• Nhlaralumi river is subject to seasonal rainfall
  • Nhlaralumi river is subject to seasonal rainfall
  • Nhlaralumi river is subject to seasonal rainfall
  • Nhlaralumi river is subject to seasonal rainfall
  • Nhlaralumi river is subject to seasonal rainfall
  • Nhlaralumi river is subject to seasonal rainfall
  • Nhlaralumi river is subject to seasonal rainfall

RIVER LODGE LOCATION


Location of Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is a wildlife-rich concession of land adjoining the western border of the Kruger National Park. The amalgamation of public and private land in the area forms “The Greater Kruger Park” area. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park, which allows for the free movement of the animals between the Reserves.

*It is important to note that guests wishing to visit Simbavati from the Kruger National Park are unable to enter the property via the bush/park, but will have to exit the park and approach via the tar road (see directions).

Getting to Simbavati River Lodge by Air

Scheduled Flights:
There are daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg International Airport to Hoedspruit Airport and two flights per week from Cape Town International Airport to Hoedspruit Airport. Transfers from the airport to the lodge takes approximately 1 hour and must be booked separately.

Other airports in the area are Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, also known as KMIA/Nelspruit (approx 3-3½ hrs from Simbavati) or Phalaborwa airport (1½-2 hrs).

Airstrip:
Clients can fly into the private airstrip within the Timbavati Reserve by prior arrangement.
There is a R500.00 landing fee per arrival or departure (to be prepaid).

Please inform reservations of your charter company name, contact details and approx arrival time so that we can arrange a transfer to collect you and bring you to the lodge.

Please note: All complimentary transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee - see rates below

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee: R140.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

Getting to Simbavati River Lodge by Road

Simbavati River Lodge is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.

If using a GPS to get to Simbavati, please use the GPS Co-ordinates: S 24° 12’ 20.2” E 31° 19’ 24.2”.

Do not type in Simbavati River Lodge into your GPS.
The GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you through Kruger National Park which is not the correct direction.

Please note you cannot access the Lodge through Kruger Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions below.

Follow the tar road from the Eastgate Airport/Timbavati turn-off for 44 km straight to the Simbavati turn-off. (GPRS coordinates for the Simbavati turn-off: S 24° 12’ 20.2” E 31° 19’ 24.2”). Turn right onto the dirt road and follow the lion footprints for approximately 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 where you will pay a Vehicle Entrance Fee per vehicle. Keep your permit, as the Lodge will issue you with an exit permit when you return again.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R140.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (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 16h00
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.

Complimentary 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.

Scheduled collection times from Hoedspruit

  • 11h20
  • 12h10
  • 13h20

Scheduled departure times from Simbavati

  • 09h30 
  • 10h30
  • 11h00

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. Please click here for our Transfer Rates.

Please note:

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

Complimentary transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee - see rates below

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R140.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

Private Transfer Rates

November 2017 - October 2018
Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport -
Simbavati Lodges
Time - 1½ hours per person from/to
1 Pax R1 115
2 Pax R 605
3 Pax R 420
4 Pax R 340
5+ Pax R 280
November 2017 - October 2018
Phalaborwa Airport -
Simbavati Lodges
Time - 2½ hours per person from/to
1 Pax R2 045
2 Pax R1 115
3 Pax R 870
4 Pax R 680
5+ Pax R 575
November 2017 - October 2018
KMIA Airport / Hazyview -
Simbavati Lodges
Time - 3 hours per person from/to
1 Pax R3 625
2 Pax R1 475
3 Pax R1 080
4 Pax R 845
5+ Pax R 740
November 2017 - October 2018
Skukuza -
Simbavati Lodges
Time - 4 hours per person from/to
1 Pax R3 140
2 Pax R1 810
3 Pax R1 325
4 Pax R1 025
5+ Pax R 875

Please note:
Private transfers include the vehicle entry fee - see rates below

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R140 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)



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