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.
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!
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!
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.