Reminiscent of an Out of Africa experience, a stay at Hamiltons Tented Camp is one that will remain etched in memory, much like the contribution the lodge’s namesake, James Stevenson-Hamilton, made to the national park the camp now calls home for more than a century on.
Resplendent with early 19th century nostalgia, from its old steamer trunks and pith helmets to its antique bathroom basins and hurricane lanterns, Hamiltons is a tribute to the generation whose vision has resulted in the conservation of one of Africa’s prime wilderness areas, without compromising on modern-day comforts and luxuries.
Built entirely of canvas set amidst age-old Jackalberry and Sausage trees, with high wooden platforms linking six elevated tents, Hamiltons treats guests to stunning views of the Nwatswitsonto River and offers the opportunity to enjoy spectacular wildlife and birdlife sightings. Your encounter with the Kruger bush truly is up close and personal.
Hamiltons not only represents a little slice of history. It guarantees a private, exclusive bushveld escape, unfettered by unnecessary modern interruptions and authentic in every way.
Guests are accommodated in six exceptionally private luxury elevated tents overlooking the Nwaswitsontso River. From your own private deck, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush that derives its existence from the river.
Traditional fittings and features such as old brass light switches, steamer trunks with vintage labels revealing exciting journeys and sepia-stained photographs enhance the tradition and style of this ‘turn-of-the-century’ luxury safari tent; modern comforts such as electricity and air conditioning.
The tented suites have en-suite bathrooms with a romantic slipper bath. There is an outdoor shower overlooking the Ngwenyeni Dam, and a private veranda. Mosquito nets and air-conditioning. Children 12 years and older are welcome and are accommodated in their own rooms.
The décor is light and neutral; teak furniture and floors, gilded mirrors and crisp white linens deliver a classy luxury tent experience enhanced by the panoramic bush and river views that begin at the edge of the deck.
Room facilities and amenities include:
Separate bath and outdoor shower
Tea and coffee-making facilities
Daily scheduled flights into Skukuza Airport and Hoedspruit Airport.
Federal flights to the Manyeleti airstrip.
Land Lines are available at Imbali to stay in touch with your loved ones back home or to tell them about your wonderful Safari
No Cell Phone Reception – Our properties are very remote and unfortunately we have no Cell Phone reception. Should you be in urgent need to make a call, our guides know which Termite Mounds to stand on.
Swimming Pool – Cool down with a refreshing dip in our pool while enjoying the view over the Savannah.
The water is safe to drink, however bottled water is also provided in all rooms courtesy of the lodge
Transfers can be arranged from Skukuza, Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit or KMIA Airport – Nelspruit
Welcome drinks upon arrival
Dining and Cuisine
Dine as you would have in the 1900s. Hamiltons Tented Camp ensures, whatever the occasion, meals are a classy affair. From fine crystal wine glasses to pewter silver water jugs, revel in the dining traditions of old in spectacular bushveld surroundings.
Butlers dressed in traditional colonial uniforms anticipate your every need. Dine on deck in relaxed surroundings or enjoy a bush picnic. The choice is yours!
Homemade baked goods and local specialties are served in beautiful surroundings; the sounds of the bush providing the accompaniment you need for a memorable dining experience.
From champagne breakfasts to High Tea with a delicious selection of cakes and pastries baked freshly at the lodge, even the most discerning foodie will adore Hamiltons international and African flavours.
Activities at Hamiltons
Activities at Hamiltons Tented Camp include traditional safaris in “Big Five” country, bush picnics and champagne breakfasts. Wellness treatments are available on request by the African Spa team. These may be taken at the poolside area or on a secluded deck of your suite.
Guided bush walks:
Join your guide on a one and a half hour walk in our Private Concession and get to know the smaller intricacies of nature. Here you will be able to smell, touch and feel the natural surroundings you have traveled so far for. Your guide will spend time teaching you more about the tracks and signs of the bush as well as about the smaller animals often overlooked in pursuit of the Big Five.
Please notify your manager the previous evening during dinner or discuss with your guide during your afternoon safari.
