the local Shangaan language – how apt as Timbavati is the home to the legendary white lions, as well as the Big Five.

Sit all day on the sunny game viewing deck as elephants right near you and the birds flit about your tables. The camp is inspired by the sensory delights of Cederberg Ridge and guests can sample delicious foods right here, based on organic produce, healthy cooking techniques and delightful breakfast pastries and breads, plus vegan offerings too.  

Three family chalets with different layouts offer one king size bed and two single beds in separate bedrooms, a bathtub set on a stone ledge and a large rain shower. Gaze in awe at the wildlife before you from your private deck, with a coffee or cold drink in hand from the coffee machine and mini bar. Aircon and fans to cool you down, electric blankets for the chill and eco-friendly amenities. 

Six lavish tented suites are made for couples on a break away from hectic city life who want to find time together in nature. Enjoy king size beds, outside rain showers, and game viewing decks over the river and wilderness beyond. Honeymoon couples will fall in love with the secluded romantic tented villas with their own solar heated splash pools where elephants love to visit too! Beautiful amenities for beautiful people so do book a special honeymoon package deal for your dream safari in in Timbavati.



Perfectly located on the Nhlaralumi River in the breath-taking beauty of the Timbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Simbavati Safari Lodge is stylish and inviting. Originally called Gomo Gomo Camp, it has been renovated and upgraded to ensure comfort and pleasure all holiday long, hosting families with children, honeymoon couples and groups.  

Safari accommodation in nine stylish modern tents or thatched chalets nestles under huge old Leadwood and Jackal berry trees. Choose two-bedroom family suites with large bathrooms and freestanding baths, or larger more private pool tents with conditioning, minibars, complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, outside baths or showers and private game viewing decks. Everything is naturally decorated, warm, luxurious and welcoming. 

The main attractions at Simbavati River Lodge are the game drives and the food! Imagine the aroma of a rich venison roast cooking slowly while the sun sets? Campfire bomas are the best way to eat in nature, freshly grilled meat on the firer as staff drift around serving your drinks and entertaining you with their stories. Or the wafting scent of bacon and eggs and roasted coffee beans after a busy morning game drive? All food is fresh from the fam and baked according to age old recipes for your culinary delight.  

Tuck into an afternoon high tea before game drives then sumptuous African style dinners around the campfire in the boma at night. Five-star food and five-star animal sightings ensure happy guests who learn so much from the rangers’ intimate knowledge of the trees, small creatures, and varying habitats.

Timbavati Game Reserve is known for its white lions and is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world – about 145 mammal species alone occur in the park! Guests will feel part of the more than 12 000 hectares of South African bushveld – breath-taking scenery and game viewing make Simbavati the ideal safari experience for families and friends. Time to book that safari holiday today!


  • In the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati, an intimate, family-friendly camp on the banks of the seasonal Nhlaralumi River
  • Stylish, lavish safari accommodation in 8 chic tents and three chalets in a remote bushveld setting with all mod cons
  • Sundowner game drives to see nocturnal animals and birds, and learn about the starry skies above
  • The ideal honeymoon safari venue with romantic tented pool suites in remote fantastical settings.

What do past clients say about this destination?

Rated 5.0 out of 5

We felt so at home at Simbavati River Lodge, as if we were family. The staff are so friendly we felt as if we had known them for years! Managers Kobus and Thandy laid on the hospitality for us, so professional yet so warm. CJ and Happy showed us so much enthusiasm on game drives and taught us so much about the environment. Waitresses made us feel like gold too! We had an exceptional time at Simbavati and will be back.

Hector Dean
From $500



  • Morning game drive including a coffee/tea stop in the bush
  • Swimming pool, 
  • Books and board games
  • Afternoon/evening game drive with a sundowners stop in the bush
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Kids club


  • Accommodation
  • All standard meals
  • Two game drives per day
  • Beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines)
  • Return transfers from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport (HDS). Please note special conditions for Simbavati Trails Camp.

Simbavati River Lodge
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  • Private viewing decks
  • Air-conditioning, ceiling fan
  • Minibar with drinks
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Chalet Bathroom – bath, double vanity with indoor shower
  • Tent bathroom – indoor and outdoor shower, double vanity
  • Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • Electric blankets 
  • Mini-safe 
  • Laundry service 
  • Main deck with expansive river views 
  • Sitting area, books and board games
  • Bar
  • Outside dining area
  • Swimming pool
  • Open air boma & campfire 
  • Safari Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Cub’s Club (children’s discovery centre and play room)
  • Safari shop
  • Complimentary Internet access – main lodge area only

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