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HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve

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Kiel, Germany
Reviewed April 26, 2015

Dreaming the last 6 times visiting SA to stay at one of the Lodges near Addo we finally ended up at HillsNek - perfect choice. SERVICE, tents , meals, game drives - everything on top of the list. Only the elephants at the pool missing ;).

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We are so glad you chose us to fulfill your dream of an Eastern Cape Safari and were happy with your choice! We are a service driven team and all want nothing more than our guests to have an extraordinary experience while on Safari with us. Come back and visit us soon,...

Culemborg
Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Hillsnek for 3 nights and enjoyed it from the moment we arrived, until we left. The food was excellent, the tent perfect and staff very friendly and helpfull. They have a Great eye for detail. Justin is a very experienced ranger and showed us all the game. There isn't as much game as in Kruger, but Justin...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time out to review us on Tripadvisor. We are thrilled that you had such a lovely experience her at HillsNek Safari Camp. Justin is a true asset to our team and stops at nothing to ensure our guests see and experience as much as possible. Being a smaller reserve our numbers definitely cannot match those...

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 20, 2015

We have just returned from Hilsnek after a truly memorable 3 night stay with husband and 3 children (14, 13 and11) at Amakhala. Everything completely exceeded our expectation - the accommodation, food and staff were all fantastic. The game drive and Justin the ranger were incredible - we have learnt and seen so much. Their commitment to the animals shines...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

A huge thank you for such a lovely review on Tripadvisor. We are thrilled to hear that we exceeded your expectations, as a team, it is wonderful to hear that our hard work and dedication pays off! Justin is an incredible ranger and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with him. He is truly passionate about his...

Tegernsee, Germany
Reviewed April 12, 2015

What an awesome trip we had to Hillsnek! We've been to a lot of game reserves but this was probably the best we've experienced. It's small, cosy and very personal. Amy, the manager & Mike, our ranger were both very professional and very friendly - we were made to feel so comfortable from the first second we got there! Food...

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Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are always thrilled to see the word "awesome" when describing your time here at HillsNek Safari Camp! As a team we strive to ensure our guests have a comfortable and memorable experience from the food through to the accommodation and game drives. It is so important to us that you leave...

Lewes, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 10, 2015

I stayed at Hillsnek for 2 nights at the end of March with my wife and 2 daughters 8 & 24 and it was sensational - the views are stunning, the level of service exceptional and Mike our ranger went to a great deal of effort to make our trip memorable. There are only 4 tents (which are superb) and...

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Wow, thank you so much for taking the time out to write such an amazing review! We are thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic time here with us at HillsNek Safari Camp. As a team we are very proud of our camp and love nothing more than to hear that our guests had the most memorable experience...

Stuttgart, Germany
Reviewed April 9, 2015

We had really great expectations and in all parts everything was fulfilled: excellent ranger and explanations who really tried to find all the animals, nice service and manager, great food, even driving with our almost eighty year old parents was no problem! Everything was excellent!

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Thank you for such a lovely review! We are so glad you and your parents enjoyed your stay at HillsNek Safari Camp, it means a great deal to us that all your expectations were met. As a team we work hard to ensure our guests have a memorable stay and enjoy every minute of being on Safari! Thank you again...

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 30, 2015

We visited HillsNek Safari on the Amakhala Game Reserve for one night in March. We booked to stay for one night which included 2 safaris. On arrival the staff were so friendly made us feel most welcome. The lodge itself was stunning and despite staying in very nice hotels across the world this was wonderful! The communal area was perfect...

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Bushbaby99, Owner at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this amazing review! We are so glad you had such a wonderful experience at HillsNek Safari Camp and enjoyed all the facilities on offer. Seeing those lion cubs must have been awesome! They are growing up quickly and are getting cuter every day. Justin is an exceptional guide with many years experience on the Reserve,...

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed March 29, 2015

We spent two nights at Hillsnek in March 2015, and can't say enough good things about the place. The accommodation was great - comfy bed in a luxury tent, great view of the reserve from the deck, wonderful outdoor shower under the stars. The staff were fantastic and couldn't do enough for you - all the way from your personal...

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you chose HillsNek Safari Camp as part of your South African holiday. It is a perfect location to end or start your journey along the Garden Route and is conveniently located only one hour from the Port Elizabeth airport. The reserve is...

Kingswear
Reviewed March 11, 2015

amazing experience In a great location, wonderful hosts and staff. especially mike and Justin. very comfortable room awesome oudoor shower. .we were made to feel like we were visiting family. great food, lovely cool off pool. ,fantastic drives especially seeing the lion family so close up. loved our little bush picnics with mike who was very amusing and knowledgeable. wonderful...

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Thank you very much for taking the time out to review us on Tripadvisor. We are so glad you felt at home here at HillsNek. Our intimate camp allows us to spend time with and give personal attention to all our guests, it is one of the many reasons that make HillsNek so special. Mike is an amazing guide with...

Spain ...... but Scottish
Reviewed February 10, 2015

Highly recommend HillsNek for a personalised luxury safari experience! Our guide, the staff, the food and the accommodation are all exceptional. This was our first safari experience and we are so pleased that we picked HillsNek. Andrea provided excellent directions & phoned us en route to gauge our arrival time and from the moment Mark collected us from their Conservation...

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Thank you so much for taking the time out to write this review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at HillsNek, We just love hearing back from our guests and your feedback is very important to us. Byron is a wonderful guide with an amazing amount of awareness in the bush, I am sure seeing that male lion...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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 

Additional Information about HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve

Address: N2 | Greater Addo, Eastern Cape, Amakhala Game Reserve 6011, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: $508 - $844 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“The rooms, all well spaced out for privacy”
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“They are all the same but room 2 is closest to reception and the dining area”
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“any of the lodges”
ARCHIEMAC70, Nov 22, 2016 | Read review
“There are only 4 tents, every one offering great views and total privacy.”
Steve07Mar, Oct 20, 2016 | Read review
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