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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

From: $555.00

Hilltop Lodge commands breathtaking views over the Timbavati Private Game reserve with the Drakensberg mountains in the distance and the Nhlaralumi river winding its way just below the lodge. The river attracts a diverse amount of game with Elephant, Wild Dog, Antelope and Buffalo regular visitors right below your luxurious pavilion styled chalet.


Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is an oasis in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Arriving at Hoedspruit Airport the lodge is a 2 hour game drive away, though, time is fleeting and you’re arriving before you know it and will likely have ticked off more animals than you would believe.

Perfectly constructed with woods blending into the sandstone cliffs the main area of the lodge is a perfect venue for your safari to start off. Walkways connect all the chalets to the main area and privacy in each is guaranteed.

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.

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is a stunning lodge in a very unique location. Having worked there, Pierre, our CEO, knows the experience you will have and we are very confident you will love it’s location and the game viewing in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.

Read our Country Information for advice on travel to South Africa.

If you are looking for a lodge with more affordability have a look at Elephant Plains.  Read our blog on the Simbavati Safari Lodges. 

&Beyond Ngala Tented Camp is a luxurious and romantic safari destination.

How to Get There

Fly or Drive

On arriving in South Africa at O R Tambo International Airport, Federal Air will fly you to Hoedspruit, a short 2 hour flight.

You can be met at Hoedspruit for a private transfer or hire your own vehicle there (booking essential in advance) for the drive to Hilltop Lodge.

Scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Please note that this is a scheduled transfer and you will be sharing with other guests coming to the lodge. If you are planning to drop a rental car at Hoedspruit Airport, please ensure that you arrive well before the flight arrival time as unfortunately we cannot wait for late arrivals. The transfer time is approximately one hour in and one and a half hour out. Please note the
complimentary transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee of R140 (increasing to R160 from 01 January 2019) payable at the gate. For VAT purposes, the transfer is zero rated and valued for 2019 at R1440, R730 and R440 for single, sharing and 3rd/4th person respectively per room. No discount/refunds are
applicable for transfers not used.
• Scheduled Collection Times from Hoedspruit – 11:20 & 13:20
• Scheduled Departure Times from Simbavati – 09:30, 10:30 & 11:30
• All complimentary transfers need to be pre-booked
Private transfers from Hoedspruit, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Phalaborwa Airport or the Timbavati Gate, can be arranged should your arrival not coincide with those above.

Contact [email protected] for travel arrangements to Hilltop Lodge.



  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Two game drives per day
  • Selected drinks. (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks).


  • Other drinks
  • Private transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy (which may be prepaid) of R328 per person per night & R164 per child under 12 per night (increasing to R368 per adult and R184 per child from 01 January 2019).
  • Vehicle entry fee of R140 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (increasing to R160 from 01 January 2019).

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