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    Amakhala HillsNek Safari Lodge

    Positioned in a secluded corner of Amakhala Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa, lies 4 star rated HillsNek Safari Camp. This intimate family-run lodge, set on the banks of the Bushman’s River with a breath-taking vista of rolling African plains, offers an unprecedented safari experience where privacy and personalized attention is the hallmark of every stay. The main lodge and four luxury safari tents are elevated on expansive wooden decks that command panoramic views of the open plains. Discreetly positioned to ensure privacy and tranquillity, all are complete with an en-suite bathroom and romantic outside shower.

    The Amakhala Game Reserve is a malaria-free, private game reserve spanning over 8500 hectares of African landscape in the Eastern Cape. The family-run game reserve is home to a variety of lodges and is known for its magnificent fauna, breath-taking views, and unforgettable wildlife encounters. With preservation of the natural environment and conservation of wildlife high on their priority list, Amakhala’s game rangers are experts in their field and incredibly passionate about providing quality safari experiences to all guests.  Their knowledge and enthusiasm for nature shine through as they guide, educate, and entertain you through Big 5 territory.  The reserve hosts five of South Africa’s eight biomes making it ideal for a diverse selection of wildlife and indigenous flora.  Besides lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo, you will also see an abundance of other wildlife such as giraffe, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, and various antelope species. The Bushman’s River runs through the reserve attracting a bright variety of remarkable bird species. Here, you can enjoy cruises along the Bushman’s River on a boat safari, viewing birds and wildlife from the water.


    • Day & night game drives
    • Bushwalks
    • Birding
    • River cruises
    • Spa treatments
    • Cruises / Boat safari’s
    • Horse Trails
    • Star gazing


    • Big five game drives
    • Luxury tented suites with private decks
    • 4 star accommodation
    • Bushman’s River

    Closest airport

    Port Elizabeth Airport – 76km

    Children policy

    Children over 6 years are welcome. More Details

    • Children 6-11 yrs pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
    • Children staying in a room by themselves will be charges the full adult rates
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    2 Game drives daily and all meals.


    Drinks, additional activities, laundry and transfers.


    Low: 01 May – 30 September

    High: 01 October – 19 December & 11 January 21 – 31st January

    Peak: 21 December – 10 January & 01 February – 28 February

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 30% applicable and 100% over peak season
    • Rates displayed are valid to 30 September 2023
    • A booking for a minimum of 3 guests is required for family suites

    Accommodation Options

    Safari Tent

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    Three individual luxury canvas safari tents set on expansive wrap around wooden decks with panoramic views. All three tents are linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways. The tents are complete with an en-suite bathroom & outside shower.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Peak season R 7,980 per per person, per night
    High Season R 6,980 per person, per night
    Low Season R 5,580 per person, per night

    Family Tent

    Sleeps 2 Adults, 2 children

    This 2-bedroomed family unit is perfect for a family of four. Main bedroom with king size bed and a smaller 2nd bedroom with a double fold-out bed. Interleading door and a shared bathroom.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Peak season R 7,980 per per person, per night
    High Season R 6,980 per person, per night
    Low Season R 5,580 per person, per night

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    Enquire at HillsNek Safari Lodge


    By Road

    The reserve is a 1-hour drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 816km from which you will turn to the reserve entrance.



    Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.


    Flight Duration

    • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
    • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes
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