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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

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Luxury Tent | Bathroom shower
Property grounds
Luxury Tent | 1 bedroom, Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, pillowtop beds
Luxury Tent | Bathroom | Separate tub and shower, deep soaking tub, designer toiletries

Overview of Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

4.0 star property
9.8 out of 10 Exceptional
9.8/10 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Parking included
  • Free WiFi
Mbali Farm, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, 1380

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKruger National Park15 min drive
  • Popular LocationTimbavati Game Reserve20 min drive
  • AirportHoedspruit (HDS)48 min drive
  • Popular LocationUmbabat Nature Reserve48 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Bushbuckridge, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is in a rural area and on a river. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Kruger National Park and Timbavati Game Reserve.

What's nearby

  • Kruger National Park - 15 min drive
  • Timbavati Game Reserve - 20 min drive
  • Klaserie Nature Reserve - 22 min drive
  • Umbabat Nature Reserve - 48 min drive
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - 49 min drive

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 48 min drive

About this property

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

4-star lodge by the river
Consider a stay at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge and take advantage of free full breakfast, a free roundtrip airport shuttle, and game and wildlife viewing. Treat yourself to a massage or other spa services. In addition to a poolside bar and a terrace, guests can connect to free WiFi in public areas.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • An outdoor pool with sun loungers and pool umbrellas
  • Free self parking
  • A safari, a gift shop, and concierge services
  • Game drive on site
  • Guest reviews speak well of the helpful staff
Room features
All guestrooms are individually furnished, and have comforts such as premium bedding and air conditioning, in addition to thoughtful touches like separate sitting areas and bathrobes.
More amenities include:
  • Heating and ceiling fans
  • Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowtop mattresses
  • Bathrooms with designer toiletries and deep soaking tubs
  • Furnished balconies or patios, separate sitting areas, and electric kettles



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free offsite parking; reservations required
  • Free roundtrip airport shuttle from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at scheduled times
  • Free self parking on site

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily
  • A bar/lounge
  • A poolside bar
  • A restaurant

Things to do

  • Game drive
  • Game viewing
  • Outdoor pool
  • Safari


  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Guidebooks
  • Laundry facilities
  • Limited-hour front desk

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Turndown service


  • Garden
  • In a national park
  • On a river
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • In-room massages


  • No elevator


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Blackout drapes
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets
  • Pillowtop mattress


  • Bathrobes
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Slippers
  • Towels


  • MP3 dock

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free minibar (limited items)
  • Limited room service
  • Restaurant dining guides

Outdoor space

  • Furnished balcony/patio


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Desk
  • Electrical adapters
  • Heating
  • Individual decor
  • Individual furnishings
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area

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Check-in from 2 PM - 5 PM
Minimum check-in age: 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Guests must transfer via Shuttle to the property; guests must contact the property at least 48 hours before travel, using the contact information on the confirmation received after booking
This property offers transfers from the airport; to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children younger than 12 are not allowed at this adults-only property; all guests 12 and older are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Additional fee: ZAR 140 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

This property is located in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The additional mandatory fee covers entrance to the national park.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Guests under 12 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Kruger National Park
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
Simbavati Hilltop Kruger National Park
Simbavati Hilltop Kruger Nati
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Lodge
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Bushbuckridge
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Lodge Bushbuckridge

Frequently asked questions

Does Simbavati Hilltop Lodge have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.

Is Simbavati Hilltop Lodge pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?

Self parking is free at this property; nearby parking is also free.

What time is check-in at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?

Check-in is from 2 PM - 5 PM. After-hours check-in is not available.

What time is check-out at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Does Simbavati Hilltop Lodge provide a shuttle to the airport?

Yes, there's a free airport shuttle that runs 9:30 AM–1:30 PM at scheduled times.

Where is Simbavati Hilltop Lodge located?

Situated on a river, this lodge is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Kruger National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Timbavati Game Reserve and Klaserie Nature Reserve. Thornybush Game Reserve is 11.5 mi (18.6 km) away.




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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
We had a true African bush experience with many wildlife sightings. It was humbling and relaxing and the staff couldn’t do enough for us. A wonderful team of people.
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2023

8/10 Good

Hesh, Singpore

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Loved the service staff. Very friendly and helpful. The guide ahd tracker for safari were excellent and very knowledgeable.
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2019

10/10 Excellent

Verified traveler

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
The stay was a dream
Thanks Simbavati for an amazing stay! The staff were all so nice. My boyfriend had cheese allergy, so every meal they either made him something separate or tweaked it for him. Food was excellent. We each had a massage and it was reasonably priced. Our tent was #1. Although it didn't have a clear river view, we had elephants visit us multiple times in our front yard. And last night they prepared our room to celebrate our anniversary.
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2019

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2018

8/10 Good

Mark, Singapore

Lodging and food was excellent. Staff were friendly. Game drives were only OK - I don’t appreciate putting too many people in the game drive vehicle so that some have to sit in the middle and not have good views, especially with the amount of money you pay for this lodge. I know of some other places that limit people to 6 a vehicle so everyone has a window seat. I recommend that Simbavati do the same. Also need to make more of an effort to position vehicle so both sides get views (can’t always be done, I know, but often can when animals are resting).
Stayed 4 nights in Aug 2018

10/10 Excellent

Verified traveler

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great lodge
Staff were super friendly, and knowledgable. We saw many of the animals on safari. Service was excellent. Facilities was very modern and luxurious
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2018

10/10 Excellent

QH, Singapore

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Amazing Safari Experience
It's our first safari experience. Went into it without expectations, but was left awed not only by the nature and wildlife, but also the people working in this lodge. The whole experience was unforgettable and we will definitely return for another trip in the future.

10/10 Excellent

Andy, Germany

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Toller Aufenthalt, haben die Zeit dort sehr genossen. Es wird sich um alles gekümmert. Gern wieder
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2019

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Vivamente consigliato
Posto eccezionale. Durante i safari abbiamo visto tutti gli animali possibili: elefanti, giraffe, iene, leoni, rinoceronti, zebre, leopardi, bufali, ... miti e da pochissimi metri di distanza. L'hotel è veramente confortevole. Servizio estremamente cortese.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Un sueño hecho realidad!!!
Simbavati Hilltop es un sueño hecho realidad! Las instalaciones y la vista que tienes de todas las cabañas y las áreas comunes es impresionante. Ves hipopótamos todo el tiempo en el río! Las cabañas son increíbles, tiene una cama en el deck que es espectacular. La ducha está afuera y tiene una vista linda. El baño tiene una bañera al lado de la ventana de la que no te quisieras ir nunca. La cama del cuarto tiene calentador eléctrico. La comida, la piscina, el servicio son perfectos. Los safaris increíbles, vimos rinos, elefantes, leopardos, bufalos, jirafas, impalas, wilddogs, kudus y muchos más, también muchas aves preciosas. Gracias por días esos días perfectos Mondray, Leandra, Daniel, Colbert, Derek!!! Fue un sueño estar ahí! Recomendadísimoooooo! Vayan!!!!
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2019