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Norwich
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in a safari tent which was very well equipped, especially enjoyed the outside shower! Temperature in the tent fluctuates and the air-con unit was not really big enough to cope but that was our only complaint. Staff, service, knowledge of the ranger, food, cleanliness, was all first class. Fantastic setting and really enjoyed the personal touch of a...

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The staff were very welcoming and everything was ready on arrival, having our first game safari that afternoon. Evening meals with the other guests ( there were only 12 of us) enhanced the visit. We saw a wide range of animals with a knowledgeable guide. Food was well-presented and tasty and there was as much alcohol as you could drink,...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you very much for your wonderful review. It's great to hear feedback from our guests and all the more so when it is so positive. It is such a privilege to create a unique safari experience for our guests and we are certainly very lucky to have staff as dedicated as we do. We will certainly pass...

Gourock, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a three night stay here after driving the garden route from Cape Town. Warm friendly welcome and stayed in a tented lodge. This was unlike any tent I've ever seen! Beautifully furnished and so comfortable. Just loved the outside shower but never got round to the freestanding bath. Game drives in the early morning and late afternoon with jono...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Lyndsay, we can't tell you enough how lovely it is to hear such great comments of your trip to Bukela, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We're big on providing a top quality service and are very glad to hear that your stay was such a wonderful and relaxing one. We can't wait...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bukela. From the moment we arrived, Sanet and her team made us feel very welcome. We stayed in one of the luxury tents, with everything available for our comfort. Wella1 was most attentive and efficient, and breakfast and dinner were relaxed and sociable affairs, not dissimilar to the ski chalet experience. The focus of...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Wow thank you so much for the wonderful praises! It was such a pleasure reading about your experience at Bukela Game Lodge and the Amakhala Game Reserve. Game drives are certainly one of the most exciting things about being at the lodge, and with a guide like Janco you are certain to learn a thing or two with his vast...

Amersham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in one of the lodges which was luxurious and had just about everything we could possibly need. The staff were very helpful and attentive. Brunch was excellent, though we felt dinner was average. Went on 4 game drives and saw just about everything! Would highly recommend.

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Patsy, Thank you so much for the lovely review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your time here and will certainly pass on your praises to the staff. It's great to hear you had good sightings on your visit, the Amakhala is a perfect size with few guests to enable the best game viewing experience possible. We hope to see...

St Albans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small and wonderfully luxurious way to see animals in the wild. Individual lodges with every comfort provided. Dining was as a group (there were 12 when we were there) which was most enjoyable. Very knowledgeable game ranger drove us out twice a day and we managed to see cheetah, elephants, lions and rhino plus many others. Thoroughly recommend Bukela!

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a lovely review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Bukela. You're right, the Amakhala is a smaller reserve, which allows us to provide a more intimate safari experience for our guests. We are thrilled to hear you decided to visit us and hope you'll visit us again soon. Until then,...

Cheshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The accommodation at Bukela Game Lodge was first class. We stayed in one of the luxury tents for three nights. The site facilities and staff were also excellent. Our ranger did his upmost to ensure we saw as much wildlife as possible. Unfortunately a heavy storm prevented access to the lower parts of the reserve on our final day. However...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Stephen, thank you very much for the lovely review! We're glad the rain clouds didn't manage to dampen your stay and you had a wonderful experience with us. We agree, a three day stay is a good amount of time to really gain the best experience of the reserve. We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to...

High Peak
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Wonderful 3 nights here at the luxurious bukela lodge. Warm welcome from staff who welcomed us with a fab braii and african cultural evening of music and tribal dance. All staff wonderful and Excellent food cooked by first class chefs. Amazing wildlife guided by expert ranger! Hi light of our 5 week trip around the cape.

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

We are extremely happy to hear we were a highlight of your trip around the Cape and that you enjoyed your Bukela safari experience so much! We hope that you left Bukela and the Cape with some cherished memories. Thank you for taking the time to review your stay and especially for mentioning our staff's efforts. We have a wonderful...

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 February 2017

After a full day of travelling we arrived at the fantastic Bukela lodge and were promptly greeted with a brief but informative tour of the grounds and refreshing drink. The site itself compromised of a main game lodge with 2 new tented rooms (more later!) and around 5 or 6 circular lodges. We stayed in a new tented room and...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for such a fantastic and detailed review, and for joining us at Bukela Game Lodge! We really do appreciate all the time it took you to write down your experience, this review will surely be extremely helpful to fellow travelers and it has been a wonderful read for us. We are thrilled to hear you...

manchester
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Stayed here for 3 nights. Huge room with a view of a watering hole where we saw wart hogs and kudu coming for a drink. There is a small pool, which is rather refreshing to say the least. Comfy sunbeds and attentive staff bringing out cold drinks. Remember the all inclusive. The game drives were lovely and our driver was...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review, we're very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We are passionate about providing the best safari experience within a natural setting, and it's a truly wonderful thing to share this with our guests. Janco is an extremely talented ranger and his enthusiasm shows in his drives, we'll be sure to pass...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bukela Game Lodge Is A 5-Star Luxury Lodge In The 7 500 ha malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape South Africa. Accommodation at this tranquil game lodge is provided in four suites, each individually styled in African simplicity while never compromising on luxury. This secluded safari destination is tucked away into indigenous trees and bushes at the top of a hidden valley and has the perfect setting for the intimate and romantic guest experiences for which we are renowned. Connected by a wooden walkway, our thatched suites offer a remarkable private wildlife-viewing experience. Savour a crisp glass of wine in your sun-soaked spa bath, opening onto trees alive with birdsong. Indulge in sumptuous high teas, private candlelit dinners or exciting fireside boma dinners under African stars. And as you fall asleep, hear the silence broken by the unmistakeable sounds of elephant and buffalo making their stately progress through the unfenced camp. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bukela Game Lodge

Address: R342 Landman Road | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: R6 225 - R13 797 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Newly built luxury tented rooms are amazing”
  • Excellently finished bathroom (shower is just round the corner)
  • View from our luxury tent
  • All you need and finished to an excellent standard
 of 5 bubbles 128samanthal, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Safari tents are proper glamping.”
 of 5 bubbles Chazzer124, 5 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Best Safari”
 of 5 bubbles gregorylives, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms are fabulous, but they do have a couple of huge luxury tents that are in a more elevated position which might be nice too.”
 of 5 bubbles Geekywife, 12 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite was lovely, tall four poster bed, furthest away from reception. Loved it.”
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