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“Good start to our holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hilltop Camp

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Hilltop Camp
Hampshire, UK
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“Good start to our holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

This was our first stop on a 2 week trip to SA and we were not disappointed. We had stayed in Hilltop Camp 7 years ago and knew what to expect. We had a 2 bed lodge very near the restaurant/reception, which was cleaned daily and was comfortable. Staying in the african bush one must not have their expections too high but this camp does what it says on the tin. The bar area in the main reception is comfortable, the food is what you might expect from a buffet anywhere and the staff are friendly and polite. The traditional barbeque (braai) on the weekend - weather permitting - was a real treat. Would return every year if I could. Great experience.

Room Tip: We had chalet 34. Great view and close to restaurant/reception
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2012

I was very excited to stay at Hilltop as it is advertised as a top rate lodge. The reception staff was very rude to us. We witness them change the price for the people in front of us to "international prices" even though they had already booked the room at a lower price. At the gift shop we gave the check out lady 200 Rand and then she open the cash drawer and put the cash in, but claimed we only gave her 110 Rand. She also gave the person behind us the wrong change back and claimed it was correct. The lodges are okay, though there was poop on one of the beds from the lizards in the rooms. The dinner was awful. The food was not good and it was over priced. The view from the camp is nice and the game drives were good, but overall there are much better places to stay. If I could do it again, I would book a camp site instead of spending the money to stay at Hilltop. If you do plan on staying here, bring in your own food and DON'T go to the gift shop.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Travellers are raving about these Hluhluwe Game Reserve hotels

Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012

Wonderful views from our chalet, including a spectacular lightning storm one night. The two story, four bed chalets were comfortable and clean, with good cooking facilities, including a BBQ and outside dining options on the deck or in the yard. There were two bedrooms downstairs, both with single beds, although one had an ensuite with bath. There was an extra shower/toilet near the front door, and a kitchen with large living room and deck upstairs. Our only problem was a failed water heater resulting in cold showers the first night, but this was rectified within an hour of advising reception.

The restaurant was surprisingly affordable, and if we had realized this we probably wouldn't have self-catered. We didn't do any of the Game Drives, just used our own car, but two of our party did the morning guided walk, which they said was interesting, but they didn't see much in the way of game. It was too cold to try the swimming pool while we were there.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2012 via mobile

The camp is overlooking Hluhluwe National Park which is not as touristic and crowded as Kruger National Park. The Chalets of the camp are spacious and comfortable and clean. You can prepare your own food in your fully equipped kitchen if you like. The Game Drives are not worth doing - since the guides are not that good. Go around by yourself and you will see lots of animals.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

After 20 minutes of a wonderful drive thru the mountains, the hilltop of the world keeps its promises !!!!
The room are very authentics and large, big balcony with a wonderful view of the mountains !!!nice restaurants on a buffet and the staff come and sing and dance for you after the diner !!
Nice walk in the bush with the staff, and very nice place to stay and see the animals !!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

We didn't have much of a choice because the camp was packed with people - so we had to book one of the big houses. At first we didn't regret that although the price was much higher than we originally wanted to spend. A wonderful place to stay: very large bedrooms, balcony, terrace with braai and a huge living room. When arriving at the place antelopes were strolling around the house. We booked a ranger walk in the morning - a great experience and a rather shocking moment when being confronted with a herd of African buffalo only 30 meters away. But the ranger handled the situation and we didn't get into any problems.
The only downpoint: the rather high price combined with the fact that there was no warm water in the bathrooms. We only stayed for one day so there was no chance of getting the boiler repaired. And until now there was no reaction to our complaints - not even an excuse.
I think it's as simple as that: the guys at Hilltop know only too well that they will always have a lot of visitors even if they don't put that much energy into the business.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

My fIance and I spent 3 nights in a 2 bed rondavel with communal kitchen and bathrooms over the long September 2012 weekend (21st - 24th). The accomodation is basic but very nice and comfortable. Is was clean and luckily we stayed in number 60 which was closed to the kitchen/ablution block. I would definitely recommend the rondavels for anyone looking for an affordable true African experience. Hilltop resort is well situated at the top of a hill inside the Hluhluwe part of the reserve. The service was good but nothing exceptional and same goes for the food. The reserve is beautiful and we saw lots of animals, including a pack of wild dog, black and white rhino, lions and a massive herd of about 60 elephants (3 actually walked right next the car practically close enough to touch) Overall we had a lovely stay at this resort and would definitely recommend it to locals (we are from Durban) and international guests. Can't wait until the next time we have a chance to visit this beautiful reserve.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hilltop Camp
Address: Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hilltop Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Hilltop Camp Hotel Hluhluwe Game Reserve

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