Simbambili Game Lodge Description
Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over an extensive savannah grassland that teems with wildlife, as seen from the unique en-suite bathrooms and salas or from individual private plunge pools. The Sabi Sand is famous for its big five and has the highest concentration of leopard in the world. It offers cat lovers a chance to meet the stars of the Simbambili Leopard Project an online journal of the life of three leopards Saseke (the beautiful one), Mafufenyane (the angry one) and Nyaleti (the star) - face to face in their natural habitat. Tireless attention to detail and the desires of our guests are made possible by limiting this exclusive safari experience to a maximum of twelve. Simbambili essentials: * Rated five star by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa * Eight suites (16 guests) * Private plunge pools * Private salas * Curio shop * En-suite indoor / outdoor bath and shower * Boma * Air-conditioned bedrooms * Mini Bars * Library / meeting room * Health Spa * Rates include drinks on game drives * No children under 12 years
Simbambili Game Lodge offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination. The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call. Shortly after, you depart in your open landrover with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor. After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee & tea. Time to stretch your legs whilst having your sunglasses cleaned & indulge in cool towels in summer, and hot towels in winter. In winter, we keep our guests warm on the vehicle with hot water bottles & warm blankets. After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker. Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail. Our Shangaan trackers will enthrall you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore. The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest for other activities that we offer, with a late lunch served around 3.00pm. Lunch is followed by the afternoon game drive and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Once again, you will break somewhere out in the bush, in a remote, scenic spot to watch the sunset, where Sundowners and snacks are offered to guests whilst you once again stretch your legs. Upon returning for a gourmet 3 course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge - guests can socialize with a cognac, single malt or cigar around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day's adventure. Where possible, safaris will be tailored to suit individual preferences and interest. Service Times Meals Breakfast From 09H00 to 09h30 depending on seasons Lunch From 14H00 until 15H00 Dinner From 19H30 to 20H00 depending on seasons Activities Times that the game drives depart Summer 05h30 am and 16h00 pm Winter 06H00am and 15h30 pm Times that the walks depart After brunch Times that the walks depart Summer 10h00 Winter 10h30
Simbambili Game Lodge Directions
Reaching Acornhoek from all destinations : * Travel through Acornhoek towards Hluvukani/ Manyelethi * Continue on road until you get to Hluvukani (33 km) * In Hluvukani turn right towards Anthol ( just before the BP Garage) - this is a dirt road * Continue with this road for 5 kilometers * Turn left at the sign for Simbambili * Travel on this road for approximately 17 km until you reach the Gowrie Gate entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve - you will pass through the villages of Utah and Dixie * Here you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R80.00 (per vehicle) * Please note the Gowrie Gate is only open between 5:00am (05h00) & 11:00pm(23h00). * Turn immediately right at the Gowrie Gate, and follow the fence line to the Lodge. * Simbambili is approximately 6km from Gowrie Gate. * DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER GATE THAN GOWRIE GATE. YOU CAN NOT ENTER THE RESERVE AT ANY OTHER GATE TO GET TO SIMBAMBILI. From the North on the R 40, via Hoedspruit * At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge. * Continue 33 km and turn left towards Acornhoek and White River * Continue 4 km and turn left at Acornhoek. * Continue on road until you get to Hluvukani (33 km). * At Hluvukani you will see the BP Garage on your right. * Continue straight for 8 km * Turn right towards Seville and signs for Simbambili/ Sabi Sand * This is a dirt road * Continue on this road for 6 km until you reach a T-junction * Turn left at this T-Junction. * You will pass the villages of Utah and Dixie. From the Utah Trading Store, which is on your right, it is about 12.2km until you reach the Gowrie Gate entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. * Here you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R80.00 (per vehicle). * Please note the Gowrie Gate is only open between 5:00am (05h00) & 11:00pm(23h00). * Turn immediately right at the Gowrie Gate, and follow the fence line to the Lodge. * Simbambili is approximately 6km from Gowrie Gate. * * DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER GATE THAN GOWRIE GATE. YOU CAN NOT ENTER THE RESERVE AT ANY OTHER GATE TO GET TO SIMBAMBILI.