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 Could not fault the lodge if I tried.

Apr 14, 2024 roscoe39 new zealand

Oh My God what an amazing lodge. We had such a good time and the staff were so good to deal with and an eye for detail that suited a much more expensive lodge. We had a great guide, Jono, who was very knowledgable about the animals and their husbandry and seemed to have a real affinity with them. I particularly enjoyed watching him interact with… Read more
Oh My God what an amazing lodge. We had such a good time and the staff were so good to deal with and an eye for detail that suited a much more expensive lodge. We had a great guide, Jono, who was very knowledgable about the animals and their husbandry and seemed to have a real affinity with them. I particularly enjoyed watching him interact with the elephants and they seemed to know and respect him in return. We were lucky enough to be within a few metres of some cheetahs taking down a zebra and appreciated watching the circle of life happening in front of us. The group on the drives all agreed we had seen all of the animals that we wanted and failed to come up with anything that we had not seen. Some were unexpected such as the cheetahs, and the Giant Land Snail. The lodge is well positioned on the property around a waterhole that is lit at night for viewing the buffalo and other wild life although we had arrived during a short few days of rain but there was still plenty of other Wild life to be seen a short drive away. The food was beautiful presented and very flavoursome and plentiful but they only had game on the menu for dinner every second night which was slightly disappointing as beef and chicken (cooked beautifully I might add) were no consolation for trying the wide varied of South African Game that is available.. One of my most memorable parts of the stay apart from the way that we were pampered was when returning to the lodge after the late afternoon drive to find a bubble bath already drawn, a fire lit and a glass of red wine awaiting beside the bath. .... Although not forgetting the girls greeting us with a hot chocolate and hot facecloth and the biggest smiles in Africa after a game drive or the staff within the lodge....oh heck...every part of our three day stay was memorable and I envy them for working in an environment which makes life long memories. I will always remember them and the lodge. The tents outdoor pool also provided a great opportunity for a quick skinny dip.... Don't knock it till you have tried it under a starlit African sky full of the milky way and the constellations. I wold love to return. Read less
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 way😊 we got up close and personal with the wildlife and it was amazing thank you James. The lodge it’s 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