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Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp
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Reviewed 18 November 2007

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.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2007

This is a great place for a safari.

The camp has 6 'tents' all joined by raised walkway's which give you great views of the resident bird life and also bush bucks which hang around camp. The camp is alive with different birds including sunbirds, Oriole's , Kingfishers and also Parrots. The tents aren't really tents as they have hard sides but a canvas roof which makes them feel like tents. Each has a private balcony from which we saw bush bucks, baboons, giraffe, elephant and impala. All overlook a river bed which was dried up whilst we were there in August.

Tents are furnished in 1930's style right down to the plugs in the sink, all very tastefully done and adding real character not a plastic imitation. Our room had a bath with a view over the dried up river bed and an outside shower with similar views. You could even watch wildlife from the toilet ! we also had electric sockets in the tent which is very handy for charging batteries etc

Food was good and started with coffee/tea before your morning game drive during which time you stopped for another coffee/tea and some rusks. Brunch was served upon return with a snack before the evening game drive and dinner on return from that. The staff were friendly efficient and relaxed leading to an informal atmosphere which worked really well. There were some really nice touches such as a story left on our bed each night.

Wildlife on the drives was good but not exceptional. Our guide Brad took things very easy and was patient and knowledgeable., I could not speak too highly of him. As you are not in a fenced reserve wildlife can be pot luck but we saw giraffe, lions and elephants most days, buffalo and rhino a couple of times, hyena and leopard once and lots of the various antelope (bush buck, water buck, impala, kudu and even sable). Birding was excellent and included Martial eagle and paradise fly catcher. The area of Kruger the park is in was also pretty quiet and we didn't come across hordes of vehicles which was nice. We also spent an hour or so each night doing an after dark safari.

All in all I would thoroughly recommend Hamilton's to anyone wanting to try a safari with character which doesn't cost the earth.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2007

I stayed at Hamiltons for 2 nights from the 3 to 5 Jan 2007 with 4 friends and it was fantastic. Our guide (Ryan) was very knowledgeable and really friendly (oh, and good looking as well!). He even managed to find lions for us on our last night and I will never forget that experience. The location was perfect as well and the hotel itself was lovely (despite the bugs!). Food was very good (although a couple of us thought it could have been a bit better). Service was excellent (thanks Chris!!) and I was so sad to leave. I could have stayed for much longer!! I'm back in rainy Manchester now and so depressed - send me back to Hamiltons!!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 January 2006

From the moment we were met at the airstrip by Ephraim, our Guide, our experiences and memories of our stay at Hamilton's Tented Camps were extraordinay. The almost 2 hour leisurely drive to the resort with Ephraim drawing our attention to and telling us all about the, at least, twelve different varieties of animals was unimaginable for this, our first trip to Africa. Upon arrival we were met by the hotels managers Rob and Jos with a delicious glass of Roibos Tea, a tour of the resort and taken to our tented suite. Decorated in Early Victorian right out of our imagination of Stanley Livingston's Africa, our suite overlooking the river was lovely (even though the river was dry) and extremely comfortable. The food was plentiful and delicious, expertly prepared and presented. The birthday cake made for me at the last minute by Petrus, head chef, was to die for. But he's not telling his secret ingredients. Lastly, the game drives twice a day were everything we could have hoped for as we saw 4 of the Big 5 (except the Leopard) and were abundant with game, birds, flora and spectacular views. It was winter in South Africa which meant sparse vegetation and excellent viewing.
The entire experience was Excellent. We stayed at two other resorts on our trip (one very exclusive and private and the other at Victoria Falls)and we feel that our overall experience at Hamilton's Tented Camps was by far the best for the money and we hope to return to this fabulous place in the near future.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Additional Information about Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp

Address: Mluwati Concession, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 178 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: ₹ 51,053 - ₹ 73,389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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