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If like us you were sceptical that the reviews wouldn't live up to reality, fear not...they do in abundance and I myself will add to them.

We were greeted by Ras, Patience and Andrea on arrival and each and every on one of them made us feel so
welcome & part of their safari family. Ras took us on a number of game drives where we saw lions, giraffes, elephants and many more animals stopping for a sundowner in fabulous spots around the reserve. His passion for the animals, birds, flora and fauna were clear to see and this came through on each drive making the whole experience come to life.
Patience took care of the food which tasted amazing sat looking over the wonderful views on offer across the reserve from their hilltop location. The 5 course Christmas dinner listening to the lions roaring in the background was a particular highlight along with the amazing tents sleeping under the stars and watching colourful birds whilst having a shower & enjoying a glass of a wine in the plunge pool whilst watching an elephant take a drink from the watering hole below.
Ras, Patience and Andrea were an absolute credit to the lodge & I truly hope they remain there when it comes to visiting once again.
We arrived as guests but left as friends after 5 amazing days.

Erik Wall, Dec 2021


Parsons Hilltop Camp in Parsons Balule Private Game Reserve is a true authentic bushveld experience. With easy access from Hoedspruit it's an easy 30 minute drive from the gate to the lodge. The luxury tents are all well-equipped and spacious each very private and secluded. It's very seldom that you still find this value for money in a private game reserve with such an private and intimate feel. The game viewing was good and the food and service from the staff was absolutely 5 star, we were so impressed. Kobus the camp manager goes the extra mile for all his guests and his team is working non-stop to make sure every guest is well looked after. We will definitely be back, what a special place in the heart of the African bushveld.

Eksteen van Dewenter, Feb 2021


We had an absolutely great & memorable experience at Parsons Hilltop. Kobus is a knowledgeable and fun ranger, guiding us in stunning game drives. He spotted a well hidden lion, but also grilles amazing braaibrooikies. I felt the lodge staff cared a great deal about us and they organised all of our activities. To me, the lodge has the best balance between luxury and and rural authenticity . Food, atmosphere, staff, room/tent interior, views all exceeded our expectations. Would love to return one day!

Tijmen van Dijl, Dec 2020


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"What an amazing experience!"

Niels Verspui, July 2021

"The food was delicious"

Nicci Pain, June 2021

"Thank you Parsons team for the wonderfull time"

Zandro loureiro, Aug 2021

"Parsons completly exceeded my expectations"

Sinah Mabeba May 2021

Getting reviews from our guests is the most important, however it is an honour to be awarded by industry professionals as well.



Award winner 2022

Corporate Live Wire

Safari Hospitality Company of the Year

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Award winner 2020


Haute Grandeur

Best Safari Retreat - Winner 2019

Luxury Hotel Awards
Best Tented Safari Camp South Africa



Certificates of Travellers Choice and Excellence

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