You could pay buckets more at a splurge lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve – but it’s unnecessary.
Not when the adults-only Simbambili Game Lodge offers nine, honeymoon-worthy bungalows!
Simbambili Game Lodge
One of the best game reserves in South Africa, Sabi Sands is a private game reserve abutting world-famous Kruger National Park. The park isn’t fenced, so the animals pass freely between the park and the game reserve.
Simbambili is located in the slightly less-busy northern section of Sabi Sands.
Strung along the edge of a sandy riverbed, Simbambili’s 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, which alternate with barbecues by lantern light in the dry riverbed or boma.
We’re still dreaming of the warm lemon soufflé! And the lions…
Photo 8 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Photo 4 courtesy Pierre Mouton | Remaining photos courtesy Simbambili Game Lodge