Woodbury Tented Camp in the Amakhala Game Reserve is one of the hidden jewels of the Eastern Cape. Tucked into an embracing hillside thicket and overlooking the ancient floodplain of the Bushman’s River, the Camp offers rustic and secluded luxury, and an authentic African wildlife safari experience.
Camp life is centred around the stone, thatch and canvas main dining and lounge area, with it’s expansive deck overlooking the Woodbury plain and waterhole. A wide variety of game species such as zebra, giraffe, buffalo, eland, rhino and elephant fill the passing parade while fish eagles soar overhead, their hauntingly evocative cry echoing across the valley.
Soak up the sun while lazing on a recliner next to the pool; sip a cocktail or enjoy tea and delicious, freshly baked cakes, before venturing out into the Reserve on your next expedition.
Seven large, comfortable, en-suite tents on raised bases, and with private patios provide the seclusion, tranquility and an intimacy with the bush that you would expect on a visit to Amakhala Game Reserve. Each tent has twin or double beds – at your request.
All the lodges have air conditioning, a spacious en suite bathroom and a mini bar.
The seclusion of the lodges enables you to enjoy the unique and breathtaking views in between game drives.
A range of game viewing under guidance of professional game wardens and other activities such as the river cruise and bush walks are on offer, or you could just recline around the communal swimming pool and enjoy some sun while the birds keep you company. Unfortunately no under 6 years are permitted on game drives.
An expedition that might be a game drive, searching for that cheetah kill or nocturnal brown hyena; a cruise on the Bushman’s River watching hadeda ibis dipped erratically and noisily to their roost; or a paddle in a canoe serenely scanning the water for a fin-foot, the rarest of waterbirds. For the ultimate feel of the bush, a walk through a land teeming with animals and birdlife.
Birdlife at Amakhala is prolific and 180 species have been recorded. Spectacular and interesting species abound which will enthrall even the casual naturalist. For the serious “birder”, specials include Knysna Turacos’s, secretary birds, Denim’s bustard, as well as an array of barbets, woodpeckers and sunbirds.
DIRECTIONS TO WOODBURY TENTED CAMP
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 70 kilometres, cross the Bushmans River and turn right at the Woodbury Lodge signposted entrance. Continue through the Reserve, following the signs to Woodbury Lodge.
GPS CO-ORDINATES: S – 33.30.30.09 / E 26.09.14.71
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.