Getting to Simbavati Hilltop Lodge by Road
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.
Do not type in Simbavati Hilltop Lodge into your GPS.
The GPS will either send you to Timbavati River Lodge on the Orpen Road or try and direct you through Kruger National Park which is not the correct direction.
Please note you cannot access the Lodge through Kruger National Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions below.
Take the Eastgate Airport / Timbavati turnoff from the R40 south of Hoedspruit. On the tar road you will go through 2 control gates.
At the second gate you enter the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve where you will pay a Vehicle Entrance Fee per vehicle.
Keep your permit as the Lodge will issue you with an exit permit when you return again.
Follow the tar road from the Timbavati Gate for approximately 39km, past the turnoff to Simbavati River Lodge and Machaton Private Camp, and continue on the tar road to the Motswari / Simbavati Hilltop turn-off.
This is just passed Ingwelala on the righthand side. Turn right onto the dirt road and follow the signs for approximately 12km to the lodge.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R140.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)
Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon/evening game drive and lunch.
Game drive start between 15:30 and 16:30 depending on season.
We do not recommend to drive in the reserve when it is dark. If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let us know on (015) 793-9052.
NB: There is no more cellphone reception once you turned off the R40.