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HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

unfortunaly we had just 2 nights in this paradies. Everything was great and the people were super friendly and we felt soooo good. Warren and Justin were responsible for great trips an face-to-face encounter with hundrets of animals.
I think, we´ll be back at any time. Thanks a lot!!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2014

Thank you for your fantastic comments, we appreciate your time spent writing a review on Tripadvisor.

It is wonderful that you got to have so many close encounters with Africa's amazing wildlife, there is something so special about just quietly watching the animals go about their day.

We love nothing more than to know you had a wonderful experience with us and hope you can return one day for another adventure at HillsNek Safari Camp.

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Excellent location.Professionel guides.Very good food.Kind and efficient service.
the scenery is sometimes breathtaking.One can almost touch the beautiful animals In short more than joyful experience.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2014

Thank you for your taking the time to review HillsNek Safari Camp.

Your comment "exciting and yet relaxed" describes us perfectly. Being out on the reserve, finding wild animals is most certainly exciting and then you come back to camp and enjoy the serenity of the bush from your private tent deck. It is the perfect combination for a wonderful holiday.

The reserve is indeed breathtaking, our views are some of the best!
We are so glad you enjoyed your time here with us. Come back soon.

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We stayed for two days here with friends and the total experience was really super! The unique element is that it is so small scale, only three tents. You feel at home right from the start. Host Warren welcomes you when you return from the safari and both rangers (David and Justin) were excellent. The staff is also very friendly and the food was excellent too. This was not our first visit to a game reserve but certainly the best.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2014

Thank you for taking the time out to write this wonderful review.

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us, we are a small camp and strive to make your time here personal and special.

We hope you will return one day to enjoy another safari with us here at HillsNek!

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Visited: 01/22/14 – 01/24/14
Family: 2 adults, 3 children 3,4,8
Experience: From start to finish incredible 5 stars experience in an ultra-private game reserve.
Staff: Warren, Justin, Donald, Anita and all the staff at Hillsnek were 24/7 ready, professional, super-friendly, kind and focused on giving us an unique experience. Each of them gave a 110% and that really made all the difference, moreover when traveling with 3 children. They were our friends BUT they always kept focus on every detail and necessities during our stay.
Food: Menu was really unique combining kiddies menues, with exquisite international and local meats and ingredients. All-inclusive option was superb. Food was prepared by Cheff-level staff with fresh ingredients. In addition, at your luxury tent you have always cold drinks ranging from Coke to Vodka.
Game routine: every day early in the morning (around 6 am – 7 am) Warren, an experienced ranger drove us through different areas with a huge Toyota Land Cruiser, finding different animals, vegetation and habitats and gave us a very deep understanding of the geography and animals dynamic without being too scientific or boring. In fact, he was really friendly with our 3 kids and they felt they had a new friend but they also learned from his comments on different animals we found during our stay.
We even searched for big 5 animals at night, using reflector which was a great “night” adventure for us and our children. They keep talking to their friends about the experience at Hillsnek and they will never forget this unique eco-adventure.
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Infraestructure: Luxury tents were very well equipped, ultraclean, safe and really private. Each tent was relly isolated from the others, so you have 100% privacy al the time.
Hints: Talk to kids about Southafrica, it’s prehistoric origin, their people’s origins (African, England, etc) . Show them videos about how are the kids in SouthAfrica, respect for animals and different humans.
Clothing: layers and do not forget a hat with chin strap!, sunscreen 30/50(NO MOSQUITOES in February)

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2014

What an amazing review, thank you so much for taking the time out to write this on Tripadvisor.

It is wonderful to hear that as a family you had such a memorable experience. I am certain your children will remember their African experience for many years to come, especially getting to look for the animals at night!

We do have a wonderful team, and they all take pride in what they do. This review will certainly brighten up their day!

Come back soon!

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

A very special and unique way to enjoy Africa´s wildlife and nature. The luxury tent was gorgeous and the staff very friendly and always helpful. The reception after our game drives when we were welcomed with hot/cold towels and the dinner table was already set as well as the welcome drinks around the fire place was just wonderful. We have enjoyed every minute!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

A big thank you for taking the time to review HillsNek on tripadvisor.

A private game reserve is definitely a unique way to do safari, it offers guests intimate time with the wildlife as well as exclusivity at all levels.

There is something so special about sipping on a drink while standing around a roaring fire, we are so glad enjoyed that experience with us.

We hope to see you again one day.

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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Hillsnek was our first safari experience and will be hard to beat. The location is beautiful, our 'tent' was private and secluded with stunning views across the veldt. Our experience began the moment we were collected by our ranger Justin, who was knowledgeable and passionate about the animals and their environment. Nothing was ever too much trouble for our generous host Warren and his staff. Our game drives were just fantastic, we learned so much from Justin and his enthusiasm was catching. All our meals were delicious and our room was very comfortable indeed. We cannot recommend Hillsnek highly enough, and we were very sad to leave this special place.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

Thank you very much for your wonderful review on Tripadvisor.

As a team we are honored to have made your first safari experience such a memorable one.

Justin is indeed a passionate ranger, he makes sure all our guests have the best possible experience. His love for the environment is contagious and we are so glad to enjoyed your time with him in the bush.

Come back soon!

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Every aspect of our 3 day trip was first rate from a stunning setting to brilliant wildlife sightings. The thing that made it so special though were the people. The staff who prepared absolutely wonderful food and attended our every need were so friendly and pleasant while Justin who generally met us as our drive came in was the perfect host with both his knowledge and attention to selecting the right wine! However it was David our ranger that made our trip the experience of a lifetime. While some of his jokes were questionable, his passion for the wildlife and the environment was not, and his ability to locate the animals and create truelly memorable moments were the true highlights. It was an absolute privilege to spend time with him and we were lucky enough to have 2 drives as the only passengers. John and Chris, March 7-10th

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2014

Dear John & Chris

Thank you so much for your wonderful review on Tripadvisor, it means a great deal to us that your time here was so special.

David is indeed an excellent guide, his passion for the bush is awe inspiring and his sense of humour ever entertaining!
We have a wonderful team that are all dedicated and passionate about our lodge and your comments are appreciated by all.

Come back soon!

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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: £359 - £693 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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