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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge | Timbavati

The Simbavati Hilltop Lodge offers a pure African safari, and comprises of individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. From the vantage point of the beautiful small koppie on which the lodge is situated one can enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range..

Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, and means “the place where the lions come down from the stars” – a reference to the magnificent, world-famous white lions found in Timbavati. Expect exceptional game viewing within an extensive tract of over 12,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness.

Location

Located in 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.

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

 

Accommodation

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.

Facilities

  1. A private game viewing deck overlooking the river
  2. Infinity pool, with panoramic views of the bushveld and Drakensberg Mountains
  3. Covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation
  4. Curio Shop
  5. 360° Bar
  6. Lounge, that offers a selection of books and board games
  7. WiFi connectivity in the reception, lounge and deck area

Fact File

8 Luxurious Safari Tents.

Some of the private suites are accessible via steep stairs. For the mobility impaired, please ensure that you stipulate your needs when booking.

No children under 12 years of age are allowed at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge.

Children under the age of 16 years have to share a room with an adult above 18 years of age.

Very limited cell phone reception.

Smart – casual dress code for dinner.

Laundry service available.

Bush walks by prior arrangement and subject to availability

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.

Rates

Click here to visit the Simbavati Hilltop Lodge website for rates, availability and bookings.

 

Accommodation Dates Luxury Tent
per person sharing
Single Rate
per person
01 Nov 2020  – 31 Jun 2021 R 9 250 R 12 305
01 Jul 2021  – 31 Oct 2021 R 10 360 R 13 780

 

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation, all meals, two safari activities per day, beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines).
  2. Return transfers from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS).
  3. Emergency medical response and emergency medical evacuation insurance.

Exclusions

  1. All other beverages, babysitting, private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature.
  2. Conservation levies, gate fees and additional reserve fees. 

Minimum Stay

  1. Minimum stay of 2 nights, unless otherwise specified. 1-night stays on request only. Recommended length of stay is 3 nights. 

Private Vehicle

  1. Available on request per stay, charged per night (evening and early morning game drives) when a minimum of 2 Luxury Safari Tents are booked.

Conservation Levies and Additional Reserve Fees 

  1. Timbavati Conservation Levy of R400 per adult per night and R200 per child under 12 years per night (will be added to invoices for prepayment, or collected at the lodge directly). 
  2. A vehicle entrance fee of R210 is only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate for all self-drive guests.

Child Policy

  1. Children above the age of 12 are welcomed, due to the layout of the lodge regrettably children under the age of 12 are not allowed, please see Simbavati River Lodge for a child friendly option 

Cancellation Fees including Covid-19 Provisos

  1. Cancelled more than 14 days prior to arrival - 0% cancellation fee.
  2. Cancelled 14 days or less prior to arrival - 90% cancellation fee.
  3. If a booking cannot take place at the last minute due to Covid-19 restrictions, for example a travel ban in South Africa or in the country of origin, then we offer 100% refund or postponement to new dates.
  4. If there is a personal Covid-19 issue, not covered by client’s Travel Insurance (such as a Covid-19 diagnosis or denied boarding), we aim to be as flexible as possible. Please discuss individual circumstances with us. 
  5. All cancellations and changes are only valid if received in writing.
  6. Please note that we reserve the right at any point in time to amend or withdraw these terms and revert to our standard contracted trading terms. Any existing confirmed bookings would retain the current booking and cancellation policy, sufficient notice will be given.

Postponement Policy

  1. Any existing bookings travelling during the period 10 May 2020 to 31 March 2021 can be postponed up until 30 June 2022, subject to availability.
  2. Except for the 2021 festive season (20 December 2021 to 05 January 2022 which may attract a surcharge), postponed bookings are not subject to seasonality or inflation related surcharges.
  3. All postponed bookings however, be subject to any concession fee surcharges as imposed by the relevant authorities.
  4. Should any existing bookings opt to be cancelled and later request a postponement, our new 2021-2022 rates will be applicable to the new dates.  

Payment Policy

  1. The balance is to be settled 15 days prior to the arrival of guests.
  2. Please note that we reserve the right at any point in time to amend or withdraw these terms and revert to our standard contracted trading terms. Any existing confirmed bookings would retain the current payment  policy, sufficient notice will be given.

Why we LOVE it

An exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African Safari experience.

Magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range.

Accommodation is pure African safari.

Very limited cell phone reception so one can totally relax!

FAQ's

Is there Cell phone reception?

There is very limited cell phone reception.

What is the policy on children?

No children under 12 years of age are allowed at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge. Children under the age of 16 years have to share a room with an adult above 18 years of age.

Children of all ages are welcome at Simbavati River Lodge.

Getting to the Lodge by air?

SA Express operates daily flights from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International airport to Hoedspruit/Eastgate airport. Transfer from Hoedspruit to Simbavati takes approximately 90 minutes.

Other airports in the area are Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, also known as KMIA/Nelspruit (approx 3-3½ hrs from Simbavati) or Phalaborwa airport (1½-2 hrs).

Guests can fly into the private airstrip within the Timbavati Reserve by prior arrangement. Charter company details need to be given directly to the lodge, so that transfers can be arranged from the airstrip.

How far is it to travel from Johannesburg or Pretoria:

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is a six to seven hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Click here for directions

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Simbavati Trails Camp

CLICK HERE to view the New Trails Camp Opening Specials from Simbavati Safari Lodge.

Simbavati Trails Camp is Simbavati's luxury-but-back-to-basics walking trails camp. Located in a secluded area of the Timbavati bordering a 11,000 wilderness area in the Kruger National Park.

The camp offers 4 en-suite mere-style safari tents and hosts a maximum of 8 guests. Bucket showers are filled on demand with warm water, meals are prepared over an open fire by an expert cook, there is no electricity, nor telephone reception. Just you and the noises of the magic African bush. Days start with a +/- 4 hour walk at a leisurely pace with an armed specialist guide. The perspective on the bush on foot is entirely different from being on a safari vehicle. You'll hear better, smell more and slowly train your eyes to see more afar. Snack and drinks stops tide you over till a tasty brunch is prepared back at the camp.

After some 'me' time, spent snoozing or reading outside your tent a savoury and sweet 'tea' is prepared before another +/- 2 hour walk at the end of the afternoon ending at a viewpoint to enjoy an African sunset. A shod drive will bring you back to the camp with time to freshen up before dinner around the campfire.

Unfortunately Simbavati Trails Camp does not accommodate children under 14 years' old. To enjoy the full walking trail experience, a midnight stay is recommended.

 

Room Rate Type Meal Basis Rack Rate
Luxury Safari Tent PPS FB&GD R4,950
Luxury Safari Tent SGL FB&GD R6,600
Luxury Safari Tent SOLE USE FB&GD R34,650

 

Rates include: Accommodation, all standard meals, two walking safaris per day, selected drinks (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks).

Rates exclude: Other drinks (see above*), private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature, Timbavati Conservation Levy (which may be prepaid) of R328 per person per day payable at the lodge (subject to change), and the vehicle entry fee of R1 40 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (price subject to change).

Payment: a 10% deposit is due within 7 days (for FIT) or 25% within 14 days (for Groups) from date of reservation to guarantee the booking. Easter and Christmas periods' bookings require a 25% non-refundable deposit. The balance is to be settled 30 days prior to the arrival of the guests.

Cancellation fees (up to 3 rooms, for 4 or more rooms see T & C's):

Up to 61 days prior to arrival: 1 0% cancellation fee of the full booking value .

31 to 60 days prior to arrival: 25% cancellation fee of the full booking value .

15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 75% cancellation fee of the full booking value

14 days or less prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee of the full booking value.

Child Policy

No children under 14 years of age Children Under the age of 18 years have to share a room with an adult.

Minimum Recommended stay:

To enjoy the full walking trail experience, a 3 night stay is recommended.

Facilities:

Sketches of the Trail Camp facilities are available here:

Layout

Aerial View

Floorplan

View from Dining Area

 


Simbavati Spa

The Spa, NOW OPEN offers guests at both River Lodge and Hilltop Lodge some exciting treatment options to choose from. Treatments at Hilltop Lodge are done in the comfort and privacy of your room. Click here to see the treatments offered.

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Situated within the world renowned and beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park – Simbavati Hilltop Lodge guarantees an exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African Safari experience.

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 8 individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel for a tranquil and intimate stay.

Groups are welcome with an exclusive use lodge rate on offer. Note the lodge has very limited cell phone reception.