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Bush Lodge at Amakhala

The Bush Lodge is located at the top of an open valley in the Amakhala Game Reserve, boasting incredible views over the landscapes below. The main lodge hosts exceptional dining experiences and an outdoor fireplace to admire the stars under the African sky. Amakhala Bush Lodge consists of eight luxury tented suites ensuring serenity, privacy, and excellent service with attention to every detail. Each of the 8 thatched tents feature a private viewing deck with plunge pool overlooking a watering point. Amakhala Bush Lodge is the perfect place for you if you want an authentic bush retreat without foregoing any of life’s luxuries. Guests are transferred from the main lodge into the reserve to their five-star tented accommodation. Visits to the nearby Addo Elephant National Park can be arranged on request for longer staying guests.

 

The Amakhala Game Reserve is a malaria-free, private game reserve spanning over 8500 hectares of African landscape in the Eastern Cape. The family-run game reserve is known for its magnificent fauna, breath-taking views, and unforgettable wildlife encounters. With preservation of the natural environment and conservation of wildlife high on their priority list, Amakhala’s game rangers are experts in their field and incredibly passionate about providing quality safari experiences to all guests.   Their knowledge and enthusiasm for nature shine through as they guide, educate, and entertain you through Big 5 territory.  Besides lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo, you will also see an abundance of other wildlife such as giraffe, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, and various antelope species.  The reserve hosts five of South Africa’s eight biomes making it ideal for a diverse selection of wildlife and indigenous flora. The Bushman’s River runs through the reserve attracting a bright variety of remarkable bird species. Here, you can enjoy cruises along the Bushman’s River on a boat safari, viewing birds and wildlife from the water.

Activities

  • Day & night game drives
  • Bushwalks
  • Birding
  • River cruises
  • Spa treatments
  • Cruises / Boat safari’s
  • Horse Trails

Highlights

  • Big five
  • Conservation Program
  • 5-star Lodge
  • Tented accommodation
  • Bushman’s River

Closest airport

Port Elizabeth Airport – 76km

Children policy

Amakhala welcomes children older than 12 years.

Included

2 Game drives daily, selected activities, all meals.

Excluded

Drinks, additional activities, and transfers are excluded.

Seasons

Low: 01 May – 30 September

High: 01 October – 19 December

& 11 January – 31st January

Peak: 21 December – 10 January

& 01 February – 28 February

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night.
  • Single supplement of 80% applicable and 100% over peak season.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Tented Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults

All tents have thatched roofs, tented walls and feature an open deck with plunge pool. Roomy interiors boast an en-suite bedroom, air-conditioning with heater, a cozy fireplace, oval bath-tubs and alfresco double showers.

Peak season R9 330 per per, per night
High Season R8 540 per person, per night
Low Season R6 645 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 1-hour drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 816km from which you will turn to the reserve entrance.

 

Flying

Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.

 

Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes