We stayed at Hamilton's Tented Camp in Oct 2007. This place is simply amazing. We were picked up at the airport right on time and our driver (wish I remembered his name) was a really friendly guy with quite a sense of humor answered all our questions and pointed out game along the way. Once we got to the camp, we were quite surprised to how beautiful and absolutely peaceful it was. The tents are stunningly beautiful and each separated by a raised wooden walkway. Very private, very quiet. We were in #1 which is at the far end of the camp along the dry riverbed. Within 15 minutes of being in the tent to prepare for the evening game dry, we heard something on the tent's roof. When I went out to look, there were about 30 baboons crossing the wooded plankway and one chose to go right over our tent. They walked across the riverbed and up into a tall tree right across from the main sitting area of the camp. Amazing! We were hooked.
The room was perfectly comfortable, especially the bed which was draped in mosquito netting. The clawfooted slipper tub with a view was so nice and the outdoor shower was a major plus considering you could shower and simultaneously watch elephants cross the dry riverbed just down the way. They weren't more than 300 yards away. The room had AC/heat so we were comfortable. The rooms are decorated with an 'Out of Africa' feel that looked authentic and real, not staged.
The game drives started early in the morning and then another in the late afternoon. After each morning drive, a wonderful breakfast awaited our return. We were very fortunate to see the Big 5 but certainly couldn't say that was only what we came for. Our main driver John couldn't have been more patient and knowledgeable. He led us to see everything we could have hoped for. We saw lions every night, 2 leopards, 2 wild dogs, and my favorite, a tiny bushbaby at night. One evening there were several lions laying in a field. John is extremely professional and made certain that our pleasure came before any of his priorities. He even drove us to the south part of the park to Skukuza which turned out to be an amazing day. We could not have hoped for more from John and would recommend him to anyone. We saw some of the other camps' game drive vehicles packed to capacity. We rarely had more than 4 people in our range rover so we felt the service was very personal. John took us on a game walk our last day at camp. I had been wanting to walk around (which is not allowed for the obvious reasons) so this allowed me to get out and explore on foot. We were also so fortunate to on our last drive to see 3 lionesses with 2 cubs.
The food at Hamilton's is delicious and our service was spectacular. Everyone there wanted our comfort and pleasure to be paramount. One of our travelers is vegetarian and we never had to mention it more than when we arrived and his meals were as good as the rest of ours. Every need we had was met. We had afternoon tea, wine, pre-dinner cordials and the most amzaing dinners every night in the dining area. On our final night, we were provided with a lively show by some of the great guys that work there. They sang (and danced) a few songs for us which just topped off the entire time at Hamilton's like we had never expected.
Our only very minor disappointment here was the pool. The water was extremely cloudy, cold and the pumps not running. We were told this is how the pool system worked but I wasn't so sure and chose not to swim, just sunbathe. We were treated with the same excellent service while at the pool area which included snacks, wine and drinks. Since there was such limited time to spend at the pool, this didn't impact our experience overall.
We would recommend Hamilton's to anyone looking for a holiday in the bush. If you have John as your driver, you will not be disappointed. The ambiance of this place is so wonderful, I'm glad we chose to stay here. You are literally in the middle of the bush and surrounded by wildlife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton's Tented Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early twentieth century, where grace and style were the epitome of luxurious living. Historically themed along the lines of a big game hunter’s camp encompassing the bygone era of the early 1900’s, Hamiltons Tented Camp allows indulgence in pure luxury, combined with the sounds and smells of the African bush. Six magnificent canvas tents, complete with teak floorboards, dreamy mosquito nets and a superb view of the seasonal river, are linked to the main lodge area by raised timber walkways amongst ancient Jackalberry trees. Uncompromising elegance and breathtaking beauty identifies Hamiltons Tented Camp with open tented lounge, butler service and personalised cuisine.All tented suites have a romantic slipper bath and outdoor shower overlooking the Ngwenyeni Dam, private veranda, air conditioning and an intercom service.Spa treatments are available in the privacy of your room. Safaris in 4x4 vehicles, bird watching, self drive in the Kruger National Park and guided safari walks by prior arrangement.Children over the age of 8 years are welcome and are accommodated in their own room. The camp is situated in a malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and charged per person per day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp Hotel Kruger National Park