We spent Christmas at Hillsneck this year, and cannot fault the stay, even heavy rain on Christmas night couldn't dappen our stay.
The whole experience was fantastic, the attention to detail makes such a difference from the pre hetaed beds to the little gift with the wake up drinks.
The food is fabulous, but make sure you're not on a diet as there is no shortage of it!!
As for the game drives we've visited Etosha, The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Okavango Delta and I cannot fault Amakhala the animals are all there but the people aren't it was amazing to be sat just a few feet from 6 Cheetah and be the only vehicle there, at the other parks you'd often be one of 10 plus groups! Granted there is probably fewer animals here but we saw everything we wanted close up and all the animals looked so healthy, and our guides knowledge and enthusiasm was fantastic
As experiences go having your christmas dinner interrupted by a family of elephants drinking from the swimming pool about 10 feet from where you are sat will take some beating!!
Our host David was a very genuine guy and with the team around him made our 2 night stay the absolute highlight of our trip to South Africa
- 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
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