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Hluhluwe Umfolozi Hilltop Camp

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve South Africa
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Hilltop Camp
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Zulu Inyala Airport
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Willem A wrote a review Yesterday
Centurion, South Africa156 contributions40 helpful votes
In spite of some previous negative reviews, we were pleasantly surprised. The gardens and chalets are well maintained, the restaurant is very good, the bar is operational and well stocked and the staff friendly. The tarred access road from Memorial gate is in a good condition as well as the tarred road to Mpila camp.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ojvind S wrote a review Feb 2024
Aarhus, Denmark3 contributions
We stayed in Mwtazi Lodge 3 days and enjoyed it a lot. Simon took so good care of us - even changed a flat tire :). Unfortunately we did not know that he could have cooked for us - it must be next time :) The food in restaurant was as good as we remember from earlier visits. Staff was a pleasure to be with - all of them! We had great trips in the park with Pumo as our guide and from our own car we saw a lot of animals. All in all a real pleasure - thanks to all at Hill Top!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anna E wrote a review Nov 2023
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We were very happy to stay inside the game reserve, as we could drive out 5 AM - the best time of the day to see the animals. Tophill and the restaurant has a magnificent view. Food was great for the prize. Burgers could be bigger, but a friend got an extra one for free. Breakfast included. All good. For sleeping they have several options, some of them has a great view too. We stayed in one of the round houses with shared toilets, showers (even a bathtub!) and kitchen if one wanted. Also a washingmachine. We found it totally fine. Everything was clean and working. Fridge on the room. You could also cook water. Separate towels for the pool close by. The whole area felt very calm and the staff were superfriendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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david r wrote a review Nov 2023
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located in the game reserve, lodges are comfortable and clean and quiet, self catering would be easy, the restaurant was good value and good quality. Elephants at the gate as we left. easy for self drive game drives. accessible by a tarmac road.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Tour03067773712 wrote a review Nov 2023
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very disappointed with our food ordered Fish & chips was told Fish was hake..Fish we recd was tough, fill of bones & definitely not hake, was the thinest piece of fish ever seen at R165 per plate it was a total rip off I feel very sorry for our international visitors
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: definitely ensure if you advertise Hake , provide Hake and ensure pieces not slices that look...
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Per Schirmacher Jensen wrote a review Jul 2023
Durban, South Africa9 contributions2 helpful votes
The place is in grave need for a upgrade.The Chalets have old bathroom with a bathtub and when showering you are in the tub trying not to slip. The water is quite scarce and therefore the shower pressure is very low giving out few drops. The Hilltop restaurant used to be quite good 10 years ago but these times are over. The food is eateable but for sure very basic and the buffe every night is simply a nightmare. The chef needs to be replace asap as the food is too poor.... The breakfast is almost as bad...This time we were cuing up 8-10 people in order to get an omelet and a Cook who was not able to produce eggs....come on, how difficult is it ? The shop in Hilltop is almost empty for food and drinks - you have to bring everything along ! Why is the shop empty ? Bad management ? They dont want to make money ?
