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HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve
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Reviewed December 23, 2010

My wife and i finished our three week honeymoon in South Africa with a two night stay at Hillsnek. It was the best part of our stay. Brent and David were absolutely amazing and we desperately want to go back. Brent's hospitality and staff are amazing cooks and keep the lodge in amazing shape. David is a ranger with a unique sense of humor that adds immense pleasure to the safari drives. We were able to see all of the big five along with cheetahs and numerous other animals. Absolutely amazing.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

We want to afirm all the praises that were written above. Marvellous place to be there. Unforgotable team. Thanks for every minute of our staying with you.

Nili & Tsali Barlev, Hod Hasharon, Israel

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

We went to Hills Nek in October 2010 with our family and kids and had a brilliant stay with Brent and the crew. After nearly a month in Africa our kids returned to school and all they talked about were their adventures with ranger David in Amakhala Game Reserve. The food was superb, the accomodation gave us a real luxurious feeling and the setting was great. Because of the location on the foot of the hill, with a magnificent view, we were on safari every minute of our stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

We are all agreed that this was the best holiday ever! We hadn't been on safari before, and this was the most exciting and memorable experience for all of us. HillsNek has 3 double tents, so it was perfect for us.

We loved that Amakhala Game Reserve provided us with one thrill after another - courtesy of our excellent ranger, David. Within the first hour of arriving we were watching a mother cheetah with five cubs just a few hundred yards from our vehicle - it was unbelievable to be so close to them.

Thinking this was so good that it would be downhill from then on - we were completely wrong. On each drive David found us wonderful sightings. With white rhino being on the endangered list of animals, it was fantastic to see some on our second drive. And each drive we found something else to thrill us - lions, buffalo, and wonderful groups of elephants as well as the more easily spotted groups of zebra, giraffe, so many different varieties of antelopes I couldn't keep track of them, wonderfully elusive wildebeast, which saw us, stopped, looked and then vanished in a cloud of dust, their tails streaming out behind them! And the warthogs were much the same - I never did get a good picture of one! We even spotted an aardvark on one of drives back in the dark - much to our ranger, David's delight.

Each drive was different and exciting, and after each one we were welcomed back to the lodge by Brent and sat down to drinks followed by wonderful food.

We loved the luxurious tents - and to my relief, not a bug in sight! How lovely to come back from a drive to a delicious breakfast, a luxurious shower, then to sit and relax looking out over the vast plain in front of our tents. The lodge was beautifully furnished and relaxing and all the food was delicious - and just kept coming! But the best thing was the welcome and warmth of everyone from the moment we arrived. We were a family group of 5 and loved having the camp to ourselves. Everything was arranged to suit us and we all went away longing to return again in the future.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

Through my profession I have been lucky to travel much of the world, I can say this was the best place I have ever been. Exceptional on all levels, from lodging, to food, to the guides, truly amazing!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 23, 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, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 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, traveled with family
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Additional Information about HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve

Address: N2 | Greater Addo, Eastern Cape, Amakhala Game Reserve 6011, South Africa
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Location: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: $582 - $972 (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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