Simbambili Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands
Simbambili Game Reserve is a highly individual destination for the discerning traveller. Set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River with views over extensive savannah grassland that teems with wildlife in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the world renowned greater Kruger National Park.
Nestled inconspicuously among dense stands of Knobthorn and Jackalberry trees lie individually hand crafted suites sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms and salas or individual private plunge pools.
Tireless attention to detail and the desires of our guests is made possible by limiting this exclusive experience to a maximum of twelve.
At Simbambili Game Reserve guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is your choice to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects.
Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big game, whether on foot or on an open vehicle safari. Fascinating insights will be conveyed into this extraordinary environment.
All this is complemented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines from our cellar and by the warmth of true African hospitality.
Simbambili is an intimate and personal experience of Africa at its best and has been rated as 5 star by the South African Tourism Accreditation Council.
Simbambili Game Viewing
Simbambili Game Reserve offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the “Big Five”, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.
A typical day The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call. Shortly after, you depart in your open landrover with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.
After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee & tea. Time to stretch your legs whilst having your sunglasses cleaned & indulge in cool towels in summer, and hot towels in winter. In winter, we keep our guests warm on the vehicle with hot water bottles & warm blankets.
After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.
Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.
Our Shangaan trackers will enthrall you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.
The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest for other activities that we offer, with a late lunch served around 3.00pm. Lunch is followed by the afternoon game drive and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.
Once again, you will break somewhere out in the bush, in a remote, scenic spot to watch the sunset, where Sundowners and snacks are offered to guests whilst you once again stretch your legs.
Upon returning for a gourmet 3 course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge – guests can socialize with a cognac, single malt or cigar around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day’s adventure.
Where possible, safaris at Simbambili Game Reserve will be tailored to suit individual preferences and interest.
Meals Breakfast From 09H00 to 09h30 depending on seasons Lunch From 14H00 until 15H00 Dinner From 19H30 to 20H00 depending on seasons
Times that the game drives depart
Summer 05h30 am and 16h00 pm Winter 06H00am and 15h30 pm
Times that the walks depart After brunch Summer 10h00 Winter 10h30