Like other reviews, we did have some issues with the workers at the front gate of the reserve. We hired a private driver to bring us from the Durban airport to the reserve, and he managed to speak with them, but we couldn't understand what they were saying except the part where they were all very obviously laughing at our expense. Eh, it was only 10 minutes of my life, I'm not that offended.
We stayed two nights at the Hilltop Camp in a non-self catering 2 person chalet. It was large and comfortable. We had a nice deck that overlooked the reserve and had lots of monkey visitors.
Wifi internet access can only be located in the "TV Room" and is slow and almost non-existent, which was a good and bad thing for us as we didn't have any other way to communicate with our next accommodations for the upcoming parts of our trip to South Africa. There is a computer at the reception desk that you can use for a small fee for 15 minutes, but it literally took me 15 minutes to connect to my email and send ONE email. Very slow. Also, reception closes at 7pm, so it doesn't leave much time to get this done, especially if you're taking advantage of the game drives.
We had the buffet breakfast and dinners. Average food, and nothing too special. We were satisfied the first morning and night, but then a little bummed that they offered basically the same things the next day. I'm a vegetarian and was able to subside on fruits and cheeses and the one type of pasta they offered each night.
THE SAFARIS!!!! We did one sunrise and one sunset safari. We had the same driver, Kholani (sp?), for both drives. He was great. We saw more during the sunrise drive. The moment we left the hilltop gate, there was a pack of elephants in the middle of the road. We saw lots of rhino, giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, baboons, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Missed the lions, but as it's mid summer, there was very high grass.
I think 2 nights was the perfect amount of time to stay. Affordable and breathtaking views. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
Coming from New York this was an absolutely thrilling opportunity!
- Also Known As:
- Hluhluwe Umfolozi Hilltop Camp Hotel Hluhluwe Game Reserve