HillsNek Safari Camp is a truly magical family-owned and operated lodge located on Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa’s unspoiled Eastern Cape province. This malaria-free private game reserve spans across 18,000 acres of pristine wilderness and is home to a huge diversity of wildlife including a number of Africa’s Big 5. Nestled on the banks of the Bushman’s River with a breathtaking vista of rolling African plains, the camp is situated in a secluded and untouched corner of this diverse reserve. Merely 70km from Port Elizabeth, HillsNek Safari Camp is perfectly positioned to explore the Garden Route and beyond to Cape Town as part of an unforgettable journey to South Africa. We particularly like HillsNek because it’s family-owned and operated, has an absolutely wonderful position within the reserve and is malaria-free.
HillsNek Safari Camp is renowned for its rustic yet classic tented accommodation, elevated on expansive wooden decks that command sweeping views of the open plains and to the back, views onto an escarpment of steep rock cliffs studded with thick vegetation. Being built on decks, each tent is cleverly designed to blend into the natural surroundings and have a minimal impact on the environment. It comprises of four tented suites set on raised wooden decks with spacious en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers.
stunning views of the surrounding plains
private decks with outside seating and dining areas
large en-suite bathrooms with freestanding baths
romantic outdoor showers
fans and heated blankets
complimentary mini bars
tea and coffee-making facilities
bathrobes and hairdryers
swimming pool at main lodge
fireplace in main lounge
peace – no TVs or landline telephone
2 game drives per day, one early morning and one in the afternoon which can continue until after nightfall
interpretive bush walks outside the Big 5 area
river cruise on the Bushman’s River
All meals and house beverages are included in the rate and this includes lunch on arrival, sundowners with game drive snacks, 3 course dinners, brunch and afternoon light meals. All meals are served in the main dining room or privately on the deck of the tents. Cuisine is proudly seasonal and South African.
These are undoubtedly one of the highlights of a visit to South Africa. Amakhala Game Reserve, home to 5 of the 7 biomes of South Africa, allows for a large concentration and wide variety of wildlife. Furthermore it offers excellent game viewing year round. HillsNek Safari Camp offers an intimate African wildlife experience with game drives led by expert ranger teams. Sundowner drinks at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise make the game drives so much more memorable.
Bush Walks & Walking Safaris
Qualified guides provide the opportunity for guests to experience the excitement of tracking and plant and animal identification. These walks are conducted in our other 300 hectare reserve which is free of predators and dangerous animals. Qualified guides also offer walking safaris within the Big 5 reserve at an additional rate and this needs to be requested prior to arrival.
Children over the age of 6 are welcome in High & Peak Seasons. Children under the age of 6 are welcome in Low Season with a private vehicle. All children sharing with parents will be accommodated on a fold-out bed. Game drives will be customised according to children’s ages and each child receives a Safari Backpack and Ranger’s Diary.
Map and travel information
Direct flights from the UK to Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town followed by a domestic flight to Port Elizabeth.
Transfer to HillsNek
The camp is a one hour car journey from Port Elizabeth.