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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Luxury Tent | Terrace/patio

Overview of Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

4.0 star property
Riverfront lodge in Bushbuckridge with safari and outdoor pool
9,8 out of 10 Exceptional
9,8/10 Exceptional

15 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
Mbali Farm, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, 1380
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Pool bar
  • Room service
  • Spa services
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Laundry service
  • Self-serve laundry
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Separate sitting area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Kruger National Park - 25 min drive

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 48 min drive
  • Phalaborwa (PHW-Hendrik Van Eck) - 131 min drive
  • Free airport shuttle

About this property

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge offers a free airport shuttle at scheduled times. Guests indulge in massages, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. An outdoor pool, a poolside bar, and a terrace are other highlights at this upscale lodge. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff.



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.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 5 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

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

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum guest age is 12
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free offsite parking nearby; reservations required


  • Free airport shuttle from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas
  • Caters to adults only

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 8:30 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Safari


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • MP3 docking station

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Stocked minibar (select free items)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Furnished balcony/patio
  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

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

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include massages.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Additional fee: ZAR 140 per person, per night
This property is located in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The additional mandatory fee covers entrance to the national park.

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests.


This property does not have elevators.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

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 offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?
Yes, a free airport shuttle is available from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at scheduled times.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?
You can check in from 2 PM - 5 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge and nearby?
Onsite recreation at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge includes game viewing, a wildlife and game drive, and a safari. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include spa services and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Simbavati Hilltop Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.
Does Simbavati Hilltop Lodge have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does Simbavati Hilltop Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished balcony or patio.
What's the area around Simbavati Hilltop Lodge like?
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is located by the river. Popular attractions include Kruger National Park, which is 25 minutes away by car.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


8/10 Very good

Loved the service staff. Very friendly and helpful. The guide ahd tracker for safari were excellent and very knowledgeable.
Hesh, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Paul, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

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).
Mark, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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
4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
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10/10 Exceptional

Toller Aufenthalt, haben die Zeit dort sehr genossen. Es wird sich um alles gekümmert. Gern wieder
Andy, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
Roberto, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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!!!!
pamela, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Isabel, 2-night romance trip
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