Terms & Conditions:
Participants must wear flat soled closed shoes. (No high heels, flops or sandals) Neutral coloured clothing to be worn. No strong perfume/cologne to be worn. Persons older than 65 years to provide a letter from their physician that they are medically fit enough to partake in this activity. Persons also need to be fully conversant in the English language to understand instructions in dangerous situations.
Our guides are more than happy to share their unrivaled knowledge of our feathered friends with our guests. There is so much to learn about birds on our Concession. From the fierce Marshall Eagle to the smallest and most delicate Blue Waxbill.
Enjoy the wonders of Kruger from the comfort of your personal vehicle or rental car. Stop off at one of the many picnic sites for an Ice Cream or an ice cold Drink during summer time.
Join us for a lovely dinner under the African Skies, in an unfenced area of our Private Concession in the Kruger National Park. This is a privilege that is reserved for our guests only. Nowhere else in Kruger will you be able to dine with the Big Five.
Facilities, services and activities at the lodge and nearby:
Welcome drinks on arrival, butler service.
The water is safe to drink, while bottled water is placed in your room courtesy of Hamilton’s Tented Camp.
No cell phone reception.
Spa treatments available in the privacy of your room at an additional charge.
Safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles, bird watching, self-drive in the Kruger National Park, guided safari walks by prior arrangement.
The camp is situated in a Malaria area.
Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per stay.
Kruger Gate Times:
05h30 – 18h30 – January, February, November & December l 05h30 – 18h00 – March & October
06h00 – 18h00 – April, August & September l 06h00 – 17h30 – May, June & July
All guests must enter at Orpen Gate a minimum of 1.5 Hours and Paul Kruger Gate 3 hours before gate closure. PLEASE NOTE: If guests are not in time at the respective gates, they will not be permitted to enter the park and they will have to find alternative accommodation for that night.
SA Express to Hoedspruit:
SA Airlink offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town into Hoedspruit Airport. Transfers from Hoedspruit can be booked at time of reservation, at an additional charge.
Federal Air from Johannesburg or KMIA:
Guests will fly into the Manyeleti airstrip where they will be collected by the lodge. Driving times from the lodge is approximately an hour and a half. This transfer is charged at R40 per vehicle and R30 per person.
Airlink to Skukuza or KMIA:
Airlink offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town direct to Skukuza. Airlink also offers direct flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town direct to Nelspruit KMIA. Transfers from Skukuza can be booked at time of reservation, at an additional charge.
We recommend the following connecting times to ensure that passengers do not miss any connecting flights:
Domestic flights into Johannesburg must arrive two hours prior to the departing times of your connecting flight to Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
International flights into Johannesburg must arrive two and a half hours prior to your connecting flight to Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
Domestic flights departing from Johannesburg must be booked to depart OR Tambo two hours after the arrival of your connecting flight from Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
International flights departing from Johannesburg must be booked to depart OR Tambo three and a half hours after the arrival of your connecting flight from Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
Depart from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Take the R21 highway North towards Pretoria.
Before reaching Pretoria, take the N4 highway East.
Turnoff at Belfast, take the R540 towards Dullstroom (approximately 37km).
At Dullstroom, take the R540 towards Lydenburg (approximately 43km).
At Lydenburg, take the R36 towards Ohrigstad (approximately 62km).
At Ohrigstad, take the R527 towards Hoedspruit (Note: You will pass through the JG Strijdom Tunnel).
16km before Hoedspruit, at the Swadini Reptile Centre, turn right onto the R531 towards Klaserie.
After about 30km, turn left onto the Orpen Gate Road (R531).
After 40km you will reach the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park.
Orpen Gate Entry
After entering the Orpen Gate travel for 22km on the H7.
Turn right on the S36 where you will see the signpost marked Imbali, Hamiltons, Hoyo-Hoyo with the exact distances.
After about 28km turn right into the signposted for Hamiltons Tented Camp.
Paul Kruger Gate Entry (95km from the Paul Kruger Gate):
Enter Paul Kruger Gate
Proceed toward Skukuza.
From Skukuza take the H1-2 towards Satara (32km)
Turn left S36 (Dirt Road) signs will read Imbali Safari Lodge/Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge/Hamiltons Tented Camp.
Continue on the road about 39km. Continue straight through no entry sign and follow signs to Hamiltons.