How To Get There


Airlink operates convenient daily direct flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Nelspruit Kruger and from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Skukuza Airport.

A unique 20 minute air-side transfer connects you onward on Airlink’s Lodge Link service to Arathusa’s airstrip in the Sabi Sands.

From there you will enjoy a short open vehicle transfer to Simbambili’s doorstep.

Airlink’s Lodge Link service also connects Nelspruit Kruger to the Timbavati and Kwa Zulu Natal. Other connections include Nelspruit Kruger to Livingstone in Zambia directly permitting travellers to combine the wonders of both the Kruger Park and the Victoria Falls. It also links Nelspruit Kruger and Vilanculos (Mozambique), gateway to the Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands.

Route to Simbambili coming from Acornhoek

  • Travel through Acornhoek towards Hluvukani / Manyelethi
  • Continue on road until you get to Hluvukani (33 km)
  • At Hluvukani you will see a Viva Garage on your right
  • Continue stright for 7km on the tar road towards Manyelethi
  • Turn right at the Seville A Sabi Sand signs
  • This is a dirt road
  • Continue on this road for 6.5 km until you reach a T-junction always following Sabi Sand signs
  • Turn left at this T-Junction.
  • You will pass the villages of Utah and Dixie. From the Utah Trading Store, which is on your right, it is about 7.2km until you reach the Gowrie Gate entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
  • Here you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R190.00 (per vehicle) and R50 per person.
  • Please note the Gowrie Gate is only open between 5:00am (05h00) 11:00pm (23h00).
  • Turn immediately right at the Gowrie Gate and follow the fence line to the Lodge.
  • Simbambili is approximately 6km from Gowrie Gate.
  • DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER GATE THAN GOWRIE GATE. YOU CAN NOT ENTER THE RESERVE AT ANY OTHER GATE TO GET TO SIMBAMBILI.

  • From the South on the R 40

  • Continue through Bushbuck Ridge towards Klaserie.
  • 37 km after Bushbusck Ridge turn right onto the Acornhoek Road.
  • Much of this road has been tarred recently and is in a very good condition.
  • Continue on road until you get to Hluvukani (33 km).
  • At Hluvukani you will see the Viva Garage on your right.
  • Continue straight for 7 km on a tar road towards Manyelethi
  • Turn right at the Seville A Sabi Sand sign
  • This is a dirt road
  • Continue on this road for 6.5 km until you reach a T-junction always following Sabi Sand signs
  • Turn left at this T-Junction.
  • You will pass the villages of Utah and Dixie. From the Utah Trading Store, which is on your right, it is about 7.2km until you reach the Gowrie Gate entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
  • Here you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R190.00 (per vehicle) and R50 per person.
  • Please note the Gowrie Gate is only open between 5:00am (05h00) 11:00pm (23h00).
  • Turn immediately right at the Gowrie Gate, and follow the fence line to the Lodge.
  • Simbambili is approximately 6km from Gowrie Gate.
  • DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER GATE THAN GOWRIE GATE. YOU CAN NOT ENTER THE RESERVE AT ANY OTHER GATE TO GET TO SIMBAMBILI.

From the North on the R 40, via Hoedspruit

  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge.
  • Continue 33 km and turn left towards Acornhoek and White River
  • Continue 4 km and turn left at Acornhoek.
  • Continue on road until you get to Hluvukani (33 km).
  • At Hluvukani you will see the Viva Garage on your right.

  • Continue straight for 7 km on a tar road towards Manyelethi
  • Turn right at the Seville A Sabi Sand sign
  • This is a dirt road
  • Continue on this road for 6.5 km until you reach a T-junction always following Sabi Sand signs
  • Turn left at this T-Junction.
  • You will pass the villages of Utah and Dixie. From the Utah Trading Store, which is on your right, it is about 7.2km until you reach the Gowrie Gate entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
  • Here you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R190.00 (per vehicle) and R50 per person.
  • Please note the Gowrie Gate is only open between 5:00am (05h00) 11:00pm (23h00).
  • Turn immediately right at the Gowrie Gate, and follow the fence line to the Lodge.
  • Simbambili is approximately 6km from Gowrie Gate.
  • DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER GATE THAN GOWRIE GATE. YOU CAN NOT ENTER THE RESERVE AT ANY OTHER GATE TO GET TO SIMBAMBILI.

From Johannesburg to Simbambili Game Lodge:

  • The the N12 to eMalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway.
  • Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
  • Approximately 30 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left.
  • Travel though the town of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg).
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Ohrigstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass.
  • Approximately 68 km past Ohrigstad take the R 531 to your right
  • Continue 33 km and towards Bushbuckridge , turn left at Acornhoek and travel through Acornhoek
  • Continue on road until you get to Hluvukani (33 km)
  • At Hluvukani you will see the Viva Garage on your right.
  • Continue straight 7 km on a tar road towards Manyelethi
  • Turn right at the Seville A Sabi Sand sign
  • This is a dirt road
  • Continue on this road for 6.5 km until you reach a T-junction always following Sabi Sand signs
  • Turn left at this T-Junction.
  • You will pass the villages of Utah and Dixie. From the Utah Trading Store, which is on your right, it is about 7.2km until you reach the Gowrie Gate entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
  • Here you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R190.00 (per vehicle) and R50 per person.
  • Please note the Gowrie Gate is only open between 5:00am (05h00) 11:00pm (23h00).
  • Turn immediately right at the Gowrie Gate, and follow the fence line to the Lodge.
  • Simbambili is approximately 6km from Gowrie Gate.
  • DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER GATE THAN GOWRIE GATE. YOU CAN NOT ENTER THE RESERVE AT ANY OTHER GATE TO GET TO SIMBAMBILI.
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