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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
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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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Thank Marrie_2000
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Simbavati, OnlineMarketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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Thank Mark W P
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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