We stayed here late September 2013 and should have written this review a long, long time ago - but the memories arte still intense. We must have missed the spa by days and it would have been handy for the 2 rainy days while we were there. But with or without spa Amakhosi Lodge was definitely the most impressive and complete lodge/guesthouse we enjoyed on our extensive road trip around KZN. The fairly remote location already gets your adventure juices gurgling and upon arrival you're amazed by the design and layout and overwhelmed by the welcome and comfort. The rooms are as good as all the other reviewers explain and the common areas like the restaurant, lounge, terraces, pool etc etc are perfect. All this and the attention from Faith and the others makes for very firendly guests and a great atmosphere at the lodge and on the drives. Kevin and Mandla (and the other guides and trackers) are extremely proficient in what they do and taught us loads & the wlldlife is pretty good at its stuff too :)
In my experience food is always generous in RSA, often very good and always copious - but at Amakhosi it is simply fantastic. Imaginative, inspired & creative food that has something very African about it while keeping international appeal and 5* service. e.g. Impala Loin stuffed with spinach & feta, red onion marmalade & rosemary jus - mmm. Without doubt the finest cuisine we had while in KZN - chef's parents were staying at the Lodge and they have every right to be as proud of her as they are.
101% deserving of its reputation and surprisingly affordable considering the lengths to which every aspect of your stay is cared for. Unforgettable.
- 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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