Carnarvon Dale once provided lodgings for travelers whose journeys had been halted by the flooded Bushman’s River. In that same tradition of hospitality, Roger and Maryan Hart welcome guests to their 1820 Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, and the 1907 Edwardian Top House.
Carnarvon Dale is 3 star graded but offers wildlife enthusiasts 5-star game drives in a malaria free area on our award-winning Amakhala Game Reserve and also, for guests staying 2 nights or more, the opportunity for a guided bush walk.
We offer comfortable, owner-managed accommodation and excellent game viewing at an affordable price which, we believe, provides good value for money.
Carnarvon Dale consists of the 1820 Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, where breakfasts and dinners are served, and which offers a free wi-fi service. There are only two comfortable en-suite serviced bedrooms in the 1907 Edwardian cottage, the Top House. Lunches are served here for your convenience. The private lounge leads on to a cool, covered verandah overlooking the swimming pool.
Our accommodation is ideal for two couples travelling together or for a family group. Our menus offer good home cooking South African style – solid breakfasts, light lunches and three course dinners – and we cater for vegetarians and diabetics. We enjoy talking to our guests and, as ex-history teachers, we love talking about the history of our diverse country, our history-rich area and our Settler community.
The abundant wilderness of Amakhala Game Reserve preserves a complex and diverse ecosystem, providing habitat for over 60 different mammal species. The Bushman’s River winds its way through the reserve providing its life source of water to the myriad of wildlife and birdlife.
The dramatic and ever changing topography of Amakhala Game Reserve is host to an abundant tapestry of sights and sounds keeping one fixated on what one may see around the next turn of the game drive track.
The majestic lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and giraffe, endangered cheetah and white rhino make up some of the high profile species component. Amakhala Game Reserve is also home to substantial herds of plains game species including zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, oryx and eland to name but a few.
We drive twice daily directly from Carnarvon Dale on 3 – 4 hour long safaris conducted by our own experienced guides. You will have every possible chance to encounter a wide variety of South African wildlife. For something different an easily paced guided bush walk to learn about the smaller, often overlooked things will allow you to complete the ecological circle of life.