The 5* Bukela Lodge, situated in the 7,200 hectare, malaria-free Big 5 Amakhala Game Reserve less than an hours drive from Port Elizabeth, offers a gentle, tranquil escape from the world.
The abundant wildlife that can be seen on guided game drives includes lion, cheetah, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo.
The main lodge comprises a reception, dining and sitting area with a central fireplace which is always the centre of attraction in winter.
Also available are a media and library area with Internet, television, DVD player, games and books and a large wooden pool deck overlooking a small dam frequented by buffalo.
A separate area known as a boma adjoins the main lodge where bush braais can be enjoyed under the open starry African night.
The lodge offers 4 suites (3 standard suites and one Honeymoon Suite) and 10 luxury safari tents, each individually styled in African simplicity while never compromising on luxury. They are all separated from the main lodge by wooden walkways and indigenous bush.
The suites and safari tents are well appointed for guests' optimal comfort with every amenity, including a large, en-suite bathroom with a spa bath overlooking the African bush, an indoor and outdoor shower for the more adventurous, a central fireplace for romantic evenings, air-conditioning, underfloor heating, a private wooden deck, bar fridge and hot drink amenities. The Honeymoon Suite has a huge 4-poster mahogany bed.
Not valid for travel between 20 December 2020 and 10 January 2021. Not combinable with any other special offer.
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Guest Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings
Thank you so much for all your advice and help in organising a dream holiday to South Africa.
Our visit to Bukela Lodge was outstanding, it was pure luxury with excellent service. After a couple of nights there we felt truly relaxed and pampered. The meals were excellent and the staff could not do enough for us. I cannot recommend Bukela highly enough! Harley our ranger was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He helped us to see all of the Big Five (except Cheetah) and so much more besides. Harley often got his camera out too. We went on a boat trip on the Bushmans River and saw many interesting birds.
We are truly grateful to Travel Butlers for planning a trip of a lifetime. Your peronal service and advice for the independent traveller is outstanding. You were always quick to answer my many queries about a suitable itinerary for combining a Safari, the Garden Route, the Winelands and Cape Town in a limited time frame. Booking through you made planning such a big trip very stress free.
We fell in love with South Africa and would love to use Travel Butlers again. We will be highly recommending you to everyone we know. Thanks once again!
We had a fantastic holiday and found the accommodation that you booked for us to be superb. Service and cleanliness in all of the accommodation booked was excellent. Particular favourites were Coral Tree Cottages where we found the hosts to be really warm and friendly and Katie really enjoyed playing with their kids and the sandpit, whilst the service at Thylitshia in Oudtshoorn and Bukela Lodge was outstanding.
Our stay at Bukela Lodge could not have been better the food, service, friendliness was outstanding nothing was too much trouble. They made the whole family feel really welcome and were great with Katie and Billy. We did 6 game drives and saw masses of animals including close encounters with a family of lions and the rhinos. We were lucky enough to have our own ranger Sandra who took us out on our own vehicle which worked fantastically with the kids. We usually took them with us for the morning drive and arranged babysitting for the evening drive. We would strongly recommend Bukela both for people with and without children.
Thanks for organising a great holiday we enjoyed it so much that we are hoping to return.
We had a fantastic time, and Bukela Lodge was very good.
The staff were particularly helpful/attentive, and made us all feel very welcome. The accommodation was excellent and the food was very good.
So, many thanks for all your help. We had a great time, and would certainly recommend Travel Butlers to anyone planning to visit SA.
We had a fantastic time - Bukela Lodge
was wonderful and they looked after us so well. I would definitely recommend them. Elsa was fabulous and such a character! The 5 star rating is well deserved and the place is stunning.
I have just returned from a fab holiday in South Africa which you helped me arranged. The accomodation was all fabulous and we had a great time.
The Bukela Lodge in Amakhala Game Reserve was amazing and we saw such fantastic wildlife. Our host Elza and her staff where wonderful attentive people, could not fault the place at all, and I will recommend it to friends. Bradach Manor in Knysna was a charming place with wonderful staff and the most amazing views over the Lagoon. The Oceana apartments where ideally placed and we had a great view of the Apostles and Table Mountain, when there was no cloud!
All in all a wonderful dream holiday and thank you for all your help.
Do Travel Butlers only specialise in Africa or do they arrange holidays worldwide? I sincerely hope to be using you again and recommending you.
Bukela Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Port Elizabeth: About 67 km from Port Elizabeth on the N2 to Grahamstown, turn right on the R342. This entrance is gated and you will need to sign in. Continue 10 km until you see the sign for Bukela, turn right and continue to the lodge.
From Kenton-on-Sea: Follow the R72 past Alexandria to the N2. Merge onto the N2 heading towards Grahamstown and follow the directions above.
General Information For Guests
Each suite has a well appointed en-suite bathroom with a spa bath overlooking the African bush, indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning, underfloor heating, a central fireplace, private wooden decks, bar fridge, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryers and in-room safes.
The main lodge comprises of a reception area, dining and sitting areas with a central fireplace, media and library area with internet, television, DVD player, games and books. There is also a large wooden pool deck with a communal swimming pool.
A massage therapist is also available (additional cost).
Laundry - Guests personal items can be washed and ironed at a nominal fee. Laundry bags are provided in suite cupboards. Dry cleaning is unfortunately not offered.
Water - the water is derived from a bore hole and is not for human consumption. Bottled water is provided.
Your rate includes a Conservation/Community Levy which will primarily fund the anti-poaching units and a dedicated rhino monitoring programme to preserve and protect the rhinos of Amakhala Game Reserve. In addition, a percentage of the Levy will also go to support their award-winning Conservation Education Programme, which enables local school children to visit the Amakhala Conservation Centre to learn about wildlife conservation and sustainability for future generations.
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