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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Service is beyond expectations, great safari drives, opulent african dishes.
The lodges are nicely decorated, some even have good wifi.
Our butler/ waiter Andrew was so nice, you would have taken him with you, if given the chance. Game keeper Joe went out of his way to offer us the best views of African wildlife.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Lehuster
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Dear Lehuster

Thank you for the lovely words in your review they mean so much to us. It makes us so happy to hear that we exceed our guests expectations.

We work hard to provide our guests with a memorable safari experience and that is why your review means so much to us.

We hope you will come and visit us again as we would love to treat you, your friends and family to another unforgettable experience.

May 2017 be an amazing year for you.

Kind regards Nadine

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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay at the Simbavati Hilltop Lodge. Saw all the big five and much more. Our hereos, Jimmy/guide and Vincent/tracker made big efforts to make us see as many animals as posible. It was magic!
Our flight was cancelled due to bad wether, so we rented a car in Jo-Burg, to get to the Lodge. We got there at 10 PM. Some parts of the road was good, but others full of bad poteholes. The road in the Kruger park was bad and dangerous at night. I recommend
You not to drive by uourselves.
At the Lodge the food and service was very good. Very gentle staff.
I Love the Simbavati Hilltop Lodge!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
Thank Helene S
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Dear Helene S

We love that you love our lodge!

We are glad that you got to us safely and that once you were here you had an awesome stay!

We hope you will come back and visit us again!

Thank you for the review, kind regards Nadine

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

It has it all. All the animals that you ever dreamed of, the best staff you can imagine, wonderful rooms and great quality food and drinks. This is absolutely world-class standard place to see all the animals and the guides are amazingly helpful and give you many interesting facts about the animals in the area. We managed to see the big 5 in 2 days. I highly recommend this place and would return in a heartbeat.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
Thank davfog35
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Dear davfog35

Thank you for the review and the recommendation we really do appreciate it.

We are glad that you got to see and experience the "Big 5" in the "wild" it is very exciting!

We hope you will come back and visit us again.

Keep well, regards Nadine

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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Simbavati for 4 nights at the end of our honeymoon in SA and it was a fabulous end to a great trip.

The first thing to say is that the staff absolutely make this place what it is. They went out of their way to make our stay special. Our butler Aubrey, made us cry with laughter every day but the star of the show was our guide Colbert. If you are lucky enough to have him as your guide, you are in for a treat! His knowledge, enthusiasm and passion made each drive a treat and his catchphrases are still making us smile!

We were fortunate enough to see all of the big 5, but we also saw girrafe, hyenas, wilderbeast, hippos, a crocodile and even a black mamba (thankfully from the safety of the jeep!) to name a few. I would stress that the trackers and guides really know what they are doing and work as a team with all the others within the reserve so even when a drive seems quiet, be patient, they will find something interesting to see!

We stayed in December (summer) and over the 4 days we had glorious sunshine, heavy rain and strong winds, so be prepared for all weathers! Its also definitely worth doing a bush walk, for an alternative view to being in the jeep.

A fantastic experience, thank you!!

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Lizanne N
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Dear Lizanne N

Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge for your honeymoon. We are so happy that we could be a part of this memorable occasion and that we were able to make it extra special for both of you.

We will pass on your compliments to the staff, they love hearing when the exceeded our guests expectations.

We wish you both infinity happy years together filled we love, laughter and many wedding anniversaries spent at one of our lodges :)

We love your review and appreciate the detail that you put into your review.

Please come back and visit us again.

Kind regards Nadine



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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Towards the middle of our honeymoon we headed to the north eastern part of South Africa by Kruger National Park for our safari. Our stay at Simbavati Hilltop was just luxurious and out-of-this world. We were greeted by Nanzdi the office manager whom took us to orientation and then introduced us to our butler, Andrew who looked after us for the entire trip. Meals were INCREDIBLE, gourmet and made-from scratch in house by their wonderful chefs. Every meal from breakfast to dinner is a delightful surprise and usually with dessert too! I enjoyed how their dinners alternated between communal "braais" (aka barbecue) in a traditional sandy environment with upscale setting to intimate dinners in their dining area with your private party. I felt I got to know the other guests well during the braais and game drives. Staff and other guests were very friendly. Game drives were fun, exciting and we were always lead by the incredible Joe. Did I mention that during the braais your game drive guide also dines with you? Animal experience was great, saw the Big 5, animals came near our tents often but we always felt safe. Please enjoy some of my photos!

Another reviewer did mention the dam work, yes that is not ascetically appealing however, your game drives and meals are not spent in that area. I do agree it is a consideration given the amount of money you spend, you want the best view for everything. You can always check if they are done for your stay. It is being re-built since the walls broke a couple of years ago. It did not bother us. Other note is we recommend you staying at another lodge just to get 2 different experiences of safari. Very common for those going on safari! Enjoy!

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank DeeDeeEats
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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Dear DeeDeeEats

Thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon at our lodge. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests for this memorable occasion.

Congratulations on your marriage we wish you both many happy years filled with lots of love and laughter and safari anniversaries.

We appreciate your detailed review and we look forward to welcoming you back to our lodge.

Keep well, kind 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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