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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

R69, Vergelegen Farm, Magudu 3160 South Africa
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#1 of 2 lodges in Magudu
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4.9
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4.9
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4.8
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, on its own private game reserve and close to the Swaziland and Mozambique border, 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. This affordable five star property is full board and includes all game activities.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Free breakfast
Spa
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Sofa bed
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

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R69, Vergelegen Farm, Magudu 3160 South Africa
Amakhosi Safari Lodge
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Zulu Inyala Airport
43.7 mi
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King Shaka Intl Airport
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Chantelle wrote a review Feb 11
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Thank you for the 6 star experience! Zakhele and Kyle (Fridz) was awesome, they made sure we had wonderful sightings. The service from all the staff was excellent and the food out of this world! We had a wonderful stay in the stunning honeymoon suite. We will return agsin shortly!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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BessWright wrote a review Nov 2023
Durban89 contributions3 helpful votes
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Where do I begin, to tell the story of an amazing weekend ☺ Perhaps...with the food, which is outstanding and on a par with the very best tasting menus at Michelin Star restaurants. Then there is the diversity of the bush - from beautiful river settings (and exciting river crossings), to ravines with the chance of spotting a leopard, to ridges from which you can see forever. You will definitely see 4 of the Big Five, up close and personal, and if you're lucky you could be treated to a leopard - the animals are in extremely good condition and well spread across the Park, which makes for interesting game drives and conversations with knowledgeable Game Rangers and Trackers who clearly love what they do. Oh, almost forgot to mention our ‘5 Star’ chalet - totally private, beautiful interior design, loads of space and a deck with a view of the river, for when you're lounging in your hammock. Trust me...you want to go to Amakhosi Safari Lodge😄
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Go in Spring and you’ll see the animals with their young - we saw lion and cheetah cubs plus the...
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Responded Nov 20, 2023
What a way to start a Monday!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this really stunning review. It really is an honour for us to host guests such as you! the team love to make sure that our guests have the best experience and being acknowledged for it by these compliments makes it all worthwhile!! SO THANK you once again! we all hope you visit us soon fond regards the AMA TEAM!!
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Shaun wrote a review Nov 2023
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
From the time we arrived until we left, all we experienced were genuine smiles from staff in all areas of Amakhosi. It is SO tranquil in this special part of the world - from the hammock on your patio, you can see animals grazing by the river and hundreds of birds singing in the trees. Our Ranger, Ralden, and tracker, Mandla were exceptional. Their knowledge of flora and fauna was brilliant, and they even got us into a position to see a mother cheetah chase and kill a Kudu in front of us and then called her 5 cubs to feast on the unfortunate Kudu (I managed to get the whole chase on camera). We saw 4 of the big 5, with only the elusive Leopard managing to keep away from our sites. The food was out of this world - definitely 5 star. So many different tastes and textures. We got to experience a very energetic Zulu dance in the onsite Kraal. The rooms were very comfortable and clean with all requirements taken care of. Thank you to the whole team at Amakhosi for an unforgettable stay. We will see you all soon when we come back
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Just relax and allow nature to take over...
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded Nov 20, 2023
Wow so sorry we missed this review, Thank you for taking the time to post it , it really means a great deal to the team to know that they made your stay memorable. We have shared this review with the entire team and management. hope that you come back and visit soon Regards the Ama Team
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Camper35040267302 wrote a review Nov 2023
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We had the most outstanding experience at Amakhosi Safari Lodge. Every single staff member went out of their way to personally make us feel welcome and comfortable. The River Suite was a piece of paradise, I loved the attention to detail. The food was outstanding. We had the most life-changing experience on our game drives... Our Ranger, Ralden, and our Tracker, Mandla, were an exceptional team... our highlight was when they spotted a mother cheetah on the hunt! They predicted her behavior SO accurately that they managed to set us up to witness the most breath-taking event of the cheetah taking down an Kudu... and to top it off, she called her 5 cubs to feast. An experience we will never forget! We will DEFINITELY be back!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Nov 5, 2023
Good morning ... what a wonderful way to start the week with this amazing review, thank you so much for taking the time to post this, it is much appreciated by all. It is getting reviews like this that make our work worthwhile. We loved hosting you and hope that you both return for a visit soon Fond regards the AMA team!
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Sverre T wrote a review Oct 2023
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Fantastic location by the river, beautiful lodge, fantastic personell, great food and cool local dance show. And this is just the sourroundings. The gamedrives itself was unbeliveable. We had Ranger Kyle and Tracker Zackhele and thwy where a great team. Despite his age Kyle has a tremendous knowledge and interest for all animals, birds, trees, plants and snakes. Can't recommend these guys enough. In short words. VISIT Amakhosi if you can.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Oct 18, 2023
Wow what a great way to start the day! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this stunning review, it means a great deal to our team to know that they have done a great job at making sure you left with great memories and a wonderful stay with us. We certainly hope that one day you return for a visit. Fond regards from the AMA TEAM!
