Amakhosi Safari Lodge

R69, Vergelegen Farm, Magudu 3160 South Africa
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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. This affordable five star property is full board and includes all game activities.
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Free parking
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Pool
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Free breakfast
Spa
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
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Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Extra long beds
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Sofa
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English, Afrikaans, Zulu

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R69, Vergelegen Farm, Magudu 3160 South Africa
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Zulu Inyala Airport
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Globetrotter312595 wrote a review Oct 2021
Durban, South Africa19 contributions5 helpful votes
On the recommendation of friends we stayed at Amakhosi for four nights in August, to include my birthday.

What an amazing time we had. The staff excelled themselves and it is difficult to single out any one person they were all so friendly and professional. The food was excellent and my food sensitivities were catered for discreetly and with no problem. Our table was set out each time on the deck overlooking the river, in the evening by candlelight. So romantic... Our room was spacious, clean and very comfortable with an adjacent sitting area which we learned could accommodate a third person/child. A fridge, crockery, kettle together with tea and coffee completed the spoil. The large bathroom had a walk-in shower, bath and double wash basins with plenty of towels and toiletries. Cooled drinking water was always available in the main dining area where we could fill our Amakhosi bottles on the way out to a game drive.

We treated ourselves to a full body massage and hot stone massage which were great. The whole spa set up was beautiful and spacious with its own pool and lounging area. We were kept company by the many resident nyala and warthog.

As we were the only guests due to Covid restrictions but were able to travel from the Durban area, we had a large Landrover to ourselves and were able to set the times for our twice-daily game drives. We have been to many game reserves over the years but have to say that Philip the ranger and Jeremy the tracker were in a class of their own. Their knowledge was phenomenal and their sense of humour much appreciated. They went out of their way to find the Big Five and the lesser seen birds, and we loved the young orphaned giraffe who came out of the bush to greet us. Unfortunately the leopard evaded us but made his unseen presence known over dinner and into the night with his coughing from the other side of the river.

All in all a wonderful stay and we can only hope to return in the not too distant future. Thank you.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 04 Oct 2021
What a wonderful and detailed review, we really appreciate you taking the time to write it and we are so happy that you left with great memories. Word of mouth is a powerful tool and we hope that you review will entice many more travellers to come and visit us. We hope to see you back again and fond regards from all the AMA team!
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JohnWilson wrote a review Sept 2022
United Kingdom100 contributions58 helpful votes
Quite brilliant in every respect whatsoever. We stayed three nights in a honeymoon suite ( a 4 minute walk from the main lodge) and it was faultless: very spacious, stylish, private, beautifully furnished, very well equipped and quiet. The lodge itself was marvellously positioned overlooking a river, the food was quite amazing in content, variety and presentation (totally five-star), the staff ~ without exception ~ were cheerful, efficient, fun an very well trained. This place oozed good management, attention to detail, thorough training that instilled confidence and relaxed charm in everybody.

Our guide, King , and his spotter, Zac, were perfect: knowledgeable, patient, considerate, lucid, humorous and so keen to tell us about not just the big five, but the birds, the flora and all animals of all sorts. We indeed saw all the big five in our three day stay, even the elusive leopard.

We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this lodge: you will be treated like royalty with grace and efficiently, you will eat and sleep very well, you will love the game drives and you will get very good value for every penny you spend. It is an exemplar to all other lodges on how to get it right in every single detail..
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 12 Sept 2022
Good morning from a wet Zululand. what a delight to get an alert to say that there was a review for our team. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this detailed review. A copy has been sent to all departments and we are all thrilled that you had a wonderful time with us. This is what we strive for, that our guest leave as friends with wonderful memories. We hope that you return and visit us one day again. Fond regards the Ama team
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Suheena45 wrote a review Feb 2022
Durban, South Africa47 contributions3 helpful votes
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A great bush experience with highly skilled Ranger Phillip and Tracker Zakhele who won us over when finding stunning animal sightings and their friendly personalities. The highlight of this trip is definitely viewing with these gentlemen who really have a passion for what they do and persevered until they tracked the animals. The thrilling heart-racing experience was definitely when they got out the vehicle to track prints and a lioness menacingly roared and charged 😳... they handled it so well and Phillip had a face-off with her as she slunked away. Both of them have a great inherent understanding of the animals and behaviour so that we always feel safe and learn so much from them. We'll done Phillip and Zakhele!

The accommodation is beautiful and spacious so that you're always experiencing a private getaway. It is well kept and truly 5 star lodging. The geckos can be messy at night and the bugs out in the bush are in swarms but it's expected in the bush so we just kept our items closed.

Despite us having dietary restrictions, the dining was mostly good for us and having Lindo around from day 2 really ensured that we were truly accommodated for from then on. I only give this a 4/5 rating as two of us struggled on day 1 with food options and it didn't appear as accommodating to our dietary needs. Fortunately Lindo came through on Day 2 and he helped us.

