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Reviewed 2 March 2018

There are only four lodges, beautifully equipped bathroom with outside bush shower. Staff were very friendly, food excellent. Our ranger Byron was so interesting and showed us so many animals and gave us so much information as well. Our stay incorporated Valentine's night and, rather than us eat with our fellow guests, each couple were dined at their own lodge complete with waiter service. Jaison our waiter was really attentive and the whole team, led by Monique made it a truly memorable experience.

Room Tip: All good views
Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Manager at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Dear Shaun,

Many thanks for your review, it is much appreciated. It is pleasing to know that you enjoyed your HillsNek experience.
Byron is extremely passionate about his guests and the environment and loves to impart his knowledge. We hope that the romantic tent dinner remains in your memory for a long time. Thank-you for the compliments to Monique & Jaison and
we hope to welcome you back to HillsNek Safari Camp once again.

Take Care,
The HillsNek Team

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This has to be the best safari lodge there is. Just 4 "tents" so personal attention is guaranteed. Friendly welcome, excellent food and drinks and the most luxurious tents you will ever find. We were lucky to have Byron and Roelof as our rangers (the Ant and Dec of Amakhala), fantastic knowledge of all the animals and birds with a true passion for their work with the added bonus of being 2 of the nicest guys you could meet. Our visit here exceeded our expectations here 10 fold and our memories will last forever.

Room Tip: Lodge 4 is the most secluded but just a short walk from the main "house".
  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Manager at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

Thank-you so much for the review and compliments, it is much appreciated. We strive to ensure that we meet and exceed all our guests expectations. Byron and Roelof are both very passionate and love to impart their knowledge to our Guests. We are so happy that we have given you such good memories. It is indeed satisfying to know this. We hope that you will be able to return for another visit someday.

Kind Regards,
The HillsNek Team

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

HillsNik was a fantastic experience. The lodge, rooms and staff were all great, the food was excellent. Could not have picked anywhere nicer and would love to return. The safari itself, our guide Megan was great and wouldn't give up until I had seen the lions, which I was desperate to see.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Manager at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

We are very happy that you enjoyed your HillsNek experience, it's wonderful that you would like to return.Thank-you for the compliments on the Lodge, Rooms, Staff and the Food - it is much appreciated. Megan indeed shall persevere to ensure that her guests have the ultimate of Safari Experiences. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back to HillsNek Safari Camp in the Future.

Kind Regards,
The HillsNek Team

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

The lodge and it's team was just awesome! It started with a very warm welcome and friendly introduction to the specifics like meal and game drive times.
It was a very private atmosphere because there are only 4 tents accommodating about 8 people only (there is one family tent as far as we know).
The team also considered special meal requirements like vegetarian.
As a highlight we got a special surprise on the birthday of my partner. They prepared a cake and the whole team sang a birthday song. When we came back from the afternoon game drive, we were surprised once again by a private dinner setup in our tent. We had a very romantic stay in HillsNek.

The game drives were excellent and we were able to spot even more rare/shy animals like cheetahs, lions, giraffes, elephants and buffalos. Especially the morning drives during sunrise were magical! Be aware that especially during the morning drives it can be quite cold and bring some warm clothes (we even could have used gloves and beanies).

We highly recommend this lodge if you're looking for something special in a private atmosphere!

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Manager at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

Dear Christian,

Many thanks for the wonderful review. We are indeed a small, intimate camp, with four tents. There is a family tent with an extra room that can accommodate two children. We cater for all dietary requirements, so all will have meals catered to their preference. Special occasions are provided for, as you have experienced and our Ladies love to sing Happy Birthday to our birthday guests. We are pleased you enjoyed the Romantic dinner at your tent. Also it is great to know that you had a fantastic wildlife experience on the Safaris that you had.
We hope to welcome you back to HillsNek on day in the future.

Kind Regards,
The HillsNek Team

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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Loved every minute of our stay at hillsnek and are so grateful to have had this experience. The tents are as luxury as it gets, the food is amazing, each and every one of the staff are fantastic. They can’t do enough for you. We had a surprise dinner outside our tent on our first night for our honeymoon. Our rangers were top class and we learnt so much about the natural world from them. They have the utmost respect for the animals and their knowledge is unbelievable! The noises you can hear at night time will blow you away.We saw everything we wanted to see and more. We will never forget this special place and the memories from hillsnek!

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Bushbaby99, Manager at HillsNek Safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2018

Dear Declan & Orla,

It is excellent to hear that you had a great Honeymoon experience here at HillsNek Safari Camp. HillsNek is the perfect Honeymoon location. The Tent dinners we offer are truly romantic and we are happy that you enjoyed the surprise. Thank-you for the compliment to our Rangers and we are ecstatic that you were able to learn a good deal from them. As for the night sounds, there is nothing better to lull one to sleep. We look forward to welcoming you back to HillsNek to celebrate one of your Wedding Anniversaries one day.

Kind Regards,
The HillsNek Team

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