Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

From ZAR 11500 per person sharing per night

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is situated in Timbavati Game Reserve on a beautiful small koppie, an ideal vantage point for stunning views of the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. A pure authentic, tranquil safari experience in pavilion-style luxury tents.

Hilltop Lodge has a light footprint, purposely designed so that it can be removed without leaving any lasting impact on the land. This luxurious tented lodge has a romantic, bright and airy ambience with 8 spacious tented suites connected by wooden walkways to the main lodge.




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Luxurious Safari Tent

8 luxurious tented rooms offer a choice of a King or twin beds. Each suite has glorious views over the bushveld, the dam and the Nhlaralumi River. French doors open out onto an expansive viewing deck, each with its own private sala pavilion with double day bed for an afternoon read or snooze.

The en-suite bathroom tent is connected to the bedroom tent via a small passage. On the deck is a double ’rain’ shower with views over the dam.

In- room Facilities

  • Private viewing deck
  • Outdoor sala with daybed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar with drinks and snacks
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Bathroom – bath, double vanity with double outdoor shower for two
  • Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
  • Room equipped with electronic eco-friendly insect spray (1 min intervals) 
  • Hair-dryer
  • Electric blankets for winter 
  • Mini-safe for storing valuables 
  • Laundry service – laundry bag in room

Why we love it

  • Romantic ambience with luxurious, private suites overlooking the beautiful dam
  • Circular bar and convivial fire-pit, all with stunning birds-eye views
  • Spacious private decks with a Sala pavilion with daybed for each suite
  • Panoramic bush views towards the Drakensberg mountains

Lodge Features:

  • Main lodge has wraparound decks with panoramic bush and distant mountain views
  • Dining tent and al fresco dining area
  • Sitting area with books and board games
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Seated firepit
  • Spa treatments available in the privacy of your room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in main lodge area only
  • Open air boma and campfire for dining under the stars
  • Bar with 360° views
  • Safari shop

The Timbavati forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and offers exceptional game viewing including all the Big Five, most notably leopard, and also wild dog.

The Timbavati has a vast array of wildlife, which includes the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) thriving amongst giraffe, zebra, warthogs, hyena and many antelope species. This sums up the magical spirit of the Timbavati, which has a tangible sense of wilderness.


  • Game drives (late afternoon into the evening and early morning)
  • Star-gazing
  • Boma or campfire dining
  • Sundowners
  • Family safaris 
  • Spa and wellness

A day at Hilltop Lodge:

  • Early morning tea/coffee
  • Game drive (approximately 3 hours)
  • Mid-morning breakfast on the dining deck
  • Time to relax, enjoy a spa treatment, cool down in the pool or soak up the sun next to the pool on a sun lounger  
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Afternoon/evening game drive (approximately 3 hours)
  • Dinner on the deck, or around the fire in the open air boma (weather permitting)

Child Policy:

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge accepts kids from 12 year old. We accommodate kids 18 years and older in their own rooms.

Travel Options

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is ±1½ hours from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. The drive from Johannesburg is ±6½ to 7 hours (505km), ±3½ hours (210km) from Kruger Airport, and 3 hours (160km via the R40) from Hazyview.

Rates Include:

Accommodation, all meals and guided game drives.

Rates Exclude:

Beverages and Timbavati Conservation levies.


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