Three star rated Leeuwenbosch Country House is a gracious colonial country house set amidst beautiful indigenous gardens, offering a family safari experience steeped in settler history.
Accommodation at Leeuwenbosch includes the historic Country House and the newer Shearers Lodge Suites. The Country House, built in 1908, offers five spacious en-suite bedrooms and is layered with a collection of historical images, documents and furniture dating back to the 1800s. Set back from the Country House, Shearers Lodge offers four more contemporary double suites, overlooking a cool low-roofed verandah and tranquil swimming pool.
Savour a quiet moment in the indistinct stillness of the 19th-century stone chapel. Enjoy high tea in the shade of the verandah. Sit late into the night in the convivial stone-walled cellar bar. This wonderful homestead has been in the Fowlds family for five generations, and the family takes great pleasure in sharing its remarkable Southern African family heritage with you.
This 3-star lodge is an historical colonial manor house built in 1908 with spacious and comfortable country living. Accommodation is provided in five en-suite bedrooms which include two luxury suites, and the lodge sits in beautiful indigenous gardens and is an ideal base for game viewing and relaxation.
The Fowlds family started wool farming in 1926 at Leeuwenbosch and what is now the Shearers Lodge was the sheep shearing shed! When the farm was converted to a game reserve in 1996 the shed was converted to the present day luxury lodge house. The rooms are all luxuriously appointed consisting of 3 twin rooms and a honeymoon suite.
The two lodges at Leeuwenbosch have an interesting history from the days of the early settlers. William Fowlds who was originally from Keighley in Yorkshire travelled to Africa by boat and into the interior by ox wagon with his young wife Sarah Green in 1857. Arriving in the Addo area he found employment as a wagon builder. Their eldest son bought Leeuwenbosch farm in 1873 and it has been handed down through the generations of the Fowlds family ever since – the fifth generation are currently residing there and host you as their guests in the two lodges.
Game drives and River cruise
Riveting game drives on this South Africa vacation present guests with breathtaking views of the wildlife at Amakhala Game Reserve, which include Rhino, Elephant, Cheetah, Buffalo, Giraffe, Black Wildebeest, Zebra, tortoise and over 16 antelope species.
On your South Africa vacation, experienced rangers accompany guests on all excursions, providing them with in-depth information about the area and its inhabitants. Relaxation at its best can be enjoyed with a slow river cruise down the Bushman’s River.
Exceptional bird viewing and sightings of game drinking at the river’s edge can be enjoyed on your South Africa vacation while canoeing on the river. Visit the famous Shamwari Game Reserve, situated next to Amakhala Game Reserve, for the opportunity of finding Lion on your South Africa vacation.
DIRECTIONS TO LEEUWENBOSCH LODGE
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
Follow the N2 from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown (+- 70km).
Turn RIGHT onto the R342 to Alexandria (Karl Landman Monument). DO NOT take the R342 to Paterson. The right hand turn onto the R342 is exactly 3km further down the N2. Go through the security gate. Follow the signs to Leeuwenbosch.
GPS CO-ORDINATES: S -18.104.22.168 / E 26.04.06.31
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.