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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

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

Accommodation Dates Luxury Tent 
per person sharing
Single Supplement Rate
single rate
01 Jan – 31 Oct 2017 R 6 750.00 R 9 000.00
     
Return flight JHB - Airstrip Rate Type Rate
01 Jan – 31 Oct 2017 PPS (min 2 pax) R 9 000.00

 

Rates Includes: Accommodation, all standard meals, two game drives per day, selected drinks (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks). Interpretive bush walks with an armed field guide are offered subject to availability. Emergency Medical Response and Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance.

Rates Excludes: Other drinks (see above*), private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature, Timbavati Conservation Levy (which may be prepaid) of R200 per person payable at the lodge (subject to change), and the vehicle entry fee of R140 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.

Compulsory Conservation Fee: 
The lodge will collect R200 per person (subject to change without prior notice) for conservation fees on behalf of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The conservation fee can be prepaid.

The Timbavati conservation levy increases to R215 from 01 March 2017.

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

  • Up to 61 days prior to arrival: 10% 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: 100% cancellation fee of the full booking value

 

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.

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Simbavati Spa – Treatments

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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.