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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“great south african safari”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Firstly im not normally one to write reviews but felt comelled to after my amazing stay at the hilltop lodge. From start to finsh every need was catered for by the most gracious of staff in an absoultely breathtaking location and amazing hotel. All the facilities from room to food and drink were of the upmost quality. The 2 game drives per day were so well organised and with exteremly knowledgeable guides (Shaddy and Jimmy ) A special thanks should especially go to our tracker Elvis! he made the stay so much more special with his lovely kind hearted nature! Both of our indvidual hosts velly and daniel both did their best to ensure our time in the hotel was catered for in every concievable way. Apart form the great people the sfarai experience was second to none and we were able to see the animals up close and personal, whcih made for an even more memorable holiday. The last nights dinner in the bush was a perfect way to end what can only be descrinbed as the perfect holiday. Thank you to all at simbavati for making good experience great!!

Room Tip: all the rooms are secluded and not overlooked
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  • Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 26 September 2016
Dear Vin M

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and for doing it in so much detail, especially as you say you don't do this often. We really do appreciate it.

It was our pleasure to treat you to a memorable holiday. We were glad that we could be a part of it and that we managed to exceed your expectations.

We will pass on all your compliments to all involved. They too will be glad to hear that they made your stay perfect.

We hope you will come back and visit us again.

Keep well, regards Nadine
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Thank you very much to the people of Simbavati Hilltop: Jimmy (Guide, he really loves his job and knows as much as a lexicon), Elvis (Tracker), Daniel (Butler) and all the others who made our time at Hilltop unforgettable. Their service was great.
Each of the eight tents has a location with a great view, an outside shower and even a bath with a view.
For breakfast, dinner and lunch there was always a good variety of foods. Everything well prepared. I personally appreciated that it wasn't too much food offered for just 16 guests. They focused on quality.
For our recreation it was important that there were no children.
We would love to visit Hilltop again.

  • Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Simbavati, OnlineMarketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 26 September 2016
Dear Marrie_2000

It was our pleasure to treat you to an unforgettable safari experience. We are glad that you chose to stay at our lodge and that we could be part of your memorable stay.

Thank you for the lovely review we really appreciate it and we look forward to your return visit.

Kind regards Nadine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The staff is ready for you when you arrive and their service doesn't stop until the door to the vehicle of departure closes. Beautifully situated on a hilltop, this hotel blends into the surroundings and there is a sense of unity with nature that pervades your stay. Each guest is taken care of my a team -- for us it was Aubrey (the butler), Clement (the guide) and Humphrey (the tracker). They know a bit about you before you arrive and quickly learn what you want and don't want. Your needs are anticipated and when you surprise them with something new, they aren't phased in the least.

The heart of Simbavati experience are the twice-a-day drives to search for animals. You never know what to expect but Clement and Humphrey drew on their knowledge of the park and the animals to give us a new experience every time we went out (a total of 7 times!) We not only saw the "big 5" but much more. And learning a little bit about the ecosphere of the game park whetted my appetite for much more. The jeeps are very comfortable and the stops for tea give you a nice break from riding around.

The tent rooms are luxurious and comfortable. Outdoor showers (protected) are a bit startling at first, but a wonderful experience. Occasionally animals appear right next to your balcony. Your tent/room is really a part of the surroundings.

The food is very good -- especially breakfast and lunch. Hearty and filling with plenty of choice and if you have special needs, they'll be accommodated. Dinner is in a different place every night. I preferred the menus to the buffets, but nothing was bad.

It was hard to say good-bye to our family after four nights. I hope we can come back some day. Thanks to all the staff, but especially to Aubrey, Clement and Humphrey.

  • Stayed August 2016, travelled with friends
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 26 September 2016
Dear Mark W P

Thank you for the lovely detailed review.

We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing stay with us, that you loved our lodge and that you got to experience and learn about the bush that we love so much.

We will pass on your compliments to all of our staff.

Thank you for choosing our lodge and we look forward to your next visit as we know you will be back :)

Keep well, regards Nadine
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!
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  • Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Property: Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
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 Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price range (per night): R10 086 - R15 097
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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