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“Safari Lodge was great” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amakhala Game Reserve

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Amakhala Game Reserve
Leinster
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“Safari Lodge was great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2007

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!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — We had to leave!!
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2006

We stayed at Amakhala game reserve for 2 nights in November 2006. From the moment we arrived I knew that we were going to experience something quite special. As we had arrived before midday we were taken to the lounge area where we were given a welcome drink. This overlooks part of the reserve and comes complete with a telescope from which to view animlas on the hills in front of the lodge. We were then treated to a 3 course lunch in an open fronted dining room. The safari lodge comprises of 8 safari huts in traditional safari style. We were told our "hut" had only just been completed and we would be the first to spend a night there. To say I felt special would be an understatement. The "hut" was beautiful, had its own lounge area complete with binoculars, a huge bath tub with views over the reserve, outdoor twin showers, a fridge stocked with drinks, and a small terrace with plunge pool. Our first game drive took place that afternoon and lasted about 4 hours - we saw rhinos, elephants, giraffes, kudu amongst others. After about 2.5 hours our ranger drove up a hill with views over the reserve and we stopped for drinks and nibbles another unexpected plus. To round off the first day we were treated to a cocktail on our return to the lodge and a typical african braii (barbeque). We had been given an itinerary when we arrived and the following day saw us all back in the jeep at 7.00am for a morning excursion to Addo Elephant reserve. On arrival an hour later we were treated to an al fresco champagne breakfast before driving round the park. A further game drive that afternoon and early the next morning completed our time at Amakhala. By this time we had seen most of the animals we had wanted to see including lions and cheetah. We found the rangers flexible - they would discuss with you what you would like to do and as far as possible would try and accomodate this. Although 2 days was sufficient to see the animals I would have liked 1 more night - this way we could have had 1 morning or afternoon just to relax at the lodge itself and enjoy the surrounding beauty. I would definiteley recommend Amakhala. We booked the trip through Travelbag and were orignally supposed to be staying at Reed Valley - we were lucky enough to be upgraded at no extra cost days before our arrvival. This undoubtedly made it for me - as the accomodation was more what I had really wanted and I think it is one of the few lodges at Amakhla that is actually within the reserve. Check out the website if you are thinking of going as you will see what the place looks like. Met others whilst in S Africa - one couple rated Kariega highly and another couple rated Shamwari as better than Amakhala (think there is a vast price difference though). We did not have a hire car and flew from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and then by private taxi to the game reserve.

  • Liked — Everything - the huge bed, outdoor showers, hugh bath tub, all the extra touches - flowers, sweets, drinks
  • Disliked — Plug pool great but water freezing - could do with warm water
  • Tips/Secrets — shop around - e-mail reserve for a price also see what agent such as Travelbag comeup with
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Amakhala Game Reserve
Address: R342 Karel Landman, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Port Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Amakhala Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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Amakhala Game Reserve Hotel Port Elizabeth

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