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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is a dream. I've seen wonderful pictures online but what makes it even more special are the warm, friendly and genuinely caring people/staff. Not to mention their fresh, yummy food!

The room is cozy too, the lounge and pool areas are breathtaking! Love how animals are just free to roam around the area.

Special mention to Andrew, Greg and Benedict for taking good care of us! And our guide Clement and Tracker Caswell (hope i spelt it right!)

Thank you guys for making our first safari experience an unforgettable one. Will miss all of you!

Room Tip: Room 8, although far off, i think is the most secluded and private. Perfect for honeymooners!
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cyril S
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2016

Dear Cyril S

Thank you for the lovely review. It was our pleasure to provide you with an unforgettable safari experience.

We will pass on your compliments to the staff as they really take pride in their service. They love to hear that they exceeded our guest expectations.

Please come back and visit us again.

Regards Nadine

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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge exceeded every place we stayed at during our two-week trip to Southern Africa. The accommodations were inviting, comfortable, clean and stylish. The outdoor showers were awesome! The food was always top-notch. Best of all, the staff's warmth and hospitality really stood out. Aubrey, our butler, was always ready to help with a smile. Our ranger, Clement, and our tracker, Caswell, were well-skilled and enthusiastic. They were an excellent team who made our game drives fun, exciting and informative. Many thanks too to Gert, Collette, Nandzi and Benedict for making our stay truly memorable and exceptional. We will be back!

Stayed: August 2016
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2016

Dear Rita A

It was our pleasure that we could make your stay at our lodge memorable and exceptional.

Our team was thrilled to hear that they exceeded your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our lodge and thank you for the lovely detailed review, we really do appreciate it.

See you soon, regards Nadine

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I can only recommend visiting this lodge. It was my first safari and it was one like "once in a lifetime experience". All the staff was outstanding and the guide and spotter where just phenomenal. I could make the BIG 5 in just 4 game drives.

Thanks so much and it simply was a dream.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
Thank sradspie
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2016

Dear sradspie

It was our pleasure to give you the "once in a lifetime experience". We were thrilled that we could be part of your first safari.

I still remember my 1st trip to Simbavati and nothing else can compare to the experience, so I know how you feel.

We hope you will come back and visit again. We promise to make it another trip to remember :)

Regards Nadine

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

We stayed 3 nights at this lodge and it was fantastic! It's small and secluded. The "tents" are gorgeous and so comfortable. The food was delicious, especially the kudu fillet :) Andrew was lovely and looked after us very well. We loved being out on the game drives, just the chance that we might see some wildlife was pretty exciting.......and we did see plenty! Nelson and Shaddy, our guide and tracker, were passionate and inspiring. The knowledge they possess is astounding. Would definitely love to return one day. I didn't really want to leave!!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank AuntieCarole
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2016

Dear Auntie Carole

Thank you for the lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and that you did not want to leave.

Thank you for trying the kudu fillet and complimenting us on our food. Our chef will be happy to know that our guests find his food as enjoyable as we do.

WE will pass on your compliments to all our staff.

We hope you will come back and visit again.

Regards Nadine

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Reviewed 9 August 2016

The Hilltop Lodge is a secluded and exclusive lodge located on a hilltop with panoramic views of a large river where animals abound. You get a real feel of being in the middle of the wilderness with animals going about their business both day and night all around you. The staff is very good and we had great fun on the twice daily game drives with our ranger Colbert and tracker Derrick. A great place to relax away from it all. Each room has its own viewing deck and luxurious outdoor shower.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

Dear Arabelle67

Thank you for the review we really do appreciate it.

We are happy to hear that you had fun on our game drives with our field guide and tracker.

We hope you will come back and visit again.

Keep well, regards Nadine

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Address: Mbali Farm, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: R13 909 - R15 578 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbavati Hilltop Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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