Bush Lodge- Amakhala Game Reserve

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, coffee/tea 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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Aug 10, 2022 gavin357

We had an amazing time - was very cold but that was the time of the year. The whole experience was magic. Legendary attention to detail, really nice food, the staff arranged for us to watch the test match during load shedding which we thank them for and the drives and guides we very knowledgeable and attentive, Very magic thanks.
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Jul 27, 2022 John B

We cannot say enough good things about our experience; - The main lodge was really friendly and welcoming - The individual accommodations were very comfortable and had fantastic views. - The food was great - decent variety given the setting, and excellent quality - The staff were brilliant - friendly, helpful and efficient. - The quality of the… Read more
We cannot say enough good things about our experience; - The main lodge was really friendly and welcoming - The individual accommodations were very comfortable and had fantastic views. - The food was great - decent variety given the setting, and excellent quality - The staff were brilliant - friendly, helpful and efficient. - The quality of the safari trips were very good - and out ranger - Johno - did a fantastic job. Would definitely come again, and would recommend it to anyone 👍👍 Read less
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Jul 26, 2022 lmc835

What an amazing experience it was to visit Bush Lodge for a 3-day safari. It felt like we had stepped into another world. Everything about the place was perfect - fabulous accommodation in our family ‘tent’, amazing service from all the staff, and lots and lots of wonderful food. Highlights included the twice daily game drives with our super… Read more
What an amazing experience it was to visit Bush Lodge for a 3-day safari. It felt like we had stepped into another world. Everything about the place was perfect - fabulous accommodation in our family ‘tent’, amazing service from all the staff, and lots and lots of wonderful food. Highlights included the twice daily game drives with our super knowledgeable and very likeable ranger Jono and new ranger Marli, and coming back in the evening to hot chocolate, the stove lit in our tent and the bath already filled, and also the magnificent African sunrises and sunsets. It was a privilege to see so many magnificent animals and birds in their natural habitat. Wishing Rod and all the team at Bush Lodge continued success. Read less
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Jul 21, 2022 A4646VGjaneh

Everything about this stay was absolutely perfect. Our room was gorgeous - nothing quite like sitting on your private sundeck watching the zebra go about their business. The main lodge was beautiful and the all the staff were super friendly with amazing service, it was a proper family feel. The food cooked by Godfrey was like nothing we had ever… Read more
Everything about this stay was absolutely perfect. Our room was gorgeous - nothing quite like sitting on your private sundeck watching the zebra go about their business. The main lodge was beautiful and the all the staff were super friendly with amazing service, it was a proper family feel. The food cooked by Godfrey was like nothing we had ever experienced and our guide James was amazing in showing us and teaching us all about the reserve. Read less
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Jul 11, 2022 537kaya Bathurst, South Africa

Thanks Bush Lodge for a great stay! Excellent Guide Lungi took us to all the special places finding some most amazing sightings. The food was delicious. The rooms are so comfortable and love the cosy fire place when you get back from a chilly drive. The personalized service is fantastic. Highly recommend this top quality family run lodge.