The staff are helpful and attentive but special mention again is Lindo who goes above and beyond in his role. The booking process with Marilyn is so smooth and easy.

I'd recommend this lodge if you're looking for exceptional game viewing.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 14 Feb 2022
Good day sorry for the delay in responding to the review as we have been investigating the reason in the lapse of your dietary requirements, it seems a miscommunication occurred and for this we apologise as this is not in standing with our service levels and thank you for bringing it to our attention , we are so happy that Lindo managed to sort out your meals as this is one aspect that we really to pride ourselves, in that whatever your dietary requirements are, you as our guest have the best possible options. We have forwarded this review to all departments and to our operations manager and he has communicated your lovely review to our awesome guiding team. Thank you so much for taking the time to post such and informative review as I am sure this will assist many potential guests in making a decision to stay with us, Hope we see you soon again and Best Regards the AMA TEAM
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Daryl S wrote a review Jan 2022
Monteseel, South Africa2 contributions
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From the moment we called the lodge to book to the moment we drove out the gate we were taken care of fully with personal and kind service. Every staff member seems to be personally invested in the guests comfort and experience!
Amakhozi has restored our faith in boutique game lodges. Small and intimate where you feel you are among old acquaintances and friends.
Game drives produced 4 of the big 5… elusive leopard did now join in.
Food and accommodation is excellent whilst the whole Safari experience is a pleasure…. Even the spa. (we are not really spa people)
Thank you to the whole team (yes even the gate guard was a pleasure to deal with) for a great experience - you will surely see us again… and again.
Value for money!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 11 Jan 2022
Good morning and a very happy new year to you. Thank you for our first review post of 2022 and what an amazing post it is, you have certainly understood our team, nothing makes us happier than guests arriving as guests and leaving as friends with memorable moments and reviews like this is what makes it all worth it! A copy has gone to each department and once again thank you and thank you for taking the time to post this review. Tripadvisor is one of the platforms used when making holiday destination decisions. Hope we see you back again and fond regards the AMA TEAM!
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PittsburghBambi wrote a review Apr 2022
Pittsburgh192 contributions109 helpful votes
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Amazing, Incredible, Wonderful! We spent 3 nights here and it was not enough- we wanted to stay longer. We were so sad to leave. The lodge and our river suites were beautiful. We enjoyed sitting on the porch and enjoying the natural beauty. The suite is spacious and the beds heated,

The food was incredible. We had coffee, juice and cookies before the morning game drive. Then we stopped during the drive for coffee and mini muffins at an incredible location. After the game drive we had part continental breakfast buffet with a hot breakfast choice. A 2 pm high tea was followed by the afternoon game drive. Also with a cocktail stop if desired. Dinner after the game drive at 715. We had lamb chops, filet of beef and Kingklip fish entrees that were all so delicious. Cocktails were so reasonable but we were greeted on return from safari with a special cocktail. The tables for dinner were so romantic. We ate most meals alfresco.

What we came for- the game drives, incredible. The reserve is green, lush and beautiful. We saw the big 5 on our 6 game drives. Our guide Pierre and tracker Mandel were so good. Pierre knew so much about the animals and the plants and trees. He could identify birds by their shapes and calls my friend and I were with another couple on the drives and they were so nice that they added to our experience. We saw so many animals including zebras, giraffes, lions, rhinos, buffalos, nyala, warthogs, kudo, leopard, impala, wildebeest and more and were surrounded by elephants. Our fellow guests also loved the lodge and compared it above other safari experiences. We saw amazing sunrises, sunsets and stars.

