We stayed 4 nights at Hillsnek and from the moment we were picked up from our car to the moment we were taken back it was superb.All aspects of the stay were fantastic.The "tents" were excellent and the outside shower was a unique experience.What was so nice was the fact that there are only 3 tents and that they are not on top of one another,spaced out just right.The lodge itself complete with sitting area,pool and bar was where you met up prior to your game drives. The game drives lasted a good 3-4 hours and our ranger Justin was just brilliant,the enthusiasm and passion he showed was amazing.
His knowledge of the animals was first class and he went out of his way to ensure everyone had a great time.We saw plenty of animals and Justin always tried to ensure we had the best opportunity for good photo shots.Another excellent thing on the drives was the practice of not allowing more than 2 vehicles at a time by the animals,if other vehicles were in the area they had to wait a good distance away until you moved on.Drinks and light snacks on both morning and evening game drives are provided and the places Justin stops at for these "Pit Stops"were stunning.
When we returned from the drives we were always welcomed back with a smile and a refreshing towel before freshening up prior to our meal.The food was fantastic with a good choice ranging from freshly baked muffins prior to the game drive through to stunning ostrich steak at night.Delicious!!!
The "Hillsnek Team" have got it perfect,yes the accommodation and game drives were brilliant but they have also got the little things right.
- 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 white and black rhino, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, 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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