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Amakhala Bush Lodge
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Airco, ventilator, televisie, openhaard, minibar, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, badkamer met douche en föhn, privé-terras met buitendouche en dompelbad.
Gelegen in het Amakhala Game Reserve, op circa 40 minuten rijden ten noordoosten van Port Elizabeth.
- Game drives
De zuidelijke kustlijn tussen Kaapstad en Port Elizabeth wordt ook wel de Tuinroute genoemd. De naam duidt op het feit dat in het voorjaar – in oktober en november – de flora hier zo uitbundig bloeit dat het net één grote tuin lijkt. Het wijngebied, in de directe omgeving van Kaapstad, met pittoreske plaatsjes als Stellenbosch en Franschhoek, is ook absoluut een hoogtepunt tijdens uw vakantie in Zuid-Afrika.
"As comfortable as a safari holiday can get"
We spent three fantastic adventurous days at Bush Lodge, Amakhala reserve together with our 12-year old daughter, and we loved very minute of it, despite having to get up in the almost freezing cold at 5:30 in the morning. The staff were extremely courteous and never hesitated to fulfil our requests promptly. On arrival we were welcomed with a delicious tropical fruit juice and shown to our spacious "tent". The tents are in reality rather a luxury suite with tented walls, a wooden floor and a plunge pool on the private balcony. You can observe zebras, antelope, wild boars and wildebeest come to the nearby watering hole. The tents are located apart from each other, so you have complete privacy, but close enough to the lodge lobby/bar/restaurant. Typically we got a wake-up call at 5.30 each morning for the 6 o'clock game drive. After an exciting ride through the rough terrain in an open-top Land Rover and meeting our wild neighbours, we arrived back at the lodge at 9.30, where staff awaited us with hot towels and a sumptuous breakfast. Then we were left to enjoy the peace and quiet on the balcony or go for a massage. After a light lunch at 2 pm, we were taken on the afternoon drive, when a similar process followed with pre-dinner drinks and a fantastic dinner. Of course, the highlight of the venture is the drive itself. Our ranger, Vera Castro was highly knowledgeable (biology graduate trained as a ranger) with great communication and interpersonal skills and was an excellent off-road driver, which we appreciated very much. She would consider the interests and questions of each individual guest separately, while at the same time making the drive as comfortable as possible for them (blankets, hot water bottles, drinks, snack, etc.). In each drive we would aim to find one or two of the 'Big 5', e.g. the lions, the cheetahs, the elephants, the buffaloes or the rhinos. We were not always lucky, but the drive was still fascinating as it took us through the wild bush, where we could observe plenty of other wild animals and birds. Unlike many other game reserves in the south, Amakhala keeps the animals 'free' within the fenced 8,000 hectares(?) of wild bush. Although a conservation team monitors the whereabouts of the animals by means of GPS tags, the animals don't get fed and are left to hunt and fetch their own food. Neither the rangers nor the visitors are given the position of the animals unless there is an emergency. If you're visiting in spring or autumn, bring warm clothing including wind jackets, as it get extremely cold.
"Unreal! I would love to give a 6 rating."
Where can I start? From the moment that we arrived we were treated fantastically. Even as we were being bundled onto a vehicle to go on our first drive within 5 minutes of arriving the staff were exceptional. Roan, our ranger was so enthusiastic that it was contagious. His knowledge of the game and area was vast and was happy to answer any and all questions. The room that we were given was first class even though it was a tent! I must explain though that it was a 2 bedroom tent with a king sized bed in one and 2 twin beds in the other with an enormous bathroom in between. The outside shower was great fun, although it was enclosed the head is above the level of the wall and with the wind you have to chase the water around! Melissa, the deputy lodge manager and her staff were so helpful and the food was out of this world. The safari drives were beautiful, even on the ones where the big animals could not be found just looking at the scenery was breath taking. Every day was an adventure and when having the picnics in the field it was a little surreal. I cannot recommend this lodge enough. Thank you Amakhala.
"Wow what a safari experience"
Our family spent 3 nights at the Bush Lodge on a safari, what a great experience. The Amakhala Game Reserve is a private 20,000 acres of bush and big game. Rhynhold and his team were exceptional and really looked after us. There are only 5 suites so its a very personal experience with a maximum of 10 people staying there. The rooms are technically tents, but they have a wood floor and a thatched roof, with sturdy canvas walls. Inside you will find a roll top bath, log burning stove, four poster bed with electric blankets, air conditioning, a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. On the terrace is a private plunge pool and a couple of loungers from which you look straight into the bush and one day we had 3 giraffes come about 50m away to visit the water hole. August is the beginning of spring so a little chilly in the morning and early evening, but we were sat on an open land rover with blankets and hot water bottles to warm us up, plus the sundowner stop where we opted for irish coffee...returning from the game drives we were given hot chocolate and returning to our rooms we found the log fire was lit and a hot bath awaited us...stunning ! And the game drives, well we had Norman looking after us and he encouraged us to ask lots of questions...which we did ! The first day we were asking him about holes in the ground and what had made them and the poo around the holes, norman got out and gave us a close up view of the poo and his analysis of what produced it and why - he really knows his poo ! We saw several rhinos, many giraffe, a few elephants, one male lion stalking antelope, plus so many wildebeest, zebra, warthogs, ostrich, antelope, hartebeest...plus they have a small river which you do a boat trip on, with some beautiful birds and norman's hot chocolate with amarula... Its an all inclusive resort and you will not go hungry, breakfast was enormous, lunch was a choice of 2-3 main courses and if you want something else they will do it ! Dinner was an excellent end to the day with a log fire outside and a view of the bush and the stars A truly memorable stay and we owe you some pictures and video which Seb made during his stay.
"Everything a Safari Lodge should be - and more"
Spent three enjoyable nights at the lodge. We were very well looked after. Food and accommodation were all excellent. We were met from every game drive with a drink and warm face towels. Hot baths run for us when we returned from the evening game drives. The game drives were excellent with our very knowledable ranger Miena. Her affinity with the elephants led to very close and personal encounters. We were almost within touching distance several times. The lions were elusive on all our drives but we enjoyed watching the cheetahs particularly. We remain unconvinced of a Leopard in the park but it didn't really matter. I would recommend the lodge to anyone. With only five rooms it feels quite exclusive and enjoyed the evening dinners with the group.
There is nothing bad to say about our stay at bush lodge! If you're looking for a safari, amazing service, brilliant game drives, luxurious accommodation and tasty meals stay here!!!! Our ranger, Miena, was absolutely fantastic. We saw the big 5 up close and personal. The "tent" that you stay in is gorgeous, big comfortable beds, your own pool, separate toilet and shower area. A bath is run for you when you are out on your afternoon game drive so that it's ready for your return! Your stay is very well set out, you have time in the afternoon to chill out but apart from those few hours your time is filled with game drives, breakfast lunch and dinner, and drinks by the fire in the evening! I've been back for a week and am really missing it! Can't wait to return!
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