Simbavati River Lodge
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Travel Info
Location: Kruger National Park
Stay nights: 1 night
Travel dates: 01 Nov 2020 - 31 Jan 2021
Inclusions:
Hotel
Self-drive
The Experience

GETTING THERE
Approximately 7 to 8 hours drive from Johannesburg to Simbavati River Lodge.
2 x daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport.
3 x flights a week from/to Cape Town to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport.
Road transfers from Nelspruit Airport can be arranged at an extra cost for the 3 hour drive to Simbavati River Lodge.

ACCOMMODATION
6 x twin/double Luxury Safari Tents
2 x twin/double Luxury Safari Tents with private plunge pools (from 01 November 2019)
3 x 2 bedroom thatched Family Chalets

Of the 11 units, we now have 3 x 2 bedroom family chalets, 6 x luxury safari tents and 2 x luxury safari tents with plunge pools. 

ABOUT SIMBAVATI RIVER LODGE

An exclusive African Safari experience awaits you at the Simbavati River Lodge (previously known as Gomo Gomo), situated in the northern sector of the world famous Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park. The closest gate to the Kruger Park is the Orphen Gate (approximately 1 hour drive). The reserve is home to the famous White Lions and offers exceptional game viewing opportunities. Simbavati River Lodge has extensive tracts of wilderness (over 9 500 hectares) in which to experience an authentic but affordable African safari.

An intimate and child friendly camp, Simbavati River Lodge places emphasis on relaxation. Chalets are comfortably furnished complete with air conditioning, further enhancing your tranquil African Bush experience. The lodge also offers a lounge, bar, restaurant and breathtaking views of the nearby Nhlaralumi river. Mid Morning Brunch and Afternoon High-Tea is served outside on a wooden deck and combines African and Western cuisine offering exciting new tastes for the more adventurous as well as more conventional preferences. Served around the campfire in an open-air boma, Dinner is a memorable occasion for all guests who dine at Simbavati River Lodge.

The lodge offers Big 5 safari Game Drives in the early morning and 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. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was initiated in 1956 by a group of land owners 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.

ABOUT TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE

Timbavati Nature Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range and ensuring guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. View the big game from open vehicles, on foot or from the comfort of your room as you experience timeless Africa.

Escape from the grind of daily life and succumb to the tranquil wilderness of the Timbavati Nature Reserve in the South African Lowveld. Here you can view the Big Five and other endangered species such as the Wild Dog and Cheetah in their natural environment.

ANIMALS AND BIRDS

All the big game is here including rhino, elephants, buffalo, zebras, antelopes, as well as leopard, lion, hyena. Bird watching is good particularly during the rainy season.

 

LODGE FEATURES


Lounge with a selection of books and games

Curio shops

Informal meeting lounge

Furnished game viewing deck

Guest restroom

Splash pool with grass area for kid’s activities

ROOM FEATURES

Family Chalets


 Unit 1: 2 x twin bedded rooms with en-suite bath & shower

 Unit 2: 1 x twin and 1 x triple bedded rooms with en-suite bath & shower

 Unit 3: 1 x King & 1 x twin bedded rooms with en-suite bath & shower

 Wardrobe and coat hangers

 2-point plug converters

 Complimentary toiletries

 Non-smoking rooms

 Private game viewing deck

 Air conditioning

 
Luxury Safari Tents


 All twin bedded with either inside shower & outdoor bath or inside bath & outdoor shower

 Wardrobe and coat hangers

 2-point plug converters

 Complimentary toiletries

 Non-smoking rooms

 Private game viewing deck

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DULLSTROOM ROUTE: Please be aware that this road has some very bad stretches with potholes, but it is still the fastest and most preferred road by regular travellers).

 

From Johannesburg take the N12 to Witbank (Emalahleni) and continue on the N4. From Pretoria, take the N4 to Witbank (Emalahleni).

 

Follow the N4 and turn l eft to Belfast (Off-ramp R33/R540). Once in Belfast, turn right into Voortrekker Street and continue straight with the R540 to Dullstroom. Drive straight through Dullstroom and continue to Lydenburg (Mashishing) on the R540. At the T-junction turn left into Lydenburg (Mashishing) i nto Viljoen Street (R36). Turn left again into Voortrekker Street. Turn right into De Clercq street and follow the R36 through Ohrigstad. After the Abel Erasmus pass, the R36 turns left to Tzaneen. Do not turn left here, but continue straight on the R527 until you reach the town of Hoedspruit. (The distance between Ohrigstad and Hoedspruit is ±85 km).

 

Once in Hoedspruit, continue straight. After the bridge crossing the railway line, turn right at the four-way stop and stay on the R40 South towards Hazyview and White River. Drive ±6.5 km and then turn l eft on the D1909 (Argyle Road). The signage reads Timbavati and Eastgate Airport.

 

Please do not rely on your GPS after Hoedspruit. It will lead you the wrong lodge which will mean a two-hour detour.

