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OVERVIEW

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.

Simbavati Waterside’s sophisticated décor, sublime cuisine, and intuitive hospitality enhance an already-perfect safari.

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

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.

WEBCAM

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.

ESSENTIALS

The Need to Knows

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In the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Simbavati Waterside is nestled within the tranquil wilderness. There you'll find a gem that radiates warmth and healing. Molly, one of our beloved spa therapists, is a beacon of positivity and genuine care. With the biggest smile and a heartwarming character, she touches the lives of every guest she meets.

Molly has been a cherished member of our lodge family since 2020, and she quickly became a favourite amongst our guests. Her healing hands work wonders during therapies and treatments, and her welcoming personality creates an atmosphere of comfort and serenity at our superb spa.

A Passion for Revitalisation

One of the things that sets Molly apart is her admiration for the Healing Earth products used at the spa. These eco-friendly, all-natural products align perfectly with Simbavati Waterside's commitment to nature and well-being. Molly's passion for these products shines through in the care and attention she brings to every spa experience.

Molly's journey as a spa therapist is fueled by her deep desire to make people feel good about their bodies and, equally important, to feel good in their bodies. Through her skillful massages and a range of other spa treatments, her mission is to soothe and rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit.

She thrives on providing healing, relaxation, and comfort to our guests. It's a source of immense pride for Molly when she knows that a guest arrived at the spa feeling stressed, tense, or in discomfort, but after her treatment, they leave feeling light, refreshed, and completely soothed.

Molly's words are testament to her commitment: "Sometimes guests arrive at the spa with sad faces and leave with happy faces, all because of Molly."

A Bundle of Sunshine and Smiles

One guest's feedback perfectly encapsulates Molly's magic. They shared that from the moment Molly introduced herself until the moment they left Simbavati Waterside, Molly was a bundle of sunshine, always adorned with her infectious smile. Her unwavering positivity left an indelible impression on the guest, ensuring they felt a deep sense of warmth and calm throughout their stay.

Molly, with her healing touch and radiant personality, epitomises the spirit of Simbavati Waterside—a place where nature's beauty and incredible hospitality come together to create a memorable safari.

Discover more at www.simbavati.com/lodges/waterside/

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Waterside

Meet Molly: A Spa Therapist Who adds to the Tranquility at Simbavati Waterside

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Simbavati Waterside is a quintessential, beautiful and enticing safari lodge set in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Those in search of romance will enjoy the lodge’s many intimate spaces, imaginative private dining settings and the joy in knowing that no two meals are ever quite the same. Surprise special touches are added to the experience for those celebrating honeymoons and anniversaries too or for those simply enjoying the disconnection from a busy life to reconnect with each other on safari. 

Dining Variety and Flair

At Simbavati Waterside, we believe that an extraordinary safari experience extends far beyond thrilling game drives and breathtaking wildlife encounters. A vital aspect of this experience is the opportunity to indulge your palate in a remarkable setting, surrounded by the untamed beauty of the African wilderness. Our dining settings and options are designed to enhance your safari adventure and create unforgettable memories. 

Bush Boma: An Authentic Safari Feast

During a safari stay at Waterside, one of your evenings will involve dining under a star-studded African sky in our Bush Boma, with the sounds of the wilderness as your soundtrack. The traditional boma experience offers you an authentic safari feast like no other. Gather around the crackling fire as you savour a delectable blend of traditional and contemporary African cuisine. The atmosphere is both enchanting and communal, as you share stories of the day's adventures with fellow travelers and the Waterside team, creating lasting connections and enjoying some traditional African song and dance too.

Beach Boma with a Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

Simbavati Waterside's beach boma is a unique gem, where you can bask in the serenity of a private beach setting alongside our active waterhole. Beside the tranquil waters of our private dam, delight in our unique wood-fired pizza oven. Sip on your favourite beverage as you dine with a view over the wilderness and a sense of tranquility. An option on the menu may well be one of our signature, freshly baked pizzas with a delightful array of toppings. This unique dining experience offers a perfect combination of relaxation and indulgence on safari. 

Al Fresco Dining Overlooking the Waterhole

The iconic and captivating dining setting at Simbavati Waterside is our al fresco dining deck, overlooking the waterhole. Take a seat on our open-air deck and witness the mesmerising theater of nature unfold before your eyes. While you enjoy gourmet dishes created by our talented chefs, watch as elephants, hippos, and various other wildlife come to quench their thirst at the waterhole. It's a dining experience that allows you to become one with the African wilderness.

Private Dining

For those seeking a more intimate and personalised experience, Simbavati Waterside offers private dining options. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a special celebration, we can arrange a private dining experience that suits your preferences. Some secluded locations include dinner in our private wine cellar, on your private deck or tucked away in one of our more secret locations. Under the guidance of our expert culinary team, you'll enjoy a meticulously crafted menu in a secluded location. Private dining at Simbavati Waterside is an exquisite way to celebrate life's special moments or simply relish a quiet evening in the wild.

Simbavati Waterside's unique dining settings and options are an integral part of our safari experience. We believe that indulging in exceptional cuisine amidst the awe-inspiring African wilderness adds an extra layer of enchantment to your adventure. We aim to make your culinary journey at Simbavati Waterside as unforgettable as the safari itself. 

