Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge 2018-02-28T14:36:06+00:00

Project Description

Perched high on a hilltop in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve sits the exclusive 4-Star Simbavati Hilltop Lodge. The atmosphere can be described as “village-like” at this beautifully designed, contemporary safari camp.

As a first class retreat, this lodge is ideal for elite travellers seeking an intimate getaway.
As its name suggests, the vantage point provides magnificent views of wildlife-rich savannah, the Nhlaralumi River, and the distant Drakensberg Mountain Range.

Accommodation at Simbavati is safari style with individual luxury tents arranged carefully to ensure total privacy and tranquility.
You are invited to experience pure South Africa in all its glory at this superlative sanctuary.

From R7 450
per person per night
  • Local Experts

  • Best Available Rate

  • Personal Concierge


Luxury Safari Tent01 Nov 2017 – 31 Oct 2018on request
Luxury Safari Tent01 Nov 2017 – 31 Oct 2018on request
  • Luxury accommodation
  • All standard meals selected drinks (house wines, local beers and soft drinks)
  • Two game drives per day
  • Game walks are offered subject to availability
  • Complimentary Scheduled Transfers with specific collections (from Hoedspruit Airport) and departure times (from the lodge)
  • Other drinks (see above*)
  • Private transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy and vehicle entry fee

Children over the age of 12 years are welcome at Simbavati.  Children under the age of 16 years have to share a room with an adult above 18 years of age.

Detailed Description

Safari Suites

Each of the eight luxurious safari suites comprises two individual tents – one for the main bedroom, and a separate bathroom – which are linked by a passage. The modern décor is cool and cozy with beautiful African accents.

  • King-size or twin-bed options
  • En-suite bathroom tent (connected via a small passage) with indoor and private outdoor shower options
  • Private game viewing deck
  • Daybed where guests can take in the spectacular scenery
  • Complimentary eco-friendly, biodegradable products
  • Laundry services
  • Some of the private suites are situated to open up to breathtaking views, and are therefore accessible only via steep stairs. For the mobility impaired, please ensure that your needs are stipulated when booking.


Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is a nature-lover’s heaven on earth. Designed to blend beautifully with the bushveld, guests are immersed in comfort and convenience at every turn.

  • Game-viewing deck overlooking the river
  • Infinity pool with panoramic views
  • Covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation
  • Curio shop
  • Lounge and 360º Bar
  • Wi-Fi connectivity in the reception, lounge and deck area

Safari Spa

Indulge in traditional African massage with a highly skilled therapist, who will use signature treatments to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

A La Carte Catering

Guests enjoy the daily a la carte menu that features many incredible African flavours. Early morning tea and coffee is followed by a mid-morning brunch and then lunch. Afternoon High Tea is not to be missed, of course. After sipping on sundowners while the sun sinks below the horizon, dinner is either served on the deck, or around a crackling fire in the open-air boma (weather permitting).

Simbavati’s chefs are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements with notification at time of your booking.


There are no fences between Timbavati Nature Reserve and the Kruger National Park, which allows for the free movement of the animals within more than 20,000 square kilometers of wilderness. As such, the lodge offers game activities that take advantage of the time of day when animals are 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 Five” – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant, as well as the endangered wild dog and cheetah. There is also an abundance of birdlife to be sighted.

  • Early morning game drive
  • Afternoon/evening game drive, which includes a sundowner break
  • Prearranged evening bush walk

Photographic Safaris

Unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry is Simbavati’s specialized photographic game drive vehicle. A professional photographer will ensure that you benefit from one-on-one instruction on everything from how to achieve the best position for the ultimate wildlife shot to professional tips on image editing.

These signature safaris have set departure dates so please enquire and note that you can bring your own equipment, but some items are available for hire at the lodge.