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Amukela Game Lodge

2.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Sable Road 19, Balule, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014
jstanford19611 Hoedspruit, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This lodge run by a Dutch lady is beautiful located deep in the Balule Game Reserve and around a dry river with large trees. Meals are good, especially the braai and potjie stew. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and much cheaper then the other R2000 + lodges. Game-drives are exciting, in an open 4x4 landrover with a great guide - Bert... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Amukela is small (3 huts sleeping 8 max) so lots of peace and privacy. Food is simple, staff of 2 and friendly owning family with 2 young children. Good value - many places are more expensive. And our hosts could show us the rings of Saturn on their telescope.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

In may, we had a nine night stay in Amukela Game Lodge for our honeymoon. It's a nice small lodge in Balule Nature Reserve. A wonderful Big-5 game reserve. 'Amukela' is the Shangaan word for 'Welcome', and that's exactly what we felt when we arrived after a six hours drive from Johannesburg Airport. Miriam, one of the owners, gave us... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We were so lucky at this rustic and serene game-lodge. We saw lions and the rare black rhino on our way back to the lodge, then at one of the waterholes from our terrace we saw 2 elephants! We enjoyed our stay at Amukela, it is a nice and personal place. Friendly owners who can give you a lot of... More

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I loved our stay at Amukela!! My husband and I were on our first trip to South Africa and our first 3 nights were spent Miriam and Corne's lovely lodge. We were greeted on the way there by a giraffe, buffalo, zebra and as we entered the private game reserve by a small pack of jackals and several antelope. As... More

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Schoten, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had a great family stay at Amukela during 2 weeks at the end of 2012. Right from the start, after a trip of about 30 hours including 2 plains and a rental car with 2 young children in a foreign continent, we felt immediately at home as we were warmly welcomed by Myriam and Corné in their paradise. The... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The African bush is one of our most favourite places, we love the rustic and simple way of living and therefore don’t set high expectations when venturing into the bush. Amukela is in a perfect location and the overall layout is lovely, however their presentation of simple and rustic was more a case of; run down, low maintenance, very little... More

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Corne_1969, Owner at Amukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

We regret that the experience of these guests were not the same as the guests which we hosted on the same days when they stayed at our lodge. They did enjoy the food, our personal attention and the atmosphere at the lodge in general. But most of all beeing in the bush where they saw giraffe, impala, warthog, jackal, civet,... More

Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My stay on weekend 14 Sep 2012 for my wife's 50th Birthday was realy not what I planned for her I have stayed in cheaper playes like Lyons Lodge for instance in Thabazimbi with much more service etiket and personal attention ! and where the decor off place are something which immediately pulls attention. At Amukela their are no warm... More

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Corne_1969, Owner at Amukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Mr. Charles C and his wife stayed for 2 nights and they were the only guests that weekend. We hosted them, gave them drinks and asked wether they enjoyed their meals. Everything was positive and no complaints were made. On the day of departure I personally helped them with their flat tire. They thanked me and told that they enjoyed... More

Zwolle, The Netherlands
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We spent 10 days at this fantastic place and saw 4 out of the big five right in front of our nose! Very friendly staff and owners with a lot of knowledge about the local wildlife, plants and trees. Location in tranquility and paradise, but still close to several attractions.(Blyde river canyon; cheeta breeding project; 2 entry gates of Kruger... More

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We spent 4 nights at Amukela, 25-29 June 2012. Overall, good value for money. Quite a bit of room for improvement which I wouldn't think would cost too much. Decor really "tired" looking and crockery can certainly be improved, especially for desserts which, on 2 nights, was served in ordinary kitchen glasses. Was not too happy that there is only... More

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Corne_1969, Owner at Amukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback, with regards to the crockery where deserts is in served, we believe that taste is more important then looks. Toilet: couldn't get the right part to fix permanent so had to make a plan and cleaned it every day. Managers at that time were not aware of only 1 instead of 2 mugs beeing in... More

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Address: Sable Road 19, Balule, Hoedspruit, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Amukela Game Lodge 2*
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Amukela Game Lodge is an affordabl and exclusive lodge -only 8 guests in total- in the Balule Big-5 Nature Reserve which is incorporated in the Greater Kruger Park. Check our safari packages! ... more   less 
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