The Kruger - Sabi Sand - Simbambili Game Lodge

We were greeted warmly upon our arrival at Simbambili Game Lodge and were ushered through the common area en route to our room.
We admired the view as we were checking in on the terrace.
Our room key was shaped like a rhino, one of the animals I was most hoping to see.  Fingers crossed it was a good omen.
We were taken to our accommodation, a 5-star thatched hut, to freshen up from the journey.
The bedroom was spacious with lots of closet space.
The huge bed was scattered with flowers and mosquito nets hung above at the ready.
The bathroom also featured a thatched roof and a shower that looked out onto the bush.
One afternoon during our visit, we actually left this door wide open while we were sitting outside by our plunge pool.  I heard a small noise and when I looked up from what I was doing, a small vervet monkey was looking right at me from the middle of the bathroom.  We looked each other in the eye, each one super surprised to see the other and thinking 'uh oh'...  I shouted 'There's a monkey in the room!' and slammed the adjoining door.  My husband blocked the other entrance into the bedroom which ensured the monkey would not run there and wreak havoc. Fortunately, our mischievous little friend scampered out the way he came in and we were able to shut the doors tight to make sure that didn't happen again!  
Our room had a beautiful lanai where we'd sit quietly and relax between morning and evening game drives.
It was all very zen.
Periodically, animals like impala, kudu, and warthog would come to the watering hole for a drink.
Our room also featured an adjacent sitting room.  We had more space than we knew what to do with!
The sitting room offered a shady respite to relax and admire the bush.
A couple of brave bushbucks often hung out very close to our hut.
We regularly admired the birds in the area, like this flock of Burchell's Starlings that almost shimmer.
Simbambili also featured a top notch spa.  I walked over and treated myself to an African massage which involved kneading the muscles with a special gourd.  It felt good although it did tickle a bit!
The quality of the food and drink at Simbambili was quite high, especially considering how remote we were!  Lunch was typically served buffet style.
We could eat while overlooking the watering hole.
A roaring fireplace wasn't necessary during the day but kept us warm in the evening when winter temperatures would plummet after dark.
After evening game drives we were treated to a glass of sherry or port upon our return.
Everyone would then meet up for drinks followed by a three-course dinner.
The location of dinner would rotate.  One night we ate sitting in a circle around a roaring fire just outside the common area of the lodge.
On another night, they set-up a braai (BBQ) on the dry riverbed below the lodge.
Here we got our first taste of South African game meat when we sampled Springbok.  It was delicious and tasted a bit like lamb.
Throughout the whole experience, we had to keep in mind that we really were in a wild environment and the animals could come and go as they pleased.  While we were at Simbambili, a cape buffalo was discovered on the path leading to one of the other rooms.   A leopard actually walked across the camp one night (we missed both sightings as we were situated at the other end of the lodge).  We could hear noises in the night including hyena.  We learned later that a hyena actually chewed this couch cushion in the common area of the lodge!  Fortunately, we always had experienced staff with us to accompany us to our rooms at night so we'd never be in a position to face a wild animal alone.

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