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.