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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Amazing first-time game drive experience

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 04 Aug 2023
This was our first experience with game drives and we were blown away by Amakhosi and its staff. We spent so much time reviewing our options and in all honesty we were dubious about how the Lodge could have so many amazing reviews. Well, believe them. We were also drawn to the fact that the Lodge is in a low risk malaria area. The reservations team were terrific to deal and always quick to respond.
Staying for 3 nights we enjoyed two game drives each day seeing lions, elephants, giraffes, white rhinos, wildebeest, warthogs, kudu, impala, a cheetah with her 5 cubs, jackal and buffalo. Our ranger, Zukhele, got us so close to the animals for photos. Most importantly we learnt so many things about the animals from him. By the end of our time we were dung experts too! For our first game drive we were lucky enough to see the lions eating a zebra carcass they had killed that morning. We were so close we could hear and see everything. During each drive we would stop for a drink and snack. Our 7 year old has proclaimed Zukhele is the best hot chocolate maker......ever. Zukhele and our tracker made each game drive so special for our daughter and we are so grateful for their kindness.
The food was fantastic. Breakfast was always after our morning game drive. The Amakhosi muesli is so good we bought some to bring home. Lunch, at 2pm, is light and trust me you don't need more. Dinner is served once the afternoon game drive is over. Its a 4 course extravaganza. Probably too much for us but it doesn't detract from how fine the food is. For our last night the staff had organised a special event. There was a wonderful show of local dancing by young Kwazulu Natal men followed by 3 course dinner with our particular Rangers. It would be remiss not to mention that the kitchen went above and beyond to cater for our 7 year old in terms of food and the timing of her meals.
We stayed in a River Suite. It was so much bigger than we had anticipated. A bed, for our daughter, had been set up in the sitting area. The beds were super cosy and reverse AC meant we could warm the rooms in the late afternoon. The hammock on the deck was well used after our morning game drives.
A big thank you to Ethan, the A/Manager, who firstly is a super nice guy but also was only too happy to entertain our daughter with nature walks, games and long chats. A very patient man!!
Amakhosi well and truly lived up to all the amazing reviews we had read before our visit. Thank you to everyone.
Date of stay: July 2023
Room Tip: Mornings and evenings are cool
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this review
Responded 11 Aug 2023
Oh wow back from a business trip to this amazing review, which has been shared with each department and is now proudly displayed in the various departments. It is reviews like this that motivate the team, as all their hard work is rewarded by ensuring that our guest leave as friends with memorable moments! thank you! We certainly look forward to seeing you all again Fond regards the AMA TEAM!!
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Reviewed 31 July 2023

This was our first Game Drive experiences and we'll never forget this!!! We stayed for 5 nights and it's was really an experience of a life time! My 3 children, age 13 / 15 and 17 years old were so impressed of what we've seen! Our ranger Philip and tracker Jeremy did their utmost best to find al the wild life! The atmosphere during each game drive was perfect. We've seen them all! The hospitality factor at Amakhosi is as their slogan; A King's Pride! The staff is very committed and are very friendly. The service level is really good. Every breakfast, lunch and diner was perfect! For a game drive resort Amakhosi is the place to be!!!!

Date of stay: July 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2023

Good day , what a lovely way to return back to work after a business trip to all these amazing reviews, thank you so much for taking the time to post them and the team are just so pleased that your family has great memories of their stay with us. We hope that you all return back soon! fond regards from the AMA TEAM !

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Reviewed 4 March 2023

Just returned from our second visit at Amakhosi Safari Lodge - this time eight people for four days. This place is truly a little piece of heaven om Earth. Everything from booking to our departure has been smooth, professional and friendly. The Lodge is beautiful and tranquil with service and quisine being out of this world. Game drives are exciting Big five experiences with extremely skilled Rangers and Trackers. Always felt safe, even though we’ve had some very close encounters. Had the same ranger and tracker for all eight game drives which made the experience quite familiar. We will definitely be back for a third visit!

Date of stay: February 2023
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2023

Oh my word, we have no idea what went wrong but it seems that we did not get notifications on these amazing reviews. We do apologize for the late response Thank you so much for the review and we are looking forward to your 3rd visit!! fond regards from the AMA team!

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Reviewed 1 March 2023

The people, the lodge, the food, the game drive- it’s just fantastic and they never stop spoling you on every matter. We have vern visiting ten times, and it’s unthinkable to not visit this lodge when in South Africa

Date of stay: November 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 11 August 2023

Goodness we are so shocked that we did not get notifications of these reviews, seems there has been a problem. So sorry for the late reply and WE LOVE having you as many times as you come and visit. lots of fond regards from the entire AMA TEAM!

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Reviewed 17 February 2023

Incredible weekend spent at Amakhosi. The staff were extremely professional, friendly and accommodating and our ranger Pierre and spotter Mandla were fantastic in finding us game and spotting over 50 new birds for us and being so passionate to take us out, even in the drizzle. The food was out of this world and the beds were dangerously comfortable. The reserve is very well looked after and the animals look healthy.
Thank you Amakhosi - 11/10 stars. See you soon!

Date of stay: February 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amakhosi Lodge, Agency / Consultant at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2023

What a way to end our week with this amazing review, thank you for being such awesome guests, we all loved hosting you and we appreciate all your kind words, copy of this has been circulated to all! We hope that you visit us again and hope the weather is better for you, have a great weekend from the AMA TEAM!

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Reviewed 13 November 2022

From arrival just in time for lunch, to our departure after a three night stay, we were made to feel like part of the family and were looked after like royalty. All staff members were always smiling and were friendly, "genuine" and accommodating which is not always easy to find.
In particular we would like to thank King our ranger and Arrows our spotter who made our 6 game drives the best we have ever experienced, we have previously been on game drives in Kenya and South Africa but these were simply outstanding! King and Arrows were funny, relaxed and chatty and King was very knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions. On our first drive we were lucky enough to see 4 out of the big 5 (including a leopard!) By the end of our 6 game drives we had even seen another leopard, this time right outside the lodge on a rock by the river. We also saw a huge alligator down by the river whilst eating breakfast one morning.
Other staff members that stood out for us and we would like to personally thank were Zinhle, the assistant manager (wicked sense of humour!), and Sya and Nhlanda who made our meal times even more enjoyable with their fantastic service and friendliness. I would also like to thank Nhlanda who made my close encounter with the friendly giraffe who visited one evening before dinner, an experience that I will never forget and will treasure forever.
Our lodge overlooking the river was fantastic, very luxurious with a very comfy bed and fantastic views. It was an easy minute's walk to the main bar/dining area which was lovely and had a nice homely feel to it. All food during our stay was of an exceptional quality and was always plentiful and beautifully presented.
We didn't have any treatments at the spa but did make use of the swimming pool there which overlooks the river and was very relaxing.
A massive thank you to you all at Amakhosi for making our stay/experience the best we have ever experienced, it was truly magical, please don't change a thing!

Date of stay: October 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 15 November 2022

Wow What a wonderful and comprehensive review, we really appreciate the time it took to post this, it is reviews like this that make it all worthwhile for our awesome team, knowing that you arrived as guests and left as friends with memorable experiences. A copy of this has already been send to all departments for them to enjoy. Thank you again and the team sends their fond regards and hope that one day you return for a second visit.

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