Situated on the summit of a forested hill with views of the undulating Zululand hills and valleys is the award-winning resort of Hilltop. The resort is one of the oldest tourist’s attraction and destinations in Zululand and offers a splendid array of activities and accommodation choices.
One can opt for the rondavels or self-catering chalets in the bush village of Hilltop, an avenue of tar streets in a Zululand forest, unpretentious and authentic in ambiance. Comfortable and spacious, geared for convenience with large verandahs, the chalets offer a serene and relaxing bush experience.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi reserve comprises of different camps and because of the higher altitude of Hilltop it allows for cooler temperatures. The rustic thatch accommodation animates the feeling of being “right in the bush and in the thick of things”. The natural looking chalets and rondavels blend effectively with the surroundings throughout the resort.
A few good things to keep in mind about Hilltop resort
- A fairly large swimming pool that includes a smaller shallow section for children to paddle and play in. The area offers shady spots as well as places to lounge in the sun.
- A curio shop offering a few basic essentials, toiletry items and a fairly good wine selection, is housed within the reception area. The art and craft work is impressive and makes for great gift shopping. Safari clothing is available if one is keen on bush attire and lekker T-shirts with pertinent wildlife inscriptions are available for those who like the casual look.
- Uzavolo Bar is where guests can order an Umfolozi Blue Sky from Terence’s Cocktail menu. A mix of Southern Comfort, Jamaican Rum and orange juice over ice that can be enjoyed while conversing with other guests or merely staring blanking out over the vast landscape. Imagine the pleasure of sipping this enticing concoction after a grueling game viewing day. Yup, without a doubt, another sh*t day in Africa!
- Visit Maphumulo Picnic Site and utilize the braai facilities or take a walk through the Umbhombe Forest Trail on the grounds of the resort for a bit of indulgent bird-watching.
- It is a place of peace that offers game-viewing hides, guided and self-guided drives at different times of the day and wilderness trails that are extremely rewarding.
Hilltop’s Mpunyane Restaurant
Guests can enjoy a hearty English and Continental breakfast after a satisfying and hopefully rewarding early morning game drive. Mpunyane Restaurant offers a large selection of pub style lunches, including an adaption on the infamous bunny chow, until 1700 hours. Lunch is served on the brick deck that offers incredible views of the wilderness.
Dinner is a buffet which offers a variety of starter type dishes, a choice for main course and a selection of desserts. I would call it good solid fare that satisfies the taste buds.
Of great enjoyment is the entertainment given by the staff during the evening meal. In the background behind closed doors the theatrics quietly unfold and a dramatic cultural arrangement of music begins. The Zulus are singing, a symphonic chant that awakens an ancient spirit within oneself.
Guests murmur and respond to the tunes and wait in anticipation for the group of Zulu singers to emerge. Everyone is in high-spirits and the singing and dancing enthrall and we find ourselves clapping and responding with enthusiasm to the sound of harmonious music and captivating cultural movements.
An authentic Zululand game reserve culinary experience is to be enjoyed at Mpunyane Restaurant at the Hilltop Resort.
Hilltop is a place of rest and enjoyment
Hilltop Resort is a place for family, travelers and wildlife aficionados alike.
This Zululand resort receives a stamp of approval from Another Bad Day in Zululand, a stamp for authenticity, comfort, good food and an overall pleasant bush experience.
For booking enquiries contact Ezemvelo in Pietermaritzburg.