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Situated on the banks of the Bushman's River in a secluded corner of the Amakhala Game Reserve, HillsNek Safaris is an elegant and exclusive lodge that offers its guests complete privacy. With its location in a prime Big 5 area in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, the lodge offers an excellent wildlife experience.

Explore this diverse area on morning and evening game drives in your 4X4 safari vehicle or go for guided walks with your private ranger. Other activities include canoeing and boat cruises along the river as well as birdwatching and white rhino monitoring and tracking.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Certified member of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FFTSA)

highlights

  • Set in the scenic Amakhala Game Reserve
  • Private & secluded safari tent with only 3 tents in total
  • Fantastic service from a friendly team
  • Beautiful views over a river and the reserve
  • Comfortable, spacious tents
  • Book exclusively for group of friends or a family

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Facilities

The swimming pool is situated on the main deck and is the ideal place to relax and soak up the sun.

You can also enjoy beautiful sunsets from the viewing decks that look out over the surrounding area while sipping on a drink from the bar.

General Facilities

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    Swimming Pool
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    Bar
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    Laundry service

Dining

After your meals have been prepared by your personal chef, they can be enjoyed either at the main lodge or in the privacy of your own tent.

The thatched main lodge has an open-plan lounge, a bar with sitting area and a dining room with decks that offer spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Standard Tent

HillsNek Safaris has three luxury safari-style canvas tents set on a large wrap-around wooden deck. Each of the en-suite tents is connected to the main lodge by a raised wooden walkway and offers complete privacy and seclusion. The tent's canvas windows can be lifted and secured so you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your bed or from the large ball-and-claw bathtub.

Each tent comes equipped with a king-size bed, outdoor shower, indoor and outdoor sitting area and a private dining area - perfect for romantic dinners by candlelight.

Standard Tent AMENITIES

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    Ceiling fan
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    En-suite bath only
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    Mini Bar
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    Mosquito net
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    Outdoor shower
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    Outside area
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    Tea & coffee-making facilities

Activities

  • Animal tracking experience
  • Birding
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Private game-drive vehicles on offer
  • River cruises
  • Star-gazing
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 15 Dec 2014 - 15 Jan 2015 $365 Fully Inclusive
  • 16 Jan 2015 - 30 Apr 2015 $345 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 $305 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Oct 2015 - 14 Dec 2015 $380 Fully Inclusive
  • 15 Dec 2015 - 15 Jan 2016 $405 Fully Inclusive
  • 16 Jan 2016 - 30 Apr 2016 $380 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Hillsnek was the highlight - everything was unbelieveable. The food was fantastic! The service was impeccable - we had such a lovely time, and really enjoyed the intimate feel of the hotel and the game drives. Amy and Justin served as our hosts and drivers, and they were incredibly professional and made everything perfect. Please pass on my compliments.

    Laura Ashley, June 2014
  • Hilsnek in Amakala is an amazing place. The tents are nice and big, comfortable and have a great deck with fabulous views of the reserve and were lucky and had a view of rhinos and other animals. There are only 3 tents so the place is very intimate. One tent is actually a double for families and the big box made of ostrich skin in front our bed had also an extra bed.

    Gigi Koenig, May 2014
  • HillsNek is a really, really great place. We saw many animals, had an excellent guide, excellent accommodation and hospitality, the tents were just beautiful and one day we had an elephant standing about two meters from our tent entrance, munching away happily at some tree. So we really enjoyed it and would definitely visit again.

    Jan Baumann, August 2012

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Kiah Preyer

Kiah Preyer

Africa Safari Expert

"This very special lodge is one of my absolute favourite options in the Eastern Cape safari region. With only three tented rooms in total, you are guaranteed that intimate, personalised experience which creates memories that last long after your vacation comes to an end."

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HillsNek is a really, really great place. We saw many animals, had an excellent guide, excellent accommodation and hospitality, the tents were just beautiful and one day we had an elephant standing about two meters from our tent entrance, munching away happily at some tree. So we really enjoyed it and would definitely visit again.

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