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Reviewed 15 March 2020 via mobile

If there is anything that is better than "exceeds expectations", that's what I would say here. Everyone here is proactive, kind and service oriented. The lodge and suites are elegant, clean and beautiful. The morning and evening safari drives are excellent... we saw so much wildlife and it was just a few feet from us. My wife and I had high expectations and it went beyond our imagination. Lindo at the front desk, our tracker Jeremy, our ranger Sipho, the serving and spa staff: Sne, Khombi, Ntokozo, Hleziphi.... EVERYONE WAS EXCEPTIONAL!! Thank you Amakhosi Safari Lodge for creating the best vacation I've ever had... truly a dream come true!

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AmakhosiTeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2020

We are terribly sorry for the delay in responding but as you well know the entire world is upside down right now, but what a lovely way to go through our outstanding "things to do list"and find this lovely review . We are so happy that you enjoyed every aspect of your time with us and hope that we can welcome you back again one day soon - STAYSAFESTAYHOME from the team at Amakhosi

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Reviewed 8 February 2020

Great place to go for a relaxing stay and some great game drives. The rooms are very well equipped and nicely located in the woods. The food is super. For the game drives the ranger and the tracker show to be experienced and able to build up the tension and to find the animals. Great opportunities to take pictures from very close by.
And above all extremely friendly all over.

Room tip: All rooms are great but two rooms even have an outside bath
Date of stay: February 2020
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AmakhosiTeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2020

Wow thank you so much for such a lovely review and for taking the time to post the review, we really appreciate it.
We have passed on your comments to management and from all of us at Amakhosi we thank you and hope that you visit us someday soon. Best regards

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Reviewed 3 February 2020 via mobile

At the moment we stepped into Amakhosi Lodge we were met with a calm, friendly atmosphere. After a long drive we where offered to attend the evening safari, we jumped into the truck and then the adventure started! I could write a small book about Amakhosi in order to give it the deserved descriptions, but I’ll try keeping it short.

1. Atmosphere/Rooms/Facilities
Its not many rooms here, so the sence of being in center and privelieged is because you truly ARE in center and the staff is giving a personal, warm, sweet and professional treatment to all guests. The rooms contains big, nice, comfortable beds. Aircon, fans, fridge, everything that makes you comfortable. We stayed in one of two honeymoon suites- we where really shelted from the rest of the Lodge. Here you can walk around nude only been looked funny at, by an elephant or 20. The suites are equiped with a private pool that overlook the river. I love the new sweets provided in your room everyday! The Spa is magic, really good after hours and hours in the truck.

2. Safari
We did see the big 5 in Amakhosi!!! Even the Leopard! I do understand why it is called the Ghost of the bush- it sat in the grass, looked at us and then gently gave us the back an walked away. We saw it for about maks one minute, I held my breath- it is so beatyfull! Our gameranger and tracker was the best! We immidiately found our sence of humour and we love the way we could joke about all the strange animal behavoirs out in the wild. Pierre and Zakhele did their best to make us fell safe, they stayed calm and we never felt scared or frighten. We met the hurd of elephant several times, and for each time we could spot some personality of some of the elephants. One sweet story was about one of the baby-elephant that decided to chase the truck when we where on our way to leave. The elephant saw its uppertunity too do some show off for the other bigger ones- so he was running after us and horned his little trunk. It was a really cool moment. I could continue with alot! By foot we got the Cheetas attention, they stayed out of our zone, we stayed out theirs, but still pretty wild. We met the 2 male-lions, and fell asleep in our Lodge with them rawing in the bush. Another highlight was BBC in the bush, making dinner together with Pierre and Zakhele after dark, listening to the lions and all the night-life. The only part giving light was a bonfire and some candles. The driving back to the Lodge after good conversations and alot of laughing, we looked at the sky and the stars- and agreed, we cant be any closer to heaven on earth.
Pierre and Zakhele had worked together for almost 4years, its easy to see they enjoy eachothers company- it is a whole lot of trust between those two, and that made us feel safe.
Thanks for all the knowledge, from big elephants and girafs to small frogs and their nesting habbits. All the birdsounds, the butterflies and termites. The grumpy, old bison’s, and the mating rituals of some of animals that is just hilarious put into a human context.

