Simbambili Game Lodge
Simbambili Game Lodge, South Africa
ZAR 14,050per adult sharing per night
Set in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Simbambili has world-class game viewing opportunities. The managers, Mike and Tania, have been at Simbambili for over 10 years and ensure the lodge has a comfortable, sophisticated feel. We recently renovated the suites, which have been elegantly designed to blend in with the dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees along the meandering Manyeleti River.
Massive decks and the shaded sala beds are a guest favourite. We’re also extremely proud of our guides and trackers whose wealth of knowledge and passionate for what they do, continuously leave lasting impressions.
At the lodge, our guests are made to feel at home through the personal touches and calming nature of the setting, with many an hour spent on the main deck keeping an eye on the large waterhole and its ever-changing visitors just below.
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- Bush Breakfast
- Bush Dinner
- Conference Facilities
- Dining Room
- Mobile Coverage
- Outside Lounge
All of the nine spacious suites face the riverbed and woodlands, each with its own private plunge pool, sala bed on the deck and a free-standing bath, with the Waterhole Suite overlooking the waterhole.
There is a compulsory Passenger tax for arrivals and departures of R 150.00 per person at Thornybush Private Nature Reserve or R 150.00 at Simbambili. Should private planes park overnight at Thornybush Airstrip the fee is R 300.00 per day (payable direct upon check out). Aircraft collecting / dropping off guests not staying at a Thornybush Collection Game Lodge will be charged R750.00 Landing fee and R 750.00 per 24 Hours if parked overnight.
In the case where Thornybush book flight services the taxes are included in the quoted rate.
In the case where agent or guests book flight services directly with the airlines the charges will be collected directly at the lodge. Guests wishing to include these costs should please indicate at the time of booking. Costs above are subject to increase without prior notice.
All reservations will be charged a conservation fee of R445.00 per person per booking. The Conservation Fee for guests staying at Simbambili Game Lodge is inclusive of the R138 p/p per day Sabi Sand Conservation Fee. TOMSA Levy of R 14.00 per person per night (5* Lodges), R9.00 per person per night (4* Lodges). These costs (Conservation Fee & TOMSA Levy) will be raised on the reservations invoice and are under no circumstances payable at any of the lodges in the portfolio. Sabi Sand Gate Fee is payable direct at Gowrie Gate.
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Simbambili Game Lodge, South Africa
Morning Game Drives
A pink dawn, birds stirring and a chance to see the wildlife begin their day – welcome to a morning drive at Thornybush. You’ll need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sightings come quickly. After a couple hours of roaming the reserve you’ll stop at a special spot for a coffee break before heading back for a delicious late breakfast.
Following a morning game drive, our guests can be treated to breakfast in a beautiful bush setting. While the savannah stirs to life, we serve a wide variety of breakfast dishes that our guests enjoy surrounded by the untouched African wilderness.
A walking safari offers something quite different to a game drive: the thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 reserve and a chance to engage with the smaller things. You learn about tracking, insects and flowers. It’s a chance to have an immersive experience where you get down and touch and smell what’s out there while at the same time you never quite know what you’ll encounter around the next corner, and there’s little that compares to the experience when you do.
Thornybush runs a non-profit organisation that aims to uplift the surrounding local communities that many of our staff members come from. Exciting initiatives such as community owned agricultural businesses, food security, youth focused conservation awareness, sustainable procurement and infrastructure upgrades are all major focus area’s of ours.
Afternoon Game Drives
Following a lazy afternoon, most likely spent by the pool or on your deck, we’ll meet for afternoon tea before climbing into the game vehicle for a three-hour drive that leads into the evening. The sundowner stop at one of our favourite viewpoints will take in one of the iconic sights – a sunset casting golden light across an African savanna. As night sets in, new animals stir adding another level of excitement to the end of the drive.
Dinners at Thornybush are roaming affairs – locations can range from lantern-lit bomas to starry riverbeds, but the most memorable meals are often enjoyed in the privacy of your own deck. While the night sounds of the African bush ring through the air and mysterious eyes watch you from afar, you get to enjoy superbly prepared meals accompanied by South Africa’s finest wines.