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Amakhala Game Reserve

Family-friendly Big Five spotting

The Amakhala Private Game Reserve is home to 11 luxury properties, all located in different areas of the Eastern Cape.

Being malaria-free, this is a great place to stay if you are going on safari as a family. Partake in morning and afternoon game drives to try and spot the Big Five. Or, for a safari experience with a difference, opt to go on the boat cruise along the Bushmans River and out to the coast, via Kenton-on-Sea. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
Hotel Category
Deluxe
Location Type
Away from it all
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 144 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • The Game Reserve offers 4 & 5-star owner-managed experiences
  • Take a boat cruise along the majestic Bushman's River
  • Sustainable tourism and community initiatives are at the heart of Amakhala
  • Some dwellings are owned and managed by fifth generation Frontier Settlers families

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    13:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 50 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Amakhala Game Reserve

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. 50 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport
  • Situated in the Greater Addo and Frontier Country area of the Eastern Cape
  • Located in the malaria free Eastern Cape
  • Amakhala aims to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area
  • Home to the Amakhala Foundation
144 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 114
  • Very Good 19
  • Average 5
  • Poor 2
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Dec 08, 2019

Amakhala wonderful experience

Norwich, United Kingdom

We recently stayed for a 3 night game safari, everything about the experience was wonderful. Martin our ranger was most informative and made our drives really interesting, not just the big 5 but also his knowledge of birds and smaller animals was limitless. Our butler Jean Luc was wonderful and made our stay very memorable. Only critism is that we were in lodge 7 which didn’t have a view over the water hole so we missed Norman the elephant visiting. We would definitely return
Dec 01, 2019

Wonderful conclusion to South African tour.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

This was a 'once in a life time' trip for us as a retired couple so we wanted it to be the best possible. As we had spent the previous two weeks driving along the Garden Route from Cape Town, Amakhala Reserve was set up as the culmination and it did not disappoint. The time is necessarily highly structured but in a way that always felt comfortable and, where appropriate, flexible. We felt at all times a genuine sense of caring about the wild life and the environment more generally. Although we had to leave early on the last morning and missed a possible last safari trip we had been there for two whole days as well as the afternoon of arrival. This gave us time to appreciate the facilities of the room and take in the atmosphere of the place. Missing the last safari ride was well compensated by 'Norman', the elephant who has attached himself to the lodge area, coming to drink from our plunge pool as we sat on the balcony a few feet away.
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Amakhala Game Reserve

Room Types

5* Bukela Game Lodge

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

4* Hlosi Game Lodge

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

4* Safari Lodge

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

4* Woodbury Lodge

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

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