Woodbury Lodge is located in heart of the Amakhala Game Reserve, a 8,500 hectare Big 5 malaria-free game reserve in the Eastern Cape and less than an hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Nestled discreetly against a cliff in lush riverine bush, the lodge offers spectacular views of the Bushman's River valley.
Enjoy morning and evening game drives in an open Land Rover, conducted by an experienced ranger in search of wildlife including lion, rhino, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, and over 16 antelope species. After dark, the elusive nocturnal animals are searched out with the help of a spotlight as you drive through the reserve.
As part of one game drive during your stay, you can also enjoy a relaxing river cruise down the Bushmans River (subject to river levels). Guided bush walks, night drives and horse trails are additional activities that can also be arranged during your stay here.
The dining area and lounge are perfectly positioned with expansive decks overlooking the plains, taking centre stage for unforgettable sunrises or evening drinks around the fire under the African stars.
In-between game drives relax at the lounge bar or around the swimming pool.
Designed with great care to blend in with the natural surroundings, the 5 stone-and-thatch chalets are comfortably appointed, with en-suite bathrooms, and each boasts a unique and breathtaking view from their wooden decks. The seclusion of each chalet, along with the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas, enable guests to enjoy the unique setting and breath-taking views at leisure.
In addition, the 2 spacious family chalets sleep up to 4 guests allowing families to enjoy the African bush together. The rooms are separated by a wall partition to provide privacy
Spa treatments can be enjoyed at the nearby Bush Lodge, and guests can be transferred here on request.
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Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 at Amakhala Woodbury Lodge in Amakhala Game Reserve. Fully Inclusive basis.
*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.
Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 32 ratings
Never having been on safari before,I did not know what to expect but Woodbury Lodge was superb. We had a wonderful time there.
We had a wonderful time in SA. The accommodation was perfect in terms of variation and quality of experience. Everyone was very welcoming and Angie wanted to bring Bradley, the Cullinan concierge home with us, his manner and service were second to none. A township tour was an exceptional and educational experience to be recommended. Amakhala was great, we had a really knowledgeable and patient ranger with a wicked sense of humour in Jamie and the food was excellent.
All in all a thoroughly great experience so thank you for all your help, I will recommend Travel Butlers to anyone I know who might wish to go to SA.
Our tracker/ranger Kyle was a natural gem and was a wealth of information and knowledge. The little shop could have been better stocked with small
(beaded) souvenirs for purchase. The atmosphere and setting was perfect, the rooms were roomy, appropriately decorated and very comfortable. I could even watch the giraffes in the distance from the bathtub! The food was excellent, very tasty and plenty of it. All the inclusions made it a stress free time and the smallness of the lodge meant that we felt more like it was our home too. I would definitely return, and recommend to others!
Everything at Woodbury was great. Ranger was brilliant, food was very good and very plentiful. We couldn't fault anything apart from the elusive cheetahs! Would definitely recommend.
Woodbury Lodge was excellent!!! We had an amazing time and truly appreciate your help with the whole process:)
If we make it back to South Africa we will for sure get in touch with you.
Amakhala = fantastic.
Only high praise great food / accommodation / staff / trips = highly recommended.
Hope to go back again one day!
We would really like to thank you for helping plan our holiday.
We had a fabulous stay at Woodbury Lodge. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our ranger, Tim, was extremely knowledgeable. There is a very good chef on site and the meals were wonderful. Oh yes, the weather was perfect and animal sightings were plentiful.
Woodbury Lodge was a great place to stay, people very friendly and helpful, small groups and excellent service / food and location, plenty to see each day, very dedicated staff.
10/10 - will stay again.
Just to say many thanks for your help and the game reserve (Woodbury Lodge) was fab...
Woodbury Lodge was absolutely brilliant. We will be back and will recommend to our friends.
Woodbury Lodge was our all-time favourite - really excellent accommodation, service,meals, game drives - all wonderful.
My experience at Woodbury Lodge was amazing. The staff was so professional, the food and atomsphere was extraordinary. I was so impressed with the game reserve and the wildlife that I was able to see. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.
Thank you for your help in booking this adventure for me.
We had a fantastic holiday thank you, so much so that I now want to emigrate to South Africa! Woodbury Lodge was perfect, we were totally spoilt and seeing the animals up close was amazing. Thank you for organizing the trip for us.
Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us in organising our holiday to South Africa recently. We both agree that it was very special and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, pity it had to end so quickly!
Fiskaal Rd was excellent and extremely friendly but Woodbury Lodge was truly magnificent and we found everybody very welcoming and most hospitable!
We have already recommended you and your company to many friends and colleagues and of course we will certainly be in touch when we need help with our next trip, however that may be a couple of years hence!! Once again many thanks for all your help and advice.
We had a great time at Woodbury Lodge, it was just what we had hoped for, and the staff went out of there way to accomodate our needs with the children. I would highly recommend the place for kids.
We were initially told that all meals would be together with other guests which we were fine with, but as Emily (6yrs) and Tom (9yrs) had done the early morning drive and the evening one to 7.30 pm, the staff arranged a separate meal for the kids (which was not a regular service at the lodge) as they were tired out.
Judy (ranger) also decided to do a drive working around the kids needs, ie taught the kids how to track animals by looking at the footprints, and spent time talking to them about the plants, colour of soils, etc ... We ended up having her to ourselves, and the kids learnt so much (they have been on a mini safari before), but this safari was less touristy and more of a personal service. The big bonus was seeing cheetah and some cubs which was a rare occurance!!!
The accomodation was outstanding with lots of little extras ie a bottle of wine left each night on our pillow, with chocolates!!
We intend to go back there again in 18 months time, as the game reserve with spectacular mountainous scenery, rivercruise and bush drives were breathtaking.
Thank you for your efficiency and guidance/advice with arranging the safari and we will be in touch next time when we come out to Africa.
N AND G BENSON
Just wanted to say thank you for your help and advice with our arrangements for our SA trip over Christmas. We had a fantastic holiday, and the icing on the cake was the bush walk at Amakhala Woodbury on our last morning that you arranged as a special addition. What a way to finish!
Many thanks for your help with organising our recent holiday to South Africa it was fantastic. All travel arrangements flowed like a dream and the accommodation was superb everywhere, to be highly recommended. Whales were abundant which was the foremost highlight for me and the Dyer Island cruise well wothwhile despite us seeing numerous whales from land close up to shore. The children loved the safari (Woodbury Lodge)and our hosts exceeded the expected hospitality by far. Only the elusive cheetah wasn't playing the game! But the elephants more than made up for his shyness.
Anyway, many thanks to you, you did a marvelous job and I would recommend your services highly to anyone, I shall be looking you up for next years trip for sure we just have to decide where is next on the map!
Woodbury Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
Note that Port Elizabeth has been renamed Gqeberha, and Grahamstown has been renamed Makhanda - both names for each place can appear on roadsigns and maps and can be used interchangeably.
From Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha)/Knysna: Follow the N2 towards Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha). About 75 km after Port Elizabeth on the N2 towards Grahamstown (Makhanda) you will cross the Bushman’s River. Just after the bridge you will see the road sign for Woodbury Lodge. On your right hand side is a terracotta coloured wall with a thatched roof. Enter through the gate and follow the signs to Woodbury Lodge.
From Grahamstown (Makhanda): Follow the N2 from Grahamstown (Makhanda) towards Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) for 51km. The entrance to Woodbury Lodge will be on the left-hand side. Enter through the gate and follow the signs to Woodbury Lodge.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning and heating, mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), mini bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dyer, in-room safe, underfloor bathroom heating and a private deck.
The lodge has a communal swimming pool, a curio shop, in and outdoor dining facilities and a central fireplace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lounge/bar area.
A laundry service (laundry bags are provided in the bathroom) is available at an additional cost.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Diners credit cards are accepted.
Fresh bottled water is provided in the lounge area with water bottles on your bed upon arrival. Tap water is derived from a bore hole and is not recommended for drinking.
Included in your stay are morning and evening game drives leaving from the lodge. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers through Amakhala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers.
Rooms are cleaned twice a day while guests are out on game drives, to avoid any disruption during your stay. The housekeeping staff are always available to assist guests wherever necessary.
A nice alternative safari activity during longer stays is a river cruise (subject to river levels). The boat meanders down the Bushman’s river, beaming with incredible bird and plant life. The cruise is between 30 to 40 minutes to be enjoyed at your leisure with mouth-watering snacks and ice cold beverages. All river cruises are made by prior arrangement with the lodge on arrival.
Guided bush walks can also be arranged. The walks take place in the non 'Big 5" side of Amakhala Game Reserve and are led by a qualified game ranger (additional cost).
For the more daring, Big 5 bush walks for 2-3 hours (maximum 4 people per walk) can also be arranged for guests 16 years and older at an additional cost and are bookable directly. No medical certificates are required to participate.
Guests can also explore the non Big 5 side of the reserve while on horseback. Duration is between 2-3 hours, departing at 10:30. Intermediate to experienced riders welcome. Minimum number of people is 2; maximum 6. Please make arrangements prior to travel or upon arrival. 24 hours notice must be given. This activity is an additional cost. A riding helmet will be provided.
Night game drives can also be arranged (additional cost).
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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