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Simbavati River Lodge Thatched Family Chalet Accommodation

Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five persons, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons.


Simbavati River Lodge Room Facilities

  • En-suite bathroom with seperate bath and shower
  • Double vanity basin
  • Wardrobe with coat hangers
  • Air-conditioning
  • 2 point plug converters
  • Complimentary room amenities
  • Private game viewing deck
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Eco-friendly insect spray
  • Hair-dryer
  • Filtered cold water
  • Mini bars with drinks and snacks
  • Electric blankets on beds for the winter
  • Laundry service
  • All rooms are non-smoking rooms (smoking is permitted on your private deck of your room)

Simbavati River Lodge Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Simbavati River Lodge.

There is a children’s activity room with a selection of toys/board games. Children will receive an activity booklet on arrival (coloured pencils available to use at reception). Children under the age of 13 will be taken to look at tracks and signs in the bush by a tracker after Breakfast. Board games and books available in the lounge area.

Child Rates:

0 to 3 years - no charge and the rate includes all meals.
4 to 11 years - 50% of per person sharing rate when sharing with parents in family chalets.
12 years+ - sharing with parents in a family chalet; 3rd/4th person rate is applicable.

If a child shares with a parent in our Luxury Safari Tents the per person sharing rate is applicable.

Children of all ages have to pay the compulsory conservation fee of R184 per child (subject to change).

Children 6 years & over are allowed on Game Drives. Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival. Please ask us for our Children at Simbavati Document if you require further information.

Baby-sitting during the game drives/evening meals is possible by prior arrangement and at an additional cost (R45 per hour). This needs to be pre-booked.

Simbavati River Lodge Rates

Family Chalets
Accommodation Dates Family Chalets
per person sharing
Family Chalets
3rd & 4th person
4 - 11 years
01 Nov 19 – 31 Oct 20 R 7 250 R 5 440 R 3 625

Please note: A surcharge of R1250 per person per night will be added for 2 pax wanting to book a 2-bedroom family chalet.


Includes: All standard meals, accommodation, two game drives per day and a sundowner drink. Emergency Medical Response and Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance.


Excludes: Drinks, baby-sitting, transfers, gratuities and items of a personal nature.Timbavati Conservation Levy which may be prepaid or paid at the lodge (subject to change), and the vehicle entry fee of R160 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (price subject to change).


Compulsory Conservation Fee:
Simbavati will collect the conservation fees (subject to change without prior notice) on behalf of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The conservation fee can be prepaid. 


Timbavati Conservation Levy: 01 January - 31 December 2019 
R 368 per person, per day (12 years and older)
R 184 per child, per day (under 12 years)

Timbavati Conservation Levy: 01 January - 31 December 2020 
R 400 per person, per day (12 years and older)
R 200 per child, per day (under 12 years)


Postponement Policy
Until further notice, any existing bookings travelling during the period 10 May to 20 December 2020 can be postponed up until 30 March 2022, subject to availability. Except for the 2021 festive season (20 December 2021 to 05 January 2022 which may attract a surcharge), postponed bookings are not subject to seasonality or inflation-related surcharges. All postponed bookings will, however, be subject to any concession fee surcharges as imposed by the relevant authorities.

Cancellation Policy
Until further notice, our cancellation policy will be amended as follows:

FIT’s: Full payment required at least 14 days prior to arrival
If cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival 90% cancellation fee

Group’s: Full payment required at least 30 days prior to arrival
If cancelled 30 days or less prior to arrival 90% cancellation fee


Value Added Extras

Honeymoon Bonus:
  • Complimentary sparkling wine
  • Romantic turndown
  • Private dinner
  • Staff singing with a cake
  • Birthday message

Simbavati River Lodge General Information

  • Simbavati River Lodge is family friendly. Children of all ages welcome (please refer to our child policy)
  • Groups are welcome with an exclusive use lodge rate on offer
  • We offer photographic safaris with a specialised photographic vehicle
  • Filtered water is provided on game drives, in the rooms and at the lodge at no additional cost
  • Malaria area
  • No pets allowed
  • Laundry service available
  • No bush walks are possible
  • Credit card facilities available
  • Wheel chair friendly