Kruger Park’s new gem: Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

When it comes to lodges in Kruger, your list of options are as wide and endless as the views on offer. And the newly introduced Simbavati Hilltop Lodge doesn’t make it any easier.

Situated in the unfenced and world renowned Timbavati Private Game Reserve (home of the white lion), Hilltop Lodge is the new 5 star sister of Simbavati’s River Lodge. The Hilltop offers an intimate experience that captures a pure African safari spirit. Mainly because it’s “king of the hill”, overlooking vast open skies of the Drakensberg horizon.

Here are 4 more magical aspects of Simbavati Hilltop you’ll fall in love with.

A 360 degree bar

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

What makes any hotel and lodge in the world great is a spot where you can ponder life’s greatest questions or just sit down and say cheers. Enter Hilltop’s 360 degree bar, a fashionable and timeless addition with wooden finishes, cut glass and a choice selection of world class sundowners. The only thing missing is the perfect drinking partner.

Sunset vistas of Dragon Mountains

Drakensberg sunset

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Simbavati Hilltop offers magnificent views that last a lifetime. More specifically, sunset views of Drakensberg – derived from Afrikaans meaning “Dragon Mountains”. From far away, the Drakensberg is a beauty spot of mama Africa. It’s also one of the oldest art galleries in the world, containing 20 000 individual rock paintings. Brace yourself for goose bumps.      

Elevated views of the Nhlaralumi River

Nhlaralumi River

We’ve mentioned first world creature comforts, but what about the animals? Simbavati Hilltop was strategically built overlooking the Nhlaralumi River – a hot spot where regular wildlife is spotted. So you might not have your sundowners alone after all. 

Spacious, exclusive and no children under 12 allowed

Kruger Lodge

Hilltop was built with exclusivity and escape in mind. And as much as the owners love children, no kids under 12 are allowed. This ultimately guarantees you get that extra peaceful night’s rest under the African stars in any one of their 8 spacious canvas-style luxury tents.    

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