Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Tented Camp
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.
* Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Highlights
- ∞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
More about this accommodation
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.
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.
- ∞All standard meals
- ∞Two game activities per day
- ∞Local drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks).
- xPremium-branded drinks and champagne
- xPrivate transfers
- xLaundry service
- xItems of a personal nature
- xConservation and park entrance fees
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.