3. Food
All the food in Amakhosi is home-made with the best quality! The selections, the freshness, the creativity, the tastes and spices- I’m stunned. We constantly compared ourself with the full, sleepy lions we observed after taken down a bison. We where about unable to breath.

4. Staff
Beside the contact we had with Pierre and Zakhele. The whole staff in Amakhosi is one big smiling group. Zihnle had total control on everything, she knows it all. We where lucky to be entertained by the female staff, they sang, played the drum and danced. It was a really strong moment! Being out in the wild with the sounds, smells and heat- with the powerfull beat of the drum and the clear voices from the ladies. It melted my heart completely!

I havent been in any other Game-Lodges, but talked with alot of people during our 13day travel in Africa, and I have the impression that this is really one of the best. I cant see what others can provide that is missing in Amakhosi, so we will come back. Not bothering checking out any other.

(On the picture of the waterpond, you can spot three wildlife animals- the crocodile in the water, the buffalo in the back and the cheetas in between them. The picture is taken under a «downer», a drink out of the car- so, yes, beeing SO close with the wildlife)

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AmakhosiTeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2020

Wow totally at a loss for words, what an amazing and beautiful review now one of our favourite reviews for sure. Thank you for the details, as this is what makes other travellers decide where to go and with this review I foresee many travellers will be convinced to visit Amakhosi, but more than that we are a very close team (family) and when we hear that the hard work of the team has made our guests stay with us one they will treasure it makes it all worthwhile and also helps us to keep the standard up for others guests. WE thank you from the bottom of our hearts and are humbled by your kind words - I have made sure each team member gets a copy of this review and also our owners. We are happy and honoured that you will return one day and send you fond regards from the entire AMA Team

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Reviewed 31 January 2020

We stayed at Amakhosi for two nights in January. When we arrived we were welcomed, fed and watered and shown to our rooms before setting off on an afternoon game drive. We saw cheetahs, rhinos, buffalo and lions before stopping for sundowners. Later we had a lovely meal back at the lodge. We did two more early morning game drives and another evening one andf ended up seeing a leopard as well as getting up close and personal with a small herd of elephants.
In addition to the drives warthogs, monkeys, kudu and impala wandered freely around the well tended grounds.
Our accommodation was first class and we saw all of the animals we hoped to see and more besides. It was the highlight of our fortnights tour of KZN

Date of stay: January 2020
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AmakhosiTeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

What a lovely way to start our Monday - thank you so much for taking the time to post such a wonderful review the team really do appreciate the acknowledgement to their hard work. We are so pleased that we satisfied all your needs and hope that next you are travelling to our area, you come back and visit us! fond Regards from the AMA TEAM!!

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Reviewed 25 November 2019 via mobile

We had an incredibly stay at the Amakhosi Safari Lodge for 3 nights - November 21st-24th. From the moment that you arrive until the very last minute you leave, the staff make you feel so welcomed, with attention to detail from the rooms, meals, spa, and finally to the game drives. Our ranger Jacques and tracker King were absolutely wonderful. King’s keen sense of tracking to find us all the big 5, took a great deal of skill; Jacques knowledge and details to all the wildlife at Amakhosi, from insects, amphibians, flora, birds, to the incredible animals, was the highlight of our trip! It was truly a privilege to be on safari with them. Finally, I want to also mention Lindo, at the front desk, who made our stay so enjoyable and relaxed. Amakhosi is truly a magical place, especially for us two Canadians!

Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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AmakhosiTeam, Director of Sales at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2019

What a lovely review to read on a rainy day. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this beautiful review and a copy of this review has been passed on to our entire team. We are elated that you left us with fond memories of your trip and hope that if you return to South Africa you visit us again. Fond regards the AMA TEAM!

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