Simbavati River Lodge

Safari Lodge | Timbavati | South Africa Simbavati River Lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve offers excellent Big Five game viewing opportunities from a base on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River.

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The contemporary, warm, welcoming atmosphere will make your safari something to treasure forever. In the heart of South Africa's Big 5 country, pristine bush awaits you.

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From: POA
Rating | Personal and Comfortable

Highlights & What to Expect

  • Heat impacts the activities and behavior of animals. Therefore, game drives are conducted in the mornings and late afternoons, when games are most active.
  • During game drives, one may see the world-famous white lions of the Timbavati, as this area is home to the pride that carries the gene that causes this anomaly.
  • Experienced rangers lead bush walks, generally conducted after a late breakfast.
  • Dining in the boma, where sounds of the African night and a crackling fire create the ambiance, is not soon to be forgotten.
  • River Lodge is ideal for honeymooners seeking to spend their special time on a safari in Africa.

Location & Setting

The lodge is built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. This reserve forms part of the larger unfenced Kruger conservation area, the top safari destination in South Africa. The dining deck overlooks a waterhole frequented by elephants and other animal species.


All eight tents and the three family chalets offer en suite bathrooms, private decks, and air-conditioning, while the tents have the bonus of outside showers or baths. The luxurious safari tents have tea and coffee facilities, filtered water, well-stocked minibars, and electric blankets for the winter chill.


The facilities at the main lodge are spacious and include a lounge with a selection of books and games, a bar to socialize, and a boma where dinners are enjoyed under the stars. There is a viewing deck overlooking the Nhlaralumi River and a crystal-clear swimming pool. Cubs Club keeps the young ones entertained with activities and crafts.







Swimming Pool




Game Drives

Bush Dining

Bird Watching

Night Drives