Discover more about Simbavati Waterside:

www.simbavati.com/lodges/waterside/

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Unique Safari Dining Experiences at Simbavati Waterside

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Through supporting and uplifting local children we, and our guests, can make a difference in the future.

Imagine living on the borders of one of Africa’s greatest National Parks, but having never seen a zebra or elephant in reality. The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve recognised that the communities surrounding the Greater Kruger area are a key part of its future conservation. However, these same communities are completely disconnected from their natural heritage. Thus, Eco Children was created as an initiative by the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve (KPNR) to educate and enrich the lives of its employees' children through holiday ‘bush’ workshops. These nature-based camps aimed to foster an understanding and passion for wildlife, creating a future generation of nature guardians.

In the Beginning

Deon Huysamer is an owner of Simbavati Camp George and recalls how the concept of the Eco Children charity took form.

“In 2007, our farm manager, at the time, and I had a lively debate about the separation of reserve/camp staff from their children whilst they were working in the reserve. We agreed about the unhealthy social consequences this had and discussed what we could do to improve the situation. We decided to bring the children to their parents over school holidays and to teach them about eco-related subjects.

Our immediate solution was to conduct the first classes in Camp George’s gardens. We then started to train selected reserve/camp staff in eco-subjects and soon the children were being taught about conservation and wildlife in their own language.”

In the lush gardens of Camp George, under the beautiful trees, the seeds were sown for what we know as Eco Children today.

From its humble beginnings, Eco Children has since extended its reach to over 5,000 children in some of the poorest communities in South Africa. Following a whole-school development approach, they have adopted nine local primary schools, where the focus is not just on conservation education but also improving school infrastructure, installing a new kitchen and fully-stocked library as well as a vegetable eco-garden capable of supplementing school meals.

Nutrition First

Ensuring that each child receives a filling, nutritious meal and has a safe, hygienic place to study is the foundation of Eco Children’s work. Once a child’s daily needs are being met, the programme’s other initiatives can be implemented. Their Eco-Villages combine  colourful eco-gardens with a dedicated classroom for lessons in conservation and natural science taught by local Environmental Educators. 

A Love for Reading

The new libraries help develop a culture of reading that has been shown to have a huge impact on literacy skills and attainment in education. An incentives programme motivates children to engage in their learning by rewarding achievement with books, new uniforms, overnight winner’s excursions and day trips into the Kruger National Park. 

Getting the Best Start

Lastly, Eco Children established their coveted bursary programme. Identifying talented learners who would otherwise be held back by the burdens of poverty, these children are awarded a first-class education at Southern Cross Schools in Hoedspruit. To date, 34 students have benefitted from the scheme, with several having completed tertiary education and now leading successful careers, inspiring the next generation in their communities. 

How Can You Help?

Guests that are passionate about making sustainable difference during a stay at our Simbavati Lodges in the  Klaserie, can consider adding an enlightening school tour to their trip or donating to one of Eco Children’s programmes.

Simbavati proudly supports and endorses the work that Eco Children does and is passionate about uplifting the foundation’s work and the children benefiting from it. 

Discover our Simbavati lodges in the Klaserie region, for your perfect safari experience with a heart for sustainability.

For more information about Eco Children, visit their website at www.ecochildren.co.za 

This article was compiled by Simbavati Lodge Collection and Emily Whiting

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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!

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 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

SHILOPE SLEEPOUT DECK

Accommodating  two guests, Shilope Deck offers a luxury sleepout in the Klaserie wilderness, enjoyed as a unique experience during a stay at Simbavati Waterside.

The sleepout deck entails of the following features:

Lower Deck
● King size bed (twin not available)
● Ceiling fan
● Lighting in the same beautiful design as Simbavati Waterside
● Room equipped with insect spray 
● Camping fridge /freezer
● Bathroom comprises an outdoor shower, single vanity, toilet, towels are provided
● Coffee and tea-making facilities including rusks
● Complimentary eco-friendly amenities

Upper Deck
● 360 degree views over the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
●Views of the Drakensberg mountains in distance
● Star gazing bed and pillows
● Seating and table 
● Solar lanterns
● Blankets

Sleepout Deck Facilities & Good to Know
● Deck has been built with sustainability in mind, with no fixed structures it can be removed from nature without impact
● Canvas walls can be opened, closed or the mesh zipped closed on the inside
● Solar powered
● Inverter and battery 
● Clean, drinkable water
● Gas geyser
● Fire extinguisher
● First Aid kit
● Stairs (25 steps) with LED lighting 
● Handrail along stairs

OUR DETAILED

2023-2025 Rates

Enquire about our SA Resident Offers.

Room typeMax GuestBasis01 Feb 2022
to 07 Jan 2024
08 Jan 2024
to 05 Jan 2025
Luxury Suite2 adultsSharing pp
Single
R10,375
R13,825
R11,200
R14,925
Two Bedroom Luxury Suite2 adults + 2 childrenSharing pp
3rd / 4th adult
Child
R10,375
R10,375
R5,175
R11,200
R11,200
R5,600
Luxury Suite with
private KolKol tub
2 adultsSharing pp
Single
R10,375
R13,825
R11,200
R14,925

FINE PRINT

Inclusions

Booking Policy

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.

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: +27 15 004 1600

Reservations: +27 87 151 4520