Our Rating
8.7
Overall

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 6413 pp/night sharing

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Our Rating
8.7
Overall

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Timbavati

from R 6413 pp/night sharing

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Our Verdict

Gorgeous contemporary tents are the standout feature here along with the commanding hilltop position with views of the riverbed below!

Our Ratings

8.7
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

Our Ratings

8.7
Overall
8.5
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • Love the contemporary styling that marks it out from so many of its competitors
  • Beautiful decks and seating areas from which you can drink in the stunning views!
  • Super friendly and helpful staff service just as at sister lodge Simbavati River Lodge - but now with added luxury and style
  • This part of the Timbavati has an enviable reputation for great game viewing - including great leopard sightings
  • Enjoy the inside/outside shower - get the feeling of showering in the open air yet with complete privacy

What's Not

  • More expensive than its sister lodge - but then again it is a big step upmarket
  • Plenty of steps from the main lodge area to the rooms, so not recommended for those with limited mobility
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodgea very attractive and bang-up-to-date contemporary styling success that blends clean and minimalistic lines with the use of organic materials that make it all immediately feel right at home in the African bush

Lodge Profile

Gorgeous contemporary tents are the standout feature here along with the commanding hilltop position with views of the riverbed below!

Quick Overview

Location
Timbavati
Drive Time
6.5 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk
Setting
Hilltop (of course!)
Rooms
8 Luxury Tents
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
No
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
Yes - ranger and tracker
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
No children under 12

As you can see from our profile, we’re big fans of that old favourite in the Timbavati – the no frills, no fuss and ever so friendly Simbavati River Lodge. You can imagine how excited we were then to hear of the launch of its altogether more stylish and luxurious big sister – the new Simbavati Hilltop Lodge. If the new arrival successfully manages to combine the warmth and unpretentious hospitality of the original with an altogether more upmarket accommodation experience, it looks like being a real winner!

The “Hilltop” part of the lodge’s name refers to the fact that the main public area of the lodge – the main viewing deck, bar and restaurant and stunning infinity swimming pool – are positioned on top of a small koppie, enjoying stunning views over the Nhlaralumi River below with the bush vsitas stretching to the distant Drakensberg mountain range. The lodge’s 8 suites are actually scattered on the slopes below – in fact they’re perched just above the river bed. Each suite comprises two individual tents: one for the main bedroom and a separate bathroom, which is linked by a passage that can be opened up on one side – this allows for an indoor or private outdoor shower experience. Privacy is guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the tented-suites, ensuring a tranquil and intimate stay.

The lodge’s architectural style definitely makes it one of the new wave of game lodges that has tossed aside the old fashioned thatched stereotype – in its place Simbavati Hilltop boasts a bold mix of attractive structural wooden features, packed stone feature walls and a uniquely modern take on traditional tented structures. The result is a very attractive and bang-up-to-date contemporary styling success that blends clean and minimalistic lines with the use of organic materials that make it all immediately feel right at home in the African bush (whilst at the same time almost hinting at a subtle Bali-style design influence in the rooflines in particular!) However you choose to describe the new lodge though, we like…very much!

The lodge’s lounge areas also attractively hit the spot in combining modern lines with furniture and décor that are comfy and welcoming. A favourite has to be the lounge and bar area adjacent to the pool deck, where you can relax and chill with something long and cold in your glass whilst admiring the great 360 degree views! If you fancy doing a bit of sun-worshipping between game drives, then find yourself a lounger alongside the stunning infinity swimming pool.

Ultimately you are there to enjoy the bush and game viewing and the good news is that this part of the Timbavati enjoys a well-earned reputation for delivering quality sightings – in fact this is one of our best recommendations for seeing leopard outside of the Sabi Sands. And of course you get to experience it by way of Simbavati’s consistently excellent teams of rangers and trackers. Simbavati’s new Hilltop Lodge is a really stylish and very welcome addition to the lodges in the greater Kruger – our advice is get there before the secret gets out!

Pricing

pp/night sharing

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Booking Notes

  • Maximum 3 nights stay
  • Not applicable to group bookings
  • Prices exclude the Timbavati Conservation levy of R180 per person as well as the Timbavati Road levy of R140 per vehicle, payable on entry into the Reserve
  • Full payment required within 48 hours of booking
  • Subject to availability

Child Policy

  • No children under 12
  • Children under the age of 16 years have to share a room with an adult above 18 years of age