Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Simbambili Game Lodge


Seamless Sabi safari

Simbambili Game Lodge is located in the North Eastern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a sophisticated, comfortable spot that blends into stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees along the meandering Manyeleti River.

It has nine spacious thatched suites, with sprawling decks, private plunge pools and sala beds outside – a wonderful space to relax between safari activities – as well as sumptuous bathrooms and furnishing within. There are two slightly larger suites placed for even more privacy, one with an outdoor shower.

Shared areas include indoor and outdoor lounge spaces including a deck overlooking a popular waterhole and a tranquil spa. Weather permitting, dinners can be enjoyed outside by the fire.


At a glance

  • Nine suites with plunge pools

  • Dining room and lounges

  • Bar and boma

  • Africology spa

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    Game drives

    The reserve is home to one of the highest concentrations of leopards in the world, along with the rest of the ‘Big Five’ in the sweeping savannah which you’ll explore on morning and late afternoon drives.

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    Guided walks

    Walks in the bush accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker give you 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.

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    Community projects

    Guests are invited to visit a nearby community project encompassing local initiatives that the lodge supports.

Community & Culture

The philosophy at Thornybush Lodges is ‘Unity is Strength’, with many of their projects are designed to empower people and small businesses by providing them with tools to build a sustainable life. The lodge participates in many community projects including supporting local schools and programs.

Wild Shots Outreach aims to engage young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife and wild places through photography. It teaches new skills, provides an introduction to the natural world and raises the aspirations of these learners – the conservationists of tomorrow.

Hlokomela is a well-run project close to Hoedspruit, which aims to take care of farm workers with HIV/Aids- and TB-related illnesses. They also provide daycare to the children of farm workers, while their parents are being treated.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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