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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is set in the north of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.  It enjoys 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.  Privacy is guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the tented-suites, ensuring a tranquil and intimate stay. Comfortable, open-plan spaces allow full appreciation of the beautiful surrounds. 8 pavilion-style, luxury tents are well-appointed and feature private decks. Some tents are situated further up the hill to make the most of stunning views – these are only accessible by stairs.

Between morning and afternoon game drives, unwind on extensive decks, or sip cocktails in the bar with its panoramic vistas. Cool off in the infinity pool and savour delicious meals in the dining area, or under the star-studded night skies in the boma. Walking safaris are also encouraged and with no fences between here and Kruger this is very much part of the main Kruger ecosystem.


Pavilion style luxury tents



Open Season

Open all year

Safari Experience

The lodge offers Big 5 game activities 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.

Wildlife & Birdlife

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.