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Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp
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Reviewed September 1, 2009

Just spent 3 nights at Hamiltons. Ben and his team gave excellent service. Good food, not over the top like some lodges. Gameviewing and birding excellent, as the camp is beautifully situated on a dam. One can just sit on the deck and watch the game come and go all day. Very romantic tent with views from the bed, bath, toilet and outdoor shower.
Really a special, intimate, small camp (max 12 guests) with an old world fealing of days gone by.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Stayed at Hamiltons for 4 nights, second time we have travelled from England to Hamiltons in 8 months, so must be good!!
Arrived to find familiar faces but a very different landscape because it was a different time of year. Service at the camp was excellent, Ben and Harold were the perfect hosts and Loderick looked after everything else (us)!!
Game viewing was fantastic, saw a leopard in first 20 mins, lots of different prides of lions and some very cute cubs.
Our brilliant ranger Michael got us a very close encounter with wild dogs which was the highlight of our trip. This time we had the pleasure of sharing our game vehicle with four fantastic people from S.A, two of which were great bird watchers. So thank you to Angus and Heather who really opened my eyes to some of the lovely birds all around us.
We were put in room 1 again, probably the room with the best view, (sorry I can't call them tents). The food was perfect and the chef even managed a lovely birthday cake as a surprise for my husband. All in all it's the little things that make Hamiltons so special, the extra mile all the staff are prepared to go and the warm smiles that greet you every morning.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2009

My wife and I recently spent three nights at Hamiltons. It is always very special to be in the bush. Hamiltons is the epitome of Colonial extravagance. On arrival we were greeted by our butler, Ronny. He was fantastic and always made sure we were well looked after. He even told us little stories/jokes between courses over dinner!
The tents are not what one would normally call a "tent", but rather very luxurious rooms with a tent roof. The outside shower is a winner. It is a wonderful experience to shower under the stars while knowing that all about you (probably not too far away) are hippo, elephant, monkeys, lions, buck etc.
The meals were excellent and varied every day. On our final evening we were spoiled with dinner served in our room.
Our ranger, Richard, was extremely knowledgeable and made every game drive a superb experience. We saw giraffe, elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, black rhino, sable, water buck, zebra, warthog, dwarf mongoose, puffadder, African wild cat, civet cat, eagle owl, bush buck amongst others.
We can highly recommend Hamiltons to anyone looking for a wonderful break in the bush and the opportunity to experience Africa's phenomonal wildlife.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2009

We spent 3 nights at Hamiltons, and wished we had booked for a longer!
It is a 3.5 hr drive from Nelspruit, and on the way into the park on our airport transfer we saw a ton of animals, amazing! ,and we just made is just in time for the evening game drive.
The service and the rooms were amazing. Though we had the room closest to the Reception, which meant you could hear the humming of the generator, but wasn't to bad.
We had two game drives per day, one at 6am, and another at 4pm, and they went for about 3-4 hours. We were lucky enough to see the "Big 5", though there were times when we would drive for an hour or so and not see a thing, but we didn't mind as the whole experience of just being out in the wilderness was amazing.
Our Ranger Richard was a great bloke, very down to earth and full of information.
You won't go hungry! Food was excellent, and plenty of it.
I travelled through Africa 10 years ago as a backpacker, and was lovely to go back with my husband and do it "in style"!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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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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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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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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Address: Mluwati Concession, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: $724 - $965 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton's Tented Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early twentieth century, where grace and style were the epitome of luxurious living. Historically themed along the lines of a big game hunter’s camp encompassing the bygone era of the early 1900’s, Hamiltons Tented Camp allows indulgence in pure luxury, combined with the sounds and smells of the African bush. Six magnificent canvas tents, complete with teak floorboards, dreamy mosquito nets and a superb view of the seasonal river, are linked to the main lodge area by raised timber walkways amongst ancient Jackalberry trees. Uncompromising elegance and breathtaking beauty identifies Hamiltons Tented Camp with open tented lounge, butler service and personalised cuisine.All tented suites have a romantic slipper bath and outdoor shower overlooking the Ngwenyeni Dam, private veranda, air conditioning and an intercom service.Spa treatments are available in the privacy of your room. Safaris in 4x4 vehicles, bird watching, self drive in the Kruger National Park and guided safari walks by prior arrangement.Children over the age of 8 years are welcome and are accommodated in their own room. The camp is situated in a malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and charged per person per day. ... more   less 
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