Located on the edge of a large dam in wildlife-rich Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Simbavati Waterside offers affordable luxury safari lodge accommodation for couples, families, groups of friends and solo travellers in a beautiful, sophisticated and intimate setting.

  • Flanking a large, well-frequented dam in southern Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
  • Ideal for families, couples, friends, solo travellers and active explorers
  • Eight suites with private viewing decks afford privacy for couples and social spaces for families and friends
  • Maximum of eight guests per safari vehicle
  • Children of all ages are welcome
  • Water-facing main lodge with panoramic dam view
  • Early morning and afternoon/evening game drives
  • Dinner under the stars on the deck, around the fire or in a surprise private setting (weather permitting)
  • Bushwalks, stargazing, sundowners, family safaris
  • Safari spa and fitness centre

Built on the banks of a large, well-frequented dam in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Simbavati Waterside offers a luxurious safari retreat to discerning couples, families, groups of friends and solo travellers.

Eight luxury suites

Simbavati Waterside has eight secluded en-suite luxury suites, each positioned to afford complete privacy. There are two water-facing luxury suites, four two-bedroom water-facing luxury suites (ideal for families), and two bush-facing luxury suites with outdoor wood-fired private plunge tubs.

All eight luxury suites have king-sized beds which can be converted to twin beds on request, private game-viewing decks, en-suite bathrooms with a bathtub, a double vanity and indoor and outdoor showers, a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

Water-facing main lodge

The spacious, contemporary main lodge has a beautiful water-facing viewing deck where guests can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of wild animals gathering at the dam to drink. Simbavati Waterside's lounge area provides ample social spaces for families and friends, and complimentary WiFi is available in all areas. There is an outside dining area, a bar, a water-facing open-air boma and campfire, a well-stocked wine cellar, a safari spa, a fitness centre, a safari boutique shop and an outdoor swimming pool.

Shilope sleepout deck

Simbavati Waterside offers couples the chance to experience something unique: the romantic Shilope sleepout deck. The lower deck has a king-sized bed, a bathroom with an outdoor shower, a single vanity and toilet, a ceiling fan, a camping fridge/freezer and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The upper deck, which has a stargazing bed and pillows, seating and a table, solar lanterns and cosy blankets, offers 360° views over Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance.

Game-viewing activities

Early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives take place in open safari vehicles in wildlife-rich Klaserie Private Nature Reserve with a maximum of eight guests per safari vehicle. Other activities at Simbavati Waterside include bushwalks (subject to availability), stargazing, sundowners and family safaris.

Getting there

By air - You can fly from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. From there, you will take a 30-minute shared transfer to Simbavati Waterside.

By road - Simbavati Waterside can be reached by road from Johannesburg via Polokwane (recommended route) or Dullstroom. The trip takes about 7 hours. It's a 2- to 3-hour trip from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or Hazyview.

Our take on Simbavati Waterside

Simbavati Waterside offers affordable luxury in Klaserie Private Game Reserve. The service, the quality of the safari guides and the standard of accommodation are fantastic.

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Two safari activities per day
  • Beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines)
  • Return shared transfers from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) at set departure times
  • All other drinks
  • Babysitting
  • Private transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation levies
  • Gate entrance fees
  • Additional reserve fees if applicable
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