• Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge | Timbavati

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An intimate and friendlycamp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Experience over 12 000 hectares of pristine South African bushveld for the ultimate safari experience. Home to the legendary Big 5 and White Lions. Shaded by age old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati 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.

Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description 1 Nov 2016
to 31 Oct 2017
Luxury Safari Tent Single 6 900.00
Luxury Safari Tent PP Sharing 5 230.00
Family Chalet PP Sharing 5 230.00
Family Chalet | 3rd - 4th person 3 880.00
Return flight JHB-Airstrip 8 950.00

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  • 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)
  • Wheel chair friendly
  • Children Activity Plan

Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening when game viewing are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities.

You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe, monkey to name a few.

Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was initiated in 1956 by a group of land owners which was concerned about the degradation of this once pristine wilderness area.Timbavati is dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species and is also involved in different research projects.

White Lions of the Timbavati

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Two white lions were born into resident prides, and guests have a great chance of seeing these cubs while visiting Simbavati River Lodge.

Luxury Safari Tent

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.

  • We have 8 luxurious safari tents
  • All tents are twin bedded with an en-suite bathroom
  • Bathroom configuration differs with either inside shower and outside bath, or inside bath and outside shower

Tent Facilities

  • En-suite bathroom with bath/shower
  • Outside shower/bath
  • Double vanity basin
  • Wardrobe with coat hangers
  • Air-conditioning
  • 2 point plug converters
  • Complimentary room amenities
  • Private game viewing deck
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Eco-friendly insect spray
  • Hair-dryer
  • Filtered cold water
  • Mini bars with drinks and snacks
  • Electric blankets on beds for the winter
  • Laundry service
  • All rooms are non-smoking rooms (smoking is permitted on your private deck of your room)

Family Chalet

Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three thatched 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.

  • Chalet 1: 2 Twin bedded rooms
  • Chalet 2: 1 Twin bedded room and 1 triple bedded room
  • Chalet 3: 1 King bedded room and 1 twin bedded room

Room Facilities

  • Double vanity basin     
  • Wardrobe with coat hangers
  • Air-conditioning
  • 2 point plug converters
  • Complimentary room amenities
  • Private game viewing deck
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Eco-friendly insect spray
  • Hair-dryer
  • Filtered cold water
  • Mini bars with drinks and snacks
  • Electric blankets on beds for the winter
  • Laundry service
  • All rooms are non-smoking rooms (smoking is permitted on your private deck of your room)
SPA TREATMENTS
To pay homage to our unparalleled cultural heritage, we bring you traditional African massage. Indulge in a selection of our country’s authentic and traditional massage techniques with our  highly skilled and trained therapists who will relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

Rejuvenation Herbal Oil Massage

Full Body Treatment

You may choose from a range of Africology® aromatherapy infused massage  oils, which are warmly applied and massaged deeply onto the body. This therapy is for relaxation as well as combatting tension in stiff, aching bodies. Your therapist will assist you in choosing the oil best suited for you from one of the
following blends: Relaxing, Energising, Skin Conditioning and Vetiver.

60 min: R 600
90 min: R 800

Majestic Awakening

Back, Neck, Shoulders & Head

The treatment is a perfect way to rest and relax. Starting at the feet, working all pressure points connected to the rest of the body, it leads up to the back, neck
and shoulders. This specialised treatment will ease tension and stress through touch and aromatherapy.
60 min: R 600
90 min: R 800

Foot Massage

This foot treatment concentrates on the delicate areas of the feet, back, neck and shoulders. The therapist uses natural techniques of pressure points derived
from traditional African medicine to stimulate and balance the body.
30 minutes: Feet and up to the knee sitting on a chair: R350
60 minutes: Foot and full leg done lying down: R600

Hot Stone Massage

While providing additional pressure, the stones infuse muscles with warmth while easing up knots of tension and help rejuvenate the body. Oils are chosen by the therapist best suited for your skin with added hydrating properties.
60 min: R 650
90 min: R 850

