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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 27/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#12 of 40 Specialty lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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Simbambili Game Lodge is a highly individualised destination for the discerning traveller located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River, with views over an extensive savannah grassland, that teems with wildlife visiting an ever popular water hole. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms, outside salas or individual private plunge pools. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is your choice to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects, or simply relax in the Sanctuary Spa. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big five game, either on foot or from an open safari vehicle. The amazing safari experience is complimented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines andthe warmth of true African hospitality.
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marthamelia wrote a review Aug 2022
Pensacola, Florida11 contributions5 helpful votes
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Simbambili Lodge was an amazing safari lodge in Sabi Sand. I can not recommend this lodge enough! My game drives with Trevor and Willis were unforgettable. They were able to show me ALL of the animals that I wanted to see and then some. Glory, my butler, was always ready with a nice glass of bubbles for me when I returned to the lodge. The food was spectacular, and I also took advantage of the on site gym and spa facilities (facial and massage was great) I loved having a sundowner in the Bush with the incredible African sunset with cocktail in hand. My room had a dip pool with outside covered bed that I took great advantage of. I’m a solo traveler, and I felt extremely safe and well looked after at Simbambili, almost felt like I was the only person at the lodge!! I can’t wait to be able to come back!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 1 week ago
Solo travel at Simbambili Game Lodge is the perfect choice for a solitude retreat. We're so happy that you enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the Sabi Sands wilderness, sounds like you had a fabulous time. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, it brings us great joy that you enjoyed every moment of your stay. We always encourage "me-time", and what better way than to spoil yourself with a little bubbly and facial? We hope you tell your friends and family about our little hidden gem in Africa, and we hope to see you again!
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Superwoman2003 wrote a review Aug 2022
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom23 contributions34 helpful votes
The most amazing place to stay. Everything was perfect, the accommodation, the staff, the food, the game drives, the rangers, and just when you think it can get no better they surprise you with a little something extra, in our case a top quality bush breakfast! Mike & Tania were fabulous hosts & it was if their staff were family members. They all worked well together & could not have been more welcoming or friendly. We were spoilt with the game drives seeing all of the big 5 extremely close up within the first 16 hours of our arrival at the lodge. Mike was also our ranger with Mr T and their knowledge & obvious love of the animals added to the whole experience. Mike was also great with our 17 year old son treating him to a bush walk where they encountered Elephant, buffalo & Lion all on foot. A truely memorable holiday.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Morning game drives in July are cold but the lodge provided us with blankets & hot water bottles
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for the phenomenal feedback about your stay at Simbambili Game Lodge. It is truly a gem, and we're elated to know that you enjoyed every moment of your safari stay. It's always exciting to hear about our riveting game drives and knowledgeable Guides and Trackers. Our hospitality teams are dedicated to every guest experience! We hope that your memories stay with you forever, and hopefully, one day you'll be able to visit us again.
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Josh A wrote a review Jul 2022
Baltimore, Maryland61 contributions59 helpful votes
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I still don’t know how they did it, but in a place full of leopards, lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalos and so much more we found some of the best food possible and by far the best guide and tracker in Sabi Sands. I think we were very luck to have Tendai and Service spend 4 days with us in Sabi Sands. We tracked leopards and lions during our time together and walked through the bush to find giraffes early in the morning. We found white rhinos who were incredible to watch up close and even heard a male lion call out to his pride while sitting on top of a termite mound. This lodge is the best. You honestly won’t want to leave and if you are lucky enough to spend your time with Tendai and Service then you likely will come back and visit again which is what we might need to do in the very near future!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 29 Jul 2022
What a spectacular review, thank you! We have some of the most passionate teams tracking wildlife, and this feedback reminds us of special they are. We're happy that you managed to see all the diversity of wildlife, and still enjoy the beauty of the unique Sabi Sands reserve. The walking safari is great - well done for trying that, not everyone is brave enough to try it. We also have some of the best Chefs in the industry creating creative and delicious wholesome meals. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and the rest of the world, we hope to see you again soon!
