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“Safari as it always should be!”
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Bukela Game Lodge
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The adventure starts by getting to the lodge!! If you think, your small car won't make it, do not worry! It will. Just like our rented little Renault did... You may already spot a few animals on the way.

The Bukela Lodge is located at the end of a beautiful valley. It offers a great view. You will be greated with a warm welcome and guided to your African styled house.
There are two Safari trips per day. Don't miss the morning Safari! Getting up at 5.15 am is worth the effort! You will see so many animals in the early morning hours and they are super active. Our ranger, Jonathan took 4-8 people on one tour. He is very experienced. We learned a lot about the animals and how to track them. He even found the Cheeta family. It was amazing!!

The entire game lodge area is huge (7.000 hectares). We went to new districts on every single ride. It is an impressive scenery. Besides the cool animals you get to watch, it was very important for us to see, how respectful everyone treats nature.

Bukela Lodge offers full service including all meals. Their breakfast and four course dinner menue was always fantastic. Service people are super friendly.

To sum it up: This lodge isn't anything like the "Zoo Gamedrives" you might get trapped in somewhere else. Pick it if you are feeling good about nature and if you want to have a real safari adventure (T&A)

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi there, thanks so much for the warm review and many compliments! We'll be sure to pass them on to Jonathan and the rest of the team. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Bukela safari experience. We hope you'll return again someday soon! Until then, take care. All the best, the Bukela team.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent 3 nights here and loved every single moment, the welcome was wonderful the lodge is so beautiful with a wonderful infinity pool, our cottage was perfect beautifully set up. There is nothing I could find fault with. The game drives were wonderful with a very good ranger. I was reduced to tears after we found ourselves surrounded by a herd of elephants with the matriarch using her trunk to check me out and blow down it. Our last night the staff danced and sang for us. All in all I cannot recommend this place highly enough .go you won’t be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi there, thanks so much for the wonderful review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Bukela safari experience. It sounds as though you had some fantastic sightings! We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to the rest of the team. We hope you'll return again someday soon! Until then, take care. All the best, the Bukela team.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first thing I would say when visiting any game lodge reserve park is make sure you hire a four wheel drive vehicle because getting there from the main road can be several kms on unmade roads. We did manage to get to our destination and it was worth the drive with care. Bukela Game lodge is very private and small with lodges and luxury tents first class. It was all inclusive and the game drives were private and our ranger Janqi was brilliant and professional. We saw all the animals on our wish list and more. Only the lepoard was illusive to us. Security and safety is paramount to ensure no guest comes to any harm. Food was OK and adequate but lacked quanity and taste, maybe this was due to small kitchens not too sure. Poolside facilities were inadequate for the number of guests and sunbeds could have been more comfortable and pool towels a little thicker. Overall though we thoroughly enjoyed out stay. Many thanks to all staff for making our stay memorable.

Stayed: January 2018
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Your balanced feedback helped us to see that there are some areas we could make improvements on, although it is wonderful to hear you enjoyed the accommodation and game drives so much. We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to your ranger.

All the very best and we hope to see you again,
The Bailey family and Bukela team

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This safari was just out of this world. If you are going on safari this is the place to go. There was just the two of us and we saw all the animals. Our ranger was John Luke and he was very very informative and ensured we got to see all.
The food is gorgeous and the staff are very very friendly.
We were chilling out one day and one of the staff came over and told us there was an elephant by our lodge. She brought us over telling us what we could and could not do. We were so close to the elephant it was amazing.
I cannot express how fab this place is. You just really need to go your self to see.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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. Our unfenced lodge always provides surprise visits from the wildlife around us. We hope to see you again for another visit soon!

All the very best,
The Bailey family and Bukela team

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Such an amazing experience from beginning to end. The lodges were perfect and bed was very comfortable. Our ranger Jono was brilliant and definitely made the whole experience better, his knowledge and passion for the animals was infectious. Would highly recommend this place. The only one negative was food, dinner was a bit hit or miss depending on what chef was on. Overall though a truly amazing holiday.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jenny,

We are thrilled you enjoyed your time here and will certainly pass on your praises to Janco and the rest of the team. While we are to sad to hear about the food not being of our usually high standard, we're glad that you pointed it out so that we know where we can work on. We hope to see you again for another visit soon!

All the very best,
The Bailey family and Bukela team

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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: R 7 802 - R 13 433 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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 and five luxury safari tents, 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 unmistakable sounds of elephant and buffalo making their stately progress through the unfenced camp. ... more   less 
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