Full Body Treatment

Intonga Amasatchi® is a deep tissue and stress-relieving treatment. Skilful movements are performed with the hands, and differently sized wooden sticks
are used to stretch tight muscles and ease toxic overload from daily stress. Symbolically, the stick or staff represented wisdom and direction to the healer.
Created from yellow wood, the traditional healer knew that the energy of earth was a valuable tool.
75 min: R800

African Yoga Treatment

Full Body Treatment

Inspired by traditional yoga movements, this massage works effectively with body re-alignments of the spine by performing stretching movements. This
allows for more free flow of energy whilst gentle pressure is applied to specific areas. This treatment is performed on a specially designed floor mattress.
Dressed in a light weight suit, the massage is done in the absence of oil but client may request oil to be used on the back.
60 min: R600
90 min: R850

Africology® Manicure and Pedicure

For a beautiful relief from the high-energy nature of everyday life, join us for an experience with a difference. Your hands or feet will be massaged, your nails
shaped and your skin richly hydrated with our all-natural products designed to undo environmental damage to your skin.
Manicure 60 min: R 350
Pedicure 60 min: R 400
French R 100 extra

Prices valid until 31 Oct 2015 only
Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Please note: A surcharge of R1,000 pppn  will be added for 2 pax wanting to book a 2-bedroom chalet.

Check In Times

Check in time shall be from 14h00 onwards (unless otherwise agreed)
Check-out time shall be before to 11h00

Rates Includes

  • All standard meals, 
  • accommodation,
  • two game drives per day and a sundowner drink (from 01 Nov 2016). 
  • Interpretive bush walks with an armed field guide are offered subject to availability.

Rates Excludes

  • All other drinks, 
  • baby-sitting, 
  • transfers, 
  • gratuities,
  • laundry service, 
  • other items of a personal nature, 
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy (which may be prepaid) of R200 per person payable at the lodge (subject to change), and the vehicle entry fee of R140 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (price subject to change).

Child Policy

  • Children of all ages welcome
  • Between 0 – 3 years; no charge and includes all meals
  • 4 – 12 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 Simbavati Document if you require further information.

Complimentary Scheduled Transfers

  • We offer complimentary 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 2016 at R1,140, R575 and R350 for single, sharing and 3rd/4th person respectively per room. For 2017 the zero VAT rated transfer is valued at R1310, R660 and R400 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, 12:10 & 13:15
    • Scheduled Departure Times from Simbavati –  09:30, 10:45 & 11:00
    • All complimentary transfers need to be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have guests on that flight.
  • If you are arriving at a different time, then we can arrange private transfers from Hoedspruit, Kruger Intl Airport, Phalaborwa Airport or from the Timbavati Gate. Please ask for our Transfers Rate Sheet.

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.
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: R5,500 per day (Valid till 31 Oct 2016)  R6,000 per day (Valid 01 Nov 2016-31 Oct 2017)
Private photographic vehicle/ranger: R6,600 per day (Valid till 31 Oct 2016) R7,250 per day (Valid 01 Nov 2016-31 Oct 2017)

Landing Fees
Landing Fee at a neighbouring airstrip:  R500 per arrival or departure (to be pre-paid)

Payment | Cancellation Policy

1.All cancellations must be given in writing.
2. Cancellation policy per booking:
2.1. If cancelled up to 61 days prior to arrival, a 10% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.
2.2. If cancelled 31 to 60 days prior to arrival, a 25% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.
2.3. If cancelled 15 to 30 days prior to arrival, a 75% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.
2.4. If cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival, a 100% cancellation fee of the full booking value (inclusive of VAT) will be charged.
3. Cancellations of 4 rooms and more, group cancellation policy will apply.
4. Guaranteed reservations will be held for the first night only, after which the accommodation will be released. Private Vehicle

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  • Game Viewing +

    Game viewing is offered either from an open vehicle, or on foot in the company of experienced rangers.
  • Timbavati Wildlife +

    The wildlife is particularly rich and boasts not only the Big Five experience but an extraordinary profusion of bird and
  • Timbavati Experience +

    Timbavati comprises a number of private concessions, which offer a selection of accommodation services and safari experiences.
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