You could pay buckets more at a splurge lodge in Sabi Sand Game Reserve – but it’s unnecessary. Not when the adults-only Simbambili Game Lodge offers nine, honeymoon-worthy bungalows.
Private pools at Simbambili Game Lodge
Strung along the edge of a sandy riverbed, the bungalows have private plunge pools, spacious decks with a “sala” (outdoor lounge area with double cushioned day-bed) and enormous bathrooms with egg-shaped stone tubs and rain-showers.
Fold back the wood-and-glass doors, and you bring the outside completely in.
Breakfast and lunch is served in an elegant, thatched-roof dining room with tree-trunk columns, fireplaces and no walls on three sides.
The dining room overlooks a watering hole, where a moving tableau of warthogs, impala and baboons kept us swapping forks for binoculars.
No Simbambili Game Lodge review would be complete without mentioning the romantic four-course dinners in the lodge (still dreaming of the warm lemon soufflé!), which alternate with barbecues by lantern light in the dry riverbed or boma.
If you stay at Simbambili Game Lodge
Simbambili Game Lodge is intimate – it only has nine lovely bungalows with private pools. See their website here.
What we especially loved:
Unbelievable game viewing! If you want to see lions and the rest of the “Big 5” (leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino), this is the place to come.
Simbambili’s little gym isn’t really up to snuff. But to be fair, most people don’t expect working treadmills and ellipticals when they go on safari.
Our Simbambili Game Lodge review
A version of our Simbambili Game Lodge review was first published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles magazine. (See the PDF of the print article.)
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