Positioned in a secluded corner of the Amakhala Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa, lies HillsNek Safaris. This intimate family-run lodge, set on the banks of the Bushman’s River with a breathtaking vista of rolling African plains, offers an unprecedented safari experience where privacy and personalized attention is the hallmark of every stay.
The Amakhala Experience
The Amakhala Game Reserve is renowned for its truly spectacular topography and boasts 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes. It is a particularly diverse and picturesque reserve, and has the Bushman’s River meandering through it. Amakhala boasts an abundant variety of wildlife including the Big 5, and over 250 species of birdlife thereby offering dynamic and abundant wildlife experiences on game drives, night drives, walking safaris and boat cruises.
At the exclusive Annual Adventure Province (Eastern Cape) Tourism & Conservation Awards on 24th March 2011, Amakhala Game Reserve was announced the winner in the Best Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape category.
The Amakhala Game Reserve is also the only Private Reserve in the Eastern Cape to have Fair Trade Certified Lodges, a testament to the emphasis placed by Amakhala members on social responsibility and support for the local communities.
The FTTSA certification label is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice in South Africa. It is based on adherence to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
The main lodge and three luxury tented chalets are elevated on expansive wooden decks that command panoramic views of the open plains. Discreetly positioned to ensure privacy and tranquility, all are complete with an en-suite bathroom and romantic outside shower.
The lodge sets the stage for unforgettable African sunsets followed by evenings enjoying bush inspired cuisine and celebrating all that is ‘safari’.
HillsNek is ideal for families, small groups or those seeking a truly romantic retreat and is available as an exclusive-use lodge on request.
Amakhala Game Reserve is conveniently located just 70 Km outside Port Elizabeth, bordering Shamwari Game Reserve and Addo Elephant National Park.
Port Elizabeth, “the Friendly City”, has excellent tourism facilities and warm water beaches. On offer is a diverse selection of attractions including historical and cultural heritage experiences and many water sport activities. Visit www.nmbt.co.za for further information on Port Elizabeth.
Smaller towns nearby include Grahamstown where every July South Africa’s premier cultural event, the Grahamstown Arts Festival, occurs. This annual event boasts over 500 shows in a 3-week period showcasing a variety of international and local talent. For further information on the Grahamstown Arts Festival, visit www.nafest.co.za.
Nearby Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa, has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares. For more information on Addo Elephant National Park, visit: www.addoelephantpark.com.
Amakhala is ideally positioned for a safari holiday, after visiting Cape Town and the Garden Route. Boasting South Africa’s most beautiful coastline, the Garden Route sojourn is a must for all visitors and naturally, Cape Town, fondly known as “The Mother City”.
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