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Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp
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Reviewed May 13, 2009

We had a three night stay at the Hamiltons which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our stay started with an elephant literally in front of reception which was a great experience.
Our room also provided great views of the 'resident' hippo and crocodile. We also saw elephants fighting in the water in front of our room.
Our ranger Armand was very knowlegeably and provided us with great sightings within a relaxed approach (Only didn't see Leopard of the big 5). Service back at the lodge was also very good with Ronny always helpful and efficient.

Food was average. Rooms were fairly sized and comfortable. We got a good deal on the stay which made Hamiltons good value. However their rack rate would be hard to justify.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Thewired
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Reviewed December 20, 2008

Hamilton's was by far the most luxurious, comfortable resort I have ever visited. The tents were not really tents, but well constructed rooms separated from each other, but connected by a raised walkway. You will not feel in danger at all. The rooms are as beautiful as the pictures show, with extremely comfortable beds, claw footed deep bathtub, room is heated or cooled as you desire, with all the amenities of the very best hotels. Food was delicious, with breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, tea and dinner. We were spoiled by the staff. Game drive resulted in our seeing not just the big five, but every animal I could think of wanting to see, including watching five cheetahs hunt down a zebra. If you are disappointed by this place, you are impossible to please.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Thank CAROSEL28
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Reviewed December 2, 2008

To be honest this is a differcult one to write as I had such high expectations of Hamiltons after such fantastic reviews and I am afraid I am in two minds about our stay.

Over our two week stay in South Africa we stayed in The Peninsula All Suite Hotel Capetown( same group as Hamiltons), The Franschhoek, Summerfields Retreat Hazy View ,Tanamera Lodge and Arathusa so Hamiltons had tough acts to follow.

We arrived at the camp to find we were the only guests,so yes we had exclusive use of the resort but there was no atmosphere at all.Apparently they had a lot of cancellations and no bookings for the coming week so that rang alarm bells when other 5 star lodges were bursting at the seams. We joked about needing the peace and quiet but really it was awkward. The tent itself was ok but I thought it looked a bit tired in some areas.

We had a really nice butler and yes the staff were attentive but lets face it they didn't have anyone else to look after! The chef was also nice and prepared us some good meals.

The night game drive was good with an excellant siting of a young leopard but the morning drive was quiet - but that's nature for you. Around the camp we didn't see any animals at all, so that was a bit disappointing but I am aware that Nov isn't ideal for game. Our self drive around Kruger was brilliant with lots of game apart from lions that were very scarse.

We were just really disappointed with Hamiltons. Would I go back to Hamiltons? Defintely not. In my opinion it is very over priced and was my least favourite resort over the two week stay. At over £500 per night ouch!!!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Durhamlady13
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

We have just returned from a fabulous four night stay at Hamiltons Tented Camp as part of our honeymoon. We booked it after reading reviews on Trip Advisor and we certainly were not disappointed in any way.
Please do not be put off by 'tented camp' as the accommodation is beautifully designed in a traditional 1930's colonial style. The "Tents" have solid wooden floors and walls with a canvas roof and are absolute luxury! All 6 "tents" are far enough apart to give everyone absolute privacy and have raised wooden walkways between all "tents" ,swimming pool and dining area. The food is beautiful and cooked fresh each night by the speciality chefs. You certainly dont go hungry, especially if you are a typical carnivore!
It is set beside a dried riverbed however there is a waterhole at the end where we saw lots of different species of animals on a daily basis, Elephant, Warthog, Impala, Kudu, Honey badgers, Zebra...and the list goes on. Each "tent" has its own private deck to view these fantastic animals.The camp is not fenced and so animals such as Giraffe and elephants roamed freely through the camp every day. this was rather exciting when we were showering in our private outdoor shower and a Giraffe popped along to say 'How do you do!'
Every day included in the price are two Game Drives (early morning and early evening taking in sunset and nighttime viewing). You are given a designated Guide for your stay. We had Michael who was just absolutely Fantastic. His knowledge about the African Bush, its Flora and Fauna, all Animals from the tiniest insect to the largest mammal was phenomenal. He also got very excited We saw a huge amount thanks to his excellent 20/20 vision! Lots of Elephant, Giraffe, buffalo, a whole pride of 16 Lions which had woken us up with their roars in the early hours!!Warthog, White Rhino, Hippo, Crocs, Cheetah, Serval, Gennet, Hyena....and the list goes on and on. We also saw a couple of 'Planet Earth' moments, a Hyena chased off a cheetah who had recently killed and we watched the Hyena crunch his way through the bones. On our way out the park on way home,we saw a croc jump out the water and take an Impala - it was an amazing sight to see! Unfortunately we did not see leopard - but my goodness Michael tried his best to find one for us. However it is a wildlife reserve and the animals will only be there if they want to be.
All staff are extremely friendly, pleasant and attentive. Nothing is a bother. Everyone gets their own Butler for the duration of your stay ( a new concept for us). We had Ronald who was a true gent with the loveliest smile.
I could go on and on about this fabulous place, as I probably have!! Its not cheap but you can see where your money has been spent.
If you are in any doubt about visiting Hamiltons - just do it. I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank sparklyandpink
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Reviewed July 3, 2008

My husband and I stayed in the Hamiltons for 4 nights as part of our 2 week honeymoon and I have to say that this was definately the best part of our stay by far.

Hamiltons is a 'Tented' camp, but don't let this put you off. The rooms are properly constructed walls with a sturdy peaked canvas roof. The rooms are decorated in a 50's safari theme, which is quite appealing. You get a bath with a fantastic view and an outside shower, which isn't nearly as scary as it sounds! All rooms are very well spaced out (There are just 6 rooms in total, which means only a total of 12 guests at any one time - Makes for a very exclusive feel to the place) and connected by raised wooden walkways. The lodge does not allow you to walk to your room alone at night (In case of animals - which believe me get VERY close indeed!), but you can walk at free will during daylight hours.

The program of the day goes approx as follows: 0600 wake up call, 0630 game drive begins, 0830 tea and biscuits in the bush, 0930ish breakfast back at the lodge, 1400 lunch, 1600 2nd game drive, 1700 sundowners (Drinks and snacks watching the sunset in the bush), 2000ish dinner. Drinks are very reasonably priced and for our 4 nights stay our bill was just £25!

Food at the lodge is fantastic and you will NOT go hungry at Hamiltons!! Staff were exceptional, very freindly, polite and funny...If you're lucky they may perform a song or 2 for you, which is very amusing (Look out for a few of Ronnie's moves!)

The rangers are very knowledgable and lovely people. John our guide made it special. We managed to see 4 of the big 5 (Not Leopard unfortunately). What you do have to remember though, is that the Kruger Park is the same size as Wales, and these animals are WILD...Therefore don't be too upset if you go a day without seeing too much, they will only be seen if they wish to be seen!

Having said that, for much of the best sightings we didn't have to move from the lodge. When we arrived, there were Giraffes right outside our room amd we were visited by Elephants 3 times (One was a little too close for comfort, but that's another story!)

For those of you worried about insects and creepy crawlies, don't be. I didn't see anything scary for the entire 4 nights!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank holidaysrmybag
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