Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is an exclusive luxury lodge set in the private Timbavati Reserve which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park; allowing the Big 5 and many other animals to move freely over more than 20 000 km² of wilderness area.

  • Big 5, excellent game-viewing area
  • Shares unfenced borders with Kruger National Park
  • Private, intimate camp with only 8 Luxurious Safari Tents
  • All tents are en-suite, air-conditioned and with ceiling fans
  • Game-viewing deck overlooking the river
  • Infinity pool, with panoramic views of the bushveld and Drakensberg Mountains
  • Covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation
  • Wi-Fi connectivity in the main public areas

Sister to the well-established Simbavati River Lodge, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is set on a scenic ‘kopje’ offering superb views out over the surrounding bushveld and its abundant wildlife inhabitants.

Luxury accommodation with excellent privacy

There are just only eight luxurious pavilion-style safari tents, carefully spaced far enough away from each other to ensure your privacy. Each suite is made up of two individual tents comprising a bedroom and en-suite bathroom. One of the tent sides can be opened up to create an indoor or outdoor private shower experience with breath-taking views of your surrounds. Great care has been taken to use only natural building materials. The tents are on raised decks connected by wooden walkways.

Varied game activities

Hilltop offers Big 5 game activities twice daily: in the early morning and again late afternoon/evening at times when the wildlife are at their most active. On night drives, you’ll have an excellent chance to see the rare and shy nocturnal species – especially the big cats like leopards. There are over 40 mammal species listed as resident in the Timbavati, including the Big 5 as well as endangered species like African wild dogs and cheetah. It’s a bird lover’s paradise with over 360 species listed. Of course, the Timbavati is also home to the famous, rare white lion.

Getting There

By air: Regular flights connect Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport, from where it’s another one-hour’s drive to the lodge.

By road: It’s an easy 7-hour drive from Johannesburg to the lodge. Road transfers are also available.

Our take on Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

A refreshingly new and scenic lodge, it offers an enviable view over the vast bushveld from its elevated position. In the tranquil and unhurried Timbavati Private Reserve, it will give you a private and personal safari experience with every change of spotting the Big 5, wild dog, cheetah – many of the endemic animals and an incredible variety of birdlife.

  • Accommodation
  • All standard meals
  • Two game activities per day
  • Local drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks).
  • Premium-branded drinks and champagne
  • Private transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation and park entrance fees
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