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Amazing, Incredible, Wonderful

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 Apr 2022
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. Cocktails were so reasonable but we were greeted on return from safari with a special cocktail. The tables for dinner were so romantic. We ate most meals alfresco.

What we came for- the game drives, incredible. The reserve is green, lush and beautiful. We saw the big 5 on our 6 game drives. Our guide Pierre and tracker Mandel were so good. Pierre knew so much about the animals and the plants and trees. He could identify birds by their shapes and calls my friend and I were with another couple on the drives and they were so nice that they added to our experience. We saw so many animals including zebras, giraffes, lions, rhinos, buffalos, nyala, warthogs, kudo, leopard, impala, wildebeest and more and were surrounded by elephants. Our fellow guests also loved the lodge and compared it above other safari experiences. We saw amazing sunrises, sunsets and stars.

On leaving the staff came out and waved goodbye. Everyone was so friendly, you felt like you were part of family. I would come back here in a heartbeat and could not recommend it enough.
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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Reviewed 3 April 2022 via mobile

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

Date of stay: March 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 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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Reviewed 31 March 2022

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.

Date of stay: August 2021
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 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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Reviewed 21 March 2022

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 food is incredible here and plentiful, you will be absolutely stuffed by the time you leave! We also had massages one day which were divine. The Honeymoon suite has a private pool and the suite is so secluded you feel like you're in your own breath-taking world. One day I woke up from a nap on the hammock on our terrace and there was a male Kudu having a leafy snack right next to me - magical. I could gush about Amakhosi for days and literally cannot wait for the day I can go back - this time on my actual honeymoon!

Date of stay: December 2021
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 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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Reviewed 3 February 2022 via mobile

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 always experiencing a private getaway. It is well kept and truly 5 star lodging. The geckos can be messy at night and the bugs out in the bush are in swarms but it's expected in the bush so we just kept our items closed.

Despite us having dietary restrictions, the dining was mostly good for us and having Lindo around from day 2 really ensured that we were truly accommodated for from then on. I only give this a 4/5 rating as two of us struggled on day 1 with food options and it didn't appear as accommodating to our dietary needs. Fortunately Lindo came through on Day 2 and he helped us.

The staff are helpful and attentive but special mention again is Lindo who goes above and beyond in his role. The booking process with Marilyn is so smooth and easy.

I'd recommend this lodge if you're looking for exceptional game viewing.

Date of stay: February 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 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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Reviewed 5 January 2022 via mobile

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!

Date of stay: January 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 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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