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Timbavati Safari Lodge

(R 531) Orpen Road Klaserie, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
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Traditional Ndebele Hand Painted Rooms
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#4 of 7 ranches in Hoedspruit
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Charming
Languages Spoken
English
Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Bar / lounge
Babysitting
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Gift shop
Shared lounge / TV area
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Housekeeping
Safe
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms

Location

(R 531) Orpen Road Klaserie, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
Getting there
Hoedspruit Airport
23.7 km
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Ngala Airfield
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LPaulonis wrote a review Dec 2023
Colorado Springs, Colorado2 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second visit to Timbavati Safari Lodge. We love that the units (rondovals) all have a front porch to sit on and watch the on-property animals. The units are rustic, yet comfortable and feel like a more "African" experience. We saw wildebeest, zebra, warthogs, monkeys and baboons from our porch. Had a wonderful guide, Vusi, who met us at the airport and took us on amazing game drives. Also did their Cultural Walk with a different guide, also named Vusi. He took us just across the road to visit his village. Very interesting! Food is exceptional and staff all very friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nancy B wrote a review Dec 2023
Alexandria, United States3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful time at Timbavati Safari Lodge. Opening the hut to see Vervet monkeys in the trees was so fun. The grounds had resident baboons, wildebeest, zebra , warthogs, and kudu. All staff were friendly and helpful. Alain and Ernest in the bar provided excellent lunch and pre dinner cocktails. Chef Sean’s breakfasts and dinners were very good. The bototie was excellent and a new item in my experience. The fresh made rolls were delicious. The standout of all staff was our safari guide and driver Vusi. His ability to maneuver the safari truck thru “traffic” enabled us to see 4 of the big 5 and the ugly 5. The leopard viewing was amazing. Having both a male and female lion stroll across the road and lay down was thrilling. As he said, “there are no dumb questions “ and he answered all of ours. He was so genuinely kind to all. I highly recommend requesting him as your driver.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ZooGirl101 wrote a review 16 Apr
Beusichem, The Netherlands703 contributions110 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to experience Africa at it’s best I really recommend this lodge. The staff are very friendly, as are the safari rangers. They make you feel right at home. The houses are clean and spacious. And of course it’s just beautiful to step outside and see the zebra and wildebeest walking on the property.

The food here is incredible, also a true African experience. Wifi is good, we also had it in the rooms which was a bonus. Great bar with lovely cocktails. So overall a very nice place to stay close to the Kruger National park.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CarolineNix wrote a review Mar 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall Timbavati was a huge (2 night) disappointment
The accommodation was old with very poor upkeep. Old towels in bathroom, neatly folded into a swan.

The owners son ( we were informed) was initially welcoming and pleasant then became insulting and aggressive on our final night due to his drinking.

A rondavel played excessively loud music until after 7am , that we realize we should have complained about around 2am but just kept on thinking they would be considerate and switch off.

The early travel breakfasts were not eaten, as the sandwiches were squashed in cling wrap. Plus even after saying that we do not eat pork , ham was included in the sandwich.

The evening game drive at R850 per person is a huge over charged compared to more upmarket resorts with more knowledgeable game drivers .

Huge disappointment overall.
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Date of stay: March 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: will not comment
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Soyisis wrote a review Jul 2023
Veenendaal, The Netherlands7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for 2 nights, I booked a 3 day safari trip with MoAfrika Tours.
After I arrived I went on a sunset safari in the Kruger park, this was absolutely amazing.
The next day I went on a full day safari, I was supposed to go with the same guide as the day before. However since I traveled alone they decided to put me together with a group of 24 American girl scouts.
This has completely ruined the experience for me, they were rude, loud and not to mention racist. I understand that their behavior has nothing to do with the lodge, but I think the Timbavati management should have thought about not putting one single female traveler together with such a loud and obnoxious group.
The next day I should have been able to do a morning safari, as was stated in the MoAfrika tours itinerary. However the Timbavati lodge said they were fully booked and didn’t offer an alternative.
I believe it was the hotel manager(?) I spoke to at the reception, he was very rude to me. He even laughed at me while I was in tears and then disappeared, not offering any help with looking for an alternative safari for the next day.

I also didn’t like the way this place was run, I could sense that Apartheid still exists at the Timbavati lodge.

Side note: the people who worked at the bar were very kind. Just the management at reception was extremely rude and unhelpful.