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Lisa wrote a review Jul 2022
10 contributions5 helpful votes
My extended family of 6 spent 3 days at Simbambili. It was by far the best safari camp we went to and the best part of our 3 week vacation. We felt at home as soon as Tanya welcomed us. Mike is an amazing guide and Mr T is a great tracker. We not only saw all the animals but we were immersed with them. Mike and Mr T are the best at finding and viewing the animals. Nothing stops them from getting you up close and personal, especially with leopards, lions, elephants, wild dogs, hyenas and rhinos. The food and the staff are all wonderful. We highly recommend this lodge.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 29 Jul 2022
It brings us so much joy when families get to experience our lodge and create these memories together. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and for letting us know that "we're the best". Our teams are very specialised and passionate about the bush. You chose to visit a very special location for game viewing in the Greater Kruger, and we hope that everyone enjoyed it as you did. Please visit us again :)
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NGY wrote a review Jun 2022
Malaga, Spain18 contributions11 helpful votes
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Our first Safari and what an amazing first it was. Simbambili exceeded all our expectations in every aspect. Kel and Ishmael were amazing. Every game drive was a wonderful experience. They are extremely knowledgeable in every aspect from the smallest to the biggest of the wildlife. We even had an astrology lesson. Thanks for the off roading and the Bush walk (although that did get the heart rate going up a bit) we were so privileged to see all the animals up close. Nomsa, Glory, Rich, Stan, Moosa, the chefs and all the other staff thank you for making us feel so at home. Special shout out for Glory’s singing and Moosa’s enthusiastic dancing!! Oh and Silvia gave the best massage and facial I’ve had in a very long time. Every day was different, we enjoyed dinner round the open fire, bush breakfasts and special dinners. Honestly, the best experience ever!!! We hope to come back again soon. Xxx
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 21 Jun 2022
Greetings, and thank you for this lovely review. Welcome to the safari traveller community, we love our first-timers! We're overjoyed with your positive review of your experience because this is what it's all about for us - exciting, relaxing and beautiful experiences with your loved ones. The adventures in the bush never end, especially with the phenomenal pairing of Kel and Ishmael, you will see and feel the beauty of the Sabi Sands. Our teams make us who we are, and we're humbled by your incredible feedback, and for remembering all of their names. Thank you for choosing to make your memories with us. We hope you come back again.
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Drew K wrote a review Jun 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa28 contributions7 helpful votes
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Happy to share that another trip to the special Simbambili exceeded all expectations!!! From Mike our ranger and his trusty Mr T every game drive was a wonderful experience. Thanks for the off roading that allowed us wonderful access to the big 5 and so much more with two insane Wild Dog sightings. To Tanya, Nomsa, Edward, Rich, Stan, Moosa, Glory and all the other lodge staff thanks for looking after us with such genuine care and warmth!! You make this place so amazing to visit and are an exceptional advert for South Africa! Chef you legend, the food keeps getting better and better, the Boma dinner was fabulous as was the bush breakfast. I appreciate the effort to accommodate my dietary requirements and leave very well fed 🙏👍. See you again soon!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 21 Jun 2022
We're elated with this review Drew - thank you! It's always special to know that we have raving fans, and that your visits to Simbambili Game Lodge keep getting better and better. Thank you for naming all the incredible teams that make our lodge a success because without them it wouldn't be as special. Off-roading aka "bundu-bashing" is incredibly necessary and exciting if we're going to keep up with the wild animals, and yes! Wild Dogs are a treat. You're very lucky for that sighting. Your compliments go a long way with us because they ensure that the teams know how special they are, and that we get recommended all across the world. You're always welcome to our home in the African wilderness - see you soon!
