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  • 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).

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

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee: R160.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)



Flights between Hoedspruit and Johannesburg, Cape Town

Getting to Simbavati River Lodge by Road

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Directions From Johannesburg/Pretoria to Simbavati Hilltop Lodge


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 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 (Mashishing)on the R540. At the T-junction turn left into Lydenburg (Mashishing) 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 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 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 300m, 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 is open from 06:00 – 22:00.
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 longer 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 less 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 just 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 300m, 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 is open from 06:00 – 22:00.
You will be expected to pay an entrance fee here (2017/18 - R140).


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.


 


Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R160.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)
Gate fees will increase to R190 per vehicle from 01 January 2020.

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. .
NB: There is no more cellphone reception once you turned off the R40.

Transfers

We offer 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
  • 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 scheduled transfers need to be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have guests on that flight.

Scheduled transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee - see rates below

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R160.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

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