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OVERVIEW

Comfortable, contemporary and expansive interiors invite you to totally relax.

Who doesn’t want to have their own private safari homestead in the famous Greater Kruger Park, for a few days or a week? 

The spacious Simbavati Homestead is our self-catered lodge, which combines the intimacy and warmth of a holiday home, with the game experience of a traditional safari lodge. Here, in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, you can have the freedom of the African bush and its magnificent wildlife. But on your terms. Expertly guided game drives in open 4×4 game drive vehicles can be tweaked to suit your party of family or friends. (Up to a point. Bear in mind that hungry animals on the hunt may not wait for a teenager’s sleep schedule!)

Interiors are comfortable, contemporary and expansive which invites you to totally relax. Five en suite bedrooms sleep 10 people. There’s an open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area for easy living. There’s a separate TV lounge or snug, which is also a perfect place for kids to hang out.

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Why we love it

Homely

Modern African farmhouse, with a casual, contemporary style

Family

Home-in-the-bush ambience which is fenced so perfect for family or friends

Self-Catering

Taken on self-catered basis with private guide and vehicle

Relaxing

Great connection with the bush with expansive stoeps and terraces for daytime relaxation

ROOMS

Home away from home

There are five bedrooms. All have king-sized beds which can all, except one, be changed to twin. Two are en suite with one having a private balcony. Others are more suited to younger people with twin beds and shared bathrooms. However, all are decorated with a refined contemporary style, underpinned by a focus on comfort.

Simbavati Homestead - bedroom
Simbavati Homestead - bathroom

RATES & OFFERS

Our Price

Our prices below are per villa for 10 people. But we do offer a lower nightly rate if you take the homestead for 5 nights or more.

2021

R25,000 for the Villa

Top Reasons to Visit

GAME DRIVES

Your own safari rhythm

One of the joys of taking a private safari house like the Homestead is the ability to set your own schedule. Especially if there are young ones involved.

You can start your morning game drive a little later, or head back a little earlier if young ones are getting tired (or bored).

You don’t have to worry about disturbing anyone else’s peace and relaxation with a raucous game of football on the lawn. Or some loud fun and games in the pool.

You can opt for an early dinner for the kids. And then cook up a more leisurely, relaxed dinner at your pace when they are tucked up in bed. 

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REGIONS

Getting There

Simbavati Homestead is approx 60 to 90 minutes from Hoedspruit Eastgate airport, depending on how comfortable you are driving on gravel roads. It can be accessed via a rental car. 

Directions from Hoedspruit Airport

As you exit the Airport, turn left for Klaserie Game Reserve onto Argyle Road. Drive through the Guernsey Access Control Gate.  Continue straight for approximately 13km until you reach the Enkhulu control gate of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.  Please note that continuous cell phone reception ends here.

At this gate you will tell security you are going to Camp George/Amani/Homestead in the Klaserie. You DO NOT pay an entrance fee at this gate. Immediately after the gate, there’s a cattle grid in front you. Do not cross this grid. Instead you turn immediately left before the grid and follow the road as it doubles back on itself and then curves to the right to head to the Klaserie main gate (Incheni Gate). This takes about 10 to 15 mins drive.

At the gate, you will be required to pay an entrance fee in cash. (This changes on a yearly basis).  This gate is open from 6am to 6pm. The lodge would have at this stage sent a QR code to the gate for your entry (SA ID / Passport information is required for your QR code). 

Go through the gate and continue straight on the main road for quite some distance (approx 20 minutes) until you reach a big cell/radio tower. At the cell tower you will find a sign on a stone plinth on your left saying Northumberland/Fife/Klaseriemond/Durham/Dundee East. Turn right.

Follow the powerline on your left for approx 3.2km. Where the powerline heads away from the road, you will find a sign on your rights saying Camp George/Amani Safari Camp. Turn left here.

Continue until the next sign (on a stone plinth) and turn right here. At the next stone plinth/sign, you turn right for Simbavati Homestead and Simbavati Amani and follow the signs to your lodge. 

Aim to arrive by 2.30pm, if possible so that you have ample time to settle in before the game drive. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let us know on (015) 004 1400  

Note: Please do NOT rely on your GPS after Hoedspruit. It will lead you onto the incorrect roads where you could get loss and stuck!

Timing 

From Johannesburg Airport – ± 6½ to 7 hours (490km)

From Kruger Airport – 3 + hours (190km)

From Hazyview – 2 to 2½ hours (140km via the R40)

From the Three Rondavels view point (last point on the Panorama route, 145km) – 2½ hours (so depart by 12 noon latest).

