WOW. This place was simply amazing and a true gem.
Right from the moment I arrived the level of service was absolutely stunning. They greeted me with a warm towel to freshen up, took my luggage and gave me a detailed tour of the property.
The suites are little villas that are absolutely stunning. Big deck with a hammock, separate living room, Big bathroom with soaker tub, an additional toilet, separate shower, outdoor shower and king size bedroom. The villa was AMAZING.
The safari tours are like clock work. They wake you up at 5:30 and have coffee / tea and light snack for 6am. You head out for a few hours around the park and stop for coffee/tea and snack. The morning safari is about 3 hours and they think of EVERYTHING. Hot water bottles and blankets.
When you return to the lodge, you are greeted with a warm towels to freshen up and then breakfast is served shortly thereafter.
The meals are all home made and FANTASTIC. Every meal is handmade with amazingly tasty options. I'm a picky eater, but everything was delicious.
You have a few hours to do as you wish and at 3PM they have afternoon tea before you head out for the afternoon safari. This time you go out for about 3 hours and stop for a beverage around sunset.
About the safari - WOW! You have a guide and a tracker pair who are very knowledgeable. Our guides - Dylan and King were amazing. They are very friendly and so knowledgeable about all things in the area. We could ask questions all day and they gladly answered.
On our safari we saw - Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Water Buffalo, Rhinos, all sorts of Antelope (Impala, Nyala, Kudu and more), Warthogs, Hippos.
The staff went out of their way to make it feel like home. It's a small lodge, so it feels cozy. One night, when I came back from the evening safari, they had a warm bath ready for me. Its these little things that make such a big deal.
Just book this, you won't regret it.
- 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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