Amakhala Game Reserve - Bush Lodge

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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The hotel

If you’ve never experienced a safari holiday before, then what are you waiting for? The Bush Lodge at Amakhala Game Reserve is fantastic for first-timers and honeymooners, offering a secluded feel at the top end of the reserve with fantastic wildlife and sky views. Your luxury tent is complete with a private viewing deck and plunge pool, so you can spend some much needed time to yourselves relaxing whilst catching glimpses of all sorts of wildlife in their natural habitat. And then of course your chance to see them close up, the game drives. Enjoy both a morning and evening game drive, guided by informative, professional rangers, allowing you to explore the abundant wildlife and dramatic landscapes of the Eastern Cape. Either side of your drives, enjoy some fantastic food and local wines in the boma area whilst you recap on the day’s events – there will be plenty to discuss. As the Amakhala Game Reserve is in the South of the country, we’d recommend going between November to March for the best weather, but there are plenty of fireplaces indoors and outdoors, in your tent and on the viewing decks, for you to get cosy with a glass of red wine in the evening with a red wine in hand! 

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box

Where is it

Bush Lodge is discreetly positioned in the bush at the top end of an open valley in the reserve. Amakhala Game Reserve as a whole is located at the northern end of the famous Garden Route, in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. 34 miles from Addo Elephant National Park, and 55 miles from Port Elizabeth Airport.

Hotel information

Bush Lodge offers en-suite, tented and thatched suites overlooking a wildlife watering point with big sky views. All tents feature a private viewing deck with plunge pool, large oval bathtub, outdoor shower, air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi access, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, and hairdryer.


All Inclusive includes: All meals and beverages, plus 2 game drives per day. 

Swimming pool. Boma lounge and dining area. Bar. Viewing deck with outdoor and indoor fireplace. Complimentary WiFi access. 

Please note: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to stay in Bush Lodge.

*Denotes local charge.


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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Kim, Allison, Jordan & Kristi made our holiday extra special.

Apr 2, 2024 Sheila C

We have just returned from an excellent trip to Bush Lodge. Everything exceeded our expectations and it was such a wonderful and relaxing treat. The rooms with private plunge pools overlooking the waterhole where animals came to drink throughout the day and night were absolutely amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and went out of his way… Read more
We have just returned from an excellent trip to Bush Lodge. Everything exceeded our expectations and it was such a wonderful and relaxing treat. The rooms with private plunge pools overlooking the waterhole where animals came to drink throughout the day and night were absolutely amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to give us an excellent game viewing experience with a little Tyre change on the wayūüėä we got up close and personal with the wildlife and it was amazing thank you James. The lodge it‚Äôs self if stunning and the service was excellent. The hot bath waiting for you after your evening game drive, hot water bottles given to you for your early morning game drive, everything had been taken care of. The meals were delicious with creative menu options. The food was excellent and all the staff are amazing and so kind! I would recommend Bush lodge highly for a bespoke and personal bush experience. Kim, Allison, Jordan & Kristi made our holiday extra special. Read less
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Mar 29, 2024 eve605 London, United Kingdom

We had a wonderful stay at the reserve. The setting is lovely. We had a tent/lodge with plunge pool which was spacious and extremely comfortable. The staff could not do enough to ensure we had everything we needed. The highlight has to be Johnno our game guide. We saw the big 5 but the close proximity to some was amazing ( we had a family of… Read more
We had a wonderful stay at the reserve. The setting is lovely. We had a tent/lodge with plunge pool which was spacious and extremely comfortable. The staff could not do enough to ensure we had everything we needed. The highlight has to be Johnno our game guide. We saw the big 5 but the close proximity to some was amazing ( we had a family of elephants within touching distance). Johnno’s knowledge and relationship with the animals and nature was outstanding. It was the highlight of our 3 week trip along the Garden route. If I had any suggestions it would be to reconsider lunch options. There was almost too much food and have a fish option instead of 2 meat in the evening. The quality of food was very good but a lighter lunch would have been ideal. Read less
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Mar 26, 2024 markf2010 Saint-Germain-du-Bel-Air, France

An excellent safari lodge, perfect service with tasty well presented food. Very good breakfast choice. The rangers were brilliant and managed to find all the animals we were hoping to see. Would highly recommend this lodge.
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Mar 16, 2024 Maps57800600680

Quite simply fabulous from the moment we arrived, we indulged in a big 6 nights here and had carefully researched, we were not let down. What a welcome and.great hosting throughout our stay byKristy and Attie, thank you to you both and the team behind the scenes. Great food, great accomodation in a great setting. The best is yet to come of… Read more
Quite simply fabulous from the moment we arrived, we indulged in a big 6 nights here and had carefully researched, we were not let down. What a welcome and.great hosting throughout our stay byKristy and Attie, thank you to you both and the team behind the scenes. Great food, great accomodation in a great setting. The best is yet to come of course with game drives that blew us away, thank you DJ your knowledge and passion was so very much appreciated, you gave us magical moments observing animals more up close than we could have imagined. What memories, the drives were informative and great fun too. Amakhala is a very special place keep up the good work Damen and team. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Most Amazing few days

Mar 12, 2024 Andy S

There should be the ability to give more stars‚Ķ if so this place would get them. We are sat here at the end of an amazing 3 nights‚Ķ Game drives with DJ were fun, entertaining and we saw everything we wanted to. At the lodge, the food was great and the Ladies look after you like royalty. Special shout out to Allison, Jordan, Kim and Christie‚Ķall… Read more
There should be the ability to give more stars… if so this place would get them. We are sat here at the end of an amazing 3 nights… Game drives with DJ were fun, entertaining and we saw everything we wanted to. At the lodge, the food was great and the Ladies look after you like royalty. Special shout out to Allison, Jordan, Kim and Christie…all amazing people. Read less