HillsNek Safari Camp, Amakhala

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For an African adventure, you need look no further than HillsNek. Perched overlooking a remote section of the Bushmans River, the tents and main lodge building are joined by raised wooden walkways. Inside the very spacious tents, coir carpets and traditional wooden furniture make this a remarkably luxurious space to stay. The sides of the tent roll up and there is a wrap-around private deck, both of which really allow you to make the most of the amazing views over the river and reserve. In the thatched main building, local art continues the African theme, and there’s a small pool also benefiting from the stunning landscape below.

Amakhala Private Game Reserve is around 7,500 hectares and until the turn of the millennium was farmland owned by a number of families, some of whom were 5th generation settler farmers. They joined their land together and made a game reserve, which now offers excellent game viewing (with four of the Big Five being routinely sighted: elephant, rhino, lion, and buffalo. Leopards live up to their elusive reputation!) as well as wonderful scenery with the Bushman’s River cutting a swathe through the reserve.

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