I paid over €500 for this 3 day Kruger experience, absolute waste of money due to the management of the Timbavati lodge

I would recomment staying at a lodge inside of the Kruger park and driving your own vehicle or booking a private game drive.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: This is next to the road, lot of noise. If you want to have an authentic safari experience I...
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Flauwie wrote a review Oct 2022
Son en Breugel, The Netherlands5 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Things to really like and things not to like

To like:
• Cool style lodges/rooms
• Pool and bar available
• Regularly wild animals on the premises
• Good diner, real effort in presentation

Not to like:
• Not very experienced bar staff
• Not a very clean pool
• Visibly dirty towels were places back on the rack, no new towels provided
• Quite big holes in the mosquito net (takes away the function ;))
• Two days no hot water in the room
• Breakfast and Lunch disappointing. Definitely in comparison to diner

Note! No airco in the rooms. So it can get quite warm.

Everything considering I would probably go back in the future. Hoping they will use my feedback to improve :)
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Melissa v wrote a review Sept 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful stay at the Timbavati Safari Lodge.
The hospitality of the staff is outstanding.

If you want to stay at a secure, beautiful place in the middle of nature, be sure to stay here.

I would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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doreenfor wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Good value for money. Clean and comfortable accommodation. Game drive included. Hosts Kylie and David helpful, and friendly. Good food and lots of it. Visits from very tame zebras. Would have liked to stay longer to explore surrounding area.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: We had two bungalows, both were lovely.
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Response from RyanM714, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge
Responded 6 Feb 2020
Hi Doreen, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are so pleased you had a great time and do hope you will be back soon to be able to explore the surronding area !!!
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Johnny wrote a review Sept 2023
Radcliffe, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a fantastic and amazing experience I had staying at this sight 😄. I stayed here with my tour leader Walt and group as part of my explore adventure holiday. Seeing the wild animals in their natural habitat was out of this world. It was just so amazing to see. The site staff and bar staff as well as chefs were all amazing. I can't complain 😂.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Just respect the wild animals. You'll enjoy your stay and whole experience.
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bev p wrote a review Feb 2024
Vancouver, Canada36 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Coloured traditional cabin. 21 beds. Bathroom was fine. Had a safe. Food was good. People very friendly. Went for a walk with Derick. He was very good.Animals on the property. Welcome drink.Wart hogs, zebras and gnus there. We were a large group, but they accommodated us very well.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RooeyFamily asked a question Sept 2022
Canberra, Australia27 contributions15 helpful votes
Is this lodge welcoming for children? We have two children, aged 10 and 12.
LJC309 asked a question Jan 2019
Signal Hill, California146 contributions50 helpful votes
What type of electrical adapter plug do I need to bring for use in the chalet? I am coming from the USA.
Answer from Kees V
Ommen, The Netherlands133 contributions59 helpful votes
You need an South African plug. There are adapters which you can buy almost everywhere from European to South African. So when you have an adapter from USA to European you can add this to the local Eur/ SA adapter and you are fine. But be aware voltage in South Africa is 220V!!!!
Answer from Ryan M
Hoedspruit, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
Hi Hoexgirl, I think Ben has covered most of your question :) If there is anything else just let us know.
poeps asked a question Sept 2016
England7 contributions12 helpful votes
Are there rooms for children?
Answer from Paul C
Belrose90 contributions35 helpful votes
Hello, Timbavati is family orientated with plenty of room for children in the rondavel huts.Contact Kylie to book a family hut.
Margie G asked a question Jul 2016
Wolcottville, Indiana1 contribution
Is there wifi
Answer from KTrewavas
Hoedspruit, South Africa3 contributions4 helpful votes
Yes, free wifi is available at the reception and main bar/swimming pool area
Jill L wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Yes, book yourself in here."
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Johnny wrote a tip Sept 2023
Radcliffe, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just respect the wild animals. You'll enjoy your stay and whole experience. "
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Soyisis wrote a tip Jul 2023
Veenendaal, The Netherlands7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is next to the road, lot of noise. If you want to have an authentic safari experience I recommend staying at a lodge inside of the park"
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CarolineNix wrote a tip Mar 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"will not comment"
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doreenfor wrote a tip Feb 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had two bungalows, both were lovely."
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PRICE RANGE
$187 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceMarulengHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
35
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Frequently Asked Questions about Timbavati Safari Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Timbavati Safari Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Thornybush Game Reserve (3.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Timbavati Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Timbavati Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Timbavati Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Timbavati Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Timbavati Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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