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Adelaide Hills, Australia
Reviewed 25 July 2016

My husband and I stayed at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge and had a life-enriching 4 days. The Luxury tents offer the true "Glamping" experience, including the invigorating outdoor shower and the sensational day bed overlooking the valley. The staff were all friendly and welcoming. The food was of a particularly high standard, delicious and plentiful. The Game Drives....INCREDIBLE !!! Our guide,...

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

Dear Carolyn and John Your review was stunning. Thank you for taking the time to share your stay will us. We are thrilled that we could be part of your unforgettable experience. We will pass on your lovely review to our staff so that they can know and be proud of the service they offer so that they can see...

Tokai, South Africa
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We spent 1 night here and enjoyed every minute. Lodge is stunning - modern, open plan with luxury tents on either side of main lodge area. No fences around camp which adds to the excitement of being in the bush - no walking in camp after dark without your security guard!!! All 8 tents offer panoramic views of the bush...

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

Dear Carol Maasch I can't believe you missed the leopard sighting! You are going to have to come back and visit us again so we can show you our leopards. They are our pride and joy :) Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope you...

Reviewed 18 July 2016

We stayed for four nights at the Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, and I think it has to have been our best bush experience ever. The luxury tents are beautiful, spacious and comfortable, and we loved the outdoor showers. The service was excellent, and the food delicious, and beautifully and proudly presented. We were very well looked after by Daniel, our personal...

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

Dear Denise and Peter Thank you for the detailed review we really do appreciate it. We are thrilled that we could be part of your memorable experience. It sounds like you had an amazing time. We will pass on your compliments to the rest of our team as they love hearing how they exceeded our guests expectations. It was our...

Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed for three nights at the Hilltop Lodge. The luxury tents are great, with great amenities, and you can even shower while watching the elephants pass by! The food was very good and the service was impeccable. However, the game drives here did not have as many sightings as we experienced in other private reserves, and since that is...

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

Dear Webjorns Thank you for writing a review we really do appreciate it. Apologies for the game drive sightings not been what you hoped they would be. There are no fences in the Timbavati therefore the animals roam freely and that is why some days sightings our out of this world and another days the animals seem like they are...

Vernon, New Jersey
Reviewed 11 July 2016

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights during our honeymoon in the beginning of July. Our luggage did not arrive until the next day due to flight problems and the staff drove to the main town (which I'm guessing was an hour+ away) to get us toothbrushes and deodorant which was very helpful! Our butlers (Andrew and Aubrey)...

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

Dear Megan S Congratulations on your wedding. We wish you both many years of love, happiness and lots of anniversary visits to our lodge :) Thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon at our lodge. We were delighted to be part of this memorable occasion, and we were happy to spoil you with a bridal massage. Thank you for...

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Beautifully situated camp/lodge. Lovely tents and amazing outdoor views. Highlights of our visit were our guide and tracker: Clement and Humphrey, and the amazing chef who made us some of the best meals we had during our whole stay in South Africa.

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

Dear caseyweeks Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your stay, meals and game drives at our lodge. We will pass on your compliments to all our staff. Regard Nadine

Gothenburg, Sweden
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

The most amazing stay I ever had! Loved the genuine personnel and the how we got treated like royals with so much kindness!The whole experience of the game drives and the amazing rooms, in the middle of the bush was overwhelming and a memory I'll keep forever! I'll defently be back, soon!

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

Dear elinelfwering Thank you for staying at our lodge and allowing us to be part of your memorable experience and for this lovely review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay, we will pass on your review to the staff as they will be thrilled to hear that you were wowed by their service and kindness. We look...

Reviewed 27 June 2016

Extremely comfortable tented accommodation, air conditioned and very spacious. Separate tent for the bathroom with a deck and outside shower in between the two. One can see that the environment is really important to the owners, there are no permanent structures, so if needs be the buildings can be removed without impacting the environment negatively. This is truly and eco...

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Dear Chas P Thank you for the lovely review. We love that you appreciate our lodge and all we do to conserve the environment. Your game drives sound amazing, it is a pity that you did not see the Big 5, however now you have another reason to come back so that we can help you check your list for...

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 25 June 2016

Our air-conditioned tent was extremely comfortable. The large washroom was across the deck. This made leaving the room a bit of an adventure with baboons on deck one day. The large bath was big enough for the two of us to enjoy sea salt & rooibos baths - a perfect way to wrap the day. We began our day around...

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

Dear SCenturion We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed "glamping" with us. The baboons always add an interesting touch and experience :) Wow, your game drives sound amazing, wish I was with you, your photos must be lovely. Thank you for staying at our lodge and for writing this review. We look forward to your return visit. Regards Nadine

San Rafael, CA
Reviewed 12 June 2016

This was the last of our three lodge safari vacation. The food was stellar, our tent to die for, and the staff excellent. Our tent had a separate bathroom area with a tub looking out over the bush. The shower was outdoors and wonderful. I felt like I was in a dream. Being a vegetarian, I had more than enough...

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Dear swm4life Thank you for the review it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. Sorry the animals did not play their part on the game drives. We are however happy to hear that our staff managed to exceed your expectations and that this made up for the lack of animal sightings...

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  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • 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 Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • 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 100 - R15 110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbavati Hilltop Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“rooms 6 to 8 had the best views of the river”
GraemeH752, 30 Mar 2017 | Read review
“#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.”
MarissaX618, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“They are all fantastic”
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!
  • View from bathroom
blairabroad2012, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“all the rooms are secluded and not overlooked”
vinmajuranm, 15 Sep 2016 | Read review
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