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HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“All we had hoped for and more.”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

What a fantastic end to our holiday in South Africa. Although we only stayed 2 nights, not a moment was wasted. The hospitality we encountered, from the moment we arrived till the time of our reluctant departure, was outstanding. All the staff made us feel so welcome.
The tented accommodation was excellent, the view perfect and we loved the outside shower.
Be prepared to put on a few pounds as the food is plentiful, of excellent quality and beautifully prepared and presented.
Each of the game drives was brilliant even when it rained. The completely open vehicle we rode in made the experience really exhilarating. Rhynard (?? Sorry) our ranger guide was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining, we can't imagine how our experience could have been bettered.
Thanks again Chantelle, Brent and all staff at HillsNek for a most memorable end to our holiday. We will return.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

One of the most memorable places I have ever experienced! From the charming wakeup call at 6am bringing us coffee and tea to our tent....to the amazing experience out on the safari sitting and watching the Cheetah right beside our safari vehicle. Literally... right beside us!! Our two rangers did an incredible job of getting us out to see as much as possible in the short time we stayed. All of the staff so very friendly and helpful in any way. Highly recommend to anyone looking.... you will not go wrong here and expect to be treated with warm greetings and outstanding hospitality!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We had an absolutely fabulous time at Hillsnek Safari. I went there with four other friends and we stayed for three nights. The service was just impeccable and everyone who works there really went out of their way to make the whole experience perfect for us. They thought of everything, and there is not a thing I would change. We had such an amazing adventure. The game drives were fascinating, and Trevor our ranger was just a fountain of knowledge. Back at the lodge/tents we were made to feel at home and were treated like royalty! And as for the food, it was divine! With me being vegetarian, I was really impressed at the extent to which they catered for my dietary needs. They served some of the best vegetarian dishes that I have EVER tasted! The extra personal touch, treats and surprises really made it such a memorable experience.
Well done Chantelle and Brent! You really know how to do safari in style!

Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

We spent two nights here and enjoyed every minute fromthe first. THe camp is in a beautiful location nestling in the bend of a river with cliffs behind and a plain in front.Wake up and see all types of animals from your bed!
The tents are luxurious in a typical first class hotel sort of way and the service is excellent. The food - and there is a lot of it- is superb and worthy of a Michelin star.How the cook manages such delights in the bush is beyond me.
Ranger Rhynard is very knowledgable and entertaining with many stories of adventures in the bush.He can adapt the emphasis of the drive from animals to birds to insects etc as one likes.We enjoyed a great bushwalk and if the canoeing could be increased that would make for a perfect day.
All in all a great place and we wish them all the best for the future.
Jerry and Nicky Greenwood

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

What can I say the people at Hillsnek Safari made our stay absolutely perfect. The settings, surroundings and atmostphere were all out of this world. This was one of our last places to stay on a visit to South Africa and one of the best. After visiting the Masai Mara I was a little doubtful of what to expect from a private park but Hillsnek and the staff there met and exceeded all expectations. They made my 30th birthday the best birthday ever. The food was some of the best food I have ever eaten. Brett, David, Jessie and the wonderful ladies that looked after us, went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay and that we did. The game drives were brilliant and we saw so much wildlife. We stayed for two nights and could have easily stayed longer. The unique personal touches truly made this experience. We cant thank the people of Hillsnek enough. Would highly recommend Hillsnek to anybody considering staying there, you will not be disappointed. They are as passionate about wildlife and South Africa as they are about making your stay one to remember.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

Fabulous setting, stylish and comfortable accomodation, superb food and service allways with a smile! Its dream of Africa served up to you with all the animals you want to see expertly found and explained. Great attention to detail from delicious and interesting menues to warm and cosy ponchos in the land cruiser for morning chill. We would love to go back soon.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

The stop in Hilsnek crowned finally our trip to South Africa. The Hillsnek-Team shepherded us extraordinary. The individuel gamedrives were unique and great experiences for us; special thanks go to reinhard. We will never forget this lovely location.

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Property: HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve
Address: N2 | Greater Addo, Eastern Cape, Amakhala Game Reserve 6011, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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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