Directions from Johannesburg to Simbavati Homestead (± 6½ – 7 hour drive)

The most direct route is via N4 then Dullstroom to Lydenburg and Ohrigstad and onto Hoedspruit. However some people prefer to take the northern route via Polokwane and Tzaneen as there are fewer potholes. See Downloadable Directions. 

From Johannesburg take the N12 to Witbank (Emalahleni) and continue on the N4 towards Nelspruit.  (From Pretoria, take the N4 to Witbank).  Follow the N4 and turn left to Belfast (Off ramp R33/R540). Once in Belfast, turn right into Voortrekker Street and continue straight on the R540 to Dullstroom.  

Drive straight through Dullstroom and continue to Lydenburg (name change to Mashishing) on the R540. At the T-junction turn left into Lydenburg (Mashishing) into Viljoen Street (R36).  Turn left again into Voortrekker Street.  Turn right into De Clercq Street and follow the R36 through Ohrigstad.  After the Abel Erasmus pass, the R36 turns left to Tzaneen. Do not turn left here. Instead continue straight on the R527 to Hoedspruit.

In Hoedspruit, continue straight. After the bridge crossing the railway line, turn right at the four way stop and continue south on the R40 for another 6.4km.  Turn left onto the D1909 (Argyle Road). The sign says Timbavati/Eastgate Airport road.  Then follow the Hoedspruit directions to the Lodge.

From Hazyview or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

KMIA – 3+ hours (195km) * Hazyview – Allow 2 to 2½ hours (140km)

The most direct route from Kruger Intl Airport is via the R40 thorough White River and Hazyview. Similarly if you are staying in or near Hazyview, the R40 north is the direct route. Just 6.5km south of Hoedspruit. You turn right onto the Timbavati/Eastgate Airport road. Allow 1½ hours to get from Hazyview to the Timbavati turnoff. Then another hour to get to the Lodge. Once on the Timbavati Road, you immediately pass the Eastgate Airport. Then follow the Hoedspruit directions to the Lodge.

Alternative Panorama route if staying at a Hazyview Lodge: 

The R40 is a difficult road given the number of slow trucks and cars as well as many pedestrians. It takes longer than you would expect. 

So if you have time, we recommend enjoying a tour of the Panorama route via the Blyde River canyon. Note that this is a longer route (240km from Hazyview to your Lodge (or 3¾ hours driving). En route you can stop off at the Bournes Luck potholes, Gods Window and the Three Rondavels

TIP: It takes approx 2½ + hours to get to the camp from the Three Rondavels viewpoint. So don’t leave the Three Rondavels later than 12 noon. Assuming you spend 1½ hours at the various stopping off points, we recommend leaving your lodge by 8.30am.

ROOMS & FACILITIES

There are five bedrooms. All have king-sized beds which can all, except one, be changed to twin. Some are more suited to adults with king-sized beds and en suite bathrooms (two). One bedroom has a private balcony and an expansive bathroom with bath and shower. Others are more for younger ones with twin beds and shared bathrooms.  All are decorated with a refined contemporary style, yet underpinned by a focus on comfort. 

Room 1 – Largest room with a private balcony and en suite bathroom with bath and shower

Room 2, 3 and 4 – These share a bathroom, with both bath and shower. Plus a separate toilet.

Room 5 – This room also has an en suite bathroom but with shower only.

Note there is a sixth bedroom (not en suite) but the game vehicle can only take a maximum of 10 people on any one game drive. 

In- room Facilities

Please note that not everything you would expect in a hotel room is here. Please note what you will need to bring.

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Eco-friendly amenities
  • Room equipped with electronic eco-friendly insect spray (1 min intervals) 

Lodge Facilities & Good to Know

  • Homestead has two lounge areas
  • Outside entertainment area with extensive deck
  • Open air bar
  • Outside dining area
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room with DSTV channels
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Viewing over productive waterhole
  • Complimentary Internet access
  • No Washing Machine but laundry service is available

OUR DETAILED

2021-23 Rates

We’d like to make it easier for you to travel in 2021 and 2022. Enquire about our SA Resident Offers for 2021, as well as more flexible booking conditions.

Until Oct 20211 Nov 2021 to 8 January 2023
From R16,000 for the Villa   (Opening Special)From 25,000 for the Villa

FINE PRINT

Inclusions  

Self-Catering Exclusive Use includes Accommodation, two game drives and daily housekeeping. 

Exclusions  

All meals, drinks, private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature. Conservation levies and gate entrance fees – see note below

Minimum Stay: 3 nights

Child Policy  

Accept children of all ages. Minimum age for children on a game drive to be discussed with your guide. We recommend not under 3 years of age.

