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Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Tucked away just outside of Pongola is the authentically African Amakhosi Safari Lodge. Cold towels and a fresh juice upon arrival were happily welcomed as the sun and heat favour Amakhosi. The entrance into the lodge brings with it an earthy feel. As one walks out onto the deck, the view of the Mkuze River is a sight to behold, and eating out on the deck at night, with such a spectacular view is a treat.

The room I stayed in was the River Suite. The hammock was one of my favourite touches. Reading a book and listening to the flowing Mkuze river is relaxing and unwinds a busy mind. The bed has a net on it which keeps out the mosquitoes. Comfort is an understatement… The bed is so comfortable with snug fluffy pillows that promise a great night’s sleep. There is a lounge area with a well-stocked mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The shower is very spacious and there is also an outdoor shower for the more adventurous. The rooms are so well decorated with African art and are well lit with the high glass doors and windows, allowing panoramic views.

There is no comparable feeling quite as exhilarating as watching a cheetah racing, and then hearing their adorable call. It’s quite difficult to watch them without affection after hearing that precious and delicate call. Then to the other extreme, a male lion roaring for his pride to join him, while parked a safe distance away, vibrating the entire valley with the resounding echo.

I was lucky enough to witness a baby elephant trying to use his trunk… cute doesn’t even begin to describe it! While I would dare to call a baby elephant cute, a full grown one on the other hand is nothing short of magnificent. The strength in their trunks embodies the strength of the beautiful giants.

The ultimate show in luxury was stopping at the top of one of the many hills, and viewing the landscape from above whilst sipping a crisp South African wine and snacking on biltong, crisps and nuts. It’s a lovely break during the game drive and also a chance to take in the splendour of the game farm. The game ranger and tracker were knowledgeable, well-trained and experts in their field, providing a great feeling of safety.

What would a 5* game reserve be like without mouth-watering decadence? I am personally a lover of cheese, and there was what seemed like a never ending supply of exotic cheeses, as well as succulent fruit, delicious pastries and cakes. For the fish lovers, salmon is a lovely touch with the morning breakfast, something I enjoyed. The four course dinner left my belly full and my appetite pleased. Not only was the food excellent, but so was the service. The service is anticipatory. By the end of the first night, the barman knew what I wanted to drink, as well as that I had a taste for biltong and provided me with a little biltong snack.

I splurged a little and decided to be pampered with a heavenly massage. To feel the stresses of everyday life slowly melt away while having my shoulders and neck massaged, brought along with it my surrender to bliss and relaxation.

The absolute highlight of my stay at Amakhosi, as if seeing so much wildlife and having an abundance of cheese wasn’t enough, was getting engaged. The location is so incredibly beautiful that it is the perfect place for a romantic weekend.

Room Tip: I loved the River Suites. They are the entry level rooms, but they feel like 5 star luxury.
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Amakhositeam, Guest Relations Manager at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2017

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to post this detailed review on your stay, from what we read you have many, many memorable moments and this is what makes our work worthwhile, knowing that our guests enjoyed every aspect of their stay and we hope this leaves you wanting more and next time you need an escape from the city, you come back and visit us. A copy of your review has been sent to our owner and is also up on the notice board of our meeting room, so all can appreciate that their hard work has been noticed. Sending you fondest regards The Amakhosi Team.

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Everything was perfect, from the accommodation to the food and game tours. The staff were efficient and friendly and the entire experience was superb. Our ranger Declan, and spotter Jeremy were both absolutely wonderful and Declan's all-round knowledge of the flora and fauna was shared with both intelligence and humour and was the 'cherry on the top' of our Amakhosi trip!
Just one handy hint for the unwary - shut all drawers and suitcases and lock up the tea/coffee/sugar tray when you leave your rooms as the bush babies are regular visitors and their eating and toilet habits leave much to be desired !

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Amakhositeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

What a lovely review, we are so happy that you have left Amakhosi with great memories and and all round good experience. Thank you for your comments our our tracking team and food and a copy of this review has been sent to management, so thank you again. I did have a giggle at your tip on our mischievous bush babies, but as much as they are just so naughty, I appreciate them even more now, knowing that they are free to roam and cause mischief, having just returned from a trip to Thailand where these poor creatures are taken away from their mother at birth or the mothers even killed and then are used as tourist attractions, it is so cruel and infuriating and wished we could have saved them all. So next time I lose my dessert to a bush baby, I will just recall my recent experience. We hope that next you are in our area that you visit us again, fond regards the Amakhosi Team

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Oh Wow, this place is just incredible in every way.
Let me start off by saying the Managers are incredible they are there and spoil you non stop. The Chef, is probably the best kept secret, the food is phenominal, modern without being OTT. The fresh Strawberries at breakfast were the best and sweetest and freshest I have ever eaten, the fruit was better than any fruit I have ever eaten, even better than fruit on a recent trip to Sweden! And this is the middle of Africa.
Game viewing unbelievable, Lion with Cubs, Jackal with cubs, leopard , cheetah, elephant encounter better than any where else I have stayed, buffalo herd, just spectacular. Accommadation is up there with the best! JUST GO!

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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Amakhositeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

Wow, what a wonderful way to return to work today with all these great reviews, THANK you for taking the time to post this AMAZING review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us. Thank you for your comments on our management and staff ( I do personally think the best team around ) , a copy of this review has been forwarded to our owners. We agree Chef is "our" best kept secret! we love her to bits and she never ceases to amaze us with her culinary delights. We are so pleased that you managed to see the Ama babies (cubs) at the moment the reserve is full of young life and it is just too precious. Hope that you come back and visit us soon. Fond regards from the entire Amakhosi Team

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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This was an absolutely amazing experience! Really nice safari and knowledgeable rangers. Have been to many safaris and NEVER have I been as close to the animals as at Amakhosi. There is a reason why I have been to Amakhosi 5 times! It's just an incredible place, also the food is top notch!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Amakhositeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

We loved your review and so happy that you keep coming back for more, please don't stop! This is what is all about and makes our work all that more worthwhile, making sure that guests leave as friends with great memories. Till we see you again, fond regards the Amakhosi Team

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

We had limited time in South Africa and wanted to give our teenage kids a taste of an authentic African style safari lodge. Amakhosi did not disappoint, with exciting game viewing with enthusiastic and knowledgeable rangers, wonderful food, and comfortable and clean accommodation.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Amakhositeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your wonderful review and we are so pleased that you chose to spend you short time in South Africa with us and that we did not disappoint you and hopefully your family left with great memorable moments of their stay at Amakhosi. We hope that your next trip is longer and that you come back and visit us. Best regards the Amakhosi Team

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Additional Information about Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Address: Vergelegen Farm | R69, Pongola 3170, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Pongola
Price Range: R5 051 - R8 409 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Amakhosi Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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, 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. ... more   less 
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