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HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve
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Cape Town
1 review
“Great game viewing with warm hospitality”
Reviewed 23 September 2010

We had a great time at Hillsnek Safaris. The staff looked after us very well. The meals were excellent (too much), the accommodation was great (loved the safari tents) and the game viewing was superb. The game ranger was very knowledgeable and interested in finding Birdlife (which we are interested in) as well as finding the big 5. Highly recommend this venue as a must stop. Will definitely go back again. Thanks to the team for the hospitality.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

My family and I had a truly magical experience at Hillsnek! Warren, Andri, and the rest of the staff made us feel so comfortable from the moment we arrived and took such good care of us!! The tent accommodations were just the perfect, the game reserve was gorgeous/exhilarating, and the meals were so yummy. The entire stay was completely tailored to our needs... I'm not sure how other safari's are organized, but since Hillsnek is "exclusive use" we had the entire run of the place. One day, we spent 7 hours out on the game drive looking for the lions... and we found them! It was well worth the hunt! I'm happy to say that the Hillsnek Safari was the highlight of our South African trip... and that's saying a lot considering we were there during the World Cup.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Ponchatoula, Louisiana
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Reviewed 4 August 2010

This was such a great experience. I went with my husband and his family and everyone LOVED the trip. The friendly staff, the unbelievably nice tents, the games drives, the knowledgable safari guide and the food were all over the top. You plan when you want to go on drives and for how long and then upon your return to the tents you are greated by the wonderful host and staff with the most delicious meal ever...they even catered to my vegatarian lifestyle preparing special meals for me. The pictures on the website don't do it justice. I would love to go back again some day.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 4 August 2010

Our stay at Hills Nek was certainly the highlight of out trip to South Africa!
Everything from the moment of our arrival to the moment we left was perfect! Seldom have we experienced such high level of service without it being "in your face". It was so unobtrusive that we thought we were on our own until suddenly a delicious snack or cold G&T appeared from "out of nowhere".
The game drives were not only very comfortable (loved the picknick) but our guides also extremely knowledgable, which ensured us some fantastic encounters with Elephants, Lions and even Baby Rhino!
The tents are huge, fancy but still very cozy. In chilly nights heated blankets were turned on while we had dinner. It just doesn't get much better ;-) And the view......

Our experience was truely unforgettable and we hope to return some time soon!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

We took our two children, 5 & 7, for a safari experience during our trip to South Africa. HillsNek exceeded even our wildest expectations. The game drives were incredible, the food and service were over-the-top and the luxury tents were amazing. If you want the perfect safari experience, tailored to your every need, want and desire, then look no further than HillsNek. It was simply perfect in every detail.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

As a frequent visitor to upmarket safari lodges (Madikwe, Hluluwe, Kruger), I rate this one amongst the best.
The camp is small (3 luxurious tents, each tucked away from each other) and you do not share the camp with other visitors. The service is completely personalised and catering for all needs. Accommodation, Staff, Food and the Tour Guide were all excellent.
This is a 5* resort Safari Lodge. Highly recommendable.
Alex Catania
Johannesburg

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 March 2010

We were a family of five, two adults and three boys aged 14, 11 and 6 and we all absolutely loved it - two cried as we left and one was still crying 5 hours later. What an amazing place. We were treated like royalty and had the time of our lives. Tents were out of this world, scenery amazing, food absolutely delicious and plentiful (thanks Maggie), service beyond expectations (thanks Brent) and the Game Drives led by Andy fantastic (thanks Andy). The whole experience was breath taking and we all took away a bit of heaven with us - would recommend it to anyone and everyone - When and if we can afford it we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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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
Amenities:
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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