Carnarvon Dale once provided lodgings for travellers whose journeys had been halted by the flooded Bushman’s River. In that same tradition of hospitality, Roger and Maryan Hart welcome guests to their 1820 Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, and the 1907 Edwardian Top House.
Carnarvon Dale is 3 star graded but offers wildlife enthusiasts 5-star game drives in a malaria free area on our award-winning Amakhala Game Reserve and also, for guests staying 2 nights or more, on the neighbouring world famous Shamwari Game Reserve, the latter exclusively and by private arrangement and at no extra cost. Morning excursion to Addo National Park for a breakfast with the elephants can also arrange.
Carnarvon Dale consists of the 1820 Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, where breakfasts and dinners are served, and which offers a free wi-fi service. There are only two comfortable en-suite serviced bedrooms in the 1907 Edwardian cottage, the Top House. Lunches are served here for your convenience. The private lounge leads on to a cool, covered verandah overlooking the swimming pool.
The accommodation is ideal for two couples travelling together or for a family group. The menus offer good home cooking South African style – solid breakfasts, light lunches and three course dinners – and we cater for vegetarians and diabetics.
There are two daily drives directly from Carnarvon Dale on 3 – 4 hour long safaris conducted by the Carnarvon Dale experienced guides. Being able to traverse both Amakhala and, for guests staying 2 nights or more, Shamwari Reserves you will have every possible chance to encounter a wide variety of South African wildlife.
For something different an easily paced guided bush walk to learn about the smaller, often overlooked things will allow you to complete the ecological circle of life.
DIRECTIONS TO CARNAVON DALE
Situated in the Greater Addo and Frontier Country area of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is the malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve – a mere 50 minute drive north-east of Port Elizabeth’s national airport.
ADDRESS: Kirkwood, South Africa
Take the N2 from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown. 80 kilometers from the Port Elizabeth airport, turn left at the clearly signposted entrance to Carnarvon Dale.
GPS CO-ORDINATES: S – 126.96.36.199 / E – 26.06.53.91
This 7000 ha reserve is renowned for its truly awesome topography, created by the slowly meandering Bushman’s River running through it.
The Amakhala Game Reserve located in the malaria free Eastern Cape of South Africa began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture between the owners of six lodges who are direct descendants of the orignal Frontier settlers some five generations ago and arrived here with the British settlers of 1820. The families originally settled to farm sheep and cattle on the wild and often hostile Zuurveld.
During 2011 the original members of the Amakhala and the Lion Roars Group created a joint Marketing agreement and brand rejuvenation for the malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve.
Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage. The land was used to ranch sheep and cattle up to the turn of the century. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature.
Not only does Amakhala Game Reserve offer the much sought after Big 5, but there are over 16 antelope species, zebra, giraffe and many other small interesting species. The elephant sightings are likely to be the highlight of your stay. In addition to game drives, Amakhala Game Reserve also offer boat cruises and guided walks. The Amakhala Heritage Collection of Lodges are each managed and unique, offering a wide variety of accommodation and personalized style. Amakhala Game Reserve are proud to offer you the superb Amakhala service and famous hospitality.
Guided by experienced rangers, you can return to nature and explore the diverse wildlife and the rugged landscapes of the Eastern Cape valley and bushveld on Amakhala Game Reserve. This bush experience will create memories, which will linger as long as the African sun sets.
Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers through Amakhala Game Reserve will leave you in awe of the diverse vegetation and spectacular scenery which abounds here. For a change of pace, enjoy bird watching and game spotting whilst gently cruising down the Bushman’s River. Refreshment breaks have been included to make your safari experience that much more enjoyable.
Amakhala Game Reserve has been awarded the voluntary label by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). Based on adherence to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment, the FTTSA label is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice in South Africa.