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring everything along for your stay
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Kazzy wrote a review Jul 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
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On arrival at the gate, the ablution’s were dirty, doors broken and generally no maintenance. The little craft market had litter strewn around and just looked tatty. We arrived at Hilltops and were immediately taken aback by the spectacular view. We ordered some drinks and the bar had no gin and very little offering. We were then informed the management had forgotten to renew the liquor licence. The was a smell of sewage around the seating area. All around the supporting wall are broken wooden posts with nails exposed. The step had missing bricks which lay against the wall next to a broken light with exposed wires. All very accessible for a child to stick its fingers into. There were cigarettes butts, wrappers and tissue paper on the grass which was full of weeds where you sit and admire the view. The food was substandard and little imagination. There was soup on the menu but as their blender was not working they were not able to make it. The chalets were in general although dated comfortably. The shower was leaking and it was difficult to shower as it was impossible to regulate the water temperature. Tiles were missing from the basin. We then moved to the rondavels for two night. They were well equipped and the rooms comfortable. The doors all needs sanding and painting. There was damp and and drains visible blocked on quite a few of the rooms. The communal kitchen was clean and well appointed. The ablutions were not acceptable. Only one shower worked but was leaking. Two of the four toilets were leaking. The men’s urinal was pouring out onto the footpath and by the staining had been for some time. All the footpaths were full of weeds. The pool was cleanbut the fence was broken and no signs of repairs. Before leaving I wrote a report and did a walk around with on of the junior managers pointing out everything. Tiny Major is the manager of Hilltops and she has yet to acknowledge my review. The staff are not trained and there is no management or maintenance. I asked about why there is not maintenance and was told he was on holiday. No one seems to care or take any pride whatsoever. This beautiful facility is sadly has seen its heyday.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Find accommodation outside the park.
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Gauldi V wrote a review Apr 2023
London104 contributions49 helpful votes
Sadly this jewel in the crown of game reserves and camps, the countries and indeed the worlds bastion of conservation has all but collapsed. Most people who have had the delight of having stayed here in its heyday feel the same deep sadness at its ruin and now rightly so also fear the future of all conservation and management of all National Parks in South Africa. It's with huge regret that have to write these things about what for me like many is home. The hills and mist, the ambiance, the deep inner joy, the wide eyed baby rhino calves safe at home next to their colossal mother's side in Hluhluwe and Umfolosi no more. Unfortunately the Park itself has very little money, much of it wasted on political appointments at conservations expense. Grotesquely inflated salaries in upper management with no skill not even conservation skills, no investment and no science. It has suffered a huge conservation brain drain. Lower management and maintenance and conservation all in free fall. Gone is the united passion and expertise that kept this one of the greatest conservation triumphs of the globe. Sadly we cannot be sure there is even a Government will left to fix this dire situation. Things just go from bad to worse. The golden goose butchered on the alter of corruption. I read the shocked responses of visitors, they don't differ from my own in February this year. I just need to tell people why as most just don't understand. It's not miss managment nor that management doesn't want to hear complaints, but they have more than enough of their own, low irregular salaries, lack of pride but mostly the lack of funds to respond to complaints. I suggest staying outside the park meantime is probably the best way to still enjoy what's left of the Hluhluwe Umfolosi park. At least this is still possible in our country.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Paul the Sheep wrote a review Feb 2023
Canton of Aargau, Switzerland9 contributions3 helpful votes
We are traveling to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park every year. And every year we visit the Restaurant at the Hilltop Camp for Lunch as we are staying in a selfcatering Camp. Since the restaurant was outsourced the quality went downhill. It was already bad last year but what we got served this year was simply a disaster and should be forbidden to leave a restaurant kitchen. French fries were almost raw, the meat in the Burger hat a strange taste. Staff is unfriendly and plays the American Tourist Waiter just to get more tip. No Beer or Drinks were served, even available on the Menu. When asking the waiter why, his answer was it is what it is. We do not serve Alcohol, it could be something with the license. This was definitely the last time that we visited the Restaurant at the Hilltop Camp as even the Kitchen at Centeneray Center is much better.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: If you are in the park in a selfcatering camp, the food at centenary center is much better.
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michag wrote a review Feb 2023
Malta141 contributions44 helpful votes
Whilst this place is in a stunning location and looks beautiful at face value, some issues are quite annoying. Half the menu was not available and no alcohol was being served due to licensing issues. Food is okish. The rooms’ positioning are quite stunning but need a major refit especially the bathrooms. I could not get WiFi signal anywhere! It’s a pity as the view from the outdoor restaurant is out of this world!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Take your own wine if you like a tipple with your dinner! They do allow this at least.
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What are some of the property amenities at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Hilltop Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Hilltop Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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