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Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

My wife and i have stayed at Hamiltons many times of the past few years and returned again in mid December for 3 nights.

We stayed in room 1 which we always ask for as it has the best views over the dam and the chance to relax on the balcony and watch the wildlife walk past, on this trip even wild dog one morning.

Food as always very good and how the chef manages to produce such quality from the small kitchen in the middle of the bush always amazes me.

All the staff are attentive and of course Ronnie enjoys telling a joke or two over dinner.....

If you are looking for a real bush experience, in the middle of Kruger with no fences, a feeling of the old African spirit then Hamiltons never disappoints... Had to wait to leave our room on the last day as the baboons decided to use our tent as a trampoline...

Looking forward to my next trip.

Room Tip: Room 1 is the best, then room 2 due to the dam view.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

this camp is amazing !! the rooms are beautiful and very comfortable . the staff at hamilton are thoughtful and very efficient . the meals were probably the best we had on our trip !! we lucked out with with our guide Roel ... he was great ! he answered all our questions and he would stop at even the smallest animals,birds and trees that he thought might interest us.he was very knowledgable ! theres no internet at this camp but its nice in a way ! the results of the presidential election were coming out but roel was really kind to check the radio often for us ! overall an amazing experience and i would highly recommend this camp..there are limited rooms so book fast !!!!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

My husband Peter and myself needed some rest after a stressful and busy year and spent 4 nights at Hamiltons from 16th December. The camp was everything we needed; small, intimate and relaxing. The chalets are beautifully appointed, the food was excellent and the staff are so full of character and life, they made us laugh out loud every day. We had some excellent game spotting and loved also just hanging out by the pool.

The only downside is that we had (it seems) a very inexperienced guide, Steph. When you book a 5-star lodge, you do expect the guide to be knowledgeable and informative. This was not our experience. In fact one night, he got so close to a male lion that the lion mock-charged us, showing his distress about having the game vehicle driven in so close to him. In all our years of bush travel and many experiences, we have never seen this before and it was very upsetting, as it showed Steph had no regard for the lion; he was more interested in pleasing the foreign tourists on the vehicle.

Despite this however, I would still highly recommend the camp.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

Stayed 3 nights in a beautiful tented cabin. Huge bed, private balcony with views of critters and birds, and only animal/bird noises. If anything, it's too luxurious for such a location in the middle of wild country. Elevated walkways to main dining/reception area and tiny pool, and taboo to walk them solo at night due to potential big animal encounters. Advertised bush walks were unavailable for same reason, but they were in the process of getting permits for guides/rangers to carry big rifles to protect walkers. The place only has 6 cabins, and were not even fully booked, so it was very quiet. Staff was super-attentive; this is probably what it was like 100 years ago in this region. Included twice-daily game drives with rangers were wonderful; we saw everything except spotted big cats, and ranger was extremely knowledgeable about flora, fauna and birds. Like the Galapagos, everyone should go see this area.

Room Tip: I doubt if there is much difference, but lots of different opinions. I was in #3, and it was fine.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

I so wanted Hamilton, but no room in the inn. Decided to stay at Main Jock, I was not disappointed. The luxury cabins, have a private swimming pool on your private balcony overlooking the river basin, where animals cross all the time. You can sit on your balcony and observe elephants, wildebeest and all the great animals of Africa. The food is lovely, the service wonderful. This camp is located in Kruger Park. Go stay and enjoy this wonderful value safari experience.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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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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