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    The Amakhala Private Game Reserve is a stunning wildlife reserve situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape.

    The reserve is renowned for its luxury lodging as well as brilliant wildlife viewings – the area is rich in biodiversity with many animals re-introduced to the bushveld. A mere 50-minute drive north-east of Port Elizabeth and is located along the Greater Addo area. Amakhala is renowned for its excellent wildlife viewing and guests are sure to encounter some incredible animals. Animals that roam freely throughout the reserve include lion, cheetah, the white rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, various species of buck and antelope, as well as giraffe and zebra. Animals can be viewed on game drives which are conducted by trained guides, or even from the comfort of your safari lodge.

    The game reserve makes for a truly unique wedding venue – the tranquil bush, stunning wildlife and the ever present sun in a cloudless blue sky will ensure you have a memorable big day. The many luxury lodges available in the reserve have lavish wedding facilities and go the extra mile for your special day. All of the lodges also have spacious conference rooms for those wanting a fun corporate retreat.

    The accommodation available ranges from ultra-luxurious to rustic and simplistic, perfect for all kinds of tourists including families and couples seeking a romantic getaway! All lodges have standard safari activities that are sure to enthral.

    Luxury Tented Camp

    Bukela ★★★★★

    Bukela Game Lodge is a romantic and secluded safari destination tucked away into indigenous trees and bushes at the top of a hidden valley. Our tranquil Lodge, suites and luxury tents are the perfect setting for the intimate guest experiences for which we’re renowned.

    Connected by a wooden walkway, our thatched suites and luxury safari tents offer a remarkable private wildlife-­viewing experience. Savour a crisp glass of wine in your sun-­soaked spa bath, opening onto trees alive with birdsong. Indulge in sumptuous high teas, private candlelit dinners or exciting fireside boma dinners under African stars. And as you fall asleep, hear the silence broken by the unmistakeable sounds of elephant and buffalo making their stately progress through the unfenced camp.

    sophisticated safari experience

    Bush Lodge ★★★★★

    Bush Lodge is a picturesque 5-star lodge found only 45 minutes drive east of Port Elizabeth and transports guests to another, better world. Bush Lodge is set in the spectacular Amakhala Reserve in an open valley flanked by rolling hills and lush riverine vegetation.

    Each of the eight private rooms offers en-suite facilities, private lounge and climate control. The Big 5 are all found on the hills and plains of Amakhala as are a variety of birds and diverse vegetation. The scenery is truly spectacular and guests are invited to enjoy the landscape from every possible angle – including sundowner canoe safaris and a cheese and wine boat cruise.

     

    luxury bush camp

    HillsNek ★★★★

    HillsNek Safari Camp is positioned in a secluded corner of the Amakhala Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, South Africa. This intimate family-run lodge is set on the banks of the Bushman’s River with a breath-taking vista of rolling African plains. HillsNek Safari Camp offers an unprecedented safari experience where privacy and personalized attention is the hallmark of every stay.

    The main lodge and luxury tented chalets are elevated on expansive wooden decks that command panoramic views of the open plains. Discreetly positioned to ensure privacy and tranquillity, all rooms are complete with an en-suite bathroom and a romantic outside bush shower.

    private lodge experience

    Hlosi ★★★★

    Hlosi Game Lodge is a tranquil grassland retreat offering rich game-viewing and luxurious accommodation for the whole family. Lying along a gentle curve of a hill above the river plain, our suites offer wide-open views with four-star comforts. The main lodge includes an elegant lounge and dining areas, and a splendid bar overlooking the swimming pool and waterhole.

    With only six suites and eight luxury tents, it is our privilege is to create intimate, personal game-viewing experiences for our guests and to share our love for conservation, food and life. Our four double suites and two 2-roomed family suites may also be booked exclusively as an intimate venue for small team-building events, conferences and weddings.

     

    where families are always at home

    Woodbury ★★★★

    Opened by the Gush family in 1999, Woodbury Lodge is an intimate, family-run lodge on Amakhala Game Reserve. Many of our staff at Woodbury Lodge have grown up in the area and take pride in ensuring that your African safari experience is a memorable one.

    Woodbury Lodge offers a secluded base from which to experience exciting Big Five game viewing in the heart of the Eastern Cape bushveld. Nestled discreetly against a cliff in the lush riverine bush, the Lodge offers spectacular views of the Bushman’s River valley.

    Guests are accommodated in seven comfortable stone–and–thatch sleeping lodges, surrounded by indigenous trees alive with birdsong. Each room has air conditioning, en–suite bathrooms with heated floors and a private deck with magnificent views over the plains. Within the portfolio are two family lodges that sleep up to four guests, allowing families to enjoy the African bush together. The seclusion of each suite, along with the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas, enable our visitors to enjoy the unique setting and breathtaking views at their leisure.

    private oasis for families, groups and friends

    Safari Lodge ★★★★

    Deserving of every one of its four stars, Safari Lodge sleeps 22 fortunate guests in 11 well-appointed and richly furnished suites. Awe-inspiring game-viewing opportunities are all but guaranteed from your comfortable perch atop the lodge’s dedicated Land Rover. Expert game rangers’ track and guide guests through the surrounding valleys and bush where the Big 5 go about their daily lives in perfect balance.

    Back at the main lodge, sweeping decks provide the perfect vantage from which to spot the roaming game. All the while, the resident chef and his team ensure that the guests begin their days with the very finest cuisine that the bush has to offer (sustainable and healthy, of course).

    A few moments respite as you retreat to your own private lounge or lose time in your suite’s plunge pool, outdoor shower or intimate bubble bath. Spoilt for choice has a whole new meaning.

    FAQ

    What is the best time of year for game viewing?

    Game viewing is not affected by the weather, seasons or time of year. Animals are active 365 days a year. If there is something you are specifically looking to see, consult with one of our safari experts upon making your booking.
    Additionally, it’s recommended that you bring warmer clothing along for the trip as it may get cold, regardless of the time of year.

    Is there wi-fi at Amakhala Game Reserve?

    Apart from Quatermain’s 1920 Camp, complimentary wi-fi is available at all lodges and camps at Amakhala.

    What can my children do at Amakhala?

    Children of all ages are welcome at HillsNek Safaris, Hlosi Game Lodge, Woodbury Lodge, Leeuwenbosch Country House and Woodbury Tented Camp. We recommend that families stay at Hlosi Game Lodge as it offers a children’s programme.

    What do I need to pack?

    Amakhala Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape, a malaria-free area. As such, there is no need to bring any preventative tablets or syrup, other than your prescription medication. However, we do highly recommend that you bring the following:
    – Cameras, lenses and binoculars
    – Light clothing for summer safaris
    – Bathing suits for the pool areas
    – Walking shoes
    – Sunscreen and hats
    – Warmer clothing for winter stays

    Health

    South Africa has world-class medical facilities, with a large network of hospitals that offer excellent services. However, please ensure that you have adequate health insurance as a safety precaution.