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69 Vergelegen Farm , R R69, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 21/06/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 12 Speciality lodging in Pongola
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Amakhosi Lodge is one of those destinations that you need to visit at least once in a lifetime! Translated as a ‘place of kings’, it is exclusive, offering a unique and personally rewarding safari experience. Situated on the banks of the Mkuze River in the heart of Zululand, on its own private game reserve and close to the Swaziland and Mozambique border, this small yet absolutely charming Lodge is not only about experiencing a ‘Big 5’ safari. It is far more than that as the guides pride themselves in sharing their intimate knowledge of this unique and pristine bushveld with their guests.
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Ironing service
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Air conditioning
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69 Vergelegen Farm , R R69, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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King Shaka Intl Airport222 kmSee all flights
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Msandmeier wrote a review Jan 2021
Riehen, Switzerland25 contributions20 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
Our trip to Amakhosi was just wonderful from beginning to end. Timing: We stayed four days and three nights. While I could have stayed longer, due to the remote location of the reserve, I would hesitate to book a shorter trip than that. Cleanliness: I have never stayed in a cleaner, more well maintained property. Especially during COVID, we felt like our health - as well as the health of our staff - was of top priority to everyone at Amakhosi. The entire lodge is beautiful and spotless from top to bottom and staff seems happy - clearly management is doing something right. Rooms: Outstanding. We were lucky enough to stay in a honeymoon suite and it was both large and tastefully decorated. The beds were very comfortable, linens were clean and top quality and our room even had a little hot tub/plunge pool! The blackout curtains were a nice touch since we were tired after waking up so early for morning game drives, and the rooms were made up twice a day by their housekeeping crew. There is plenty of space in between chalets so you won't be disturbed by your neighbors and the serene vibe of the nature reserve remains in focus. Every morning when I opened my eyes I felt so grateful to be there. Game Drives: The absolute highlight of our trip was our game drives with King and Jacque. Both guides were outstanding in every way, and it was so fun to watch them interact while they worked. Kind, informative and knowledgeable they seemed genuinely excited to not only point out the animals in the bush, but to provide us with as much information about them as possible. While we were not able to find a leopard, we saw so much wildlife, including things we never expected. I really appreciated Jacques' knowledge in fields outside of just the ¨Big 5" - there is so much more to see in Africa than just 5 animals, and they made sure that we had holistic experience. From pointing out various bird and amphibian species to going as far as picking a few edible berries for us to try, they both genuinely cared not only about the animals but about our experience in South Africa as a whole. They even explained the interaction of each species and how the natural balance of the reserve was maintained through careful management. King has the most lovely smile and disposition, he is always scanning the field for game and quietly pointing out the plentiful animals. King and Jacque are both highly curious people, and I could have talked with them for days. We miss them! South Africa is a particularly complex country, and it is difficult to learn the nuances of their history and political situation from the outside. We learned so much about the history of the country, the current various ethnic groups and their interactions and how those factors have shaped the current political climate in post-apartheid South Africa. Prior to visiting, we spent two full days at the Apartheid Museum in Soweto, but talking with Jacque and King helped us to further clarify questions that even the museum was not able to. To be clear, we were interested and asked for their honest assessments, certainly not something you have to discuss if you are not interested in it, but since we asked, we were grateful they were willing to share their experiences and perspectives with us. Another consideration in booking a safari is size. We had considered booking a lodge in Kruger or Sabi Sabi, but we're so grateful to have found Amakhosi. Many lodges are huge, and due to their international notoriety, packed with cars. At Amakhosi there is just as much wildlife as in other more well known parks, but because it is on a private reserve, you’re almost always the only vehicle moving about the reserve. That means that the animals have more patience with your presence, as they haven't been inundated with visitors all day, and you get a chance to view them behaving as close to naturally as possible (kind of the whole point of a safari…). Spa: A lovely facility tucked away from the main entrance, with a large infinity style swimming pool and comfortable lounge chairs as well as a small but well equipped gym. We indulged in a massage and while it was not as technically impressive from a technical physical therapy standpoint as I would