Deserving of every one of its four stars, Safari Lodge sleeps 22 fortunate guests in 11 well- appointed and richly furnished suites. Awe-inspiring game-viewing opportunities are all but guaranteed from your comfortable perch atop the lodge’s dedicated Land Rover. Expert game rangers’ track and guide guests through the surrounding valleys and bush where the Big 5 go about their daily lives in perfect balance.
Back at the main lodge, sweeping decks provide the perfect vantage from which to spot the roaming game. All the while, the resident chef and his team ensure that the guest’s begin their days with the very finest cuisine that the bush has to offer (sustainable and healthy, of course).
A few moments respite as you retreat to your own private lounge or lose time in your suite’s plunge pool, outdoor shower or intimate bubble bath. Spoilt for choice has a whole new meaning.
The Safari Lodge with 11 unique air conditioned safari suites sleeps 24 people and is complete with private plunge pools and separate lounge areas. Large beds draped with mosquito nets, sparkling wine on ice alongside a double bath filled with aromatherapy scented bubbles make this a favourite for honeymooners and the romantic at heart.
The landscape and elements of African tribal design influenced owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks in their endeavour to achieve a holistic safari experience. Their love of art and meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadworks and hand crafted designs that are evident throughout this prestigious lodge
A game drive through Amakhala Game Reserve will leave you mesmerised by the diverse vegetation and spectacular scenery which abounds here. Sunlit grassy savannah plains, a mosaic of Valley Bushveld plants, the gently dappled light of the sand forest, the many watering holes and the wide spellbinding Bushmans River. This is home to great African mammals, birds and insects. As a Safari Lodge guest you can be treated to an enchanting river cruise along the meandering Bushmans River where you can spot many of the magnificent bird species.
Tuskers 3-Day Safari Package
While staying at The Safari Lodge visit Addo Elephant National Park and The Born Free Foundation on Shamwari Game Reserve. You can also go on three exciting game drives and a guided walk through the Amakhala Game Reserve.
During your three-night stay you will be fascinated by the abundant wildlife on Amakhala Game Reserve, and be treated to an enchanting river cruise along the Bushmans River.
This package comprises two afternoon game drives, one including a cheese and wine sundowner boat cruise and one early morning game drive as well as a guided walk through the unique Valley Bushveld focusing on the medicinal uses of plants.
A game drive into nearby Addo Elephant National Park with a picnic breakfast, will take you to an area renowned for having the highest density of African Elephants in the world. Now with Big 5 status, a visit to the park makes for a very exciting morning.
DIRECTIONS TO SAFARI 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
Take the N2 from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown. Approximately 62 kilometres turn left on the R342 to Paterson. Approximately 5 kilometres turn left at the Safari Lodge signposted entrance.
GPS CO-ORDINATES: S -126.96.36.199 / E 26.01.45.21
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.