The resort's confirmation clearly said 2pm check in. However based on our stay at Mpila camp and traffic around the park we guessed Hilltop wouldn't have been full the previous night and a 10am check out should have meant our room was cleaned and available when we arrived at 1pm. That seemed to be the case but as often is the case, we fell foul of the strict 'check in time' rule. 2pm check in- the receptionist re confirmed. But is the room ready I asked? That doesn't matter, check in is 2pm I was told. Little things like that annoy me so we were off to a bad start at Hilltop. We were eventually allocated a 2 person self catering chalet. It was large and seemed relatively new. With high thatched ceilings and polished beams, flat screen TV and modern kitchen it felt like an African dictators holiday cottage ! It was clean and had good quality furniture and decor - the only thing that spoilt the impression of it being a really high end resort was that the room smelt musty- a sort of damp smell which was soon shifted by opening all the windows. I would guess in winter there is a nice view from the wooden balcony but with the trees in full foliage we couldn't see much. The camp is fenced so it's possible to walk to the restaurant at night. It was a buffet and was pretty picked over when we arrived at 8 but the staff were happy to replenish most of the dishes. The bar has an outside patio giving great views over the surrounding hills.The park itself is quite compact meaning you can easily drive all the tracks in a day. The hotel runs game drives but we did our own and saw numerous rhino at close quarters but no big cats and we only saw elephant in the Imflozi Park. The hotel is probably the most luxurious option of the Government run accommodation -it has the feel of an expensive resort but isn't what you'd call an authentic bush experience.For that I'd go for a safari tent at Mpila Camp.
- Also Known As:
- Hilltop Camp Hotel Hluhluwe Game Reserve