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Staying at Parsons Hilltop Safari Camp will give you a wonderful holiday at a rustic-chic unfenced and authentic tented safari camp.  We are situated in the Greater Kruger Area which is openly connected to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, providing excellent game viewing and bird watching.

For a close-to-nature experience, we have chosen canvas tents to accommodate you in.  Here, your senses connect to the spectacular nature around you, still surrounded by stylish décor and indulged with highly comfortable sleeping.

While you are with us, our focus is to spoil you with our hospitality, our food, and our wines and let you unwind and recharge in the splendid nature of Africa.

Our main lodge offers a cozy sitting area and a small bush library where you can read and relax after an outing in the African savannah. We also offer a lounge deck with lounge chairs and an outdoor fire pit (boma), or you can enjoy the plunge pool with a refreshing sundowner drink. It is our aim to let you unwind and be indulged within the beauty and serenity of the wilderness of Africa.

With our choice of furniture and style, we have created an atmosphere of the romance of those early safaris combined with nowadays comfort and luxe. From your private deck, you can overlook the lit-by-night waterhole, where animals often come to drink. The tents are well appointed and have a luxurious décor and en-suite bathrooms. Our choice for canvas tents ensures that you will sense the beautiful nature of Africa even in your dreams while sleeping surrounded by the African Bush and under the African stars.



Parsons Hilltop Safari Camp is nestled within the wilderness and undisturbed biodiversity of the bushveld. The unfenced park allows for free roaming wildlife between the Balule Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Guests can experience the African wildlife with our highly experienced ranger guide on the game drive in an open game vehicle or, if interested, on foot. We offer early morning and late afternoon game drives in an open game vehicle on our Nature Reserve. We stop for coffee/tea in the morning and for the famous sundowners on the evening drives. One safari drive is included in your stay and you can always request for more drives or bush walks upon if you are interested.

Rooms and Units Available:

Guinea fowl Classic Tent
The classic tent Guineafowl offers the best view on the waterhole where animals often come to drink. It has an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower and a viewing deck.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Kingfisher Classic Tent
The Classic safari tent is positioned in absolute privacy, has a private viewing deck offering magnificent views of the waterhole and mountains. It offers an en-suite bathroom and private sitting area.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Oriole Luxury Tent
The Luxury tent Golden Oriole offers a stunning view over the Drakensberg mountains as well as over the bushveld. The tent has a private viewing deck, a heated outdoor Jacuzzi & sun beds. It offers a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower and double basin.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Starling Luxury Tent
The Luxury tent Cape Starling offers a view over the waterhole, lit-by-night, and offers a private outdoor spa area, consisting of a heated plunge pool and outdoor rain shower. It offers a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower and double basin.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Wedding facilities
Wine Tasting
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Parking (off-street - covered)
Tourism Information Desk
Hiking / Walking Trails
Horse Riding
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed
4x4 Routes
Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking
Horse Trail
Historic Sites
Eco Tours

Cancellation Policy:

If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.

Terms and Conditions

*Cardholder, ID/Passport is required at check-in. *The credit card used for the online deposit must be present at check-in. Check-In Time: 14:00. Check-Out Time: 10:00.


Driving from Johannesburg: From OR TAMBO airport, take the N12 (Boksburg lane!) towards Witbank (=eMalahleni). Go past eMalahleni and turn left at Belfast on the R540. Drive through Dullstroom, Lydenburg and Orighstad towards Hoedspruit. Follow further instructions below under ‘Driving from Hoedspruit’. on our website. Driving from Polokwane: Follow the R71 from Polokwane to Tzaneen through to Gravelotte and continue on the R71 (do not turn to Phalaborwa at Gravelotte) but continue to the T-junction, turn left, continue for 700 metres, than turn right off the R40, where you see the Balule Parsons Gate (sign is on the left, the Gate is on the right side of the road). Driving from Hoedspruit: Turn left at Hoedspruit and take the R40 towards Phalaborwa. Pass Mica village,keep going, pass a Engen fuel station (Sameys) on your right.Turn right after approx 500 metres after, at the Balule Parsons Gate (sign is on the left, but the GATE is on right side of the road). On the Reserve, from the Gate: At the gate you will pay an entrance fee of R60 per person and R100 per vehicle. If you encounter wild life, enjoy the sighting, always give the animals right of way and keep a safe distance. Do not turn off your engine, do not go outside the car or hang outside the windows. You will continue straight along the gravel road. You will continue for about 5 kms and get to a building where there is a gate saying Nyati to the right. Do not turn off, just continue straight. Follow the road to the right and continue straight along the fence line. You will start going past sign boards with number and names. Do not turn off anywhere, you continue straight and go past a sign to the left saying: Raptors Retreat, and then another sign, to the left, saying ‘Elephant game lodge.’ The next road right is the road to the lodge with the sign Parsons Hilltop SafariCamp. Here you will turn right and just follow the road up to the camp. You have arrived! 

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Game Lodge and Private Game Lodge
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Minimum stay: 2 Day/s
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM