AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is situated in the 12,000 hectare Amazulu Private Game Reserve, about 4 hours north of Durban.
The reserve is made up of a varied ecosystem which includes savanna, mountains and wetlands - making it the ideal home to the Big 5 as well as giraffe, zebra, warthog and hyena, hippopotamus and crocodile. There are also more than 400 bird species.
Early morning and late afternoon guided walks and game drives take you into the African bush to observe the animals and their fascinating behaviour. Qualified game rangers introduce the unique role each animal plays on the massive stage within the African Kingdom.
Amakhosi's main lodge boasts a deck with an intimate bar, lounge area, a swimming pool and dining area where meals are served under the stars. With panoramic river views, guests can unwind at Amakhosi River Spa, which offers beauty and message treatments using eco-friendly and holistic products.
The 6 luxury river suites are situated along the flowing Mkuze River. Each one boasts a separate air-conditioned bedroom, a lounge with a fully stocked mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. The high thatched ceilings and glass walls are complimented by a large bathroom with a unique bath made for two, and an outdoor (al fresco) shower.
For ultimate privacy there are 2 honeymoon suites with private plunge pools and hammocks.
'IsiGodlo' (meaning 'chiefs residence') is a private 2 bedroom house which overlooks the Mkuze River and can accommodate up to 4 guests. Guests staying here have their own ranger, tracker and private game vehicle for game drives.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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Brunch, high tea (late lunch) and dinner; all local branded beverages; bush walks; and 2 shared game activities per day with qualified guides are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 8 years old are not allowed on main game drives, but babysitting services can be arranged. A separate Childrens Programme is available at an additional cost - currently R350 per child (subject to change).
The Amakhosi Children's 'Explorer' package is offered to children from the age of 3 upwards or to anyone who is young at heart who would like to join in !
The package has been created to both entertain the children who come and visit the lodge and to educate them about the Southern Africa culture and wildlife.
Each child who signs up to the package will receive an Explorers Activity Bag, which will contain crayons, bug viewer, magic bath beans and bath tint, an activity book, a fabric picture of one of the Big 5, and some sweets and treats.
Activities will also include the following
:Movie Time::Movie time takes place in the wildlife center where a film will be projected onto the wall whilst the children relax on scattered cushions and enjoy some popcorn and a cold drink. The movies would consist of a variety of African based animations or films, suitable for all ages.
Arts and Crafts::Arts and Crafts is a time for the children to express what they have seen and learnt whilst being at Amakhosi and most importantly to have fun. During Arts and Craft time, the children will have a variety of activities they could choose from, including fabric painting, making their own beaded jewelry (as in the Zulu culture), colouring in pictures or making a collage with natural things they have found while exploring our beautiful surroundings. The Arts and Crafts time will take place outside on the lawn next to the swimming pool or in the wildlife center if the weather conditions are poor.
Fun and Games::If the child does not want to join in an activity there will be plenty exciting goodies in the Explorers Bag that will be just as much fun to do, and they are able to do and this in the comfort of there own suites. As well, at reception there is a variety of books, board games and puzzles that they can take out and enjoy. The lodge also has a few games and toys for them to play with in the pool or they could simply watch DSTV in the TV lounge.
The total cost for the Explorers package which includes all the activities, the Explorers bag with all the fun content as well as all children's meals is R350 (subject to change). The package MUST be requested at the time of booking. Please note that babysitting is not included in the package rate.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how AmaKhosi Safari Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.
Game Drives and Horseback Safaris
Montusi Mountain Lodge
Beverly Hills Hotel
AmaKhosi Safari Lodge
Amazulu Private Game Reserve
Pakamisa Game Reserve
Destination: South Africa.
Over 12 nights, this trip will give intrepid travellers a glimpse of the hidden gems tucked away in KwaZulu-Natal. Walk in a UNESCO World Heritage site to see bushman paintings dating back thousands of years, relax on a beach, chase across the plains in search of the Big 5, and end in the saddle of a magnificent Arabian horse and experience the sights, smells, sounds and excitement of the African veld and literally become one with the environment.
This is a 12 night itinerary including The Drakensberg, Durban, Amazulu Private Game Reserve and Pakamisa Game Reserve.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
AmaKhosi Safari Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg: Take the N4 towards Witbank. Take the Middelburg exit to Hendrina, and continue towards Ermelo on the N11.
Continue towards Piet Retief on the N2. Drive through the town Piet Retief and continue for approx 3 km. Turn right towards Paul Pietersburg on R33 - DO NOT continue on N2 due to terrible roadworks (roadworks likely to be there until early 2010). Continue past Paul Pietersburg towards Vryheid on R33. Turn left onto the R69.
From here the main gate is approx 103 km. Continue on R69 past Louwsburg. 2 km before the junction with R66, you will see the Amakhosi main gate on the right.
Please note that you drive through the reserve to get to the lodge - do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstanance.: : Alternative directions from Johannesburg (after roadworks have finished): Take the N4 towards Witbank. Take the Middelburg exit to Hendrina, and continue towards Ermelo on the N11. Continue towards Piet Retief on the N2, and stay on the N2 North until you reach Pongola. Take the R66 to Nongoma and continue for +/- 22 km past Magudu sign on your left. Turn right at the R69 towards Vryheid and continue for 2 km. Turn left down a gravel road and follow the AmaKhosi Lodge signs.
From Durban: Take the N2 North, and stay on this road until you reach Pongola. Take the R66 to Nongoma and continue for +/- 22 km past Magudu sign on your left. Turn right at the R69 towards Vryheid and continue for 2 km. Turn left down a gravel road and follow the AmaKhosi Lodge signs.
General Information For Guests
All rooms offer the following facilities: lounge, bedroom, bathroom, separate shower and toilet, a private deck overlooking the river, air conditioning, a mini bar, electronic safe, and a telephone.
A laundry service is available on request.
There is a main swimming pool, a spa, a library and a curio shop.
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.
From November to March each year, when the rains come, AmaKhosi invites guests to discover the fascinating world of amphibians. Night safaris with qualified guides take you deep into the bush to marvel the spectrum of colours and the loud calling of mating frogs.
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