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8.9
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Hamiltons Tented Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kruger Concessions

from R 4423 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Hamiltons Tented Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kruger Concessions

from R 4423 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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An old-school luxury experience staying in exquisite traditional safari tents –the lodge is a wonderfully romantic camp that evokes the colonial-era.

Our Ratings

8.9
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
9.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

Our Ratings

8.9
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
9.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • A wonderfully evocative atmosphere where the golden age of “going on safari” has been stylishly recreated
  • We love the slipper baths and outside showers – perfect props for a romantic break in the bush!
  • Gorgeous location under magnificent trees on the riverbank - and best of all is that there is usually water in front of the camp as deep pools (with resident hippos) remain even during the dry winter months
  • Enjoy relaxing massages in the privacy of your room
  • Just 6 tents (and no children under 8) so the camp is wonderfully intimate and romantic

What's Not

  • Quite a lengthy drive from Gauteng to this central area of the Kruger Park where the lodge is located
  • No trackers, however you do traverse over 10 000 hectares of prime Big 5 country with your knowledgeable ranger.
  • No cellphone reception – but hey that would just jar with you doing your best Meryl or Robert impression!
Hamiltons Tented Camp

Hamiltons Tented Campinspired by the “Out of Africa” nostalgia of safari adventures of the early 1900’s where grace and style are created through the use of classic safari tents draped dreamily in white linen, not to mention the extensive use of old period antiques

Lodge Profile

An old-school luxury experience staying in exquisite traditional safari tents –the lodge is a wonderfully romantic camp that evokes the colonial-era.

Quick Overview

Location
Kruger Concession
Drive Time
7-8 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a riverbank
Rooms
6 tents
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
In-room massage
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
Yes - only for Big Five sightings
Child Policy
No children under 12

Hamilton's Tented Camp is located in the Mluwati concession within the Kruger National Park - this private 10 000 hectare area of land borders the Manyeleti and Sabi Sands - renowned for outstanding game viewing! Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton’s Tented Camp is inspired by the “Out of Africa” nostalgia of safari adventures of the early 1900’s where grace and style are created through the use of classic safari tents draped dreamily in white linen, not to mention the extensive use of old period antiques which lie scattered around the camp. You almost expect to see Robert Redford stroll in with Meryl Streep on his arm!

The Tented Camp encourages you to fully indulge your senses with the sounds and smells of the African bush. From the very first moment you arrive at the camp you are welcomed with a drink by singing staff and a cold scented cloth (for those “glowing” brows and sweaty hands) The six magnificent canvas tents are reached by raised wooden walkways from the main lounge area - accommodating a maximum of 12 people, they boast romantic slipper baths, stunning teak floorboards and dreamy mosquito nets which hang over a spacious canopy bed – that's before you get to your private outdoor showers, a definite boost to any passionate weekend away in our book! You’re treated to sensational views of the seasonal N’watsintsontso river from the comfort of your private veranda which is shaded by age-old Jackalberry trees. The tents might have a very old-fashioned retro feel, but you may well be relieved to find out that they come equipped with air-con perfect to take the edge off the summer heat commonly experienced in this area. When you do decide to leave your luxurious tent, the cozy tented lounge area with its scattered colonial mementos invites you to sit back with a cup of tea whilst you put on your best Meryl impression – this truly is an experience to take you back a generation (or three!)

The good news though is that unlike the old sepia photograph days of safari, you're not going to have to slog through the bush on foot with a party of porters carrying your hunting rifles – instead you'll head out on twice-daily game drives in an absolutely bang-up-to-date 4x4 open vehicle through prime “Big Five” country. As part of the world renowned Kruger Park, this area offers one of the most diverse game viewing experiences in South Africa and is home to lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino (black and white) not to mention a host of smaller game. One thing to note is that quite a few of your game drives utilise the normal park road network, so you perhaps lack the real feeling of isolation offered by other camps in the private reserves. It's not all about big game though – your ranger will be happy to teach you to identify birds and trees, taste edible fruit and even track animals on foot. Other exciting activities include bird watching, guided bush walks, picnics, champagne breakfasts as well as spa treatments.

Back at the lodge after your morning game drive, you’ve got the chance to relax around the lodge swimming pool, the perfect place to cool off from the sweltering summer heat (definitely not an option that would have been available to those original safari pioneers!) In keeping with the lodge's upmarket and exclusive feel, the dining experience is similarly memorable – what could be better than enjoying silver service from your butler as you savour a romantic candlelit dinner for two on your private veranda! In fact, romance is very much what Hamilton’s is all about (especially given that children under the age of 8 aren’t allowed to stay here) Whilst the game viewing experience is excellent, it really does have a unique feel completely unlike the vast majority of more “normal” game lodges – and for that reason it gets an emphatic thumbs-up from us as being perfect for any couple looking for an intimate break away in the bush!

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Booking Notes

  • All prices quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights over a ’normal’ weekend and 3 nights over any long weekend
  • Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents
  • There is a limited allocation of rooms available on the above rates and standard rates will be charged if the allocation is full
  • The above rates are valid for individual reservations and may not be used for group bookings of 5 or more rooms
  • Kruger National Park gate fees must be settled directly at the gate on entry into the park: Adult is R70 per person per stay and child is R35 per child per stay. Gate entry fees are subject to change without prior notification
  • Subject to availability

  • BLOCK OUT DATES ON 3 NIGHT MINIMUM and WITHIN 7 NIGHTS RATES: 1 & 22 March; 18 - 21 April and 25 - 28 April

Child Policy

  • 0 - 11 Years are not permitted at the lodge
  • 12 Years and older are considered as adults and are accommodated in their own rooms