Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve

Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve

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#4 of 7 lodges in Amakhala Game Reserve
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Surrounded by indigenous bush, the stylish Safari Lodge is part of the 7500 ha, Big 5, malaria free, Amakhala Game Reserve. Safari Lodge is only 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth. African tribal design inspired the creation of this intimate thatched lodge, and eleven unique safari huts offer all the comforts. Soak in a luxurious double bath or splash off the dust in an outdoor shower before sharing your day's adventures around the fireside under a canopy of stars. On a recommended three day safari enjoy game drives with a professional guide in open Landrovers, sun downers on a river cruise and a visit to Addo National Elephant Park. Fair Trade in Tourism accredited.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
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Private check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
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Breakfast buffet
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Afrikaans

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Amakhala Game Reserve 6130 South Africa
Getting there
Port Elizabeth Airport
1 Attraction
within 10 kilometers
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Thedot90 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were on our honeymoon, and safari lodge was the most fantastic way to start it off! The staff were incredibly attentive, particularly Jean luc who couldn’t do enough for us. The staff put flowers and champagne in our room, and we had a private meal one night. There is so much food every day, and it is lovely. The pools in each room are such a treat, and we had animals coming right outside our terrace every morning and night. There is food and drink in the room as well - not that you get much chance to eat or drink in there, there is so much on offer in the main dining area! An outdoor shower was also great. The game drives were fantastic, and we loved our sundown drinks at the end. We are so happy we went to safari, would recommend to anyone.
P.s. morning game drives were cold, even in January - take long trousers and a jumper/light jacket.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Bernie Tamboer, General Manager at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve
Responded 02 Mar 2020
Dear valued guests Thank you so much for taking the time to rate us on TripAdvisor. We are so happy to hear you had such a lovely time at our lodge and that the staff met all your expectations. The plunge pools are very welcome, especially in January as it is very hot this time of the year and we are so happy you could make use of it. We will pass on your lovely compliments to all staff, especially Jean-Luke. Warm regards The Safari Lodge Team
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Margaret L wrote a review May 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
An absolutely fab experience from start to finish. Was met by the lovely Jean-Luke and Mandy and went to check into our beautiful lodge. Omggg right near the waterhole with our own plunge pool. The food was 5 star here with a menu choice for each meal, wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner and a mini bar in each lodge. We were so surprised one night as the staff made my sister a birthday cake and came out singing to her and we hadnt said it had been her birthday recently. The lodge was so comfortable with under floor heating and a fab outdoor shower, bath and lounge area. We took 6 game drives with the very pleasant, knowledgeable ranger Martin and we saw so many animals each time. The leopards and cheetahs were elusive but we saw 7 rhinos all together at one time including a baby, lions walked right near our jeep, I could go on forever it was sooo good. We had blankets and a hot water bottle on the morning drives which were very welcome until we got warmed up by the sun. Wifi worked great here and after our sundowner safari the firepits were lit so we could sit out with blankets and talk about our funfilled days. Jean-Luke is so much fun to be around he is a great guy and will go far, we miss him already. We cannot thank the staff enough for a fantastic safari experience which we hope to repeat sometime. If you are planning a safari you need AMAKHALA SAFARI LODGE you will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Natalie D wrote a review Jan 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the absolute privilege of spending 2 very memorable nights at Amakhala Safari Lodge. From the minute we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by Lucille & Jean Luc, making us feel right at home.
We stayed in Lodge 1, where we had a perfect view of the watering hole and all the different game coming there at different times. Norman, the Elephant was a huge Wow Factor for us. Besides seeing him 2 mornings in a row at the watering hole, he came right by our lodge and put his trunk in the dip pool.
Martin, our game ranger was a wealth of knowledge and his incredible passion for the wildlife, birdlife and plant life, is so evident.
Jean Luc looked after us during all our meals and his service, friendliness was truly superb.
Lastly, the Chef, who prepared all of the outstanding meals, deserves a Special Thank You.
Look no further for the ultimate spoil at Amakhala Safari Lodge.
Nat & Greer
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Milin Mehta wrote a review May 2022
Vadodara, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic lodge and excellent guest service. Very friendly and supportive staff including the Rangers.

Food was excellent, rooms are very well maintained (showers could be better though) and clean. Staff and lodge take care of very minor details and are conscious of guest comfort.

The General Manager keeps a good eye on the details. Good job.

On the 4 Safaris we took it looked like some time was spent by the rangers in just moving around gor completing 3 hours schedule without actually attempting to show anything. This could be slightly better.

Special mention of our Butler Unapi. Extremely caring and pleasant person. Took good care.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Enjoy your time and have fun
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Dream280249 wrote a review Jan 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent three nights as a family of four at Amakhala from Boxing day. We were really lucky to have our rooms opposite the watering hole so had magical moments watching Norman the resident elephant coming down for a drink as well as giraffes and several other animals. The rooms were lovely and comfortable and the staff all couldn't do enough for you. Jean-Luc our butler was lovely and really great with the boys. My biggest shout out goes to Martin our ranger who absolutely made the holiday for us on Safari. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge about the animals, the plants, the bugs, the soil types. He was incredibly patient with my boys with all their questions and they both couldn't stop talking about him. I was slightly worried my youngest Sam age 12 would get bored after a few game drives but he loved it all. We were very lucky to see an elephant chasing off a group of rhinos and had a memorable trip to Addo elephant park which was just fantastic.
Thanks Amakhala
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Get your room with view of watering hole
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Response from BernieT117, General Manager at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve
Responded 03 Jan 2020
Good day Leeming family Thank you so much for taking the time to rate our beautiful lodge. We are so happy to hear about your lovely stay and that the staff looked after you so well. We will pass on your compliments to them, especially Martin and Jean-Luc. Warm regards The Safari Lodge Team
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Janet L wrote a review Feb 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent in every way. Beyond expectation. Seamus was a super guide, very knowledgeable and fun! Accommodation in Zebra at Woodbury lodge was perfect, saw almost every animal on the sheet, enjoyed the night drive when the hippos were out. Food and staff delightful.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Think all rooms are great, secluded and great views
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rmoller07 wrote a review Apr 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had spent the previous two weeks travelling across the Garden Route of South Africa but the main reason for travelling to South Africa was to go on a safari. We had chosen Amakhala due to previous positive recommendations from friends and we were not disappointed. Our expectations were not just met but surpassed by some way. From the moment we arrived we felt like we were being welcomed like family members. Our car was parked for us and luggage taken to our lodge. While we waited we were provided with welcome drinks, which we sipped whilst looking out over lush green land which was home to some inquisitive wart hogs and deer. In this far distance we could see the unmistakable silhouette of a giraffe, a remarkable sight. Our lodge, whilst had rustic charm, felt the perfect setting for a safari stay. A large double bed and living area with a sofa bed for our 9 year old daughter made up the main living area. You could then walk out on to your own patio/decking area, complete with chairs, loungers and a plunge pool, all over looking the wilderness. The bathroom consisted of a bath with a view and an outdoor shower. All game drives were included and excellent. Morning drives started with a hot drinks and muffins and evening drives included a drinks break where you could enjoy wine, beer or soft drinks with amazing views across the reserve. Our driver (Soni) was amazing. He always made every drive interesting and worked hard to ensure that everyone had a chance to try and see the animals of their choice. He was extremely good with our daughter (who was the only child) and let her ride up front whenever she wanted, which she loved. The lodge also provided guests with everything needed for drives including fleeces and ponchos, depending on the weather. On return from drives we were always welcomed with warm flannels and drinks and again were welcomed like family members. All meals were included and were always of a high standard. One evening we were provided with a traditional Braai where meat and veg were cooked over an open-fire which was lovely. All other meals are in the dining room area which was kept cosy with open fires for the chilly autumn evenings. The lodge was truly an amazing accommodation and made our safari trip even better then we'd envisaged and somewhere we'll never forget.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Bernie Tamboer, General Manager at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve
Responded 20 Apr 2023
Good day Richard, Ruby and Yasmine Wow, what a lovely review that you have posted regarding your stay at our lodge. We really appreciate all the detail that you have put into it, explaining everything in such a manner that people may see the lodge and experience it all through your eyes! Thank you for taking the time to do so. We will be delighted to share this with all the staff, especially Soni you made sure you enjoyed seeing the wildlife and for being so considerate with your daughter. Warm regards The Safari Lodge Team
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zc90 wrote a review May 2024
Axminster, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Amakhala Safari Lodge while I was volunteering on Amakhala Game Reserve. Everything was fantastic. We had great, friendly service, always with a big beaming smile from all the staff. Unati in particular was so friendly and helpful, always smiling and laughing. The food was great - we had a fruit platter and selection of cakes, with a welcome drink on arrival, a 3-course dinner in the evening and a great hot and continental breakfast too. The lodge is beautiful, totally immersed in nature. There is a friendly nyala who often eats from the trees and bushes around lodges, as well as giraffes that often visit the valley in front of the lodges and restaurant. The rooms are beautiful and very well equipped with large, deep bath tubs, a private verandah with plunge pool (not heated, so didn't use as it was freezing cold). Overall a great stay! Really loved my time there.
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Date of stay: May 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Rooms 1-3 have the best views. Room 10 has no view at all - just hedges.
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Karen Lewis wrote a review Jan 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful lodge and were made to feel very welcome by the warm and friendly staff who were attentive to our every need. It was clear that care was taken with the preparation and presentation of our meals which were all delicious and catered to our various tastes. The Lodge is beautifully appointed in a stunning setting and the rooms are comfortable and luxurious with many extra thoughtful touches to maximize guest experience. We had lots of fun in the private splash pools and loved “showering with nature” as well as the decadent bath! Last, but not least, was a wonderful game drive where we had some great sightings and learned a lot from our knowledgeable game ranger. We could not find fault with a single thing and will definitely visit again if we can!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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30chrisp30 wrote a review Feb 2024
Norfolk, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow what a great place. You are made very welcome by all the staff
The bungalows are spread out so there is no noise, the views are great across the landscape
Rooms are big and very well equipped but no wardrobe so if you are there for more than a couple of days you don’t unpack
Very clean and linen is pristine. Outside shower - very novel!
Guys in the bar and restaurant full of fun and so friendly
Game drives are amazing, you get one in the morning (7am) back for breakfast, then lunch then the second drive at 3pm
The guide we had for the drives was very knowledgeqble and was passionate about the animals and their safety. We saw so many animals and learnt their history
One of the drives included a trip to ADDO Elephant park OMG wall to wall elephants!!
Only downside was we had one of the furthest away bungalows so if you book ask for one near to the dining.reception area
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from TheSafariLodge
Paterson Eastern Cape10 contributions5 helpful votes
Sorry, Adam, for the belated response. I have only now come accross your query. At our lodge we have have had many LGBT couples staying without any issues and would welcome you and your partner for our special honeymoon package. Best wishes Mike
Answer from Bernie T
Good day Thank you for wanting to visit us, we are looking forward to meet you. You need to bring warm clothing, fleece top, jacket, beanie and scarfs along as the safari can get quite cold especially the afternoon safari. We do supply lovely ponchos and rain ponchos to make sure you are comfortable but always a good idea to have extras along. Hope this answer helps. Warm regards The Safari Lodge Team
Answer from Bernie T
Good day Yes, we have heating in all the rooms. We have underfloor heating and a air conditioning system that can be set on hot or cold weather dependent of course. If needed we also make fires in the lounge and dining areas to keep guest warm during meal times. Hope that set your mind at ease that your stay will warm and comfortable. Kind regards Bernie
Answer from M9F
Lincoln, United Kingdom35 contributions34 helpful votes
Rooms 1-3 are right in front of the watering hole. I think other rooms would still have a view but not as good.
Answer from Justineweeks
Hi, thank you for contacting us with your question about tips. There isn't really a standard rate for tipping butlers and rangers. The tips range between a couple of hundred rand to a couple of thousand. The standard when tipping in a restaurant in South Africa is a minimum of 10%. What you tip is very much a personal choice, and to know that whatever you do tip is very much appreciated. "Tips make the world go round!!"
zc90 wrote a tip May 2024
Axminster, United Kingdom118 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 1-3 have the best views. Room 10 has no view at all - just hedges."
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Philip C wrote a tip Apr 2024
Nottingham, United Kingdom27 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a jumper for the safari trips. It gets a bit cool at the start and the end of the day"
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Graham G wrote a tip Mar 2024
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom18 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy and relax"
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AMW91011 wrote a tip Dec 2023
Liverpool, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wrap up for the game drives - it gets colder than you’d expect."
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186338travel wrote a tip Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom150 contributions136 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sit at the front of the safari vehicle."
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PRICE RANGE
R 9,529 - R 11,493 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeAmakhala Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Shamwari Private Game Reserve (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Safari Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.