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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.
If you want to see lions and the rest of the “Big 5” (leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino), Sabi Sands is the place to go! Our Sabi Sands game drives were action-packed and we saw all the Big Five animals on a 3-night safari.
Simbambili Game Lodge 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 credits: 10, 11 and 13 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 8 Pierre Mouton | Remaining photos Simbambili Game Lodge