The Simbavati Hilltop Lodge - situated within the world renowned and breathtakingly beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park - guarantees an exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African safari experience. Home to the famous white lions, expect exceptional game viewing within Simbavati Hilltop Lodge’s extensive tract of over 12,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness.
The lodge offers Big 5 game drives in the early morning and late afternoon/evening, taking advantage of the time of day that the animals are naturally 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 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant - as well as endangered species including wild dogs and cheetah. There is an abundance of birdlife, with a total of 360 species of bird listed.
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 or from the infinity pool.
Accommodation is pure African safari style and comprises of 8 individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. Each suite comprises 2 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 suites are situated to enjoy the breathtaking views and are therefore accessible via steep stairs.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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All meals; the Timbavati Conservation Levy; selected drinks (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks); return shared Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport transfers at set times (on request and must be pre-booked); and 2 daily shared safari game drives (dawn and dusk in open 4x4 safari vehicles) are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors and visitors taking advantage of the complimentary transfers, there is a vehicle entrance fee of R190 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (best to have the cash ready in hand - or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under the age of 16 years have to share a room with an adult above 18 years of age.
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Once past Klaserie, continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate/Enkhulu Gate.
From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate/Enkhulu Gate.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.
Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.
ONCE AT THE TIMBAVATI CONTROL GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R190 per vehicle payable at the gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only and subject to change). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.
Once inside the gate, continue straight for approximately 25 km (speed limit of 50 km/hour) and pass the Ndlopfu sign on your left. Shortly after this, you will see a dam on the right hand side. After this, turn right onto a gravel road at the Simbavati River Lodge sign. Carefully follow the Simbavati River Lodge paw print signs on the trees for a further 6.4 km to the lodge. On the way you will be crossing a low water bridge. Allow between 30-50 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
Also, we would advise that you do NOT use a GPS once in the Timbavati, as it is likely to give you incorrect directions!
General Information For Guests
The safari tents are air conditioned and have a private game viewing deck as well as ceiling fans, minibar with drinks and snacks, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, hair dryer, complimentary eco-friendly biodegradable products and eco-friendly insect spray. There are electric blankets for the winter months.
The lodge has a main game-viewing deck overlooking the river, along with an infinity pool, all of which have panoramic views of the bushveld and Drakensberg Mountains. There is also a covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation, a curio shop, and a 360 view bar and lounge that offers a selection of books and board games.
There is a spa which offers a range of different treatments (additional cost).
There is Wi-Fi connectivity in the reception, lounge and deck areas.
The lodge had very limited cell phone reception.
A laundry service is also available (additional cost).
For dinner, there is a 'smart-casual' dress code.
The lodge offers scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Please note that 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 the transfer vehicle cannot wait for late arrivals. The transfer time is approximately one hour. Scheduled collection times from Hoedspruit are 11:20 and 13:20. Scheduled departure times from Simbavati are 09:30, 10:30 and 11:00. If you are arriving at a different time, then a private transfer can be arranged (additional cost and on request).
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