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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   R342 Karel Landman Rd | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just returned home from a fantastic trip ending with 3 days at Bukela Game Lodge. My goodness it was heaven, beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, really friendly staff, food excellent. Everything you could possibly want was anticipated & they were one step ahead which made for a relaxing stay. Our ranger Chris was brilliant & made each & every drive exciting... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent safari lodge - ambiance and food absolutely superb and served by friendly and attentive staff. Our ranger Chris spared no effort in making our animal viewing memorable. He showed great knowledge of the park and it's animals and we felt very comfortable in his care. No hesitation in recommending BUKELA.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only 4 lodges of the highest quality. Excellent food prepared by local villagers. A special mention to Chris who was an expert Guide/Ranger - very skilled in locating things for us to see on the Drives and a varied and always interesting commentary. We've been to Leeuwenbosch on the same Amakhala reserve which was fabulous too - Bukela was just... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This lodge is just amazing. I spent a few nights at the Bukela Game Lodge inside the Amakhala Game Reserve in early January 2014 with my family and I must say this place is out of this world. The service, facilities and reserve are just beautiful and I highly recommend anyone wanting to experience true South African hospitality to stay... More

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

THANK YOU! It really makes our hearts sing when guests like you appreciate everything that goes into this incredible experience. Thanks for taking the time to share what you thought with other travelers, we really appreciate it. We are so glad to got to spend a few nights too, you really start to feel like you never want to leave... More

Chester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We had a fantastic 2 days at Bukela. Could not fault anything. From the initial welcome, 4 games drives and meals, everything was lovely. Our ranger, Jacques, was very knowledgable and we saw the most amazing wildlife. All the staff were friendly and courteous and the meals were tasty and varied. I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone and... More

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Bukela Lodge. We hope you got to see the Big Five on your four game drives! Jacques always knows just the right spots to find what you're looking for, we agree. It's really great to hear that you had an... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was our first trip to South Africa. We really felt part of the family and the team made us feel so welcome. The lodge was beautiful and more than we expected. The staff where very knowledgable and provided fantastic memories. We will definitely be returning soon.

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

We are so glad that you got to stay with us on your first trip to South Africa! We imagine that London must be quite chilly at the moment, so we hope for your sake that you'll be returning soon. South Africa is such a beautiful country and the Eastern Cape has so much to offer. There are so many... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

My first ever safari trip,wow absolutely memorable,from the moment we stepped into Bukela Lodge we were treated with such a warm welcome and great respect.Robyn,Asher,Ameli and team were most accommodating throughout our stay.Bukela Lodge itself is of very high standards,the individual thatched pods are most intriguing and an experience in themselves! Asher the ranger took us on two game drives... More

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Oh wow! What an incredible experience- getting to see 'the big six!'. The giraffes are also our favorite! We are so privileged and pleased that you got to share your first ever game drive with Asher on the Amakhala reserve. it is such a special experience. We hope that you will cherish those memories forever and that you were able... More

Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I stayed here with my husband back in 2008, whilst visiting family and friends we decided to stay 2 nights at the Bukela Game Park. Our lodge was beautifully-styled with African decor, bed was super comfortable and it was in the middle of the game reserve. From the outside, lodge looked like one of those traditional mud houses which added... More

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

It is our greatest pleasure to have had you stay with us once again. Your enthusiasm and excitement about the look and feel of Bukela really warmed our hearts. Warmth is an experience we love to share- especially as the sun is setting on the open plains of the reserve, with a glass of bubbly. Thank you for recommending us,... More

Zurich, Switzerland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We just returned from a fabulous two night stay at Bukela. The lodge is beautiful and their attention to detail is superb. The rooms are stunning and impeccably clean. The staff is so great and attentive - they really made for a wonderful stay. Our ranger, Chris, was fantastic and very knowledgeable. He guided us through the reserve and really... More

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience with us. We really appreciate the time you took to write this review. We will be sure to let Chris know that you really enjoyed the wonderful diversity and splendor of the Amakhala Reserve wildlife and his knowledge of the area. We will also share your compliments with the... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed here for the last night of our honeymoon. The lodge is situated in the heart of Amakhala game reserve which only adds to the mystique and experience. Bukela was perfect. Our room was beautifully prepared. Mary Jane, Wella one and the kitchen staff all took great care of us and went beyond the call of duty to entertain... More

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Ah, what a privilege for us to be part of your honeymoon. Thanks for choosing us, and for letting us share this great beginning to your journey together: we loved having you at Bukela. Mary Jane and Wella and the kitchen team appreciate the compliments too: thanks for the mentions. Our wonderful kitchen team are the unsung heroes of many... More

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Also Known As:
Bukela Game Hotel Amakhala Game Reserve
Bukela Game Hotel
Address: R342 Karel Landman Rd | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
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Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty lodging in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Resting in the rolling Eastern Cape hills 80km outside Port Elizabeth, Bukela Lodge offers a gentle, tranquil escape from the world. The abundant Amakhala wildlife – including lion, cheetah, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo - range over a breathtaking oxbow river plain in the 7000 hectare, malaria-free conservancy.Our intimate four-suite lodge offers an exclusive game viewing experience which, combined with our luxurious, secluded accommodation, and variety of dining options, creates a remarkable, private retreat. ... more   less 
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Resting in the rolling Eastern Cape hills 80km outside Port Elizabeth, Bukela Lodge offers a gentle, tranquil escape from the world. The abundant Amakhala wildlife – including lion, cheetah, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo - range over a breathtaking oxbow river plain in the 7000 hectare, malaria-free conservancy.Our intimate four-suite lodge offers an exclusive game viewing experience which, combined with our luxurious, secluded accommodation, and variety of dining options, creates a remarkable, private retreat. ... more   less 
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