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“pricey - luxurious - but not very obliging” 3 of 5 stars
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Hilltop Camp
Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa   |  
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Stuttgart, Germany
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“pricey - luxurious - but not very obliging”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We didn't have much of a choice because the camp was packed with people - so we had to book one of the big houses. At first we didn't regret that although the price was much higher than we originally wanted to spend. A wonderful place to stay: very large bedrooms, balcony, terrace with braai and a huge living room. When arriving at the place antelopes were strolling around the house. We booked a ranger walk in the morning - a great experience and a rather shocking moment when being confronted with a herd of African buffalo only 30 meters away. But the ranger handled the situation and we didn't get into any problems.
The only downpoint: the rather high price combined with the fact that there was no warm water in the bathrooms. We only stayed for one day so there was no chance of getting the boiler repaired. And until now there was no reaction to our complaints - not even an excuse.
I think it's as simple as that: the guys at Hilltop know only too well that they will always have a lot of visitors even if they don't put that much energy into the business.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

My fIance and I spent 3 nights in a 2 bed rondavel with communal kitchen and bathrooms over the long September 2012 weekend (21st - 24th). The accomodation is basic but very nice and comfortable. Is was clean and luckily we stayed in number 60 which was closed to the kitchen/ablution block. I would definitely recommend the rondavels for anyone looking for an affordable true African experience. Hilltop resort is well situated at the top of a hill inside the Hluhluwe part of the reserve. The service was good but nothing exceptional and same goes for the food. The reserve is beautiful and we saw lots of animals, including a pack of wild dog, black and white rhino, lions and a massive herd of about 60 elephants (3 actually walked right next the car practically close enough to touch) Overall we had a lovely stay at this resort and would definitely recommend it to locals (we are from Durban) and international guests. Can't wait until the next time we have a chance to visit this beautiful reserve.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stayed 1 night in the rondawels at Hilltop n August of this year. Hilltop is a fantastic camp perched up on a hill with sprawling views over Hluhluwe. The reception area is quite grand and there is well stocked shop and restaurant. We stayed in the 2 bed rondawels with sharing facilities. The standard of accommadation was high and all facilities were very clean. We made use of the kitchen and I was quite impressed at the number of ovens, sinks and stoves that are provided, all of which were spotlessly clean. The rondawel itself was well maintained and I found it very handy that there was a fridge provided. Braai facilities were also provided. The swimming pool area was great and it was the perfect place to relax at the end of a hot day. There is also a walking trail which was good for spotting small game. Out only disappointment was that the restaurant only served a buffet dinner. With my husband being vegetarian, this really wasn't an option for us. However we were able to cook up a good dinner using the camp's kitchen faciltites. Game viewing in the park was excellent and we enjoyed an early morning game drive with one of the rangers. He was very knowledgeable and we saw a range of animals. The highlight was definitely a stop at a look out point over the reserve where we got to enjoy a cup of tea while marvelling at the beautiful landscape and rising sun.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We spent a night here on our recent trip to South Africa. The camp itself is a cut above similar camps in Kruger - the reception and restaurant area in particular are very well done. The views from the restaurant and terrace area across the park are stunning, and the rondavels we stayed in were spaced quite far apart from each other and felt quite private.

The rondavels themselves were comfortable, although the ablutions block was quite a walk away. Kitchen facilities were also good, with proper ovens which made a pleasant change from Kruger! I also enjoyed the walking trail that had been set up around the edge of the park, and the swimming pool was also welcome given the unseasonal 39c temperatures!

I do feel that the rondavels were a little overpriced at R640 for two people, given that facilities are shared. I was also a little disappointed that the restaurant only serves an over-priced buffet in the evenings, as we were looking forward to dining there, but chose to self cater instead. There also seems to be less game in this section of the park, although the morning game drive we did was excellent, with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Still well worth visiting this section of the park for the stunning views.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Very nice and clean place, quite comfortables rooms and great view for reserve. Also some vervet monkey around, good place to stay in Hluhluwe. Dinner and breakfast were rather good, nice staff, shop on place, quite good place for children.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights on a family holiday in August. This was our second visit to the park and I felt that the service standards have deteriorated since 2008. The park is still wonderful and the game viewing and game drives were outstanding. The chalets were very nicely laid out and comfortable however we were told there were no keys, however on pressing the matter we were given keys to use. The manner in which this was handled was embarassing for the establishment and I hope they will note the sadly recurring trend of disatisfaction with the staff service as this was and could be again a first class place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We enjoyed the location of the rest camp. The rondawel was basic, clean and just fine. Comfortable beds, own fridge and washbassin, and some utensils. And a table and two chairs in the rondawel. Public ablutions were ok and not too far away.

We had dinner (buffet) in the restaurant which was nothing special but there was a lot of choice for a decent meal. Definitely better than the dinner in the Kruger (Satara) park.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty lodging in Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Hilltop Camp Hotel Hluhluwe Game Reserve

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