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Simbavati River Sands, Accommodation Deals in Kruger National Park

Surely one of the top Timbavati safari lodges has to be the exclusive use Simbavati River Sands villa in this premium wilderness area next to Kruger Park. Combine luxury and opulence in this five-star safari lodge in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Find it bordering Kruger with exceptional views over a private waterhole, part of the Simbavati Collection and close to the Kruger National Park main gates.

The spirit of Timbavati is indeed what the word means – ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’ because this pristine land is home to a plethora of wildlife, indigenous vegetation and flowing rivers. Find this lodge on the banks of the Kruger Park, Nhlaralumi River, a unique setting for families and honeymoons, just one villa with two bedrooms, made for solitude in nature. 

Animals move freely between the two famous reserves, unfenced and huge, a paradise of some 40 mammal species including the gorgeous white lions. Did you know that there are only about 500 white lions left in the world, in captivity? Many African tribes have regarded these rare cats as sacred but such a rare beast has sadly been hunted to extinction in the wild by trophy hunters and poachers. This phenomenon is known as Leucism and the famous White Lions of the Timbavati were first noticed in 1938 but it’s believed that they been around for centuries.  

Base yourself in the Kruger at Simbavati River Sands to view these lions and you will also be lucky to view iconic rhinos, elephants, leopards, herds of buffalo, zebra, impala, rare kudus and more. Nocturnal animals are amazing to find on night game drives and include owls, honey badgers, anteaters, and hyenas.

The private villa only accommodates four people in two bedrooms with exquisite views of the river and the Greater Kruger bushveld. A warm, inviting home away from home in pure opulence is this villa, made for those who love a bit of pampering away from the madding crowds.

Picture a vast wooden viewing deck and crystal-clear swimming pool carved into the rocks with an innovate water feature and blending onto the horizon, an oasis in the dry veld. Lay on the king size bed in the early hours as the birds come alive and watch the sunrise before you, then pop into the outside rain shower to wake up before a thrilling game drive where coffee and snacks await.

Guests love the traditional safari ambience at this River Sands Lodge and its modern take on old style décor. Enjoy lavish mod cons such as wi-fi, aircon, tea and coffee facilities, superb toiletries, bathrobes and more. Breakfasts and lunches are served on the deck to make the most of mesmerising waterhole game viewing below where all kinds of wild animals gather to drink and socialise and you can be the voyeur of this magical tv show in the Timbavati wilderness.

Dinners take place after the evening game drive so first chill out with a soothing drink on the couches before the warm fire then gather around the boma and enjoy wholesome wholehearted South African foods on the braai and including cooked maize porridge and traditional vegetables.  

The private intimacy at Simbavati river sands is enhanced with fantastic soothing spa treatments and a fully-equipped fitness centre – thank goodness for the activity as the meals are so heavenly and decadent too. 

Choose the Simbavati Collection in Timbavati Private Game Reserve near Kruger, River Sands is an exceptional private villa for exclusive use, on the Nhlaralumi River. We love its unique setting for families and honeymoon couples – excellent safari special deals with us.



Small, intimate, single villa featuring only 4 beds, Simbavati River Sands Luxury Lodge is for a family, a honeymoon couple or a group of close friends who seek exclusivity in the deep wilds of Kruger National park. In fact, this Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares unfenced boundaries with Kruger and allows animals to run free. 

Game drives are warm and thrilling, just you and the ranger and his dedicated tracker, looking for game around every corner. Wake up at dawn to the chorus of birds, sip coffee under trees somewhere special as your ranger shares his knowledge about the birds, the landscape and animals. Evening game drives are so sensory – smell that bush come alive, see the nocturnal animals arrive and the owls flit with the bats, watch the lions get ready to hunt, see a leopard running furtively.

Find this exclusive, all-inclusive villa on the banks of the Kruger Park’s Nhlaralumi River in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, an idyllic region where the Big 5 roam and peace abounds. Watch game at all hours from the deck and maybe the elephants will drink from the swimming pool too affording exciting photographic opportunities. 

Enjoy the warm safari chalet, away from everyone, solitude haven – two bedrooms open up onto the deck and its river views. Lovely large king size beds in main rooms, single beds in second rooms, rain showers and deep soaking baths, aircon, ceiling fans, mini bar and even electric blankets for winter!

Wander into the main lounge for a book to read, in a hanging chair, beside the huge water feature style pool, carved into the rocks. Lanterns light your way at night after a thrilling game drive and a sumptuous feast is served around the campfire boma fire for a real African atmosphere. 

Simbavati’s River Sand Villa is loved by international clients, South Africans and all who love a safari in Africa – they come for the dinners around the bomas, the real African food, the real African wildlife and the real African hospitality. Pop into the top of the range spa for a pampering session second to none and make sure you get that fitness session in at the gym! 

Watch elephants visit the waterhole and drink from the swimming pool as you sip a gin and tonic right next to them! This is paradise and you can be part of it, in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve next to Kruger.  It’s the Simbavati and it’s an exceptional private villa for exclusive use, on the Nhlaralumi River. Unique setting, special packages for families and honeymoons.

  • Fit for families, this private safari villa is fully contained and sits snugly alongside the Sohebele River, a tributary of Kruger’s Nhlaralumi River.
  • Intimate themed dinners under the stars every evening with trained guides regaling you with their bushveld stories and knowledge
  • Look out for leopards, rhinos and elephants in the woodlands and maybe the rare pangolin, anteater or African Wild Dog!
  • In the lush, sustainable Timbavati Private Game Reserve, there are never more than two vehicles at one game sighting so enjoy the privacy.
From $4,651


  • Game drives, night drives
  • Boma dinners
  • Stargazing
  • Spa and wellness
  • Gum
  • Kids club and activities

  • Luxury accommodation
  • All meals
  • Two safari activities per day
  • Water, tea, coffee and a daily sundowner drink

A beautiful orange sunset over the bush in South Africa

  • Private viewing deck
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar with drinks
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Bath, indoor shower, outdoor shower, double vanity
  • Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • Electric blankets for winter 
  • Mini-safe 
  • Main lodge deck 
  • 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

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