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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

05/14/2017 05/15/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Game viewing can be a hit-or-miss experience where ever you go because it's impossible to make the animals come to you. However, our driver and guides were experienced and knowledgeable, which can greatly enhance the chances of seeing animals. At camp, we enjoyed great food, excellent services, and wonderful accommodations.

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Christopher D We are happy to hear that you enjoyed all that our lodge had to offer. It was lovely having you stay at our lodge and we hope you will come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glam Tents Plus. Beautiful rooms and surroundings. Set on a hill as the name suggests you have great views of the area. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was excellent. Our guide Colbert was great. He kept us entertained with " lets make a plan " when on the hunt for animals and we had some...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Graeme H Thank you for the review and recommendation it is greatly appreciated. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. We will "make a plan" and pass on your compliments to all involved especially Colbert :) We hope you will come back and visit us again. Keep well, regards Nadine

Florianopolis, SC
Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

Great experience!!!!! The room is amazing!!! The swimming pool is awesome with a stunning view. The food was great. The staff are very friendly and the game drive were outstanding! The guides have a huge knowledge about the reserve! I totally recommend

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear lucasvandesande Thank you for the review and the recommendation, it is greatly appreciated. We hope you will come back and visit again. Regards Nadine

York, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 6, 2017 via mobile

My partner and I visited Simbavati for 3 nights and what an experience!!! The staff were so helpful, food was spectacular (we even got pancakes on Shrove Tuesday!) and the game drives were all very special. Big thanks to Colin, Andrew, Joe & Derick who were with us from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble. Only criticism would...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Sami_B23 Thank you for the lovely review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your pancakes and the other food that we had on offer of course :) It was our pleasure to provide you with an amazing safari experience and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Nadine

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed March 1, 2017

Put "safari" on your bucket list, and go to Simbavati to do it. It is really the wildlife that makes the experience, and that is somewhat a matter of luck. We saw elephants, lions, buffalo, zebra, impala, water bucks and other antelope, and giraffes and so many birds. You may see more or less. But Simbavati Hilltop Lodge makes it...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear sambea Thank you for the detailed review we really do appreciate it. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Our thought behind the 98 steps is so that guests can work off all of our delicious food so that they can make space for more :) Thank you for choosing to stay at our lodge and we hope you...

Swift Current, Canada
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Did not know what to expect as this was our first time in Africa and on safari, however everything was beyond what we could have ever imagined. Our room was nice and large and had adequate air conditioning as it was 38 degrees C. We had a very accommodating butler, Aubrey, who looked after us very well. The meals were...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Babysitter28 Thank you so much for the lovely review, it is greatly appreciated. It was our pleasure to spoil you and provide you with an amazing safari filled with memories that will last you a lifetime. We will pass on your thanks to the rest of the staff. Please come back and visit us again. Regards Nadine

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed February 17, 2017

recently we had two night stay ,first time on safari,excellent place to stay good accommodation ,outstanding service from all areas of the lodge,the African staff incredibly obliging from the butler Aubrey,to the guides and trackers who take us out at dawn and dusk ,that is really the must do experience, all the big 5 spotted up close and personal in...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear davidd125 Thank you for the detailed review it is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you got to see the "Big 5" what an experience for your 1st safari. It was our pleasure to be able to spoil you and treat you both to an unforgettable experience. We hope you will come back and visit us again....

Dubai
Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights at this lovely spot. The accommodation is very nice with great views. Only downside is the separate tent for the bathroom. It was too hot, despite the overhead fan, to enjoy the beautiful bath with spectacular views. Also going to the bathroom during the night meant navigating the many insect population enroute 😱. However, on saying...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear valDubai We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge and especially our "Boma" dinner. It is also awesome that you got to see the "Big 5" what an amazing experience! Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is greatly appreciated. We hope you will come back and visit us again....

Jersey City, New Jersey
Reviewed January 16, 2017

This was our first stop on our Honeymoon and it set the bar very high for the rest of the vacation. Stating with the room, we stayed at tent #6. This is far beyond what we expected. Because this resort only have 8 luxury tents you really have a very personalized and unique experience. Not only does everyone know your...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear MarissaX618 Congratulations on your wedding. We would like to wish you a lifetime of happy, loving years together filled with unbelievable getaways, endless laughter and treasured moments. Thank you for choosing to spend the 1st stop of your honeymoon with us. We are happy to hear that we raised the bar and we hope that the rest of your...

Chicago, IL
Reviewed January 14, 2017

As this was our first time on safari we really didn't know what to expect. Let me just say that we were already planning a return visit before we checked out! Viewing the "big five" and other large animals roam freely in their native habitat is truly "life changing" as another recent reviewer mentioned. You are able to get so...

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Simbavati, Online Marketing Manager at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review

Dear ChicagoTravelGuy9 Thank you for the detailed review we really do appreciate it. Wow, it sounds like you had an amazing stay at our lodge. I am thrilled to hear that you got to see the "Big 5". We actually planned it, the leopard was supposed to stay longer but she was being difficult on the day :) All jokes...

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
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 

Additional Information about Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Address: Mbali Farm, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $770 - $1,148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Simbavati Hilltop Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“rooms 6 to 8 had the best views of the river”
GraemeH752, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“#6 was located close to the restaurant and bar without having to walk so far. Since there are no "close" neighbors any room is great.”
MarissaX618, Jan 16, 2017 | Read review
“They are all fantastic”
johnpickering2016, Oct 21, 2016 | Read review
“Rooms up near lodge have fewer steps (as there are only a few handrails)”
  • Very comfortable with air con!
  • Outdoor shower - shared every evening with family of toads!
  • View from bathroom
blairabroad2012, Oct 20, 2016 | Read review
“all the rooms are secluded and not overlooked”
vinmajuranm, Sep 15, 2016 | Read review
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