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Donige wrote a review Aug 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions3 helpful votes
This was our first experience with game drives and we were blown away by Amakhosi and its staff. We spent so much time reviewing our options and in all honesty we were dubious about how the Lodge could have so many amazing reviews. Well, believe them. We were also drawn to the fact that the Lodge is in a low risk malaria area. The reservations team were terrific to deal and always quick to respond. Staying for 3 nights we enjoyed two game drives each day seeing lions, elephants, giraffes, white rhinos, wildebeest, warthogs, kudu, impala, a cheetah with her 5 cubs, jackal and buffalo. Our ranger, Zukhele, got us so close to the animals for photos. Most importantly we learnt so many things about the animals from him. By the end of our time we were dung experts too! For our first game drive we were lucky enough to see the lions eating a zebra carcass they had killed that morning. We were so close we could hear and see everything. During each drive we would stop for a drink and snack. Our 7 year old has proclaimed Zukhele is the best hot chocolate maker......ever. Zukhele and our tracker made each game drive so special for our daughter and we are so grateful for their kindness. The food was fantastic. Breakfast was always after our morning game drive. The Amakhosi muesli is so good we bought some to bring home. Lunch, at 2pm, is light and trust me you don't need more. Dinner is served once the afternoon game drive is over. Its a 4 course extravaganza. Probably too much for us but it doesn't detract from how fine the food is. For our last night the staff had organised a special event. There was a wonderful show of local dancing by young Kwazulu Natal men followed by 3 course dinner with our particular Rangers. It would be remiss not to mention that the kitchen went above and beyond to cater for our 7 year old in terms of food and the timing of her meals. We stayed in a River Suite. It was so much bigger than we had anticipated. A bed, for our daughter, had been set up in the sitting area. The beds were super cosy and reverse AC meant we could warm the rooms in the late afternoon. The hammock on the deck was well used after our morning game drives. A big thank you to Ethan, the A/Manager, who firstly is a super nice guy but also was only too happy to entertain our daughter with nature walks, games and long chats. A very patient man!! Amakhosi well and truly lived up to all the amazing reviews we had read before our visit. Thank you to everyone.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Room Tip: Mornings and evenings are cool
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Responded Aug 11, 2023
Oh wow back from a business trip to this amazing review, which has been shared with each department and is now proudly displayed in the various departments. It is reviews like this that motivate the team, as all their hard work is rewarded by ensuring that our guest leave as friends with memorable moments! thank you! We certainly look forward to seeing you all again Fond regards the AMA TEAM!!
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FamvandenBurg wrote a review Jul 2023
Willemstad, Curaçao23 contributions2 helpful votes
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This was our first Game Drive experiences and we'll never forget this!!! We stayed for 5 nights and it's was really an experience of a life time! My 3 children, age 13 / 15 and 17 years old were so impressed of what we've seen! Our ranger Philip and tracker Jeremy did their utmost best to find al the wild life! The atmosphere during each game drive was perfect. We've seen them all! The hospitality factor at Amakhosi is as their slogan; A King's Pride! The staff is very committed and are very friendly. The service level is really good. Every breakfast, lunch and diner was perfect! For a game drive resort Amakhosi is the place to be!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded Aug 11, 2023
Good day , what a lovely way to return back to work after a business trip to all these amazing reviews, thank you so much for taking the time to post them and the team are just so pleased that your family has great memories of their stay with us. We hope that you all return back soon! fond regards from the AMA TEAM !
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Dorte K wrote a review Mar 2023
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Just returned from our second visit at Amakhosi Safari Lodge - this time eight people for four days. This place is truly a little piece of heaven om Earth. Everything from booking to our departure has been smooth, professional and friendly. The Lodge is beautiful and tranquil with service and quisine being out of this world. Game drives are exciting Big five experiences with extremely skilled Rangers and Trackers. Always felt safe, even though we’ve had some very close encounters. Had the same ranger and tracker for all eight game drives which made the experience quite familiar. We will definitely be back for a third visit!
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Responded Aug 11, 2023
Oh my word, we have no idea what went wrong but it seems that we did not get notifications on these amazing reviews. We do apologize for the late response Thank you so much for the review and we are looking forward to your 3rd visit!! fond regards from the AMA team!
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Amf wrote a review Mar 2023
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The people, the lodge, the food, the game drive- it’s just fantastic and they never stop spoling you on every matter. We have vern visiting ten times, and it’s unthinkable to not visit this lodge when in South Africa
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Aug 11, 2023
Goodness we are so shocked that we did not get notifications of these reviews, seems there has been a problem. So sorry for the late reply and WE LOVE having you as many times as you come and visit. lots of fond regards from the entire AMA TEAM!
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Carey G wrote a review Feb 2023
Durban, South Africa4 contributions5 helpful votes
Incredible weekend spent at Amakhosi. The staff were extremely professional, friendly and accommodating and our ranger Pierre and spotter Mandla were fantastic in finding us game and spotting over 50 new birds for us and being so passionate to take us out, even in the drizzle. The food was out of this world and the beds were dangerously comfortable. The reserve is very well looked after and the animals look healthy. Thank you Amakhosi - 11/10 stars. See you soon!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Feb 17, 2023
What a way to end our week with this amazing review, thank you for being such awesome guests, we all loved hosting you and we appreciate all your kind words, copy of this has been circulated to all! We hope that you visit us again and hope the weather is better for you, have a great weekend from the AMA TEAM!
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$392 - $467 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandMagudu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve (3.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Does Amakhosi Safari Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Amakhosi Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.