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Bukela Game Lodge
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

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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1  Thank Papoulin1
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

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 26 January 2018

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 29 January 2018

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 19 January 2018 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 29 January 2018

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 29 January 2018

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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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our first Safari at this game reserve. The Ranger was extremely knowledgable and we were able to see all the animals available. The property is small, accommodating 18 guests at most. The suits are spacious and tastefully styled in an African elegance.
The food was disappointing though. The chef managed to overcook most things and lunch was substituted by a high tea at 3.30 which was underwhelming.
I would say the staff tried hard but they didn’t score too well on the food.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Raina G
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Hi there,

Thank you very much for your balanced review. It's great to hear feedback from our guests and all the more so when it shows us where we still have room to improve. Game drives are certainly one of the most exciting things about being at the lodge, and with Rangers like ours, you are certain to learn a thing or two with their vast knowledge and experience. We hope to see you again for another visit soon!

All the very best,
The Bailey family and Bukela team

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