Approx. 80km from Port Elizabeth. Small (by African standards) Game Reserve. Only about 6,500 hectares. We stayed in the Safari Lodge, one of 6 privately owned lodges at Amakhala. We arrived at 1pm and were served lunch before being brought to our secluded room. It was a tent, and it was great! A big double bed with insect net over it. There is an outdoor shower and a double bath (but we never got the time to use it!!). We then were brought on safari to see the two lions. They are in a separate 1000 hectare area of their own and it took ages to track them down, but we got up really close to them in the end. Then back to the lodge for dinner and then off to bed for our early morning trip to Addo Elephant park. We had breakfast there and spotted a few of the animals. Then back for lunch. Quick wash and off again to see the giraffes, white rhino, a close encounter with an elephant, Loads of antelope, zebra, buffalo..... Back to the lodge for dinner and some star gazing. Then off to bed before an early rise, a Massive breakfast and more animal watching and a walk.
We had a fantastic time. We were constantly looked after and fed far too much. It was great from the moment we drove in to the moment we left.
A few things to note. It can get cold on the early morning and evening drives. Bring a warm jumper or coat (although they do offer hotwater bottles, blankets and coffee). Also your hair will not survive! (think motorbike without a helmet for hours at a time). There is also no televisions or mobile phone reception. It's great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amakhala Game Reserve is an ideal choice for your Big 5 Safari destination. This 7,500 ha reserve is renowned for its truly awesome topography, created by the slowly meandering Bushman's River running through it. Amakhala Game Reserve is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Game Reserve offers a wide variety of 3, 4 & 5-star owner-managed experiences. The private game park offers guests accommodation in a selection of 11 luxury establishments made up of restored country houses, safari lodges and tented camps located in different areas of the large game reserve. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Amakhala Game Reserve Hotel Port Elizabeth