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Amakhosi Safari Lodge
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“A fantastic weekend!”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

We took our family to Amakhosi for a long weekend recently and had a wonderful, memorable stay. We were celebrating our son's 40th birthday, and the staff pulled out all the stops! Sonja organised an upgrade to a honeymoon suite, and Lloyd arranged a superb cake for him. All the staff were excellent, the service was personal, friendly and efficient, and the attention to detail was exceptional. Our rooms were beautiful, with lovely views of the river, and all the meals were absolutely delicious. Lloyd made us feel totally at home and comfortable, and our entire stay was filled with treats and surprises. Our game drives with Kevin and Mandla were exciting and informative, and we had some great game viewing and excellent birding. We spent some spare time at the beautiful spa, and the ladies made it very special for us....a real treat! All in all we had a fantastic stay, and we will definitely be back for another Amakhosi experience.....we loved it!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Amalfione, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 16, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words and wonderful review, it is so motivating for all our team to hear that all their hard work is appreciated. We are so pleased to hear that you family had a memorable experience and even better that you are looking forward to returning. We have passed on all the compliments to top management and the Team thanks you again and look forward to your next visit.
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We spent a two-day stay at Amakhosi in early March and it easily surpassed our expectations. This relatively small game reserve has fabulous lodges with great views, coupled with exceptional service from great staff The food was really good especially the gourmet evening meals. We also enjoyed a traditional African evening with wonderful young dancers from the local village - a real treat.
Most of all we enjoyed 4 superb game drives conducted by our very knowledgeable ranger Nick and his tracker. We saw all the animals we expected to, thanks to their skills.

The Amakhosi management don't miss a trick in spoiling their guests, so we thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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AmakhosiLodge, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
What a lovely surprise to have notification of our 80th review, thank you very much for taking the time to write in, our team love hearing from our guests and especially that they managed to make your stay with us a memorable one. Our local villagers are a treasure, their dancing is always a treat, they only dance for our reserve and always with such passion. We are also so proud of our rangers and trackers, they are all so talented and most importantly, passionate about nature. Thank you for mentioning them and we have passed on your compliments to top management. We hope that you visit us again and for a little longer so you can experience our other game activities. Regards
The Amakhosi Team
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Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Wow, what can I say, after we had a family emergency a few weeks back we thought we may miss out on our trip to Ama Khosi - instead Sonja and the team were happy to rearrange for us at no notice at all.

The wait was more than worth it, and my first experience of Africa Game Reserves was one I think I'll struggle to top.

The accommodation was luxurious, double bath, wet room, outside shower area, huge bed inclusive if mosquito net (giving the feeling of four post bed) and all in stunning decor.

Food/dining excellent. Gourmet dining set above a river with wild buck strolling by.

Game drive.... WOW, for my first time to be in Philip and Jeremy knowledgable hands and to see 4 of the big 5!!! Thank you so much!

I will be telling all my friends and colleagues to come visit. Just hope you have room for us on our next trip.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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AmakhosiLodge, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
WOW back, thank you for your lovely review and so pleased that our wonderful Sonja could assist in accommodating your change of date and certainly happy that your first Safari experience was with us. We are so proud of our team and to receive such great accolades goes a long way, as they are all so passionate about their work and wonderful to see that it is appreciated. I have passed your compliments to top management . Thank you for taking the time to write in we really do appreciate it and hope that we can welcome you back soon!
Regards The Amakhosi TEAM!
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Although this is a much smaller game reserve than others we have been to, we thoroughly enjoyed the much closer encounters with the animals that we had on our game drives, with our very knowledgeable ranger Dylan and tracker King. The River suite was wonderful, everything you could wish for and with stunning views of the landscape. The staff were so friendly and the service excellent. The food, well that was amazing. This visit certainly exceeded our expectations.Our thanks to everyone at the Lodge for making our stay so special.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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AmakhosiLodge, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review and taking the time to write in. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our game experience as well as our great team, Dylan has recently joined the team, his knowledge and passion has made him very popular and has fitted right in. We will pass your compliments on to our management. We hope that next time you visit our country you take time to visit us again. Enjoy your summer
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The Amakhosi Team
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

