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Bukela Game Lodge
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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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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“A Great Safari Experience and Fantastic People.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

A great Safari Experience and fantastic people.
As a group of 9 we took over the lodge. Each family had its own beautifully appointed thatched cottage. Robin and her team were fantastic and each and everyone of them made us feel at home. Nothing was too much. Attention to detail was good. The staff put on a very enjoyable evening of local dance and culture and those who wanted to get involved could.
The food was of a very high standard and there was a great variety. All tastes were catered for.
The views from the lodge were amazing. We had spectacular safari trips into the bush where we were looked after by Asher who was informative and fun. His love for the animals was clear and he ensured great sightings. I have no hesitation in recommending Bukela. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Wow your photographs are great: the photo of a large male elephant showing off for you is a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Thanks for sharing these, and for taking the trouble to write such a wonderful review. Everything about how you experienced Bukela makes us happy: to be able to come as a group and take the whole place over is just great: it really adds a layer to the whole experience. Reviews like yours are what we get up for in the morning. Thank you! All the best to you all from the Bailey family and the Bukela team
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Wuppertal, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We spent two days and nights in this amazing game lodge with our two sons and it was really fantastic! This quiet nature with so many wild animals that we saw on our game drives with the excellent ranger Jeff:a really great experience! The service and the rooms were also gorgeous, a big log fire and hot drinks would be waiting for us when returning from our afternoon drive, wonderful!
Marcus

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear Marcus and family - thank you all for staying with us, and for being such great guests. We enjoyed having you with us, and it means a great deal to us to have you share your warm memories of Bukela with us. Thank you, and we get to see you all again some day. Best wishes from all of us at Bukela.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Jeff, we salute you. An amazing ranger with passion and experience. Jeff delivered in terms of educating us about life in the bush. Yes, there are the big animals but it was his skill in teaching us about all bush life from the termites to the birds, life and death and everything in between. Bukela provided us with the space where we met people from distant places who we know will always be friends. But the animals (all of them) are the stars and that’s the magic of Bukela.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
What a fantastic review - thank you for all your compliments on Jeff especially. Our rangers are at the core of every guest's experience, and we're very lucky to have Jeff's unique skills on our side. Thank you both for staying with us, and for all your great feedback and ideas. Now that we've finished our refurb we really have to get you back again! All the best from the Baileys and the Bukela team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Bukela Lodge met all our expectations and more! The lodge we stayed in was beautiful :) All the staff were extremly helpful and attentive and MJ our ranger was truly amazing! We saw the big 5 and lots more and more then once! My boyfriend and i stayed for 3 nights and the food and wine was lovely! Each morning a great breakfast waiting would be waitng for us when we returned from our morning drive also when returning from our afternoon drive a big log fire and hot drinks would be waiting for us, absolutly wonderful! I cant imagine any holiday ever topping this one, thanks to all the people at Bukela lodge, i would highly recommend this lodge :O)
Shorlen & Lee

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Hi Shorlen and Lee - what a pleasure to have you staying with us, and to be able to share our little piece of paradise with you. Thank you both for staying with us, and for sharing such great memories on Tripadvisor. Here's hoping the only holiday that tops this one is another holiday at Bukela :). All the best to you both from the Bailey family and the Bukela team.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

this place is one of my favorite place on our Garden route in South Africa. Three nights and days spent there would never been forgotten...dear readers it's five star GAME lodge (not proper 5 star hotel in some megapolice like london with 5 star bed and bathroom, you should understand the difference)...and this place is gorgeous..i love the lodge we stayed there, i love all people worked there, our ranger/ess :) Diane was gorgeous, she tried her best to show as many animals in the Addo Elephant Park as she could. this place is smaller than Kruger but it's worth to stay there if you are short of time and want to see as much as possible for a couple days. We saw all animals so close that still cant belive it looking at photoes taken there. But this feeling in our hearts..special thanks to our chef (sorry cant remember his name, but he is originally from Zimbabwe), his meal was tasty, cooked with love and so sofisticated..my favorite is afternoon tea pastry (well, little cakes and pies with different stuff inside :) so lekker!!! this place is not cheap, but it's worth every penny. we recommend it to our relatives and friends and plan to come back there in a couple years. i feel guilty that fed a vervet monkey one day, but she was with baby and so sad eyes and only one meter from our lodge window :)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
The vervet monkey still asks after you :D. Thanks for such a great, happy review, Jane: it's great to hear from you about your stay. Andrew the chef was very grateful for your compliments too: thank you. Your photos sound wonderful: we'd love to see some if you don't mind sharing with us. Look forward to seeing you back at Bukela in a year or two! Warm wishes from us all at Bukela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Bukela is very close to me and my family's harts. We are frequent visitors to this unique lodge. Bukela is under new management and this always causes a confusion with the staff and what is requered. We had a beautuful time at Bukela as usual and sat on our decks watching the Elephant playing in front of our decks. Thank you to both the Wellas and Nommie and all the staff for this wonderful experience.

Elsa

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Elsa, thanks for always returning with such a big heart. It's always lovely to see you, and we're so chuffed that the elephants put on a great display for you guys. Here's to your next visit, and to all the good times to come at this amazing place. Warm wishes from the Baileys and the Bukela family :)
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Stayed her for 3 nights, felt let down after reading the reviews.We thought the place looked worn, the swimming pool was green and murky and generally the place needed smartening up.Had a nice room Nos 4 but again no view, no deck furniture, creaky bed.After spending a huge amount of money to stay here felt dissapointed .

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thanks for your review - we're sad to hear we didn't hit the mark for you. You're right, the Bukela rooms are set into the bush, so they are more suited to reading and bird-watching (and every now and then monkey-watching). The viewing hide over the water hole has good views from big deep comfy couches, and we love to serve an icy G&T there at sundowners when the animals are at the water hole. While we hate not getting it right for you, we appreciate hearing about the issues you experienced - your deck furniture being MIA, for instance - and we'll do some digging and find out what happened and get it sorted. Thanks and best wishes from the Bailey family and the Bukela team.
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Address: R342 Karel Landman Rd | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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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