Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Timbavati

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge Timbavati

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Accommodation Category: Birding, Greater Kruger Park, Honeymoon, Limpopo, Lodge, Private Nature Reserve, and Tented AccommodationAccommodation Tags: GreaterKruger, safari lodge, safari. Big5, Tents, and Timbavati

Special Offers
Child Policy
Normal Rates
  • Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

    Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

    Greater Kruger National Park

    Simbavati Hilltop Lodge – situated within the world renowned and beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park – guarantees an exclusive 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.


    Simbavati Hilltop 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.


    Some of the private suites are situated to avail of the breath-taking views and are therefore accessible via steep stairs. For the mobility impaired, please ensure that you stipulate your needs when booking.


    Experience 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.

    Game Viewing at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

    Simbavati Hilltop lodge and Simbavati River Lodge offers Big 5 game drives inside the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve 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.


    Photographic Safaris

    Unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry is our specialized photographic game drive vehicle – based in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the Northern region of the Kruger National Park. With no fences between the two game reserves, the animals move freely within more than 20 000 square km’s of wilderness and bushveld area.

    We offer guaranteed Photographic Safaris on set departure dates. Keen photographers can join a Professional Photographer for all game drives who will assist you with taking better wildlife shots. You can bring your own equipment but some equipment is also available for hire at the lodge.

    The photographic safaris use our specially adapted photographic vehicles with four swivel seats, special camera mountings and low sides for maximum photographic opportunities.

    Simbavati Photographic Safaris are run in association with Africa Photographic Services and are open to novices, keen amateurs as well as experienced photographers. Any make of camera may be used and a survey is sent out prior to each safari to determine specific interests, type of equipment and level of experience.

    Simbavati hilltop Photographic safari in Timbavati Greater Kruger Park

    Simbavati hilltop Photographic safari in Timbavati Greater Kruger Park

  • Pay 3 stay 4
    About the special
    Includes: All standard meals, accommodation, two game drives per day

    Excludes: Drinks, baby-sitting, transfers, gratuities and items of a personal nature.
    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.

    Terms and conditions
    This special is only valid for travel during the following travel dates.
    09 Jan - 31 Jan 2017
    01 May - 30 Jun 2017
    This special excludes travel over long weekends and public holidays. It is not applicable to group bookings, existing reservations, or in conjunction with other offers.

    Honeymoon Value Adds (within three months of wedding date)
     Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
     Romantic turndown
     Private dinner
    Other Special Occasions
    Please inform management of your special occasion when making your reservation.

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  • Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
    South Africa
  • Facilities:

    Lodge facilities
    • 8 Luxurious Safari Tents
    • Game-viewing deck overlooking the river
    • Infinity pool, with panoramic views of the bushveld and Drakensberg Mountains
    • Covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation
    • Curio shop
    • 360º Bar
    • Lounge, that offers a selection of books and board games
    • Wi-Fi connectivity in the reception, lounge and deck area

  • Child Policy:

    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.

  • Rooms:

    Luxurious Safari Tent
     8 Luxurious Safari Tents, offering King-size or Twin-bed options. Please specify your
    requirements when booking.
     The en-suite bathroom tent is connected to main tent via a small passage, with an
    opening to the outdoors that gives you an indoor or private twin shower outdoor
    shower option.
    2 point plug converters, complimentary toiletries, eco-friendly insect spray, hair-dryer, mini bars with drinks and snacks, electric blankets on beds for the winter, and laundry bag in room.
    Room Facilities
    • Air Conditioning & Ceiling Fan
    • Private Balcony / Viewing Deck
    • Hair Dryer
    • Mini Bar with drinks & snacks
    • Indoor & Outside Shower
    • Safe for storing valuables
    • Tea / Coffee making facilities

     Eco-friendly insect spray
     Electric blankets for the winter period
     Laundry services. A laundry bag is supplied in the room

  • Terms:

    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

  • Normal Rates:

    01 Nov 2016 – 31 Oct 2017
    Luxury tent
    Sharing rate @ R6750 per person per night
    Single rate @ R9000 per person per night
    Private safari vehicle is available at an additional charge on request

    01 Nov 2017 – 31 Oct 2018
    Luxury tent
    Sharing rate @ R7450 per person per night
    Single rate @ R9950 per person per night
    Private safari vehicle is available at an additional charge on request

    Simbavati Hilltop packages include the following:
    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.

    Simbavati Hilltop Rates exclude the following:
    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).
    Compulsory Conservation Fee:

    PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI Guaranteed Departure Dates and Rates
    Set Departure Dates P/Person Sharing Single Supplement Rate
    08 - 12 November 2017 R33 195.00 R8 710.00
    13 - 17 December 2017 R33 195.00 R8 710.00