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Amakhala Game Reserve
The Amakhala Game Reserve is a malaria-free, private game reserve spanning over 8500 hectares in size with spectacular African landscapes 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. Amakhala Game Reserve hosts five of South Africa’s eight biomes making it ideal for a diverse selection of wildlife and indigenous flora. Besides lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo, you will also see an abundance of other wildlife at Amakhala Game Reserve such as giraffe, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, and various antelope species. 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.
Amakhala Game Reserve houses a diverse selection of safari lodges from 5-star luxury lodges to high standard 3-star and 4-star lodges. Varied accommodation options offer standalone suites with private plunge pools and viewing decks overlooking the reserve. 2-bedroom family suites are available for children sharing with their parents and romantic tented accommodation at Amakhala is perfect for couples and honeymooners alike. The lodges at Amakhala are designed and positioned strategically to lookout on to the wilderness and offer mind-blowing views over the reserve. Multiple relaxation areas, viewing decks and featured swimming pools can be enjoyed throughout the day and select lodges offer spa facilities or in-room treatments. Delicious meals and refreshments are served throughout day at the lodge and night-time dinning experiences are enjoyed under the stars.
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Getting to Amakhala
Amakhala is a 1-hour drive from Port Elizabeth Airport 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.
Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.
- 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