Simbavati Hilltop Lodge offers spectacular hilltop views

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge offers spectacular hilltop views


Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

situated in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve –
Part of the Greater Kruger National Park

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a wildlife-rich concession of land adjoining the western border of the Kruger National Park. The amalgamation of public and private land in the area forms “The Greater Kruger Park” area. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park, which allows for the free movement of the animals between the Reserves.


Enjoy a lunch on the deck with spectacular views
Enjoy a beverage with 360 degree views in a bar high up

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Luxury Safari Tent Accommodation

There are 8 luxurious safari tents, offering king-size or twin-bed options. The en-suite bathroom tent is connected to main tent via a small passage, with an opening to the outdoors that gives you an indoor or private twin shower outdoor shower option.

About Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range from the vantage point of the beautiful small koppie on which the lodge is situated.

Accommodation is pure African safari, and comprises of individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. 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 – allowing 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.

Some of the private suites are situated to avail of the breathtaking views, and are therefore accessible via steep stairs. For the mobility impaired, please ensure that you stipulate your needs when booking.


Enjoy the luxury of Simbavati in wild Africa
Enjoy the luxury and relaxation of Simbavati in wild Africa

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Facilities

  • 8 Luxury safari tents
  • Game-viewing deck overlooking the river
  • Infinity pool, with panoramic views of the bushveld and Drakensberg Mountains
  • Curio shop
  • 3600 Bar
  • Covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation
  • Lounge, that offers a selection of books and board games
  • Wi-Fi connectivity in the reception, lounge and deck area

Pattern of Activities at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

The lodge offers Big 5 game activities in the early morning and late afternoon/evening, taking advantage of the time of day that the animals are naturally most active. Nocturnal creatures - including the big cats - are regular sightings at night. Currently over 40 mammal species are listed as resident in the Timbavati, including the Big 5 - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant, as well as endangered species including Wild Dogs and Cheetah. There is an abundance of birdlife, with a total of 360 species of bird listed.


Luxury accommodation to return to at the end of a days wildlife viewing
Game drives reveal some scarce cats - the leopard

Your day includes:

  • Early morning tea/coffee, a selection of fresh fruit and pastries on the deck overlooking the river
  • Game activity (approximately 3+ hours) including a coffee/tea stop in the bush
  • Mid-morning breakfast/brunch (continental and full hot breakfast)
  • Leisure time – enjoy the use of the infinity pool overlooking spectacular views of the distant Drakensberg Mountains. Alternatively, relax in the lounge/bar area, avail of the free Wi-Fi on offer, or simply allow your mind to wander while sipping a refreshing cocktail, and watching the wildlife at the Nhlaralumi River
  • Lunch (A la carte or chef’s specials)
  • Afternoon High Tea (tea or coffee and freshly baked sweet and savoury treats)
  • Afternoon/evening game activity (approximately 3+ hours), which includes a bushveld Sundowner break. Alternatively, embark on a prearranged bush walk, and be back at camp in time to enjoy sundowners while watching the sun sink below the horizon.
  • Dinner of African-inspired cuisine is served on the deck, or – weather permitting – around the fire in the open-air boma
  • Special dietary requirements: We require prior notification in order to accommodate any special dietary requirements you may have. Please ensure that you notify our reservations office upon booking

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge - luxury accommodation

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge - luxury accommodation


Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Tent Facilities

  • A private game viewing deck
  • Each tented suite has a daybed where guests can relax and take in the spectacular scenery
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini bar with drinks and snacks
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Complimentary eco-friendly, biodegradable products
  • Eco-friendly insect spray
  • Electric blankets for the winter period
  • Laundry services. A laundry bag is supplied in the room
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • Hair-dryer

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge General Information

  • No pets allowed
  • Groups are welcome with an exclusive use lodge rate on offer
  • Laundry service available
  • Bush walks by prior arrangement and subject to availability
  • Very limited cell phone reception
  • Smart - casual dress code for dinner

Includes: All standard meals, accommodation, two game activities (either 1 game drive and 1 game walk or 2 game drives) per day, local drinks (local wine & beer and soft drinks). Extra charges will be levied on all other drinks*.

Excludes: Other drinks (see above*), private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature, Timbavati conservation fee (which can be prepaid) of R200 per person payable at the lodge (subject to change without prior notice), and the vehicle entry fee of R140 payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (price subject to change).

Value Added Extras

Honeymoon Bonus: (within three months of wedding date)

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
  • Romantic turndown
  • Private dinner

* It is important to note that guests wishing to visit Simbavati from the Kruger National Park are unable to enter the property via the bush/park, but will have to exit the park and approach via the tar road (see directions).


Simbavati Hilltop Lodge - grand wildlife viewing in wild Africa

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge - grand wildlife viewing in wild Africa


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