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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
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
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
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Housekeeping
Private balcony
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Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
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Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Sofa bed
Electric blanket
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Landmark view
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

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R69, Vergelegen Farm, Magudu 3160 South Africa
Amakhosi Safari Lodge
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Zulu Inyala Airport
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King Shaka Intl Airport
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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 2023
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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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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
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Date of stay: October 2022
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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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Deirdre dS wrote a review Oct 2022
Durban, South Africa5 contributions4 helpful votes
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Amakhosi is a hidden gem! The food, rooms, service, game drives and all the staff are just amazing! You will not find a better Big 5 experience anywhere else. Big thank you to our ranger Ralden and tracker Mandla for making our drives the best I have ever experienced, they made sure that we saw as much as possible and their knowledge is impeccable! I cannot wait to go back! Thank you all at Amakhosi for the best getaway!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 31 Oct 2022
Wow what a wonderful review and thank you for taking the time to post it, we loved hosting you and your lovely family and we hope that you all come back soon one day- fondest regards the AMA team!
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JohnWilson wrote a review Sept 2022
United Kingdom102 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
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Date of stay: August 2022
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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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PittsburghBambi wrote a review Apr 2022
Pittsburgh195 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.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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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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Francis C wrote a review Apr 2022
Hawkhurst, United Kingdom551 contributions244 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 2022
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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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Richard G wrote a review Mar 2022
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
Had a fantastic time at Amakhosi, highly recommend for anyone looking for a safari destination. Saw lots of wildlife here, I even woke up during the middle of the night to either elephants or hippos grazing around our accommodation.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Responded 03 Apr 2022
WOW what a way to start the week with stunning reviews and also to see our international guests back!! We are so grateful to have our guests back and the staff are loving every minute - thank you so much for taking the time to post, much appreciated by us all - hope you visit us again - regards the AMA TEAM!
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KatieW2401 wrote a review Mar 2022
London, United Kingdom17 contributions6 helpful votes
The best 3 days of my life were spent at Amakhosi. I arrived on 30th December 2020, stayed in the honeymoon suite (booked because it was still such good value and after 2 years of Covid, we wanted to treat ourselves), and left with a fiancé! The staff were amazing and really helped my boyfriend out when he told them he was going to propose - they set the room up beautifully with candles, flower petals and champagne, so when we came back from the evening drive we had the most perfect proposal. We went on 6 game drives, saw everything apart from leopard (those sneaky scamps) and our sightings were just insane - we were surrounded by a herd of 27 elephants, right next to a cheetah with a kill, saw a male lion in full flight chasing a herd of wildebeest... the list goes on. The
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded 23 Mar 2022
Oh my word you have literally made us all so emotional, thank you so much for this absolutely wonderful review and we are so happy that your lovely fiancé chose us for this special occasion. We wish you all the best for the future and hope that you come back one day as husband and wife! We have shared this review with the entire team and a copy is now in all the departments. Sending fond regards from the AMA team! - don't forget to share any of your special photos with us and so that we can enter them in our guest competition for 2022! email them to sales@amakhosi.com
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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
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Date of stay: February 2022
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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 2022
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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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PRICE RANGE
R 7,488 - R 8,848 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandMagudu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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