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Sarah M wrote a review May 2022
Park City, Utah22 contributions4 helpful votes
-We LOVED Simbambili. I was so sad to leave this lodge. Everyone was incredible, we felt so welcome and we had an amazing experience. Absolutely world class. -Mike and Mr T made the game drives so interesting and fun. Tanya was fantastic too. Mr T in the lodge was so caring as well. Really everyone was-the staff here is truly amazing. They went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. No detail was forgotten. I'd say it was almost like we were welcomed into their family, but there was also a level of luxuriousness and care that went beyond anything we expected. -the food here was so good-interesting and with lots of options. Loved the Boma night too. -The ability to go off-road here was great too-it was so fun to really track and follow the animals through the bush. The drives were always super exciting. We hope to be back again someday! Thank you so much to everyone at Simbambili for giving us such a special and unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 21 Jun 2022
Thank you Sarah for sharing your incredible memories and feedback with us. We're so glad that we exceeded all your expectations, and that it was worth it to travel all the way to be with us in the wilderness. You made the right decision by visiting us, because we always ensure to host with a smile, and to welcome everyone to the Simbambili family. The teams we have are some of the best, and we're incredibly happy that you enjoyed the finest Safari adventures in the Greater Kruger. We will share this message with our teams on-site and make sure that they're reminded of how special they are. Again, thank you for sharing, and please recommend us to your friends and family back at home. See you soon!
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Amy C wrote a review May 2022
3 contributions4 helpful votes
I went to Simbambili with my parents, my partner and his parents (who were travelling from Australia) and we had an incredible time! It was a 5 star experience all round due to all the amazing staff (shout out to Mr T and Rich, the butlers) and experienced rangers/trackers (shout out to Mike and Mr T). Luxury rooms, impeccable service, phenomenal sightings and beautiful surroundings! Thank you to everyone we met at Simbambili and those we didn't, who worked very hard in the background, for making it a trip of a lifetime! I really hope to make it back and see you all again!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 21 Jun 2022
Amy thank you for this amazing feedback. We're elated that you chose to create special memories with us at Simbambili Game Lodge. We have some of the best teams in the Greater Kruger, who make our safari hospitality and offerings even better. We're super glad that you spotted incredible wildlife in the bush, and that the trip was an entire success. We appreciate you for choosing us to host your family and we cannot wait to see you again, until then - keep well.
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Trek57854208611 wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
From the moment we arrived at Simbambili to the moment we left we loved every minute The game drives with Mike and Mr T were incredibly exciting and they made every effort possible for us to see everything, which we did, and more! The staff were brilliant and the food outstanding. We had international visitors with us and I was so proud of our beautiful, friendly and wonderful country. This was our second visit to Simbambili and I would go back again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 21 Jun 2022
Thank you for this incredible 5-star review and feedback regarding our warm hospitality and enthralling game drive with Mike and Mr T. We're elated that your 2nd time with us, was again an exceptional experience, which has produced a raving fan in you. We appreciate the time and effort you take to travel all the way to the northern Sabi Sands to spend time with us. We always welcome our beautiful locals to our lodges, we don't know where we would be without you.
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Chez wrote a review Apr 2022
Warrington, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
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I recently visited this amazing lodge with friends to celebrate my birthday and had never been on safari but it was a discus’s experience. From the start you get a friendly welcome and drink and it carries on the whole stay , especially loved Mr T our buried who was such a smiley man The staff also surprised me with cake and singing for my birthday The drives were out of this world and Mike with the help of the other Mr T managed to get so close to the animals , more that other vehicles ,I never thought I’d see elephants up close and lions wandering past the car The accommodation is fabulous and so is the food When we left i got emotional as I felt like I was leaving friends behind Highly recommend .
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Take warm sweatshirts for the drives as gets chilly
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Responded 3 May 2022
We appreciate the time you took to share this incredible feedback with us. What a special way to spend your birthday, we're so lucky that you spent it with us. There's nothing like a quintessential African Safari in one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. It sounds like you had a fantastic stay, and we hope that your memories with us are shared with your loved ones. Thank you for recommending us - we hope that you'll visit us again!
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$1,750 - $2,073 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Simbambili Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Simbambili Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Simbambili Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Simbambili Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Simbambili Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Simbambili Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Simbambili Game Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Simbambili Game Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Simbambili Game Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.