Greater Kruger National Park » Timbavati Game Reserve » Simbavati River Lodge


LOCATIONTimbavati Game Reserve, Kruger National ParkPOOLYes - at the main area only
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes
CHILD POLICYAll ages welcomeMALARIAYes (Low risk area)

  • Simbavati River Lodge is child-friendly (children of all ages are welcome) and it is a wheel chair friendly safari camp.
  • Simbavati River Lodge is a private game lodge in The Timbavati with a specialized photographic game drive vehicle that is unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry. Our professional photographer will ensure that you benefit from one on one instruction on everything from how to achieve the best position for the ultimate wildlife shot to professional tips on image editing, including both a pre-game drive and post-drive briefing.

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01 January - 30 June 2019 Luxury Safari Tent R 3,250 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 30 days of travel (SA Residents)
Luxury Safari Tent R 6,500 pppn sharing normal rate for advance bookings
01 July - 31 October 2019 Luxury Safari Tent R 6,500 pppn sharing normal rate for advance bookings
*FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES PLEASE CONTACT BUSHBREAKS & MORE ON 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) or email


*surcharges will apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

• Luxury Accommodation
• All meals
• Two game drives daily
• Single accommodation will be charged as follows:
• R 4,323 per single per night, valid 01 January - 30 June 2019 (last minute special rate - bookings within 30 days of travel for SA Residents only)
• R 8,645 per single per night, valid 01 January - 31 October 2019 (normal rate for advance bookings)
• Children 0 - 3 years are accommodated on a complimentary basis.
• Children 4 – 11 years will pay less 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with two adults in a family chalet.
• 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 book a private game drive vehicle at an additional charge.
• Morning and afternoon game drives
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Please Note: A surcharge will apply for 2 people wanting to book a Family Chalet. (rate on request)
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Timbavati Conservation Levy of R 368 per adult per day applies & R 184 per child per day (under 12 years), which needs to be pre-paid with the accommodation costs on confirmation of the booking. (Subject to change)
• Gate Entrance Fee of R 160 per vehicle applies for self-drive guests. Payable at the gate and subject to change.
• Complimentary scheduled transfer times are:
• From Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport to Simbavati at 11h20 & 13h20
• From Simbavati to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport at 09h30, 10h30 & 11h30
• All complimentary scheduled transfers are on request and must be pre-booked.

Approximately 6 to 7 hours drive from Johannesburg International to Simbavati River Lodg. 2 x daily scheduled from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. 3 x flights a week from/to Cape Town to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Complimentary 1 hour road transfer from/to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport at scheduled departure times. Road transfer from Nelspruit Airport can be arranged at an extra cost for the 3 hour drive to Simbavati River Lodge.

3 x 2 bedroom thatched Family Chalets, main bedroom has an en-suit bathroom.
8 x twin/double luxury Safari Tents with an inside shower and out side bath / outside shower inside bath.


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.


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.


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.


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.

All complimentary transfers must be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have clients on that flight.

Scheduled collection times from Hoedspruit  11h20, 12h10 and 13h15

Scheduled departure times from Simbavati  09h15 (for the 12h00 departure), 10h00 (for the 12h45 flight on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and 11h10

If you are arriving at a different time, then we can arrange private transfers from Hoedspruit, Kruger Mpumalanga Intl Airport, Phaloborwa Airport or from the Timbavati Gate at an additional charge.


  • 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


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




Simbavati River Lodge is a 6 to 7 hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

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

Follow the N4 and turn left 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 on the R540. At the T-junction turn left to Lydenburg into 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 to Hoedspruit.

In Hoedspruit, continue straight through the town. After the bridge crossing the railway line, turn right at the four way stop and continue on the R40 for another 6,4 km. Turn left onto the Timbavati/Eastgate Airport road. Follow the tar road from the Eastgate/Timbavati turn-off for 44 km straight to the Simbavati turn-off. Turn right onto the dirt road and follow the lion footprints for ±6,4 km to the lodge. On the tar road you will go through 2 control gates.


Direction by Road: From Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and Nelspruit.
Driving from Nelspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Simbavati will take approximately 3 hours.

From Nelspruit take the R40 to White River. (From KMIA turn right onto the R40 to White River.) Through White River, follow the R40 signs carefully to Hazyview. Continue north on the R40 through Hazyview.

Note that this is a busy stretch of road with vehicles, people and often animals on the road. Please drive carefully and slowly and keep to the speed limits. Follow the R40 towards Klaserie and Hoedspruit. Just before Klaserie you turn right onto the R40 toward Hoedspruit. Travel for approx 18 km and turn right at the Eastgate airport sign. Follow the tar road from the Eastgate/Timbavati turnoff for 44 km straight to the Simbavati turn-off.Turn right onto the dirt road and follow the lion footprints for ±6,4 km to the lodge. (On the tar road you will go through 2 control gates. At the second gate you enter the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.


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