My husband and I just returned from our trip to Amakhosi in South Africa. We can honestly say that this trip was the most amazing experience of our lives. Allow me to start at the beginning:
We arrived to the lodge on a Saturday afternoon and were greeted at the beautiful entry way with warm hand towels and cool drinks. From this point on, our stay turned into a magical experience. We were give a tour of the main lodge and swimming pool and then whisked away to our private Executive River Suite (we received a complimentary upgrade) where we would spend the next 7 nights.
The suite was stunning. Complete with a plunge pool, deck, hammock, sitting area, king size bed, and a bath for two. The mini fridge was stocked with complimentary beverages (the lodge is all-inclusive of all drinks, meals, and game drives) and the candles were set out along the edge of the bath tub.
Shortly after our arrival, we received our first "high-tea" which is a wonderful array of snacks, sandwiches, and sweets (All meals were exceptional). We then went on our first game drive. For the entire week, we were appointed the same ranger (Shane) and tracker (Mandla) - a super team!!!
The drives, which you go on twice a day, were AMAZING! Every day was a new experience. The proximity to the animals is astounding and the adrenaline you get from a lion chase or an elephant smelling you with her trunk is a once in a lifetime experience. The open air vehicles allow you to feel the wind in your face and smell the intoxicating scent of Africa. We were never with more than 5 visitors to a vehicle.
The staff at the lodge was so wonderful, we truly felt like family when we left. One staff member, Phume, took us to her zulu village to meet her family and to see what the current zulu culture and way of life is like - an eye-opening experience.
This was our first time to Africa and while we have no other lodge to compare this establishment to, we can not imagine being treated better or staying in a more beautiful place. The management team arranged for some wonderful surprises during our stay (I will not ruin the surprises, you must go yourself!). We did not want to leave and we definitely recommend a stay of 5 nights or longer.
To put all our feelings into words is too difficult. You can not re-create the entire experience with pictures and stories alone, however we will never forget the beauty, smell, and sounds of the bush.
A special thanks to Shane, Mandla, Phume, Alwyn, Sonja, Rika, Catherine, Paul, and the entire Amakhosi family!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amakhosi Lodge is one of those destinations that you need to visit at least once in a lifetime! Translated as a ‘place of kings’, it is exclusive, offering a unique and personally rewarding safari experience. Situated on the banks of the Mkuze River in the heart of Zululand, this small yet absolutely charming Lodge is not only about experiencing a ‘Big 5’ safari. It is far more than that as the guides pride themselves in sharing their intimate knowledge of this unique and pristine bushveld with their guests. ... more less
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