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Simbambili Game Lodge
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

If was our first Safari experience, so our comparison base is limited, but by any strecth of imagination it is hard not to be more than happy about our 4 days at Simbambili.

It did start rough though, with a 2 1/2 hours back spine testing transfer from Skukuza airport (would recommend to fly to Hoedspruit even if Skukuza is a little gem, never seen such a pristine micro-airport!) mostly through rain damaged roads within not very charming local villages and spread out towns.

But the initial pain was well forgotten when the gates of sabi sands reserve were crossed. We were welcomed in a small albeit elegantly designed luxury lodge with large, beautifully decorated private bungalow as our residence for four days.

The safari experiences were stunning, even from people who had been on several before. Our range-tracker duo combined passion, expertise and incredible instincts and sight, to a point that they obviously more passionate about animals then humans (I see this as a plus by the way!!) and we appreciated the silence moments as much as the explanations.

The service as a family-touch and includes your entitled "butler" and great surprises like room or bush dinners. For our European more introvert background the number of times we were asked if everything was ok was even too much, particularly in obviously contemplative moments. But the atmosphere is of genuine caring and making you feel privileged and part of a small circle.

But the location and the richness of the fauna is the main point right? Well from that point of view it's all thumbs up, you might not get far sight but the variety density of animals are amazing.

So all perfect, of course not, always small room for improvement, even though some of it is question of taste:

- between (very) early morning and late afternoon safari drives or walks ( the latter a must-do in my view) there is a lot of time...a refresher of the gymn (full with stains, old equipment, partially used as storage) woudl not hurt
- food is good and blends local flavours and produce with more international classics...but it could at times bit more refined and have lighter options
- an effort could be done to improve the staff accomodation (guests are not supposed to see them but other lodges seem to treat their personnel better in that sense)

Room Tip: With only 8 bungalows all overseeing the same dry river bed, the only question is how far you want to be from central lodge room...
  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Candice W, Public Relations Manager at Simbambili Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Hello MCMCMQ, thank-you so much for taking the time to leave this detailed review. We really appreciate your feedback, which will be escalated in order to resolve the issues. We're glad you had a wonderful experience for your first safari - we hope you'll be back again for more.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This is the perfect safari experience. Game drives are the best part, especially if you have the excellent Justin and Willies to guide you. The animals are up close and personal, and so close to the vehicle that it seems like you are living in a fairytale. We were warmly welcomed by Halley and Ashley, and had a great stay.

Room Tip: All good great views of passing animals
Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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Candice W, Public Relations Manager at Simbambili Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Hi Missruby_13, thank-you so much for leaving this review! Hope to see you back again some day in the future.

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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

We stayed in Sambambili Game Lodge for 4 nights...the experience was fantastic and we will never forget it! We were fortunate to stay in the „waterhole bungalow“ which allows watching the animals directly from the pool or sunbed...simply fantastic.
The lodge is very small (only 9 rooms) and therefore allows for a very family like athmosphere. The team was super friendly and ultra helpful throughout the whole stay.
Special thanks to Mike and Derrek for the simply amazing safari rides...never imagined to see so many animals!
Many thanks also the rest of the team which made our stay truly unforgettable and memorable... (kitchen team, butler, massage, planning & coordination)
Thanks again!!! We will definitely come back...

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Michael L
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Candice W, Guest Relations Manager at Simbambili Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Hi there Michael L, thank-you so much for leaving this review for Simbambili Lodge! I'm so glad that you had a great time here with us. Looking forward to having you back again soon. Take care.

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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Spent our last three nights on honeymoon at Simbambili. It was also Christmas. By the time we left, we felt like family. The Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners were so special and the food was all delicious! Our game drives with Justin and Willies were great. Justin was so passionate and had answers to all of our questions. We can’t wait for our next Safari! Look no further than Simbambili!!

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Sweetiee310
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Candice W, Guest Relations Manager at Simbambili Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Hi there Sweetie310 - thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review for Simbambili Lodge! I'm so glad that we helped to make your honeymoon something to remember :) Looking forward to having you back again at some point in the future. Take care.

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Simbambili in their luxurious Waterhole Suite. Easily the most beautiful place we have ever stayed with breathtaking views of the waterhole where we saw several elephants, antelope, and baboons. And that was just from our porch! On our game drives with ranger, Justin, and tracker, Willies, we saw more elephants, white rhinos, water buffalo, leopards, and 2 different prides of lions. We were even lucky enough to be next to a male lion while he roared! Truly unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank kghartman
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Candice W, Community Manager at Simbambili Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Hi kghartman, thank-you so much for taking the time to leave this review for Simbambili Lodge. I'm thrilled to read that you managed to see so much! Hope to see you back again some time in the future. Take care.

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