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Swift Current, Canada
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Did not know what to expect as this was our first time in Africa and on safari, however everything was beyond what we could have ever imagined. Our room was nice and large and had adequate air conditioning as it was 38 degrees C. We had a very accommodating butler, Aubrey, who looked after us very well. The meals were...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

recently we had two night stay ,first time on safari,excellent place to stay good accommodation ,outstanding service from all areas of the lodge,the African staff incredibly obliging from the butler Aubrey,to the guides and trackers who take us out at dawn and dusk ,that is really the must do experience, all the big 5 spotted up close and personal in...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear davidd125 Thank you for the detailed review it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you got to see the "Big 5" what an experience for your 1st safari. It was our pleasure to be able to spoil you and treat you both to an unforgettable experience. We hope you will come back and visit us again....

Dubai
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights at this lovely spot. The accommodation is very nice with great views. Only downside is the separate tent for the bathroom. It was too hot, despite the overhead fan, to enjoy the beautiful bath with spectacular views. Also going to the bathroom during the night meant navigating the many insect population enroute 😱. However, on saying...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear valDubai We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and especially our "Boma" dinner. It is also awesome that you got to see the "Big 5" what an amazing experience! Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is greatly appreciated. We hope you will come back and visit us again....

Jersey City, New Jersey
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was our first stop on our Honeymoon and it set the bar very high for the rest of the vacation. Stating with the room, we stayed at tent #6. This is far beyond what we expected. Because this resort only have 8 luxury tents you really have a very personalized and unique experience. Not only does everyone know your...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear MarissaX618 Congratulations on your wedding. We would like to wish you a lifetime of happy, loving years together filled with unbelievable getaways, endless laughter and treasured moments. Thank you for choosing to spend the 1st stop of your honeymoon with us. We are happy to hear that we raised the bar and we hope that the rest of your...

Chicago, IL
Reviewed 14 January 2017

As this was our first time on safari we really didn't know what to expect. Let me just say that we were already planning a return visit before we checked out! Viewing the "big five" and other large animals roam freely in their native habitat is truly "life changing" as another recent reviewer mentioned. You are able to get so...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear ChicagoTravelGuy9 Thank you for the detailed review we really do appreciate it. Wow, it sounds like you had an amazing stay at our lodge. I am thrilled to hear that you got to see the "Big 5". We actually planned it, the leopard was supposed to stay longer but she was being difficult on the day :) All jokes...

Amsterdam
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Service is beyond expectations, great safari drives, opulent african dishes. The lodges are nicely decorated, some even have good wifi. Our butler/ waiter Andrew was so nice, you would have taken him with you, if given the chance. Game keeper Joe went out of his way to offer us the best views of African wildlife.

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Lehuster Thank you for the lovely words in your review they mean so much to us. It makes us so happy to hear that we exceed our guests expectations. We work hard to provide our guests with a memorable safari experience and that is why your review means so much to us. We hope you will come and visit...

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay at the Simbavati Hilltop Lodge. Saw all the big five and much more. Our hereos, Jimmy/guide and Vincent/tracker made big efforts to make us see as many animals as posible. It was magic! Our flight was cancelled due to bad wether, so we rented a car in Jo-Burg, to get to the Lodge. We got...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Helene S We love that you love our lodge! We are glad that you got to us safely and that once you were here you had an awesome stay! We hope you will come back and visit us again! Thank you for the review, kind regards Nadine

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

It has it all. All the animals that you ever dreamed of, the best staff you can imagine, wonderful rooms and great quality food and drinks. This is absolutely world-class standard place to see all the animals and the guides are amazingly helpful and give you many interesting facts about the animals in the area. We managed to see the...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear davfog35 Thank you for the review and the recommendation we really do appreciate it. We are glad that you got to see and experience the "Big 5" in the "wild" it is very exciting! We hope you will come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Simbavati for 4 nights at the end of our honeymoon in SA and it was a fabulous end to a great trip. The first thing to say is that the staff absolutely make this place what it is. They went out of their way to make our stay special. Our butler Aubrey, made us cry with laughter...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Lizanne N Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge for your honeymoon. We are so happy that we could be a part of this memorable occasion and that we were able to make it extra special for both of you. We will pass on your compliments to the staff, they love hearing when the exceeded our guests...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Towards the middle of our honeymoon we headed to the north eastern part of South Africa by Kruger National Park for our safari. Our stay at Simbavati Hilltop was just luxurious and out-of-this world. We were greeted by Nanzdi the office manager whom took us to orientation and then introduced us to our butler, Andrew who looked after us for...

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Dear DeeDeeEats Thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon at our lodge. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests for this memorable occasion. Congratulations on your marriage we wish you both many happy years filled with lots of love and laughter and safari anniversaries. We appreciate your detailed review and we look forward to welcoming you...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our accommodation is pure African safari, and comprises of individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. Enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range at our lodge. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Address: Mbali Farm, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: R10 052 - R13 944 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbavati Hilltop Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“#6 was located close to the restaurant and bar without having to walk so far. Since there are no "close" neighbors any room is great.”
 of 5 bubbles MarissaX618, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“They are all fantastic”
 of 5 bubbles johnpickering2016, 21 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms up near lodge have fewer steps (as there are only a few handrails)”
  • Very comfortable with air con!
  • Outdoor shower - shared every evening with family of toads!
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“all the rooms are secluded and not overlooked”
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“Room 8, although far off, i think is the most secluded and private. Perfect for honeymooners!”
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