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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I have traveled to many bushveld lodges in Southern Africa. Each one is chosen for a specific experience as the bushveld in Southern Africa varies immensely depending upon where you go. This bushveld here is predominantly Mopane bushveld. The lodge is wonderful and ideally situated near the crest of a hill overlooking the mostly dry sandy river bed. This allows...

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

Dear Anton N Thank you for the lovely review and for recommending our lodge we really do appreciate it. It was you who gave us a new experience by introducing our chef to cooking with sucrose and it is because of you that we will be able to offer more to our future guests so thank you for this opportunity....

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Service was excellent, food delicious, staff helpful but the real stars were the animals and the guide and tracker who took us to see them! Nelson and Shaddy were very skilled and personable and the number and variety of animals was unbelievable. Dining staff quickly learned our group's preferences and dietary restrictions and there were choices to suit all tastes....

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

Dear Travelingfamily15228 Thank you for the lovely detailed review. We really do appreciate it. We will pass on your compliments to our team who looked after you during your stay, they will be thrilled to hear that they exceeded your expectations. We value your feedback and appreciate your comments regarding the storage in the tents. Management has been advised so...

United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Was lucky to receive a complimentary upgrade to the Hilltop Lodge as it was our honeymoon, we were originally booked into the River Lodge. Rooms are designed like tents with a separate bathroom and outside shower area which we both enjoyed. Having a bath while looking out over the bush and river is amazing. Game drives at 6am and 3.30pm,...

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

Dear Cheryl M Thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon with us. We were happy to be part of this memorable occasion and we are glad we lived up to your romantic expectations. We would like to wish you many years of happiness together filled with lots of love and laughter. We hope you will spend an anniversary or...

Reviewed 18 May 2016

My husband and I always wanted to go to a safari in South Africa but didn't know which lodge to choose from. We were so fortunate to find Simbavati Hill top Lodge. We stayed there for 2 nights and really enjoyed our tent with an outdoor shower and a view overlooking the water hole. The food was really good especially...

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

Dear Jen C Thank you for choosing to spend your safari with us. We are happy that we could be part of your unforgettable trip. We are thrilled to hear that you got to see a leopard, what an ending to an extraordinary safari. We will pass on your compliments to the staff, they really appreciate the feedback. We hope...

New Jersey
Reviewed 18 May 2016

I spent three days at the Simbavati Hilltop Lodge and it will be one of the greatest three days of my life. The lodge is clean, comfortable and absolutely beautiful! Our guide and tracker made sure we were comfortable during our safari game drives. Food was great, staff was friendly and the wildlife was incredible! It did take some time...

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

Dear Ciaobella1216 Thank you for the lovely review. It is greatly appreciated. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and that we could be part of your memorable experience. We hope you will come back and visit us soon. Regards Nadine

Lennox Head, Australia
Reviewed 17 May 2016

March 2016 supposedly the wet season but actually in drought until we arrived. Lucky enough to experience the dry river beds fill. Amazing.small intimate camp with beautiful permanent tents, spacious, indoor and outdoor shower with a fantastic view of the waterhole and bush. Attentive staff, and terrific driver Lisette and tracker Avid who got us right up close and personal...

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Dear Constance1963 Thank you for the lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. It sounds like you had some awesome sightings. Please come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge offers beautiful tented accommodations with an elevated view and can barely be noticed until you arrive at the entrance.. The food was sensational, the service was top notch and the staff felt like family. Special thanks to Aubrey who was attentive, efficient and ever so friendly. Derek our tracker was fun loving and incredibly good at his...

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

Dear Carmen J Thank you for your review and for letting us be part of your safari experience. We will pass on your compliments to our staff, they will be thrilled to hear that you had an unforgettable stay and that we exceeded your expectations. Please come back and visit us again. Regards Nadine

Goshen, Indiana
Reviewed 18 April 2016

The Hilltop Lodge is luxury all the way, but the very best part about it is the staff. The management is superb. You can want for nothing! Pierre, Daniel, Nelson, and every other staff member made our stay truly memorable. Thank you all! I would recommend this lodge to anyone who loves great animal sightings, fabulous food, and the best...

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

Dear ijessem Wow! Thank you for the beautiful compliments. Our staff will be thrilled to hear that they exceeded your expectations and helped make your holiday a memorable one. Thank you for the lovely review it is greatly appreciated. Please come and visit us again. Kind regards Nadine

Worthington, Ohio
Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge I had the opportunity to visit at the end of their summer in April with 2 other adults in 2 luxury hilltop tent suites. Simbavati is an outstanding small boutique lodge with an intimate atmosphere an an outstanding guide and tracker staff. The good. Perched on a hilltop, this lodge enjoys a spectacular vista over a riverbed...

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Dear Thomasleemd Thank you for the very detailed review it is greatly appreciated. We hope that we did not make your waistline grow to much :) We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our lodge and all we had to offer, that the animals provided you with some exciting entertainment and that our staff were able to enhance your...

London
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Loved staying here; the hospitality was super warm and the guides were well informed. We had some amazing game drives and although the service at mealtimes was a bit uneven, enjoyed some great meals. The pavilion tent are gorgeous and we loved how the decking left a modest footprint on nature.

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

Dear Pablo038 We are glad you loved staying at our lodge. Thank you for your feedback. It would be great if you could give us some more info regarding the service at mealtimes so that we could look into it to make sure we are offering all our guests the best service at every meal. We hope you will come...

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Amenities

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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
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: R9 706 - R14 858 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbavati Hilltop Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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