Valid: 1 May 2015 - 31 July 2015.
Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
game Drives, guided walks and river cruises
The Amakhala Game Reserve began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture between the owners of 6 lodges who are direct descendants of the original Frontier settlers some 5 generations ago, and who arrived in the Eastern Cape with the British settlers of 1820.
Today, Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of the natural heritage.
Steeped in history and beauty, this 7,200 malaria-free hectare game reserve is an ideal environment for an unforgettable safari in a varied landscape, including breathtaking views of the Bushman's River, and guests here can enjoy a range of morning and evening safaris and other activities.
Go on game drives in an open Land Rover in search of wildlife including rhino, lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, and over 16 antelope species, or take a night drive with cheese and wine sundowners before searching for elusive nocturnal animals; relax on a slow river cruise down the Bushman’s River; or take a guided walk with one of the qualified rangers.
The reserve is located either side of the main N2 highway, so at some point during game drives, most guests should be prepared to be faced with a view including a coach or a red Toyota hire car driving down the N2!
There are a choice of 4* and 5* lodges on the Amakhala Reserve, ranging from traditional safari lodges to gracious colonial country houses and tented camps.
Children of any age are welcomed at Woodbury Lodge, Leeuwenbosch, Hlosi, HillsNek and Woodbury Tented Camp, and Hlosi and Leeuwenbosch run specific Childrens Programmes for their younger guests too. Bush Lodge, Reed Valley Inn and Amakhala Safari Lodge can accommodate children over 9 years old. Bukela will only accommodate children over 12 years old.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Relax on your own private deck, and if you are lucky you may see an elusive bushbuck or hear the cry of the African fish eagle. Each en-suite tent is equipped with military campaign style furniture similar to that used by the early explorers.
Guest Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 based on 22 ratings
Woodbury Tented Camp is set in the heart of the reserve, and the tranquil surroundings of the open bushveld allow you to truly experience a quiet getaway. The centre of the camp is an airy, thatched entertainment area, where you can soak up the African sun.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 5 ratings
The 4 comfortable en-suite bedrooms at Reed Valley Inn are positioned in the tranquil working farmyard just on the outside of the reserve's game fences, and are completely separate from the main homesteads to ensure guests' peace and privacy. All meals are taken at Bush Lodge, which is about a 5 or 10 minute drive from Reed Valley Inn into the reserve.
Accommodation at Leeuwenbosch includes the historic Country House and the newer Shearers Lodge Suites. The Country House, built in 1908, offers 5 spacious en-suite bedrooms, and is layered with a collection of historical images, documents, and furniture dating back to the 1800s.
Designed with great care to blend in with the natural surroundings, the 6 thatched stone sleeping lodges are comfortably appointed, with en-suite bathrooms, and each boasts a unique and breathtaking view from their wooden decks. There is a central dining room and barbecue area, plus a lounge bar and swimming pool for guest's enjoyment in-between game drives.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
HillsNek Safaris consists of just 3 individual luxury canvas safari tents set on expansive wrap around wooden decks with panoramic views. All 3 tents are linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways.
The 11 stylish air-conditioned suites with tented fronts all open out onto your private deck with its own plunge pool. The rooms also have a small separate lounge area.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
This intimate 4 suite lodge offers an exclusive African safari experience which, combined with the luxurious, secluded accommodation, and variety of dining options, creates a remarkable, private retreat in which to regenerate body and mind. Each suite is individually styled in African simplicity, and are separated from the main lodge by wooden walkways and indigenous bush.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 12 ratings
The lodge has just 5 suites, overlooking a watering point. Each suite has a thatched roof, with tented canvas sides, and an atmospheric fireplace.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
This intimate lodge redefines exclusivity with 4 individually styled suites plus 2 family suites, designed to capture the spirit of a bygone era, while providing the luxuries of contemporary lodge living. Each suite features a mini bar, fireplace, air-conditioning, private verandas, en-suite bathrooms with spa baths and showers, and a unique outside courtyard, ideal for starlit showers and each has uninterrupted views over the African bush.
Amakhala AT A GLANCE
- 7,200 Hectares
- Big 5 Safari Reserve
- 50 Minutes Drive from PE
- Malaria Free
- Game Drives in Open Vehicles
- Bush Walks and River Cruises
- 3*, 4* and 5* Lodges
Amakhala Game Reserve and Cape Town.
7 day itinerary.
Prices from GBP £ 585 US$ 890 ZAR 10,534 EUR 796 pp*
Amakhala Game Reserve, Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and The Klein Karoo.
14 day itinerary.
Prices from GBP £ 767 US$ 1,167 ZAR 13,814 EUR 1,044 pp*
Amakhala Game Reserve, The Garden Route, Hermanus, Cape Town and The Cape Winelands.
13 day itinerary.
Prices on request
Amakhala Game Reserve, Cape Town, The Garden Route, Port Elizabeth and The Klein Karoo.
12 day itinerary.
Prices from GBP £ 1,057 US$ 1,607 ZAR 19,026 EUR 1,438 pp*
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