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Enkhulu Gate, Argyle Road, Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Limpopo, 1380, South Africa

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Situated in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this intimate, family-friendly camp is built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River – a beautiful watercourse in the summer months when rain is plentiful, and a dry riverbed in the drier winter months.

Shaded by age old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati River Lodge is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for 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.

Simbavati River Lodge is situated in the northern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and surrounded by 12 000 hectares of wildlife and rich wilderness in which you can experience an authentic and 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 riverwhere regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind.

Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities.

Policies

Cancellation fees (up to 3 rooms, for 4 or more rooms see T & C’s):

• Up to 61 days prior to arrival: 10% cancellation fee of the full booking value

• 31 to 60 days prior to arrival: 25% cancellation fee of the full booking value

• 15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 75% cancellation fee of the full booking value

• 14 days or less prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee of the full booking value

Check in time shall be from 14h00 onwards (unless otherwise agreed).

Check-out time shall be before to 11h00.

Child Policy

Children of all ages welcome.

 Between 0 – 3 years; no charge and includes all meals

 4 – 11 years: 50% of per person sharing rate when sharing with parents in family chalets

 12 years & older sharing with parents in family chalets; 3rd/4th person rate applicable

 Child sharing with a parent in our Luxury Tents; per person sharing rate applicable

NB: Children 6 years & over are allowed on Game Drives. Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival. Please ask us for our Children at

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Information

Please note: A surcharge of R1,250 pppn will be added for 2 pax wanting to book a 2-bedroom chalet.

Child sharing with a parent in our Luxury Tents; per person sharing rate is applicable.

Includes: All standard meals, accommodation, two game drives per day and a sundowner drink. 

Excludes: All other drinks, baby-sitting, transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature, Timbavati Conservation Levy (which may be prepaid) of R328 per person per day and R164 per child under 12 years of age per day payable at the lodge (increasing to R368 per adult and R184 per child from 01 January 2019), and the vehicle entry fee of R140 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (increasing to R160 from 01 January 2019).

Payment: a 10% deposit is due within 7 days (for FIT) or 25% within 14 days (for Groups) from date of reservation to guarantee the booking. Easter and Christmas periods’ bookings require a 25% non-refundable deposit. The balance is to be settled 30 days prior to the arrival of the guests. 

Minimum stay: 2 nights

Hotel Facilities

8 Luxury en-suite safari tents 3 Thatched en-suite family chalets Lounge with a selection of books and games Curio shop Bar Game viewing deck overlooking the river Dining on the viewing deck Open air boma Informal meeting room/activity room Swimming pool Wi-Fi in reception, lounge & deck (but very little cell phone reception) Spa Wheel chair friendly

Airports

Complimentary Scheduled Transfers

We offer scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Please note that this is a scheduled transfer and you will be sharing with other guests coming to the lodge. If you are planning to drop a rental car at Hoedspruit Airport, please ensure that you arrive well before the flight arrival time as unfortunately we cannot wait for late arrivals.The transfer time is approximately one hour in and one and a half hour out. Please note the complimentary transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee of R140 (subject to change) payable at the gate. For VAT purposes, the transfer is zero rated and valued for 2019 at R1440, R730 and R440 for single, sharing and 3rd/4th person respectively per room. No discount/refunds are applicable for transfers not used.

 Scheduled Collection Times from Hoedspruit – 11:20, 13:20 & 13:15

 Scheduled Departure Times from Simbavati – 09:30, 10:30 & 11:30

 All complimentary transfers need to be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have guests on that flight.

Private transfers from Hoedspruit, Kruger Mpumalanga Intl Airport, Phalaborwa Airport or the Timbavati Gate, can be arranged should your arrival not coincide with those above. Please ask for our Transfers Rate Sheet. Private transfers are not available to Trails Camp guests.

 

Charter Flight return flights can be arranged from Johannesburg to Simbavati Airstrip at R9,000 per person, minimum 2 guests. 

Private Vehicle

Private vehicle/ranger: R7,020 per day (Valid till 31 Oct 2018)

Private photographic vehicle/ranger R8,480 per day (Valid till 31 Oct 2018)

Landing Fees

Landing Fee at a neighbouring airstrip: R505 per arrival or departure (to be pre-paid)

 

 

Other transport

Activities at Simbavati River Lodge

The lodge offers Big 5 game drives in the early morning and late afternoon/evening to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats are regular sightings at night.

Currently there are over 40 mammal species in the Timbavati including the Big 5 of lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant as well as 360 species of bird life.

Early morning tea/coffee overlooking the river on the deck

Game drive (approx 3+ hours) including a coffee/tea stop in the bush

Mid morning breakfast/brunch on the dining deck

Time at leisure (use of the swimming pool, books and board games on offer, relax in the lounge area and use the free Wi-Fi, cocktails on the deck or take a look around our

ell stocked curio shop)

Afternoon high tea (combination of high tea & Lunch) on the dining deck

Afternoon/evening game drive (approx 3+ hours). With a sundowners stop in the bush

Dinner on the deck or sometimes around the fire in the open air boma (weather permitting)

 

 

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Luxury Safari Tent Double - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
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Luxury Safari Tent Double - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
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Luxury Safari Tent Double - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Safari Tent Double - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Safari Tent Single - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Safari Tent Single - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Safari Tent Single - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Safari Tent Single - Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Suite Sole Use - Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five persons, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Suite Sole Use - Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five persons, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Luxury Suite Sole Use - Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five persons, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons.
Max people: 10
Floor:
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Family Chalet: 3rd/4th person

R3 915.00 ( Per day )

Family Chalet: 3rd/4th person

R4 425.00 ( Per day )

Return flight JHB - Airstrip

R8 970.00 ( Per day )

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