Join us at Waterside and Experience true Africalm

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Water is life

Flanking a large dam in the southern Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Simbavati Waterside was conceptualised, designed and built to be a natural extension of the pure utopian Klaserie wilderness from which it draws its inspiration.

Water is the source of life. Throughout the year countless animal species – including predators, elephants, hippo and buffalo – are drawn to the dam to cool off and quench thirst (sometimes in herds numbering hundreds). Here the game viewing never stops, and you literally become part of your own private Africa for an utterly immersive and sensory safari experience.

Simbavati Waterside is the perfect environment for every type of traveller. The carefully considered lodge structure affords absolute privacy for couples, as well as sociable spaces for families and friends.

Those in search of romance will enjoy the lodge’s many intimate spaces, imaginative private dining settings (no two meals are ever quite the same), and surprise treats to celebrate honeymoons and anniversaries. Or perhaps just the simple pleasure of disconnecting from life to reconnect with each other.

Facilities include a swimming pool, ‘Beach Boma’ (at eye level with the dam’s water), ‘Bush Boma’ (for dinner under the stars), wine cellar, lounge, bar, spa, gym, and safari boutique.

Why we love it

Location at the
water’s edge

Beautiful setting, flanking a huge dam. Just 30 minutes drive from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport


The perfect environment for couples. Intimate
private dining, spa, and suites with waterhole views or private KolKol tubs


Caters equally for both couples and families


Sophisticated decor, with an emphasis on natural elements inspired by the Klaserie’s unique wilderness

Shilope Sleepout Deck

An activity that can’t be missed is a night spent at the newly launched Shilope Sleep Out Deck. Elevated above the beautiful Klaserie wilderness and situated in a perfectly private part of the reserve, this luxury tent offers unparalleled views across the unspoilt bush and the endless, star-speckled night sky.



Romance personified

Two luxury water-facing suites each have a king-sized bed (or twin) and a beautiful game viewing deck overlooking the dam, thriving with wildlife. There’s a spacious en suite bathroom and dressing area with ample storage space, indoor shower, double vanity, enclosed toilet and door leading out to an outdoor rain-shower.


Our Price

Bookable 30 days prior to arrival

Per Person Sharing from




Life at our Waterhole

Find calm and escape to real-time scenes overlooking the Waterside dam, thanks to our live-streaming Africam. The discreet camera constantly scans and captures a live-feed of happenings at the waterhole, which attracts wildlife throughout the day and night.


The Need to Knows

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Getting There

Simbavati Waterside is just 30 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. Continue until you reach the Enkhulu control gate of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.  Please note that continuous cell phone reception ends here.

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.

From Enkhulu Gate (Timbavati gate) drive on the tar road for 10.7km

Turn left at the Simbavati Waterside signboard.

Drive on the gravel road for 1.8km go right at the fork

In another 0.3km, you will arrive at the 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 lost and stuck!


From Johannesburg Airport – ± 6½ to 7 hours’ drive (505km)

From Kruger Airport – 3 + hours (190km)

From Hazyview – 2 to 2 ½ 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 Waterside (± 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.

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.

Directions from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or Hazyview

KMIA – 3+ hours (195km) * Hazyview – Allow 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.


Each of the eight suites has king bed (convertible to twin); en suite bathroom with shower, double vanity, and separate toilet; dressing area with ample storage space; game viewing deck and outdoor shower.

The six Water Facing Luxury Suites including four Family Suites (with two interleading bedrooms), while the two Bush Facing Luxury Suites have a private deck and small private plunge pool (heated by a wood fire in winter).

In- room Facilities
● Private viewing deck
● Bathroom comprises a bath, double vanity with indoor shower and outdoor shower
● Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
● Minibar
● Coffee and tea-making facilities
● Air-conditioning
● Ceiling fan
● Electric blankets (winter)
● Mini safe for storing valuables
● Hair dryer
● Laundry bag in room
● Room equipped with electronic eco-friendly insect spray (subtly sprayed at 10 minute intervals)

Lodge Facilities & Good to Know
● Main lodge, with a deck enjoying expansive views of the dam
● Sitting area, with books and board game
● Complimentary Wi-Fi in all areas
● Outside dining area
● Swimming pool
● Bar
● Safari spa
● Open air boma & camp-fire overlooking the dam
● Wine cellar
● Fitness centre
● Safari shop
● Maximum 8 guests per safari vehicle


Valid until 31 July 2024

2024 Rates

Room typeMax GuestBasis01 Feb 2024 – 31 Jul 2024 
Bookable within 30 days of arrival
Luxury Suite2 adultsSharing pp
Two Bedroom Luxury Suite2 adults Sharing pp
Luxury Suite with
private KolKol tub
2 adultsSharing pp



Accommodation, all meals, two safari activities per day


All other drinks, private transfers, return transfers from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS), gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature. Conservation levies and gate entrance fees – see note below

Child Policy

Simbavati Waterside:

  • Children of all ages are welcome
  • Between 0 – 3 years: no charge and includes all meals
  • Between 4 – 11 years: 50% of per person sharing rate when sharing with parents in Family Chalets or Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites
  • 12 Years & older sharing with parents in Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites at Simbavati Waterside: per person sharing rate applicable
  • Children 6 years & over are permitted on game drives
Minimum Stay

2 nights – 1 night stays on request only. Recommended length of stay is 3 nights. 

Booking Policy

Notes and Other Rates

• Festive Season: 21 Dec 2024 to 05 Jan 2025
• 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
• For reservations within 15 days of arrival, full payment is required upon confirmation
• We reserve the right to cancel the booking if deposit or final payment is not received at the appropriate time
• Pilot/Driver’s Room: R950 nett (excluding beverages, activities subject to availability). Only available at Simbavati River Lodge and Simbavati Hilltop Lodge and subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation
• Tour Leader/Guide: R1,200 nett (only with a minimum of 12 paying guests)

General Information

Simbavati Waterside takes kids of all ages. But only children of 6 years upwards are allowed to participate in the shared adult game drives. 

If you wish for your younger children to join you, you will need to take a private vehicle at any extra cost. This is subject to availability of vehicles.

We have four Family Suites at Simbavati Waterside, each with two inter-leading bedrooms.

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.


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Get in Contact


Colin Ahtom and Tiani van der Walt

Lodge telephone number: +27 15 0041600

Reservations: +27 87 151 4520