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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 especially after a Garden Route self-drive holiday.

Explore this diverse area on morning and evening game drives in your 4X4 safari vehicle or go for guided walks with your private ranger. There are only four tents here, meaning very low visitor numbers throughout the year. HillsNek is an ideal option for a group of eight who want to book the entire camp to enjoy all for themselves.


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


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Private game-drives
  • River cruises
  • Star gazing


Safari Tent

HillsNek Safaris has just four 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-sized bed, outdoor shower, indoor and outdoor sitting area and a private dining area - perfect for romantic dinners by candlelight.

All tents have heaters and fans to ensure a comfortable temperature in the Eastern Cape's very mild climate.


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.


Enjoy freshly prepared dishes by the camp's chef 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.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Laundry service


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Dates Board Price
2022-04-18 — 2022-09-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $325
2022-10-01 — 2022-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $405
2022-12-20 — 2023-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $465
2023-01-11 — 2023-04-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $405
2023-04-11 — 2023-09-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $325
2023-10-01 — 2023-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $445
2023-12-20 — 2024-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $505
2024-01-11 — 2024-04-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $445
2024-04-11 — 2024-08-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $355

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

HillsNek Safaris

Laura Ashley

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 an d drivers, and they were incredibly professional and made everything perfect. Please pass on my compliments.
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Gigi Koenig

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.
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Jan Baumann

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 aw ay happily at some tree. So we really enjoyed it and would definitely visit again.
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