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Waterside
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OVERVIEW

Water is life

Flanking a large dam in the southern Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, just 30 minutes from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, this intimate luxury lodge accommodates sixteen guests in eight suites. 

Simbavati Waterside will offer the perfect getaway for every type of traveller. The carefully considered lodge structure affords both privacy for partners as well as family-friendly spaces.

Those in search of romance will enjoy the lodge’s many intimate spaces, imaginative private dining settings and surprise treats to celebrate honeymoons and anniversaries. Or the simple pleasure of disconnecting from life to reconnect with each other. 

Facilities include a swimming pool, boma, 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

Romance

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

Family

Caters equally for both couples and families

Decor

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

ROOMS

ESSENTIALS

The Need to Knows

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REGIONS

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!

Timing 

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.

ROOMS & FACILITIES

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 main lodge area only
● 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

OUR LocaL PROMOTIONAL

2022-24 Rates

Room typeMax GuestBasisSay HELLO offer
1 April to 31 July 2022
Luxury Suite2 adultsSharing pp
Single
R3,500
R5,250
Two Bedroom Luxury Suite2 adults + 2 childrenSharing pp
3rd / 4th adult
Child
R3,500
R3,500
R1,750
Luxury Suite with
private KolKol tub
2 adultsSharing pp
Single
R3,500
R5,250

FINE PRINT

Accommodation, all meals, two safari activities per day, beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines). Return transfers from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS).

* Please note that the Welcome Back offer does not include beverages. The Welcome Back offer includes water, tea, coffee and a daily sundowner drink.

Exclusions

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

Minimum Stay

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

Child Policy

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 if sharing with parents in Chalets.
• 12 years & older sharing with parents in Family Chalets: 3rd/4th person rate applicable.
• Child sharing with one parent in a Luxury Safari Tent: per person sharing rate applicable.

Note: Only Children 6 years & over are permitted on Game Drives. Families with younger children may arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival.

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.

• 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 Payment & Cancellation Policy – (valid until 20 Dec 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

• 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

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.

Checkout

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. Please request an ash tray. However please be careful to dispose of cigarette snubs as our vegetation is often dry and quick to burn!

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a typical pattern of safari activities?

What’s the ideal length of stay?

Is there Wi-Fi?

What should I wear for a game drive?

Get in Contact

Managers

Colin Ahtom and Tiani van der Walt

Lodge telephone number: Coming soon

Reservations: +27 87 151 4520