On leaving the staff came out and waved goodbye. Everyone was so friendly, you felt like you were part of family. I would come back here in a heartbeat and could not recommend it enough.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 31 May 2022
Oh wow what an amazing review, sorry for the delay in responding as we have been on two back to back travel shows, so lovely to be back to seeing our trade face to face, we also mentioned while presenting to please look at the reviews on Trip Advisor as our wonderful guests literally describe each experience in detail, well I was not wrong as hopefully all did read your detailed review! Thank you so much and your review will be read in the morning meeting WE really hope that you do return soon, fond regards from all at Amakhosi
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Anne S wrote a review Nov 2022
Sandhurst, United Kingdom73 contributions16 helpful votes
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From arrival just in time for lunch, to our departure after a three night stay, we were made to feel like part of the family and were looked after like royalty. All staff members were always smiling and were friendly, "genuine" and accommodating which is not always easy to find.
In particular we would like to thank King our ranger and Arrows our spotter who made our 6 game drives the best we have ever experienced, we have previously been on game drives in Kenya and South Africa but these were simply outstanding! King and Arrows were funny, relaxed and chatty and King was very knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions. On our first drive we were lucky enough to see 4 out of the big 5 (including a leopard!) By the end of our 6 game drives we had even seen another leopard, this time right outside the lodge on a rock by the river. We also saw a huge alligator down by the river whilst eating breakfast one morning.
Other staff members that stood out for us and we would like to personally thank were Zinhle, the assistant manager (wicked sense of humour!), and Sya and Nhlanda who made our meal times even more enjoyable with their fantastic service and friendliness. I would also like to thank Nhlanda who made my close encounter with the friendly giraffe who visited one evening before dinner, an experience that I will never forget and will treasure forever.
Our lodge overlooking the river was fantastic, very luxurious with a very comfy bed and fantastic views. It was an easy minute's walk to the main bar/dining area which was lovely and had a nice homely feel to it. All food during our stay was of an exceptional quality and was always plentiful and beautifully presented.
We didn't have any treatments at the spa but did make use of the swimming pool there which overlooks the river and was very relaxing.
A massive thank you to you all at Amakhosi for making our stay/experience the best we have ever experienced, it was truly magical, please don't change a thing!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 15 Nov 2022
Wow What a wonderful and comprehensive review, we really appreciate the time it took to post this, it is reviews like this that make it all worthwhile for our awesome team, knowing that you arrived as guests and left as friends with memorable experiences. A copy of this has already been send to all departments for them to enjoy. Thank you again and the team sends their fond regards and hope that one day you return for a second visit.
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Camper35040267302 wrote a review Nov 2023
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We had the most outstanding experience at Amakhosi Safari Lodge.

Every single staff member went out of their way to personally make us feel welcome and comfortable.

The River Suite was a piece of paradise, I loved the attention to detail.

The food was outstanding.

We had the most life-changing experience on our game drives... Our Ranger, Ralden, and our Tracker, Mandla, were an exceptional team... our highlight was when they spotted a mother cheetah on the hunt! They predicted her behavior SO accurately that they managed to set us up to witness the most breath-taking event of the cheetah taking down an Kudu... and to top it off, she called her 5 cubs to feast.

An experience we will never forget!

We will DEFINITELY be back!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Good morning ... what a wonderful way to start the week with this amazing review, thank you so much for taking the time to post this, it is much appreciated by all. It is getting reviews like this that make our work worthwhile. We loved hosting you and hope that you both return for a visit soon Fond regards 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
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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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Carey G wrote a review Feb 2023
Durban, South Africa4 contributions5 helpful votes
Incredible weekend spent at Amakhosi. The staff were extremely professional, friendly and accommodating and our ranger Pierre and spotter Mandla were fantastic in finding us game and spotting over 50 new birds for us and being so passionate to take us out, even in the drizzle. The food was out of this world and the beds were dangerously comfortable. The reserve is very well looked after and the animals look healthy.
Thank you Amakhosi - 11/10 stars. See you soon!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 17 Feb 2023
What a way to end our week with this amazing review, thank you for being such awesome guests, we all loved hosting you and we appreciate all your kind words, copy of this has been circulated to all! We hope that you visit us again and hope the weather is better for you, have a great weekend from the AMA TEAM!
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Francis C wrote a review Apr 2022
Hawkhurst, United Kingdom540 contributions242 helpful votes
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Delightful lodge with kind and helpful staff. The safaris were second to none with our ranger Philip and tracker Jeremy being able to find all the big five. The food was delicious and our honeymoon suite even had a hot tub which one could use whilst having a glass of wine and seeing impalas and water hogs in the bush
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Responded 03 Apr 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to post this wonderful review, we are grateful to have such amazing guests which makes our work all that more worthwhile - we have send a copy of your review to all our departments hope you visit us again regards the AMA TEAM!
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Answer from AmakhosiTeam
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Wow thanks for answering the question for us Bobannieo! Fully agree one night is very short and we do have transfer companies that we can recommend, the inclusions are accommodation, all meals , game drives and game drive drinks. You can contact us on our email (sorry unable to post our email address, but you can find it on our website or the TripAdvisor page) and we are more than happy to send you more info
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Anne H asked a question Aug 2014
Does Amakhosi have a gift shop?
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Hi there, yes there is a small gift shop with branded clothing, curio, jewellery and some art work, hope this is helpful
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BessWright wrote a tip Nov 2023
Durban86 contributions3 helpful votes
"Go in Spring and you’ll see the animals with their young - we saw lion and cheetah cubs plus the usual elephant and zebra babies."
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Shaun wrote a tip Nov 2023
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
"Just relax and allow nature to take over..."
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Donige wrote a tip Aug 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions3 helpful votes
"Mornings and evenings are cool"
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SweetPiment0 wrote a tip Oct 2021
Winterton, South Africa70 contributions54 helpful votes
"If you are seeking a game reserve who can offer you luxury and individualised attention this is the one to book!"
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Peter E wrote a tip Feb 2020
Heemstede, The Netherlands159 contributions43 helpful votes
"All rooms are great but two rooms even have an outside bath"
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R 7,069 - R 8,594 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandMagudu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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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 and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Amakhosi Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
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 and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.