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HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Cape Town
Reviewed 9 October 2014

We had such a relaxing time at HillsNek Safaris. The tents are tucked away on the hill in a way that allows you a lot of privacy. We liked the fact that we could not see another tent from our balcony, but instead only the unobstructed views of the beautiful Amakhala plains. It creates a great sense of exclusivity, yet...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us and highlighted aspects of the camp that make HillsNek Safari Camp so special. Every tent has an equally amazing view of the plains, with just a short stroll to the main lodge area. This ensures...

Indianapolis
Reviewed 1 October 2014

Hillsnek exceeded our expectations in every way. The stunning setting in the Amakhala Game Reserve, the beautifully decorated and impeccably clean "tented" cottages, the incredible and informative game drives, the skillfully presented gourmet food, the friendly and personal attention to every detail by the staff....I could go on and on. We saw all the big five, plus so many other...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time here at HillsNek Safari Camp and got to celebrate Heritage day with us. As South Africans we are all very proud of our country and felt it important to share that with you. Thank you for bringing so much fun and humour into the...

Miramar
Reviewed 30 September 2014

Hillsnek is a very precious place with three, (soon four?) tented suites on raised platforms. These are connected to the main lodge by wooden walk-ways and have decks from which one can enjoy the plain with grazing animals, bush with playing elephants and brilliant sunbirds on flowers and trees. Each spacious tent has all the comfort one may wish for...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

What an amazing review! Thank you for taking the time to describe in beautiful detail your recent stay at HillsNek Safari Camp. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your 2nd visit with us, and we hope to keep welcoming you back to our little gem on Amakhala Game Reserve. You have also highlighted some other aspects of a stay at...

Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

An absolute wonderful place to stay with most amazing wild life viewing. My 2nd stay with foreign tourists and they love this place too. Accommodation, service, food, game viewing, fine detail and warm, friendly staff makes Hillsnek tented safari camp a Must Visit for every visitor to South Africa.

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review on Tripadvisor. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us at HillsNek and as a team are very proud that you have returned to us for a second time. We hope to see you again, and look forward to welcoming you back to HillsNek Safari Camp. Thank you for your continued support....

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Seriously, everything about this place is awesome! The setting is beautiful. The luxury tent was nicer than pretty much any hotel room I've ever stayed in and the view from the porch was amazing. The entire staff is super friendly and helpful (special thanks for the helping us locate our misplaced rental car keys!) and went out of their way...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much for posting such a wonderful review. As a team we work hard to focus on the smaller details so that our guests feel like they are at home rather than in a hotel. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us, and soaked up the beautiful views from your deck! How wonderful that...

Reviewed 31 August 2014

We were very fortunate to experience this true piece of Africa just on our doorstep. From the moment we arrived we were treated with friendly people who catered to our every need. The staff were like family and took time to explain all about the tent camp and the wild life. Words can not justify the tent we stayed in...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Mel & Robey Thank you very much for this wonderful review on Tripadvisor. We are so glad you enjoyed your Anniversary weekend with us and got to experience the beauty our country has to offer. It is always such a privilege to show South Africans just how amazing their country is. Our team is very passionate about service and...

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Selecting a South African safari included searches and spreadsheets, ratings and wrestling with opinions until we found HillsNek. We were absolutely stunned beyond words at how tremendous the entire staff at HillsNek was, from the kitchen, to the management to our tremendous safari driver. No detail was left unattended. Food & drink were abundant and delightful at every turn. From...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time out to write such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time here at HillsNek Safari Camp and chose us above all your other options. Thank you for sharing your knowledge about wine with us and we hope to see you all back again, maybe for your next anniversary!...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Panoramic views from the luxury tented chalet across the game park. Excellent food with attention to every detail.An all round wonderful experience with some of the best game viewing available.Justin is a marvelous host and knowledgeable ranger.Thanks to Chantelle and staff for a great experience

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Bushbaby99, Manager at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are so fortunate to be nestled in the most beautiful corner of the reserve, and love nothing more than to share that beauty with all our guests. Justin is definitely our shining star, and we are so glad you enjoyed your time with him on and off the...

Cape Town
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Great setting, Staff and Management was extremely friendly and helpful. Spacious beautiful rooms, attention to details. Great Game viewing and very knowledgeably Game Ranger. It is nice to meet other Guests not only on the Game drives, but around the Dinner Table.

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. Our tents are lovely and comfortable, which makes looking out onto the beautiful open plains that much more delightful! One of the great things about going on safari is meeting people from every corner of the globe and sharing wonderful experiences with them around a roaring fire. We are so glad you enjoyed your...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 16 July 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here in september 2013, and we just had the most amazing safari experience. The place is paradise! It's just beautifull, with a stunning view, superfriendly staff, great service and topquality food. The owner Chantelle is such a charming helpfull host, absolutely perfect in everything she does. Their was one more couple when we arrived so...

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Wow, what an incredible review. Thank you for taking the time to write this on Tripadvisor. Our team is passionate about giving our guests the best safari experience possible, from the game drives to the special evening turn downs. We are thrilled that you felt like you had an exclusive experience as that is what we aim for. David is...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HillsNek Safaris is an intimate, luxury tented camp positioned on the banks of the Bushmans River. Situated in a tucked away corner of the Amakhala Big 5 Game Reserve, the lodge is 70km's from Port Elizabeth in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. An abundant variety of wildlife includes lion,rhino, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, buffalo, zebra and a myriad of plains game. The stone, canvas and thatched main lodge is at the heart of the camp, with four private safari tents elevated on wooden decks that enhance the spectacular views of surrounding plains and bush. All tents have panoramic views of the African plains, and game viewing can often be enjoyed from the comfort of your bed. Personalized service and outstanding hospitality is the hallmark of every stay. ... more   less 

Additional Information about HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve

Address: N2 | Greater Addo, Eastern Cape, Amakhala Game Reserve 6011, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: £398 - £643 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“The rooms, all well spaced out for privacy”
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“They are all the same but room 2 is closest to reception and the dining area”
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“any of the lodges”
ARCHIEMAC70, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There are only 4 tents, every one offering great views and total privacy.”
Steve07Mar, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
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