have preferred, it was very relaxing and calming. Dining: All the food we had was of the best quality and prepared on site. We appreciated the obvious attention to detail and time invested in preparing interesting and delicious meals. Quality is so important to me when it comes to meals, and after hearing about the enormous quantity of food often offered at safari lodges, I was concerned that it might be a situation of mediocre food prepared in large quantities. This was absolutely not the case ast Amakhosi, as every dish was prepared with quality ingredients and innovative methods. Overall: I was genuinely sad to have to say goodbye, we had such a relaxing, wonderful experience at Amakhosi and we will think back with happy memories for the rest of our lives. Truly a first class, wonderful experience we will never forget. While the facilities and food were wonderful, the differentiating factor for us was how fantastic the staff at Amakhosi is. I hope the owners realize what a special group they have working for them at the lodge and do their best to retain and continue to take good care of their employees.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 27 Jan 2021
Wow - not sure what else we can say but a huge thank you, firstly for choosing to stay with us for your visit in South Africa , we have been so missing our international guests and it was so lovely to have you stay with us and secondly to take the time to post such an amazing and detailed review, this is most appreciated by the team and a copy has been sent to each department, we won't lie it has been a tough time for our team, our owners have been wonderful in trying to keep the team going during this pandemic and for us it is safety of our guests and our team that is vital at this time, so thank you for appreciating their hard work to keep everyone safe. As I read this I am totally bursting with pride to be part of this amazing team/family. It has always been our mission that our guests leave as friends and that they leave with memorable moments and this is so important for us especially now, we want our guests to unwind and for a short while feel safe and try and forget what is happening to the world. So I would say mission accomplished - a copy of this letter has gone to our owners and to all! We hope that one day you come back and stay with us again - Fond regards from the AMA TEAM !
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Mike Gibbs wrote a review Jan 2021
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Cant say enough about this amazing place and the experience our family had this last weekend..the rooms are huge and beautifully decorated, the food and detail in all meals is unrivalled! The game drives and encounters with big five, plains game, small game and birds are certainly unrivalled!!! There is no doubt that the people make this whole experience a memory for a lifetime, they are exceptionally happy, friendly and professional . A stunning place and brilliantly managed...thank you Amakosi!!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 28 Jan 2021
What a lovely review and thank you so much for taking the time to post this it means a great deal to us all! Making our guest leave and friends and with memorable moments is what is is all about, so thank you We have forwarded this to our team and hope that you come back and visit us soon Fond Regards from the AMA TEAM!!
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Kerstin K wrote a review Dec 2020
26 contributions5 helpful votes
Best feature: Game drives with Jacques and King. Only lodge we had been to which provides 2 rangers on a vehicle. Amazing scenery !! Food was good, room nice and clean! Don’t leave anything sweet open in room so bush babies will stay away! Spa area amazing!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 04 Jan 2021
Good day and thank you for the lovely review, glad you enjoyed our guiding team, Jac and King are great together. Have passed on the compliments to the team and made their day! Yes good tip, these bush babies really have a sweet tooth. Hope you visit us again and best regards from the Amakhosi Team
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Lisa wrote a review Nov 2020
Fjallbacka, Sweden13 contributions
A wonderful place with great and helpful staff. Beautiful surroundings just by the river. The food was excellent. Charming ranger and tracker with lots of knowledge. We were treated like royalties! Thank you all!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 07 Dec 2020
So Sorry we missed this review but lovely to read it on a Monday! Thank you for taking the time to post this and we really do appreciate the comments - hope that next time you in our area you can pop in and visit us again Regards the AMA TEAM!
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Marthinus Nothnagel wrote a review Sep 2020
5 contributions
This was the best ever break and worth every cent. Bo, the guide on our Game Drive, made it possible to see a Lion up close. The quietness, scenery and the relaxing vibe is amazing. Great place to take friends and book the entire lodge. Amanda went out of her way to package a deal that suited our pockets. Here is a great tip, book more than 2 or 3 nights, there is just so much to take in.
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Date of stay: September 2020
US$282 - US$1 020 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandPongola
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Amakhosi Safari Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Amakhosi Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.