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Simbambili Game Lodge

Simbambili Game Lodge

A five-star rated destination, Simbambili Game Lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Reserve caters to the adventurous but discerning traveler. One of South Africa’s exclusive reserves in the Mpumalanga province, Sabi Sand began as a hunting ground but now serves to protect its diverse wildlife population.

Sabi Sand is world-renowned for its large concentrations of game both big and small. Many different species converge on the area due to its location on the migration route of many of them, particularly an extensive leopard population. Not do be outdone, 146 other mammal species (including the remaining four of the “big five”), 114 reptile species, 507 bird species, and 34 amphibian species make their homes in the area.

The main lodge nestled among knobthorn and jackalberry trees overlooks the sweeping panorama of the nearby watering hole, the meandering Manyeleti River, and the extensive grasslands. Simple sophistication and comfortable luxury characterize the lodge’s overall décor.

Eight luxury air-conditioned suites feature breathtaking views, private plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, outdoor bath and shower, and private sala. Moroccan design adds to the romantic sense of each opulent, private suite.

Early morning game drives provide an exciting start to each day. Experienced guides and trackers lead expeditions in open Land Rovers with the goal of viewing the animals at close range in their natural environment. Breakfast is served in the riverbed, in the bush, or back at the camp.

Safari walks allow a more intimate view of the smaller animals and local flora and fauna. Trackers entertain guests with traditional folklore as well as educate guests about what they see around them. A second game drive in the afternoon/evening offers opportunity to experience a torchlit search for nocturnal creatures.

Other trip highlights include gourmet, three-course dinners, drinks in the boma, bush, or lodge. The amp also offers a library/meeting room and health spa. The luxury, on-site Amani Spa features two treatment chalets that offer a private spa experience while guests enjoy incredible safari views. The chalets on stilts boast a wall of glass doors, the option for open-air spa treatments on the sala, rejuvenating massages, soothing treatments for body and spirit, and more.

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