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The Joys of the Cederberg inWinter

Discover the magic of Cederberg Ridge in winter with Simbavati Lodge Collection. Enjoy cozy accommodations, stunning landscapes…

Uncovering the Timeless Paintings of the San People

Sevilla rock art

Nestled in the heart of the Cederberg Mountain range, one of the richest areas for rock art in Southern Africa, remarkable rock art created by the San people has stood the test of time for approximately 2000 years, if not more. These ancient paintings have captured the imaginations of all who encounter them. Most of … Read more

A Tale of Rooibos Tea

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - rooibos

The renowned South African tea, called Rooibos, is a favourite at Simbavati Cederberg Ridge and in many households throughout the world. Only grown and  produced in the Cederberg region, this extraordinary tea is intricately connected to our lodge and our location.   The Beginnings of Rooibos Over 300 years ago, the indigenous Khoisan people harvested the … Read more

Bouldering in the Cederberg

If you’re ready to embark on a thrilling adventure, bouldering in the Cederberg is a must-try experience. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that doesn’t require ropes, and it usually takes place relatively close to the ground. The idea is to tackle short, technical climbs with a focus on skill and precision. While expert … Read more

A Recipe to Remember

Childhood memories lead to the greatest inspiration “South African cuisine is all about heart and home,” says Simbavati Group Executive Chef, Garth Davids, whose passion is creating good honest food in a farm to table style. He shared a favourite personal recipe with us, representing his journey from humble beginnings as a young boy growing … Read more

Lioness on Foot in the Timbavati

It was just another chilly morning in the bush. As usual, we had our coffee and tea around dawn while we waited for the sun to rise. Just enough for us to see what was going on in the gradually lessening shadows. We left in the morning on foot and nothing was out of the … Read more

What to look out for on a walking safari

Simbavati Trails camp - walking safari & guiding

So what sort of things are we looking for when on a walking safari? At Simbavati Trails camp, or any bush walk for that matter. Since we are part of the Timbavati Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger area, we do have free-roaming game including the Big 5. But, when we are … Read more

Spring Flowers in the Cederberg

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - wild spring flowers

There’s a spring in everyone’s step, the bees start buzzing, temperatures start rising and the rains are almost done. It’s that time of year again here in the Western Cape when the days eyes (Daisy’s) are abundant and there are so many more flowers. Murphy (famous for his ‘law’) may be happy because this time … Read more

History & process of Rooibos tea farming

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - rooibos

Did you know that the Cederberg region of South Africa is the only place in the world where Rooibos tea is grown? Other countries (and even other areas in South Africa), have tried and failed, so it is rather unique in this regard! Rooibos tea is one of the most important industries of this mountainous … Read more