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Simbivati Trails Camp

Timbivati Game Reserve, Limpopo

The Timbavati Private Game Reserve borders the Kruger National Park to the north and east. The name Timbavati was derived from a Shangaan expression meaning ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens.

The Timbavati has a vast array of wildlife, which includes the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) thriving amongst giraffe, zebra, warthogs, hyena and many antelope species. This sums up the magical spirit of the Timbavati, which has a tangible sense of wilderness.

The reserve is also a protective habitat for sustainable populations of many endangered species such as black and white rhinoceros, pangolins, and many others.

Simbavati Trails Camp is a gem; a luxury-yet-back-to-basics walking trails camp located in a secluded area of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.  It’s all about walking trails with expert guides, one of the most stimulating and enthralling forms of safari. Trails Camp borders, without fences, an unspoilt wilderness area of 11,000 hectares in the Greater Kruger National Park.

Simbivati Trails Camp at a glance:

Number or rooms: 4
Room types: Meru-style Tents
Children Policy: No children under 16 years are permitted, in line with reserve regulations.
Ideal for: Couples, Solo Travellers, Explorers, The Active & Adventurous

Why we love it

Walking Safari:

Focusing exclusively on walking safaris with expert guides

Camp Fire:

Great traditional safari vibe around the camp fire

Bush Cuisine:

From fire to table – amazing bush cuisine including earth-buried pot bread

Intimate Exclusive:

Only four en suite tents, this is intimate and exclusive – perfect for friends

Camp Facilities:

Communal tent with dining and sitting area
Campfire with casual seating
Small plunge pool and pool deck

Room Types

4 x Meru-style tents
Twin beds
En-suite bathroom
Ample storage space
Compostable toilet (eco-friendly)
Basin with water
Bucket shower (hot water on demand)
Views over the bushveld

In-Tent Facilities and Amenities

Bush facing shaded patio
Bathroom comprising vanity with basin and jug of water, al fresco bucket shower (hot water on demand) and eco-friendly toilet
Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
Solar powered lights
Cooler box with milk
Tea and coffee making facilities in room (using water in a hot flask)
Hot water bottles (winter)
Mosquito nets
No electricity, Wi-Fi or cell phone signal

Daily Programme

Early morning tea/coffee
Morning walking safari
Mid-morning breakfast
Time to relax, enjoy the pool area and surrounds of the camp
Afternoon tea
Afternoon walking trails safari
Dinner in the lounge, or around the fire in the open air boma (weather permitting)


Fire to table meals
Walking safari
Swimming pool

Travel Options

Simbavati Trails Camp is not accessible via rivate self-drive. Complimentary scheduled transfers in and out of Trails Camp are arranged from Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, transfer time of 1½ hours. The drive from from Johannesburg Airport is ±6½ to 7 hours (505km), ±3½ hours (210km) from Kruger Airport, and 3 hours (160km via the R40) from Hazyview.


  • 2 per tent
  • R7 375.00 – sharing
  • R9 900.00 – single

Admin Fee:

  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

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