My wife and I recently returned to the USA after a visit to South Africa. We have been to two other safari lodges in past years, but Amakhosi was the ultimate resort experience. Our reservation process went smoothly and Sonja was wonderful to work with, even as we added 2 extra days to our stay. The facilities were very clean and comfortable. The staff was truly amazing...not once did I ever have a negative staff experience. Everyone was always asking if I needed help with anything. The menu was imaginative and food tasted wonderful. Our ranger Kevin and tracker Mandla were engaging and experienced. Amakhosi always did the little extra touches that make a vacation memorable. My wife kept telling me that this was her favorite resort experience, and we have been fortunate to see much of the world. We can't wait to return in the future.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amakhosi L, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for posting this so quickly, it feels like you have just left the lodge, we are really happy that your stay with us was a memorable one. It is so important for our team to hear from our guests, as they love what they do and to get such lovely praise, makes it all worthwhile. Your comments have been passed to top management, so that the compliments can be passed to all that made your stay with us special. We hope you will return when next you visit our beautiful country. Regards from all at Amakhosi
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Our two-day stay at Amakhosi surpassed every reasonable expectation. Beautiful lodges, splendid surroundings, exceptional service by lovely staff, great food, very relaxing spa and most of all terrific safari's by very knowledgeable rangers and trackers. We loved every second of it and will recommend - or actually command - all our friends to go there. GO, GO, GO there!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amakhosi L, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Wow thank you , thank you and thank you for the lovely review, we are always so happy when our international guest that have travelled so far to be with us enjoy their stay. We enjoyed having you as well and hope that you and ALL your friends return soon. We have passed your complements or our amazing TEAM and look forward to seeing you soon. Regards The Amakhosi Team
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Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile


We have been going on safari for the last twenty years and have in many ways been spoilt when it comes to gaming experiences and stay. When we decided to try this area of South Africa we came in with lowered expectations about the game viewing as we know this area to be not as densely populated as the greater Kruger area . Happily for us, we were proved wrong at Amakoshi.
The good experience started with our correspondence with Sonja the lodge manager. She was prompt, approachable and obliging and we knew that if nothing else, we were going to have a comfortable stay. We had a eight day stay here and each and every day was delightful. The service was off the charts in terms of quality and friendliness. Our interactions with everyone, the other rangers, the office and housekeeping staff were all wonderful and warm and everyone just seemed happy to go the extra mile to make our stay great. The location of the suites along the river is picturesque and though the decor is somewhat dated, the standard of housekeeping is spotless. The dining was superlative and every effort was made to meet our admittedly peculiar dietary needs.
We were perfectly happy to spend our time doing the usual round of game drives and dinners, but the Amakhosi staff decided to change things about and devised surprises and treats that made us feel very special.
At the spa I heard some quite extraordinary music and when I mentioned how much I liked it, Samantha, the head therapist immediately offered to download it for me..pretty typical of the general attitude of helpfulness at Amakhosi.
These things alone would have made our stay memorable; what knocked it out of the ball park was the game viewing. Our ranger Nick and tracker Zack gave us an experience that rivaled some of the best we have had elsewhere in Africa. The number of game may have been limited but the quality of viewing and the encounters we had with the wild life were top notch. Their passion for wild life and genuine desire to give us a great experience made us extremely happy with our choice of lodge.
The only down side to this was that we hated having to leave !

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amakhosi L, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
What a lovely feeling to log on to my computer this morning to find this amazing and humbling review. THANK you for the posting and for mentioning what a great team we have, we are so proud of each and everyone and without them Amakhosi would not be the success it is. I have passed on your compliments to top management so that the team can be complimented. There are many challenges in the bush from technology that lets us down to the challenges of nature. But the team take it in their stride and always go that extra mile. We do agree with you regarding the decor and last year we invested heavily in the new SPA and this year we will start to redecorate, so when you next visit us you will see some pleasant changes. We hope to see you soon again best regards from us ALL!
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Property: Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Address: Vergelegen Farm | R69, Pongola 3170, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Pongola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amakhosi Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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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