 

After about 300 m. you will get to a control gate, where you pass through. Continue straight, past the airport, for another 18 km until you reach the Enkhulu Control Gate i nto the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The gate i s open from 06:00 – 18:00. You will be expected to pay an entrance fee here (2021 R210 * Subject to change) . Very important: Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon/evening game drive and lunch, which we do not serve later than 15h00. It is also safer not to drive in the reserve and arrive at the lodge when it is dark. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let us know on (015) 793-9051/3. Please note: Continuous cellular telephone reception ends here. Continue straight for another 27 km (please ensure that you keep to the speed limit and do not get out of your car) until you reach the sign for Simbavati River Lodge. Here you turn right onto a gravel road. Continue on this road by following the signage for another ±6.4 km until you reach Simbavati River Lodge.

 

From Hoedspruit, it will take you approximately 90 minutes to get to the lodge.

 

N1 ROUTE TO SIMBAVATI RIVER LODGE: The N1 route via Polokwane is an alternative from Gauteng to Simbavati River Lodge. Although this way is ±50 km l onger than the Dullstroom route and one pays more in toll fees, for some people this is a better option. It is a road without potholes, and there are fewer delays due to heavy, slow-moving trucks. From Oliver Tambo International Airport follow the R21 north to Pretoria. Just before you reach Pretoria take the N1 North to Polokwane. (From Johannesburg, you follow the N1 North to Polokwane). Take the R71 to Tzaneen j ust before you get Polokwane. Follow the R71 via Grobler Street through Moria to Tzaneen. Do not turn off the R71 until you get to the T-junction. Turn right onto the R36/R71 towards Tzaneen. Turn left onto the R71 at the first off-ramp and stay on the R71 through Giyani, Letsitele and Gravelotte until you reach the next T-Junction. At the T-junction turn right onto the R40 south towards Hoedspruit, White River and Mbombela. Continue straight through Hoedspruit. Drive ±6.5 km and then turn left on the D1909 (Argyle Road). The signage reads Timbavati and Eastgate Airport.

 

Please do not rely on your GPS after Hoedspruit. It will lead you the wrong lodge which will mean a two-hour detour.

 

After about 300 m. you will get to a control gate, where you pass through. Continue straight, past the airport, for another 18 km until you reach the Enkhulu Control Gate into the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The gate i s open from 06:00 – 18:00. You will be expected to pay an entrance fee here (2021 R210 * Subject to change) . Very important: Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon/evening game drive and lunch, which we do not serve later than 15h00. It is also safer not to drive in the reserve and arrive at the l odge when it is dark. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let us know on (015) 793-9051/3. P lease note: Continuous cellular telephone reception ends here. Continue straight for another 27 km (please ensure that you keep to the speed l imit and do not get out of your car) until you reach the sign for Simbavati River Lodge. Here you turn right onto a gravel road. Continue on this road by following the signage for another ±6.4 km until you reach Simbavati River Lodge.

 

From Hoedspruit, it will take you approximately 90 minutes to get to the lodge.

 

Specific Terms

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 guests, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate a maximum of four guests.

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

*Special discounted rates for the family chalets are available on request on 0861 00 44 55 / +27114683476 / email: [email protected]
Please note: a surcharge will be applicable for 2 pax wanting to book a 2-bedroom family chalet.,SADC Residents rates include:
• Luxury accommodation
• All meals
• Water, tea, coffee and a daily sundowner drink
• Two safari game activities per day, Please contact your BushBreaks consultant for a special discounted rate for single accommodation. , Children of all ages are welcome.
• Children between 0 – 3 years: no charge and includes all meals.
• Children between 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 will be charged at the applicable 3rd /4th person sharing rates (available on request).
• Child sharing with one parent in a Luxury Safari Tent: per person sharing rate applicable.
, Children of 6 years and older are allowed on game drives, at the discretion of the lodge manager.
• Families with children younger than 6 years may arrange a private game drive vehicle, at an additional charge, prior to arrival.,Simbavati River 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 Five 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 well stocked curio shop)
• Afternoon high tea (combination of high tea & light 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), Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Timbavati Conservation Levy of R 100 per person per night applies, which needs to be pre-paid with the accommodation costs on confirmation of the booking. Applicable to SADC Residents & subject to change without prior notice.
• Timbavati/Klaserie vehicle entrance fee ZAR 210 applies to self-drive guests. Payable at the gate and subject to change.

**The Timbavati Enkhulu Gate closes at 18h00 and reopens at 06h00**
When self driving it is approximately a 7 to 8 hours drive. The recommended departure time from Gauteng (Johannesburg/Pretoria) is no later than 10h00, with no stops, to make it in time before the gate closes. The recommended route is the N1 via Polokwane.
Guests arriving at the Lodge after 15h00/15h30 will unfortunately, miss out on the first afternoon's activity.