  • All reservations require a 10% deposit upon booking confirmation, to be paid within 7 days.
  • Final payment is due 15 days prior to your arrival (Flexible Covid-19 Policy – see below).
  •  We reserve the right to cancel the booking if deposit or final payment is not received at the appropriate time.
  • For last minute reservations, full payment is required upon confirmation
  •  All requests, confirmations and cancellations are only valid if in writing. Please ensure you receive acknowledgment of cancellation from our Reservations Department.
  • Provisional bookings will only be held for 7 days; or 48 hours within 7 days of arrival or if Reservations specifies due to high demand. Thereafter the booking will automatically be released.
  • We reserve the right to amend/change rates on this website without prior notice. Or to request 2 nights’ minimum stay during our Festive or other Peak seasons.
  • We strongly recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights throughout the year.
  • We accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards. Alternatively, you can settle via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Unfortunately, we don’t accept American Express or Diner’s Club.

 Flexible Covid-19 Cancellation Policy – (valid until 31 December 2022*)

We understand that these are very uncertain times. So we have put flexibility at the heart of everything we do. We want you to feel comfortable booking with Simbavati, knowing that your money is safe if Covid-19 circumstances change

Free cancellation up to 15 days before arrival.

Covid 19 Cancellation Policy

  • Final payment is currently due only 15 days prior to arrival.
  • Up to 15 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fees (Any deposit is refundable, minus bank charges.)
  • Less than 15 days prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee
  • Please note that a 100% cancellation fee will be charged if you decide to depart early while staying with us.

Last Minute changes (within 15 days) due to Covid-19

We are aware that, occasionally, last-minute changes may be needed due to Covid-19, such a suddenly-imposed ‘travel decree’ or personal covid-19 diagnosis. Please outline the specific circumstances to us.

Please note: In the case of an SA travel ban, an official ban in country of residence, or personal Covid-19 diagnosis, we will offer 100% refund or postponement.

In the case of other personal Covid 19 issues, please chat to us. We are happy to hold your payment as a credit towards future travel.

Please see our detailed Flexibile Covid-19 Policy for more detail.

* We reserve the right to amend the Covid-19 cancellation policy earlier if WHO declares the pandemic is over.

Check-in:

Check-in is from 14:30.

You are welcome to arrive earlier, and make use of our swimming pool or other facilities.

We try to accommodate early arrivals, subject to room availability. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed, if the room was occupied on the previous night.

Check-out

Check-out is prior to 11:00 on the day of departure.

Again, we try to accommodate late check-outs, subject to room availability. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed, if the room is booked for the evening. If we are unable to accommodate a late check-out, we will happily store your luggage whilst you enjoy our facilities.

Lunch

The Full Board & Activity/Game drive price includes lunch (served from 1pm to 2.30pm) either on the day of arrival or on departure.

If you wish to have lunch on both arrival and departure days, there will be an extra charge for the second lunch.

Conservation Fees

Klaserie Conservation Levy: R300 per person per night (2021). Will be added to invoices for prepayment, or collected at the lodge directly.

Self-drive guests only: Vehicle entrance fee of R210 is payable at the Timbavati or Klaserie Control Gate for all self-drive guests.  (All levies & fees subject to change in 2022.)

No pets allowed

All rooms & suites are non-smoking

However you are welcome to smoke on your terrace or deck. Please request an ash tray. However please be careful to dispose of cigarette snubs as our vegetation is often dry and quick to burn!

Children are welcome from any age, as you are taking it on an exclusive use basis. 

The ranger will discuss how sightings will be handled if you have young children. For example you may not go as close to big cat sightings if you have very small children. 

There is a TV lounge at the Homestead.

Please note that baby-sitting is not available at this stage. If a smaller child is staying behind, then an adult would need to stay with them.

The Kruger is a malarial area so we recommend that you take anti-malaria prophylaxis. Mosquitos are less prevalent in the winter. We also recommend anti-mosquito repellent to stop you from getting bitten.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a typical pattern of safari activities?

What’s the ideal length of stay?

Can we request assistance with meal preparation?

How many people can the Homestead take?

Is there wifi?

What should I wear for a game drive?

Do you offer spa treatments?

Get in Contact

Name: Dalene Nienaber is supervising (under the management couple) Inneke and Manie Esterhuizen at nearby Camp George 

Note: As it is a self-catering villa, there is no manager on site during your stay.

Lodge telephone number: There is no telephone at Amani to receive calls. But a message can be relayed via Camp George on 015 004 1400  

Reservations: +27 87 151 4520