Overview of HillsNek Safaris

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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • 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

Animal tracking experience

Bird watching

Bird watching

Day tours

Day tours

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walks

Guided walks

Private game-drives

Private game-drives

River cruises

River cruises

Star gazing

Star gazing

Rooms at HillsNek Safaris

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Tucked away in a secluded corner of the Amakhala Game Reserve.
  • HillNek Safaris has luxury safari-style canvas tents, set on a large wrap-around wooden deck.

    Safari Tent

    HillsNek Safaris has just fouru00a0luxury 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.rnrnEach 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.rnrnAll tents have heaters and fans to ensure a comfortable temperature in the Eastern Cape’s very mild climate.

    General 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.

    Bar

    Bar

    Laundry service

    Laundry service

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Dining

    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.

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    Traveller Reviews

    • LA

      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
    • GK

      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
    • JB

      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